The Biggish Band 'Re-launch'     &    50th Performance Celebration
 Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands 19h30, Sunday July 24

The Biggish Band, led by Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder,  is playing it's 50th gig this Sunday July 24 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.

It's also 4 years, at least 150 rehearsals, and a lot of tunes further down the road since the first rehearsal at the Jazz Workshop in June 2001. Since then, as the Jazz Workshop Biggish Band, we've had a number of great gigs including the Standard Bank Jazzathon 2003 and 2004, the Cape Town Festival 2003 and 2004 with Robert Sithole, opening the 2003 Kirstenbosch Winter Concert series, the summer concerts at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre 2003, the switching on of the Christmas Lights with Robbie Jansen in Adderley Street last December, and the list goes on ..

Then we became the official voice of Fine Music Radio and became known as the FMR Jazz Workshop Biggish Band, which was a real mouthful, and everybody has been confused ever since -- on top of that, for practical reasons, we moved to new rehearsal space and by now only a handful of members have anything to do with the Jazz Workshop.

So from now we'll be known as Hanepoot & the Biggish Band, or just The Biggish Band, depending on the printing space available or on the time of day ... come join the party!

*If you have problems seeing the pictures you can view this press release with images at

The Nassau Centre is a great venue, with excellent acoustics, and we'll be recording this concert (and some other ones in the near future) as we're planning to bring out a CD by the end of this year! Now wouldn't that be a fine thing .. and about time too!

As usual we will play 2 sets of original compositions and some new arrangements of great South African Standards. We'll start playing at 19h30 and entrance will be R50. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be on sale. So rustle up some good company and come and enjoy some great music to round off your weekend!

other gigs coming up:

6 August, Athlone Music Academy Jazz Festival

13 August, Baxter Theatre, FMR 10th Birthday Concert

15 October, Lansdowne Civic Centre Fundraiser: Motor Cycle Ministries

The Biggish Band is an amateur Big Band based in Cape Town, and lead by trombonist Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder
(5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, 5 rhythm)

The Biggish Band plays original compositions, as well as new arrangements of South African Jazz standards.

Saxes: Charles Hart, John Ntshibilikwana, Chris Tokalon, Graham Thorne, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Douglas Armstrong, Daniel Kaplan, Stuart Bowen
Trombones: Matthew Willis, Andrew O'Donoghue, Shelley Williams, Simon Hough, Mike Nixon
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms, perc): Colin Miller, George Werner, Sidney McKinnon, Ted Frazer, Keith Coxon

CV: Jannie van Tonder

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