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

It's been close on 4 years since the first live performance of Hanepoot & the Biggish Band (known at the time as the Jazz Workshop Biggish Band) at the UCT Club in Cape Town. That's longer than the entire span of Jimi Hendrix's career from his first single to his untimely end in 1970. Not that we're in the same league as Hendrix, but just to note that we have been around the block, but still haven't released that definitive world-changing hit-single yet ...

. . . in fact we haven't released anything other than a few of these press releases with some silly pics . . .

. . . however . . .

. . .  the time has come . . .

. . . and the Biggish Band will be recording its first CD at the Nassau Centre in Newlands . . .

. . . during the week leading up to Saturday 1 October ending in a live recording with extremely biased audience on Saturday evening . . .

 . . .  and that's where you come in!

The purpose of this email is to invite you to join us and be part of this very special occasion, at what will certainly be a milestone in the existence of the Biggish Band, and hopefully an important moment for big band music in South Africa. On this day we will be recording a CD made up entirely South African material, some of it brand new compositions, and some of it new arrangements of classic tunes recorded before by others.

Composers with original works written for the Biggish Band which will feature on this CD are Merton Barrow, David Ledbetter, Douglas Armstrong and Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder, and we'll add to that new arrangements of tunes by Zakes Nkosi, Dollar Brand, Winston Nyaunda and Errol Dyers.

Douglas "the one with the hat" Armstrong
one of the composers whose work we'll be recording
spotted at a recent photoshoot
(Doug is a career-'poser')

(pics Liz Brouckhaert)


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

We considered all our options and decided that instead of going into a studio and playing these tunes over and over until we got a clinically correct version on tape, we'd rather go for a live sound. Hence doing this at the Nassau Centre, in a 'live' environment -- which means by the time the audience (that's you!) arrives on Saturday evening, we'll have recorded several takes of all the material already, but not in the stop-start sort of way one tends to do in a studio, but more in a concert scenario where we play all the tunes once through from top to bottom and then go home ..

In the end we'll use what we've got from these 'live' takes with and without audience, and we'll hopefully capture the sound of the this band the way it sounds here and now in Cape Town 2005!

That is -- big like the mountain, sexy like the sea and with a bit of an edge .. like those of us who live in it ..

The concert will start at 20h15 and entrance is R50. For more info call Nick on 761 7740 or nick@jazz.co.za

other gigs coming up:

15 October, Lansdowne Civic Centre Fundraiser: Motor Cycle Ministries
4 December, Cafe Royal, Cape Town CBD
(old Roxy Cinema behind City Hall) -- CD Launch!

more info at www.jazz.co.za

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-Ann van Tonder, Simon Hough, Mike Nixon
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms, perc): Colin Miller, George Werner, Sidney McKinnon, Ted Frazer, Keith Coxon

more info: www.jazz.co.za
072 189 2481

Bookings: Nick Green 021 761 7740

CV: Jannie van Tonder

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