Come and enjoy an evening of great South African big band jazz with Hanepoot & the Biggish Band, featuring Lee Thomson, Dan Shout and Kesivan Naidoo, at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on Sunday March 16 at 19h00.

This entertaining 18-piece big band led by Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder will play two lively sets from its unique and strictly South African big band jazz collection.

As a special feature for our annual concert at the Masque Theatre, we'll be featuring some of South Africa's most sought-after young musicians, namely Dan Shout on alto sax, Kesivan Naidoo on drums and Lee Thomson on trumpet.

Kesivan originally an Eastern Cape boy, has played with everybody who is anybody in SA jazz, including in a number of big bands. Kes was notably honoured with a SAMRO scholarship in 2004 and chose to spend a year in India studying with various master drummers, before returning to the Cape where he has been drumming up a storm ever since.

The Biggish Band is an
18-piece Big Band
led by trombonist
Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder
and plays only
South African jazz.

Lee is very active as jazz trumpeter and event organiser in the Cape music scene, playing with various bands, including with Kesivan in Closet Snare and The Restless Natives, but is remarkably best known for his long association with punk band Hog Hoggidy Hog, with whom he's been on several international tours. Lee has also been playing a support role in the Biggish Band for several years, sitting in regularly on lead trumpet, often on short notice ..

Dan is part of a family of musicians from Oranjemund of all places, and like Lee, is involved in more than just playing music for a living. Over and above being in general demand as saxophonist and keyboardist, including touring regularly with the one-and-only 'le Zulu Blanc' Johnny Clegg, he is also a partner in agency Shout Music Company

Lee Thomson on trumpet, Dan Shout on alto sax, and Kesivan Naidoo on drums.
Judging by the evidence, Lee seems to have a lot to answer for ..

On Saturday the Biggish Band will take you through some of its own arrangements of South African jazz classics by the likes of Errol Dyers, Zakes Nkosi, Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor and Hugh Masekela, as well as some originals composed by Merton Barrow, David Ledbetter, Douglas Armstrong, 'Hanepoot' van Tonder and others. The music includes Cape Town goema, Johannesburg marabi and big band swing.

We'll aslo be performing a couple of smaller band arrangements of lesser-known South African jazz classics by Caiphus Semenya and Kippie Moeketsi.

Previous Biggish Band gigs at the Masque have been a real blast for both audience and band. The early Sunday evening slot is just the thing to end off the weekend. The Masque Theatre is one of the very best concert venues in Cape Town, with quality lights and sound, and a 'gesellige' bar in the foyer. It's situated at 37 Main Road, Muizenberg.

The concert will start at 19h00 and tickets are R50. Book at the Masque Theatre on 021 788 1898 (o/h) or , or contact Nick Green on 021 761 7740 or 084 660 6158 for further information.

Some other Biggish Band gigs coming up:
  • Sunday April 20: Ambleside School fund raiser, Hout Bay

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The Biggish Band:
Saxes: Storm de Klerk, John Ntshibilikwana, Chris Tokalon, Fred Block, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Douglas Armstrong, Daniel Kaplan, Stuart Bowen, Dean Manuel
Trombones: Jasper Cook, Andrew O'Donoghue, Mike Nixon, Jeremy Thurgood
Rhythm (g, p, b, d): Colin Miller, George Werner, Sidney McKinnon, Ted Frazer

Bookings: Nick Green 021 761 7740

CV: Jannie van Tonder