Hanepoot & the Biggish Band, like the rest of 'Slaapstad', is slowly emerging from winter hibernation, having taken a break from regular rehearsing and performing for the first time in 7 years . . . and
will be appearing at the Silvertree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch on Sunday September 14 as part of Kirstenbosch's Johnnie Walker Winter Concert Series for 2008.
As usual we'll be featuring some great
soloists: Bruce Muirhead on guitar, Lee
Thomson on trumpet, George Werner
on piano, Jasper
Cook on trombone, Chris Tokalon on tenor,
Storm de Klerk on alto and 'Hanepoot'
himself. The Silvertree Restaurant is a great venue with naturally
good sound, and the restaurant has an excellent menu.
We have performed here before and thoroughly enjoyed it. This
early evening Sunday dinner slot is extremely "gesellig" and is just
the way to finish off the weekend in a groovily relaxed way.
Sunday's gig are R100, which includes a welcome drink, soup
& bread. Booking is essential on 021-762-9585. The restaurant is
open from 18h00 and the show starts at 18h45. More info at www.kirstenboschrestaurant.com and
But first a post-hibernation update:
When 18 people are left at a loose end for
so long, it's never a good thing, so while in our winter cocoon
of smoky Rooikrans fireplaces & just a little red wine, we
managed to fiddle with quite a few things which might otherwise have
been left untouched... and have ended up with a couple of plans of
action for the future:
- We decided to drop the 'gish'
and finally become a Big Band
instead. It seems everybody just found it all too confusing, having
and 18-pice band called 'Biggish', we kept being asked 'how big is
the BIG band then?'. So not having the nerve to start an ever
bigger band, we agreed to settle this score finally and take the
plunge. I mean after 7 years we could just say we've matured
nicely, like that Muratie Shiraz :-)
and so from now on
we'll be known as
Hanepoot Big Band
so all you publicists and
journalists out there, that's 7 less letters to have to string in
a row when you cut
Hanepoot Big Band is a most entertaining 18-piece big band led by
Jannie 'Hanepoot' van Tonder and plays a unique and lively pad of
strictly South African big band jazz, including 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 styles includes Cape Town goema, Jo'burg marabi and
big band swing.
& paste . . .
let's have it again, watch my lips . . .
The Hanepoot Big
- New Tunes:
After a number of pitches at various organisations over the
years, we finally raised some money for something other than our
new shirts (seen them yet? very snazzy ek sÍ) . . . The
Swiss Council (Pro Helvetia) has agreed to sponsor some new
for more shirts) -- they've commissioned our resident composer Douglas Armstrong to put pen to paper and wite a
'serious' tune. This means that sometime early next year we'll be
performing his new African Jazz Suite, along with a new set of
arrangements of Zakes Nkosi tunes (also courtesy of the same
sponsorship) which is being taken care of by various arrangers in
and around the band.
Anybody out there who'd like to
contribute (financially that is) to creating a thumping
concert, or series of concerts early in 2009 to perform and perhaps record this
material, well, you know where to find us, don't be shy!
- The Cape Jazz Collection:
During the winter months several of
our band members were involved in assisting our guitarist
Colin Miller with publishing a collection of Cape
Jazz sheetmusic he's been working on for some years
The Cape Jazz Collection has finally seen the light
in the last week, and is available now from sheetmusic.co.za, or
directly from Nick Green at email@example.com.
It is a first of it's kind and contains leadsheets of 39
tunes by a number of Cape Jazz composers, including Robbie Jansen,
Jonathan Butler, Bheki Mseleku, Chris McGregor, Basil Coetzee,
Winston 'Mankunku' Ngozi, Errol Dyers, Mark Fransman and Hilton
The book is being launched at Moshito in Jo'burg
on Friday 12 September, and later in the month at the District Six
museum in Cape Town.
- We were very sad to hear recently of the
passing of one of our band members and long time lead trumpet
player Charlie Heyes, who's gone on to play his trumpet somewhere
where no-one is gonna tell him to play it 'more legato please!'.
Charlie was a stalwart
who was with the band from early days, a great trumpeter and just
a great guy to have around. We will miss him dearly and our
thoughts are with his wife Jill and their daughters.
Other gigs coming up:
Oct 25, Gansbaai, Great White Shark
Nov 22, Ambleside School, Hout Bay Jazz picnic
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