The Hanepoot Big Band is back on Sunday 7 Dec 6 - 9 pm, for another in our series of South African Big Band Jazz evenings at Swingers Jazz Club in Wetton.

This time we'll be featuring an All-Star rhytm section centered around the drumming of Kesivan Naidoo, and will also be performing one of Kesivan's compositions "Eclipse" with the big band. Joining Kes and our regular pianist George Werner will be guitarist Bruce Muirhead, and Shane Cooper on bass, who also forms part of the band Babu with Kesivan.

Kesivan Naidoo

Shane Cooper

Bruce Muirhead

George Werner
We'll also be featuring the following soloists:
 Hanepoot van Tonder (tbn), Jasper Cook (tbn),
Chris Tokalon (tenor), Simon Bates (tenor),
Storm de Klerk (alto), Lwanda Gogwana (tpt)

Apart from Kesivan's tune, there'll be a performance by a septet made up of Storm de Klerk, Simon Bates (Rudimentals), Hanepoot on trombone, backed by the rhytm section performing tunes by Hugh Masekela & Kippie Moeketsi.

Other than that expect to hear an all-South African programme of big band jazz, including several compositions by Douglas Armstrong and Merton Barrow, and arrangements of tunes by Errol Dyers, Dudu Pukwana and Zakes Nkosi, including a brand new arrangement of another Marabi gem by legendary composer Zakes Nkosi, called "Jackpot".

Swingers is a great venue in the traditional jazz club mode. Tables and chairs, a bar, food and a fabulous vibe. Think Ronnie Scott's in London or the Village Vanguard in New York.

Come and experience it for yourself!

The gig on Sunday starts at 6pm and entry is R40. Swingers is located at 1 Wetwyn Rd, Wetton. For those who have never been there, from the mountain side, you follow Wetton from Rosmead side, go past the racecourse, over the M5 bridge, and, as soon as you go over the next (railway) bridge, take the first turn right. Swingers is straight ahead of you. Turn right before you drive into it! Check the map at the end of this press release.

For further information please contact Swingers on 021-762-2443 or Nick Green on 084-660-6158 or 021-761-7740.

Other gigs coming up:
  • Sunday February 1: Swingers, Wetton
  • Sunday February 15: Helderberg Botanical Gardens, Somerset West

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The Hanepoot Big Band:
Saxes: Storm de Klerk, John Ntshibilikwana, Chris Tokalon, Fred Block, Nick Green
Trumpets: 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