The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will host the 25th Edition of the Standard Bank Jazz Jol on Saturday August 31.
On stage will be Cape Town resident Shane Cooper, Kesivan Naidoo, Africa Plus and the Mozambican quartet Afro Latino.
The event is a popular feature on the Durban calendar, and this year it will feature the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2013, bassist Shane Cooper. Sharing the stage with Shane Cooper will be members of his band, previous Standard Bank Young Artist winner Kevisan Naidoo on the drums, Reza Khota on the guitar and Justin Bellairs on the alto saxophone.
The young and exciting Durban based trio of Africa Plus consist of Prince Bulo on the bass, Sphelelo Mazibuko on the drums and Lungelo Ngcobo on the piano and keyboards. Their musical influence is drawn from rich traditional African elements with the base drawn from Western advanced harmonies.
Formally trained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal this vibrant outfit full of rhythmic complexities and melodies that include mainly original music composed by the band are sure to entertain audiences.
The Mozambican quartet of Afro Latino will bring the night to a close and they consist of guitarist and vocalist Milton Chissano who provides the Latin grooves to the group, Ildo Nandja as percussionist and bassist, Alberto Chemane on the percussion and drums and lastly Njabulo Shabalala on the percussion.
Proceeds from the concert go towards the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship which is a scholarship that assists disadvantaged jazz students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with general support, financial aid, and bursaries. The scholarship also helps fund the travelling and accommodation costs for educational festivals such as the National Youth Jazz Festival held annually in Grahamstown along with workshops and conferences.
* Tickets are R100 (R80 for pensioners and R 50 for students) there are early bird discounts of R80 and group discounts for pensioners at R75 for groups of ten.
To book call 031 260 3385, or send an e-mail to Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.