Well-known jazz legends are fine tuning their musical instruments and polishing their voices, to deliver a “life-changing” musical experience during the three day concert series ‘Jazz Masters Tribute’, to be showcased at Artscape Theatre Centre from Thursday to Saturday, September 28 to 30, at 8pm.
Thursday will honour female jazz icons such as Miriam Makeba through jazz voices of Africa by the well-known female jazz icon Zoe Modiga – a regular visitor to the Mother City’s jazz events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. She will be joined in song by Nomfundo Xaluva, whose voice and talent as a pianist is conveyed through her album ‘Kusile’. The line-up will also include one of Cape Town’s best-loved pianists and vocalists, Amanda Tiffin, as well as Monique Hellenberg, currently the featured vocalist on house music duo, Goldfish’s current hit radio single ‘This Is How It Goes’.
Friday will celebrate the Ngcukana Brothers primarily through instrumental renditions by award-winning saxophonist McCoy Mrubata who, incidentally, studied informally under the Ngcukanas. A regular performer with local and international greats, Mrubata is a former member of the band Sheer All Stars, which consisted of some of the best musicians within the South African jazz scene, notably, the late Sipho Gumede, Errol Dyers and Frank Pako, amongst others. He will share the stage with Sylvester Mazinyane (pianist).
Saturday will be dedicated to the late Jazz Master, Errol Dyers and the Schilder family. Taking the stage in their memory will be composer and multi-instrumentalist Hilton Schilder (the son of the late esteemed South African Jazz pianist, Tony Schilder) and Errol’s brother, guitarist, Alvin Dyers. They will be joined by jazz musician, Sylvia Mdunyelwa, who has also worked alongside the Ngcukana Brothers, Winston Mankunku and Nick Carter amongst others.
The Jazz Masters Tribute forms part of Artscape Theatre Centre’s arts transformation policy, which has as its objective the elevation of formerly marginalised art forms, such as jazz, pantsula and hip-hop, on centre stage alongside Western art forms, consequentially offering a platform for all professional art forms as a “home for all”.
* Tickets (R100 per person) are available via Computicket, or Artscape-Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695.