Jazz supremo to celebrate 40 years in the biz with a little help from his friends

Jazz supremo to celebrate 40 years in the biz with a little help from his friends

EMO Adams and Vicky Sampson, two of Cape Town and South Africa’s most loved singers, are the latest additions to the line-up for Sammy Webber’s show ‘40 Years and Counting’.

Guitar wizard Webber will be hosting a star-studded line-up on Wednesday, November 21, in the Baxter Theatre Centre in Rondebosch when he celebrates 40 years in the music industry.

Accompanied by the “Shack Band” and with Celeste Williams as musical director, the show also features Dr Victor of Rasta Rebels fame, who will be flying in from Johannesburg to pay his respects to his long-time friend.

Other artists on the bill are Ian Smith, Richard Ceasar, China van Rensburg, Sean O’Connell, Glenn Robertson, Sammy’s erstwhile band Virtual Jazz Reality (VJR), Allou April, Leonie le Roux, Lesley-Rae Webber, Shaun Johannes and Chadleigh Gouwa.

Comedians Quinton Manuels and Wayne Mckay will be providing some comic relief.

Adams, who first made his name in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s famous musicals about District Six, confirmed his participation in a voice note to Webber:

“It is just to show my respect for the people who have been doing this for way longer than I have. I have been fortunate to enjoy some of the fruits of this industry that people think wasn’t there anymore and it’s because of some pioneers such as yourself that have paved the way for younger artists such as myself to enjoy the career they have today. For that I will render my service free of charge for the 21st of November,” said Adams.

Webber (59) hails from Retreat and is proud to be associated with the area where he learnt how to play the guitar. He cut his performing teeth with a number of bands, including Inside Out, U-Turn, Funtime, and Virtual Jazz Reality.

His wizardry on the bass guitar has won him many fans and his stint with Virtual Jazz Reality made him a household name. About eight years ago disaster struck when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which affected his health. His eyesight is severely affected, and he uses special lights on the neck of his guitar when he performs.

That, however, did not deter Webber. Quite the opposite – he is still a regular on the Cape Town jazz scene and is passionate about showing people that you can live a productive and meaningful life with multiple sclerosis.

* The concert starts at 8.15pm and is expected to run for 1 hour and 50 minutes, with a 20-minute interval. All tickets cost R250 and can be booked via webtickets.co.za, the Baxter Box Office and at all branches of Pick n Pay.