This year 2014 sees the National Arts Festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. As usual the National Arts Festival includes the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, in JazzE’s opinion, the only pure jazz festival in the South Africa. Today we publish the twelfth in our series of 38 articles on the acts that you can see as part of this annual jazz festival.
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Artist Profile #12:
The multi-Grammy Award winning composer/arranger/conductor and big band leader Maria Schneider is a highlight at the 40th National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this July.
Minnesota born Maria Schneider studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota before earning a Masters in Music from the Eastman School of Music. She then spent several years working with Gil Evans as a copyist, assistant and collaborator. After Schneider’s time with Evans she then studied with Bob Brookmeyer between 1986 and 1991. In 1992 Schneider formed the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.
Schneider’s 2004 album, Concert in the Garden, was the first Grammy Award-winning recording sold exclusively via the Internet.
Maria Schneider will perform her music for the first time in South Africa with a Jazz Orchestra supported by Concerts SA and the East Norway Jazz Centre. The orchestra will comprise artists from South Africa and Norway.
See Maria Schneider at DSG Hall on:
5 July at 19:30 & 6 July at 19:30
Tickets are R110