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 seventeenth 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 #17:
Albert Frost & Dan Patlansky
In January 2014, legendary American rocker Bruce Springsteen toured South Africa for the first time, playing to three sold out stadium shows. His choice of opening act was South African blues giant Dan Patlansky. Seven albums and two decades in the music industry, Dan Patlansky is a welcome return to the National Arts Festival, having won the only Gold Ovation award at the 2013 Festival.
Albert Frost is another name well known in Grahamstown. A member of the Blues Broers and producer of their latest album, Frost is also well known for his work on Arno Carsten‘s SAMA winning albums ‘Hello Goodbye Boys‘ and ‘Another Universe‘. Frost was a highlight at the National Arts Festival in 2013 with a number of performances at the jazz festival and late night jams at the Jazz & Blues Cafe.
In Grahamstown in July 2014, festival goers will be treated to a collaboration by these two South African blues legends.
See Dan Patlanksy and Albert Frost at the Guy Butler Theatre, 5 July 2014 at 21:30. Tickets R120