Jazz at the 40th National Arts Festival #6: SA Tribute Big Band + Tutu Puoane


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 sixth in our series of 38 articles on the acts that you can see as part of this annual jazz festival.

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National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Artist Profile #6:
SA Tribute Big Band + Tutu Puoane

Nick Smart leads the SA Tribute Big Band at the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
Nick Smart leads the SA Tribute Big Band at the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

For two performances this July, the Standard Bank National Arts Festival brings fans of the big band sound a very special treat, the SA Tribute Big Band with Tutu Puoane. This special international festival big band will be paying tribute to some legends of South African jazz.

Dudu Pukwana, the saxophonist in the legendary Blue Notes and Chris McGregor Big Band, was also a composer. This tribute band led by Nick Smart, head of the Jazz Department of the Royal Academy of Music in London, will bring you some of Dudu Pukwana’s works, as well as a Kenny Wheeler arrangement of his composition “Ruby Be Dear”.

Miriam Makeba will also be celebrated by this all star band of professionals gathered from six countries including South Africa, with South Africa’s Tutu Puoane performing a number of Makeba songs as arranged for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

The all star lineup in this festival big band is as follows:
Conductor: Nick Smart (UK)
Vocals: Tutu Puoane
Saxophone: Pekka Pylkkänen (FN), Marc de Kock, Gary Keller (US), Mike Rossi & Justin Bellairs.
Trumpet: Nick Smart (UK), Sydney Mavundla, Lee Thompson & Sakhile Simani.
Trombone: Bertil Strandberg (SE), Justin Sasman, Kyle du Preez & Siya Charles.
Guitar: Mageshen Naidoo
Piano: Ewout Pierreux (BE)
Bass: Rich Syracuse (US)
Drums: Jeff Siegel

See SA Tribute Big Band + Tutu Puoane at the DSG Hall on
6 July at 17:00
7 July at 19:30

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.
Etienne Shardlow

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