Kyle Shepherd Trio ‘LIVE’ at Straight No Chaser Club


The Kyle Shepherd Trio will perform at the Straight No Chaser Club, 79 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town on Friday, 22nd & Saturday 23d of May 2015. Shows start at 8:30pm and 10pm.

Kyle Shepherd Trio - Straight no Chaser May 2015
Kyle Shepherd Trio – Straight no Chaser May 2015

Featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums, this magnificent trio has enthralled audiences across South Africa, Switzerland and China. The shows at the Straight No Chaser Club come ahead of the trio’s upcoming performances at The Orbit in Johannesburg at the end of this month and their debut tour of Canada with performances at The Ottawa International Jazz Festival, The Victoria International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in June 2015!


Tickets: R80 per show or R140 for both [Students pay R50 per show or R80 for both]
To book, please call/sms 076 679 2697 OR email
[Seating Unreserved. Doors open 7pm]

“There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’.” Percy Mabandu, Arts journalist and author,



The music you hear will be drawn from The 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, Kyle Shepherd’s repertoire of both recorded and new unreleased original compositions!

In her review of the trio’s Dream State double album in 2014, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, states:
“Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow.”

Band leader and composer, Kyle Shepherd, one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.

The twenty-seven-year-old virtuoso pianist who has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA has already released five (5) critically acclaimed albums in his young career. In 2014, he released two (2) albums. Dream State, a 21-track double album of his Trio, garnered nominations for both the 2015 South African Music Award [SAMA] and a 2015 Metro FM Music Award in the Jazz Category. His debut solo piano offering Into Darkness, recorded in Japan was launched with a tour in the South-East Asian country in the same year and included a performance at the prestigious Tokyo Jazz Festival. Previous releases include fineART, A Portrait of Home & South African History !X, have also earned SAMA nominations.

As a pianist, Xaru player (traditional mouth-bow) and composer, Shepherd has forged a unique compositional and performance concept that pays homage to all his musical influences and the many great musicians he has worked with, all while continuing to look forward musically in a way, which, in the words of the great South African Jazz writer and historian, Gwen Ansell, “live in the jazz world but are never imprisoned by it”.


“…music of subtle yet tremendous power… it is music of genuine passion, meditative and stately but always emotionally engaged.” Marcus O’Dair | The Arts Desk, UK

“Shepherd…plays piano with old-soul authority and composes rich, evocative music.” Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen, CANADA

“… a straight-ahead modern jazz piano sound, where well-crafted melodies are the vehicle to coast over the surface of tight, dynamic rhythms.” – Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound [NY, USA]

“… it’s in his linking of international influences with his own local traditions that his strength lies.” – Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast [UK]

“This is improvisation as a search for freedom, “freedom from”, yes, but also “freedom to”, a key to unlock the doors of music making in the future”. Miles Keylock, Rolling Stone South Africa


The Staight No Chaser Club: 79 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

CDs will be on Sale at the Performances [Cash Only]

For more information about Kyle Shepherd including a biography, reviews, videos etc, please visit:


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