On the evening of 28 April 2014, The Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) hosted the annual South African Music Awards at the Sun City Superbowl. The glamorous, partially televised event is used to award South African musicians who have excelled during the year. The Best Jazz Album SAMA 2014 was awarded to Shane Cooper for his debut album Oscillations.
This year’s Best Jazz Album award was hotly contested by what many in fans and industry players alike said were all worthy winners. Shane Cooper’s Oscillations was competing with two drum led albums: Sisa Sopazi‘s Images & Figures and Tumi Mogorosi‘s Project Elo as well as Marcus Wyatt‘s One Life In The Sun and the live recording of the late Zim Ngqawana‘s Cape Town International Jazz Festival performance in 2008 now available on CD and DVD. Another coincidence is that 4 of the 5 nominees hail from the Eastern Cape, Gauteng born Tumi Mogorosi being the only exception.
The 28 year old Shane Cooper from Port Elizabeth also won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2013, and plays regularly in a number of groups, most notably the Kyle Shepherd Trio. Shane Cooper also appeared in the Zimology Quartet on the SAMA nominated album Zim Ngqawana – Live At The Cape Town International Jazz Festival. His album Oscillations features alongside Shane Cooper on bass, the talents of two former Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz winners Bokani Dyer on piano and Kesivan Naidoo on drums. These three are joined on this album by Reza Khota on guitar, Justin Bellairs on alto saxophone and Buddy Wells on tenor saxophone. This award winning album was produced by Shane Cooper and Carlo Mombelli, who according to Shane has been a tremendous inspiration and influence.