SA’s best young Jazz artists share Artscape stage

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The Claude Cozens Trio will perform on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June in the Artscape Arena
The Claude Cozens Trio will perform on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June in the Artscape Arena

Artscape writes: They have been on stages the world over, but three of our best young Jazz musicians will soon be performing in the intimate Artscape Arena.

The Claude Cozens Trio, with Claude Cozens, Kyle Shepherd and Benjamin Jephta, recently had audiences on their feet at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The trio, with Cozens on drums, Shepherd behind the piano and Jephta on bass, have performed together before and are very popular as trio and as individuals.

To add to the magic, four guest artists will also say hello. Zoe Modiga, JitsVinger, Mark Fransman and Hilton Schilder are artists in their own right who jumped at the opportunity to perform with the Trio. Each of the three evenings will have a different programme, promising something fresh and new for the run of the act.

Shepherd is probably the best known of the three as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz (2014) and three times SAMA nominee. His new solo CD, recorded in Japan, will be available later this year.

It is a bit unusual to see a drummer take the lead in a trio, but Cozens stands back for nothing. The magic between him and his friends only gets better the longer they perform together.

Benjamin Jephta is seen as one of the best bassists in South Africa and will, in time, only get better.

Jubilee Jam
Jubilee Jam

Jubilee Jam, the Claude Cozens Trio’s first CD with 14 tracks, will be re-launched at this event.

The Claude Cozens Trio will perform on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June in the Artscape Arena. The show starts at 19:30 and will be approximately 120 minutes in length, including an interval. Tickets cost R65 and can be bought at Computicket or the Artscape Box Office.

For the opening night only, a ticket and CD can be bought for the combined price of R120. Also for this night, students and pensioners can buy two tickets for R100.

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