Scholtz Kick Starts Jazz Festival

Melanie Scholtz performs at the National Youth Jazz Festival
Melanie Scholtz performs at the National Youth Jazz Festival

At 17:00 on the first day of the National  Arts Festival, after a day of workshops and auditions – a really important aspect of this jazz festival, Melanie Scholtz took to the stage in the DSG Hall. The show was completely sold out, not an empty seat in the house, and from the reactions to the show not one disappointment either.
Scholtz used the opportunities granted by being the opening act and the youthful audience to share some up tempo jazz numbers, fused with elements of funk, reggae and with guest artist Jitsvinger added a touch of rap too.
The audience appeared to love the show, enthusiastically singing along with Melanie and getting actively involved in Jitsvinger’s playful interactions. Melanie Scholtz a former Standard Bank Young Artist was accompanied by her band that contained two other former Standard Bank Young Artists, Bokani Dyer on keys and Shane Cooper on bass. Scholtz’s horn section comprised Nick Green (Trombone), Justin Bellairs (sax) and Lee Thompson (trumpet).
A highlight from Melanie Scholtz’ performance was her solo piece, performed with the aid of a vocal looping machine that she used to record herself creating a backing beat, harmonizing with herself to create a backing vocal track over which she then sang a song. This enthralled the audience leading to a number of audible gasps and exclamations from the audience.

Melanie Scholtz can still be seen on this National Jazz Festival lineup:
Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz at DSG Hall on:
11 July at 17:00 & 12 July at 17:00
Tickets are R100


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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