Celebrate young jazz talent

Celebrate young jazz talent

PERFORM: Vocalist Adelia Douw on stage last year.

Laaities and legends on the same stage.

There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend, following on the heels of Youth Day celebrations, with Father’s Day on Sunday.

There’s also a lekker jazz concert on offer at the Artscape tonight that is the perfect jol for young and old.

It’s the 13th annual Youth Jazz Festival, a celebration of young talent on the jazz scene.

It started in 2013 and has grown into a great mentorship programme for youth who get to learn from artists.

On Saturday there are 66 young soloists performing alongside their mentors and local jazz legends namely Amanda Tiffin (vocals), Camillo Lombard (piano), Frank Paco (drums), Wesley Rustin (bass) and Marc De Kock (saxophone).

Director of the Artscape’s Audience Development and Education (ADE) department, Thoko Ntshinga, says it’s a great initiative.

“What is great about this Youth Jazz Festival is to witness young people collaborate, interact, integrate and network between themselves. We feel there is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble where not only do the musicians express themselves but also other music lovers,” she says.

The soloists performing at this year’s Youth Jazz Festival are Etuk Ubong, Emma de Goede, Thembelihle Dunjana, Elizabeth Gaylord, Shakeel Cullis, Evan Froud, Georgia Jones, Lumanyano Mzi, Phathiswa Magangane, Liam Webb, Peter-John Titus, Dillon April, Marco Maritz, Robert van der Merwe, Sean Sansby and Lyle Syster.

Tickets for the show cost R100 and are available from Computicket. The show starts at 7.30pm.

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