The CENTRE FOR JAZZ & POPULAR MUSIC (UKZN) presents the 23rd edition of the Jazz Jol, featuring Standard Bank Young artists in Jazz for 2010 and 2011 respectively, singer Melanie Scholtz and pianist, Bokani Dyer on Saturday, 29 October 2011 at 19:00.

25 year old jazz pianist and composer, Bokani Dyer has seen his music take him to Sweden, Norway and the United States and win the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist in Jazz. Dyer has two albums of his own, Mirrors which was recorded in 2010, and Emancipate the story which was recorded 2011

Alan Webster, Director of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown had this to say about him: “Bokani is a very impressive young musician, technically skilled beyond his years and artistically creative in a wide array of jazz genres. He is undoubtedly someone who is going to add to the breadth of South African jazz in the future,”

The Bokani Dyer quartet is Bokani Dyer (Piano), Buddy Wells (saxophone), Shane Cooper (bass), Ayanda Sikade (drums) 

Melanie Scholtz will appear with her husband Gorm Helford (Guitar), Shane Cooper (bass) and local talents, Burton Naidoo (Piano) and Bruce Baker (Drums).

This accomplished composer/lyricist/writer and director has had multiple successes in her musical journey. At 16, she went to study singing with The Eoan group. In 1997, Melanie enrolled at the SA College of Music at UCT and graduated in 2000 Cum Laude with a Performers’ Diploma in Opera. In 2002, Melanie won “Best Jazz Vocalist” in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters and in 2006 released her debut album entitled “Zillion Miles”. 2009 saw her recording her second album with Norwegian trumpeter and producer, Ole Jorn Myklebust. Apart from her own compositions and recordings, Melanie collaborated with artists such as Jimmy Dludlu, and also featured on albums by Mark Fransman, Ivan Masuze, Goldfish and Breakfast Included. In 2010, Scholtz was Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz.

Melanie has performed at numerous music festivals nationally and internationally and in August 2009 recorded a live album with Inkala in Vadso at the Varanger Jazz Festival in Norway. In February/March 2010, Melanie was invited to perform in Murmansk, Russia.

The Jazz Jol will also feature the UKZN Big Band and feature jazz ensembles from the School of Music.


DATE               :     Saturday 29 October 2011

TIME                :     19h00

TICKETS        :     R100 ,(Pensioners R80), (Students R50).

Early bird discount tickets available at R80 and group discount tickets for pensions at R75 ea for a group of ten

VENUE             :    Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone bldg.

TEL.                 :    031 260 3385

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