The CENTRE FOR JAZZ & POPULAR MUSIC (UKZN) is proud to present, the first gig of 2014: Bruce Baker Fire Trio on Wednesday 12 February 2014 at 18:00.

Bruce Baker began his professional music career in early 1996 by joining instrumental band Landscape Prayers. The band recorded three albums (all nominated for SAMA best instrumental album), and performed nationally and internationally. In late 1997, he became a member of the popular rock band Squeal. They recorded the album ‘Civilized’ (nominated for a SAMA Award for Best Rock Album 1999) and an EP ‘Begin’ for Internet release with the group. The band extensively toured South Africa and England.

1999 brought about a stylistic change to Bruce when he joined the jazz group ‘Tonk’. This opened doors to working with various artists in the jazz field including Winston Mankuku, Darius Brubeck, Natalie Rungan, Melvin Peters, Dr Mike Rossi, Concord Nkabinde, Feya Faku, Monette Sudler (USA), Dr Willie Hill and Ron McCurdy (USA), and the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra.

Throughout the years he has done numerous recording sessions for wide variety of artists including Melanie Louw and ‘Sunways’ “Moon is a Spoon” (SAMA Award for Best Rock Album 2001), Gcina Hlope, and concert performances with Rowan Stuart, Phillip Walker (USA), Fiona Boyes (USA/Australia) and Liz Mandeville (USA). Bruce has also performed in a variety of theatre shows. Bruce has taught Jazz Drum set and Rhythm studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2002.

The Bruce Baker Fire trio is Bruce Baker on drums, Ildo Nandja on bass, and Burton Naidoo on Piano. The piano, bass and drums trio has always been one Of Bruce’s favourite and inspiring formats to play. It provides fertile ground for creativity and exploration.

In the spirit of the famous trios of Keith Jarrett, Brad Meldau and drummer Roy Haynes, this trio will perform some less familiar standards and some original compositions by Burton Naidoo. Come and enjoy this awesome trio at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on Wednesday 12 February 2014. Doors open at 17:30 and music starts at 18:00. Entry fee is R40 (Pensioners R20 and students R15). Please contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details.

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