Saturday 2 February
This performance by the Neil Gonsalves trio at The Jazzy Rainbow is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
Durban’s jazz lounge, The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September 2016 and continues to follow up with the same concept. “#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live, straight jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says Oliver-Rene Haas.
Composer and pianist, Neil Gonsalves completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance cum laude at the University of Natal in 1999. He recorded a debut CD with his band Tonk in 2000 and North Facing in 2006 which was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has worked with many of South Africa’s most well-known and respected jazz musicians, as well as having long tenures with Busi Mhlongo and Johnny Clegg, with whom he toured from 2000-2004.
He is currently also the director for the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) at UKZN where he oversees the concert programming and seeks out extra-curricular activities and opportunities for the Jazz and Popular music students at UKZN. A highlight of this activity was the 3-year exchange with the Jazz program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, which included numerous joint performances and various other jazz and jazz education activities at UKZN and VCU. 2013 yielded a CD release entitled Leap of Faith. In addition, the end of 2013 also saw the debut CD release of Latinfluence, a duo project that Neil has with his colleague at UKZN, flamenco guitarist Demi Fernandez.
In 2014 Neil performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival as part of composer/saxophonist Ernest Dawkins’ tribute to Nelson Mandela entitled Memory in the Center, an Afro-Jazz Opera, and 2015 saw a Concerts SA-sponsored tour to Maputo with Demi Fernandez to promote Latinfluence.
Most recently his involvement in the Piano Passion Project- a collective of UKZN jazz piano alumni- led to the release of their debut CD Piano Passions (2018) and he has just returned from Canada where he performed at Frankie’s Jazz Club in Vancouver.
During this concert he will be performing his own compositions and some jazz standards with a twist and he is accompanied by Llewlyn Chetty on bass and Riley Giandhari on drums
Date: Saturday 2nd February
Entrance: 7pm- R100, including a free drink (T&C)
Address: The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Morningside
Bookings: phone 031-3038398 or email jazzyrainbow@mweb.co.za
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. Follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ConcertsSA