Friday 5 January
This performance by The Monday Big Band 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 The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September 2016, followed up with the same concept in 2017, and continues to do so in 2018. “#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live, straight jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says Oliver-Rene Haas.
The Monday Big Band led by George Mari is showcasing the city’s swinging talent and they have chosen their name after their first gig, which happened on a Monday night in Durban a few months ago. Featuring Durban based jazz musicians including Burton Naidoo (piano) Llewellyn Chetty (bass), Sbu Zondi (drums), Gerald Sloane (Guitar), Debbie Mari (vocals) with Thabo Sikakhane, Phuti Mofokeng and George Mari (trumpets), Mxolisi Mdlalose, Tim Lewis (saxophones), Kgetsi Mokgetsi, Siyalo Khumalo (trombones) and Tseleng Mokatla (flute), The Monday Big Band performs a wide range of repertoire including jazz favourites Little Sunflower, Doxy, Jive Samba, Lullaby of Birdland, South African standards such as Shona, The Mandela Suite and other original compositions by the band members. With occasional change in personnel, The Monday Big Band features Durban based musicians who love Big Band music and is an opportunity for experienced and younger musicians to perform side by side.
Friday 5th January – 8pm – R 100 (includes 1 drink)
Address: 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Morningside, Durban
Bookings: 031 303 8398 /
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.
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