Saturday 29th April
This performance by the George Mari 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 and is following up with the same concept in 2017. “#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live, straight jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says Oliver-Rene Haas.
George Mari is a Durban-based musician and music educator. He is a part-time lecturer in the Jazz Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Arts (Music) and the Community Projects co-ordinator for the UKUSA Arts Programme – one of Durban’s longest running community Music projects. George has enjoyed many musical collaboration as a musician who enjoys playing jazz standards and original compositions, such as those he recorded on his independently released albums Syringa Avenue and Since I Met You. George performs often in Durban as trumpeter, pianist and singer in a range of musical settings with Melvin Peters, Burton Naidoo, Neil Gonsalves, Philani Ngidi, Ildo Nandja, Trevor Don Jeaney, Sidney Rash and Debbie Mari to name a few. George has an MMus in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Natal and has twice been commissioned to compose works including the Africa Athletics Championships and the Victoria Commonwealth University/UKZN Exchange concerts in Durban and Virginia, USA. George has been Musical Director or performed in concerts and music festivals at the Sneddon Theatre, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, Barnyard Theatre, Awesome Africa Festival, Blues Festival and the Durban Playhouse over the years. In 2013, Debbie and George Mari established Marigold Music School as an opportunity to share their knowledge and skills as professional musicians and experienced educators with children and adults of all abilities in the greater Durban area.
George Mari – trumpet, Burton Naidoo – piano, Philani Ngidi – bass, Sbu Zondi – drums and Debbie Mari – vocals
Saturday 29th April entrance 7pm entrance fee 70 Rand including a free drink (T&C)
Bookings: phone 031-3038398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jazzy Rainbow 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road 4001 Morningside
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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George Mari Band @ The Jazzy Rainbow
Saturday 29th April