Saturday 5 May
This performance by guitarist Nick Pitman 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 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.
Nick Pitman is a Durban guitarist, enrolled in a BMus at UKZN. He has been playing the guitar for over 10 years, during which time he has explored the Blues, Rock and Jazz Genres. In 2016 and 2017 he was selected to perform with the National Youth Jazz Band which performed at the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival, The Johannesburg Joy of Jazz and the Orbit. Also in 2016 he was a part of the UKZN ensemble which travelled to Oslo, Norway to play at the Oslo Jazz Festival. Currently he is a part of the Blvck Crystals, which formed in the beginning of 2016 and which has gigged successfully around Durban at major venues including The Jazzy Rainbow, The UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, The Rainbow Restaurant, The Bat Centre and The Chairman. The band has also organised a successful tour to Cape Town, where they played four show during their week-long stay, and a Concerts SA sponsored tour to Maputo, Mozambique, where their success continued into the four shows they performed there. His playing has earned him a reputation among local artists, fans and the wider South African community and this has allowed him to play with acclaimed local artists such as Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane and Brian Thusi. This show at the Jazzy Rainbow will feature a mixture of his original music, Durban Jazz classics and International inspiration.
Saturday 5 May
Entrance 7pm
Entrance fee R50 including a free drink for students (T&C)
Bookings: phone 031-3038398 or email
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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