“SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ SEXTET” Directed by Adam Glasser, featuring Byron Wallen and a Tribute to Hugh Masekela, 8:30-9:45pm, Guildhall Theatre
Lineup: Adam Glasser (harmonica/piano) Byron Wallen (trumpet) Josephine Davies (sax) Rob Luft (guitar) Daisy George (bass) Corrie Dick (drums)
SHOW INFO: Specially formed for the Brecon Jazz Festival 2018, this group brings together for the first time in collaboration, South African pianist and harmonica player Adam Glasser with trumpeter and master improviser/composer Byron Wallen. They both share a long and deep connection with township jazz and more specifically a working and a personal relationship with the late Hugh Masekela, to whom they will pay tribute with a selection of his lesser known township jazz anthems.
(Bra) Hugh Masekela’s music legacy spans a truly Pan-African range of styles and grooves, and the group draws on some of the lesser known compositions associated with the trumpet legends inimitable brand of township jazz. This ranges from the iconic early sixties album ˜Jazz Epistles Verse 1″ up to the present day.
This approach provides a fruitful and stimulating listening experience, as many of the most well known compositions associated with Bra Hugh were actually written for him from “Grazing in the Grass” (composed by Philemon Hou), “Blues for Hughie” (Kippie Moeketsi & Caiphus Semenyas) to “Bo Masekela”; says Glasser, whose father composer Stanley Glasser was the musical director of the 60s SA musical ˜King Kong”; where he and Masekela worked closely together.
The band lineup includes the brilliant tenor saxophonist Josephine Davies, the dynamic cutting edge drums and guitar pairing of Corrie Dick and Rob Luft ( who has worked and recorded regularly with Glasser over the past 4 years) and recently graduated bassist from Royal Academy of Music Daisy George.
Currently one of the few UK jazz ensembles focussing on South African jazz compositions- not to be missed!
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* THIS EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY BRECON TOWN COUNCIL *
images: Josephine Davies copyright Rob Blackham, & Adam Glasser copyright Pritpal Kikuchi