Friday 16 March 2018
South African Vocal Jazz – A Northern Line Ambassador Artist gig sponsored by Jazz North
This band represents pianist Dave Evans’ long-lasting interest in South Africa and its music.
He combines his jazz quartet with a trio of close harmony vocalists (ex-pat. South Africans from the Huddersfield area). Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa with gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi – traditional Zulu music – and Afro-pop. High energy African beats and traditional sounds morph into more contemporary African musical styles. All that and the jazz skills of this established quartet. Bring it on!
“It’s a soulful, goose bump inducing experience.” – Manchester Jazz Festival
Dave Evans – piano and songwriting
Nik Rutherford – guitar
Kenny Higgins – bass
Alex Wibrew – drums
Thandanani Gumede – voice and songwriting
Nokuthula Zondi-Kamudyariwa – voice
Xolani Mbatha – baritone voice