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Jozi's hot jazz spot

By Simon Nare | Mar 29, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FINALLY, somebody is doing something about live jazz around Joburg.

Live jazz had long pushed up the daises since the days of Kippies in Newtown or Bassline in Melville before the establishment moved to Newtown precinct.

Rocka in Milpark was until recently the place to be on Wednesdays for live jazz performances. The restaurant-cum-night club was shut down after complaints by residents in the area.

But now what is referred to as African chic, Sophiatown Bar Lounge in Newtown, has come to the fore to rescue deprived live jazz enthusiasts.

Well renowned for being Jozi's hottest and funky cultural hub, Sophiatown will have live jazz performances every Wednesday evenings.

This initiative was launched last week with a performance by Port Elizabeth-born trumpeter Marcus Wyatt together with Nduduzo Makathini, Carlo Mombelli and Clement Benny.

The group, which is also referred to as "Innacity 4tet", will woe the Sophiatown crowd with their strong upbeat and yet sweet and melodic sound.

Wyatt has over the years developed a reputation of being one of the most sought-after versatile trumpet players in the land. He has mastered the art and is equally comfortable ranging from trios, big bands, drums, house music to improvisation.

Wyatt started playing the trumpet at the age of 11 in his school band.

And now he will be displaying his skills at the cultural precinct.

According to the restaurant, the main objective of these Wednesday jazz evenings is for jazz lovers from all over the city to have a spot to call home and jam the night away.

Wyatt said he was thrilled to be part of this overdue adventure.

"I am so excited about the venture. I am a musician who loves to play and I think Sophiatown is a great venue for this," said Wyatt.

The trumpeter has in his career performed or recorded with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Miriam Makeba, Hotep Idris Galeta, Jimmy Dludlu and Tlale Makhene, just to name a few.

So now if you want to see this talented trumpeter, scamper your way to corner Jeppe and Henry Nxumalo streets every Wednesdays at 8.30pm.


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