US keyboardist Jeff Lorber; a Dutch hip-hop duo called La Melodia and Cape Town-based guitarist Allou April are the newcomers to the programme. This brings to 42, the groups that will perform at the festival that takes place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Like we do in our programming, in finalising our lineup we had to ensure that there was something for different audiences and tastes. Jeff Lorber will definitely excite those who prefer smoother jazz sounds. For those into hip-hop, there is nothing better than La Melodia. And there was no way that we could not showcase the best home-brewed grooves. Thats Allou April, says festival and EspAfrika director Rashid Lombard.
Forming his first band in 1977, Lorber has an experience of more than three decades as a professional musician. In these years, the Philadelphia-born artist has not only produced close to 20-albums, he has been at the centre of developing the genre that is loosely referred as smooth jazz. Being part of the fusion era in the 1970s, the 57-year old piano and keyboard player began to explore his R&B roots and eschewed the purely-instrumental music of the earlier period. Lorber is also credited to have introduced to the public the young Kenny G. The well-known saxophonists first recording was with Jeff Lorber Fusions 1980 recording Wizard Island. Over the years, Lorber worked with other musicians such as percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, trumpeter Herb Albert and saxophonist Dave Koz. Lorbers 2005 Flipside was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category.
Currently residing in Amsterdam, La Melodia is MC Melodee and DJ/producer I.N.T. Both artists were part of the hip-hop underground in the Hollands city of Eindhoven. While the two are involved in independent projects, they began to collaborate in 2004 when they decided to release a single together. Soon thereafter a Japanese record company approached the duo with a recording deal after the companys executives heard the single in a record store. Insistent on hip-hop as the basis of their sound, La Melodia incorporates raw beats, bossa nova and soul into its music. La Melodia is all about feel good vibes. And spreading those vibes across the globe, says Melodee about the bands recent appearance at the Supafly Hiphop Jam in Brussels and the South By South West (SXWS) Festival in Austin, Texas.
April on the other hand, belongs to a team of South African musicians who although inspired by guitarists such as George Benson and Wes Montgomery refuse to let go of their ghoema, mbaqanga and gospel roots. Since the launch of his debut album Bringing Joy, April has won his place as one of the countrys innovative guitarists. With three albums under his belt, he has established a style that is uniquely his own. Aprils addition to the list of musicians to perform at this years festival turns in many respects, the two-day musical extravaganza into a guitar feast.
Already on the lineup is the guitar maestro and leading vocalising artist, George Benson. Benson gives two shows at the festival. On the first night he presents An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole with a 28-piece South African Orchestra. With his band, he will close the second day of the festival in a concert dubbed: George Benson: Greatest Hits. Other guitar-led groups on the bill are: Jonathan Butler who appears with US trumpeter Rick Braun and Scottish-born saxophonist Richard Elliot as guests; Austrian Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet; Ronny Jordan Organ Trio from the US; our troubadour/guitar-player Vusi Mahlasela, and the impressive South African guitarist Selaelo Selota. Although known for his harmonica work Toots Thielemans is a guitarist first and foremost.
Amanda Tiffin (SA); Blk Jks (SA); Bokani Dyer Trio (Botswana/SA); Brooklyn Funk Essentials (US); Charles Lloyd New Quartet (US); Delft Youth Big Band conducted by Ian Smith (SA); Gauteng Jazz Orchestra (SA); Glenn Robertson Jazz Band (SA); Iridium Project (SA); Jason Moran & The Bandwagon (US); Judith Sephuma (SA); Kesivan Naidoo and the Lights (SA/Sweden/Switzerland); Lira (SA); Marcus Wyatts Language 12 (SA); Makeson Browne & Akoustik Knot (SA) feat. Johan Horlen (Sweden); McCoy Tyner Trio feat Gary Bartz (US); Melanie Scholtz (SA); Mervyn Africas Kaap Finale (SA); Mezzoforte (Iceland); (Austria); MiKANiC with Zolani Mahola & Buddy Wells (SA); Musa Manzini (SA); Paulo Flores (Angola); Rachelle Ferrell (US); Regina Carters Reverse Thread (US); Sammy Hartman Project with Robbie Jansen & Ezra Ngcukana (SA); Soil & Pimp Sessions (Japan); Stix Hojeng (SA); Tete Mbambisa (SA) The Bad Plus (US); and TKZee (SA).
(Unfortunately Guru of Gurus Jazzmatazz has suffered a heart attack and will not be performing at this years festival)
Like in previous years, these musicians will share the festivals five stages over the two days.
Ticket prices for the 2010 festival are: R330 for single day pass and a two-day weekend pass is R485. As in previous years, there will be an extra fee of R25 per act for patrons wishing to attend concerts on the Rosies stage. Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers stores.
The success of the festival would have not been possible had it not been the generosity of sponsors. The gold sponsors for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2010 are: Department of Arts and Culture, Ritek Empredentos, Other sponsors include Provincial Government of the Western Cape, The City of Cape Town, Grolsch, Jack Daniels, SA Tourism, Polo, Pepper Club and Nokia Siemens Networks.