The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting a Jazz Drum Showcase featuring first, second and third year students and a few alumni that are prominent faces on the Durban and South African music scene at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 27.
The drummers will be presenting music that puts the drums in the forefront as well as drum solo compositions of the icons of the instrument such as Max Roach and Tony Williams.
Some of the pieces will be from the students’ exam repertoire which range in style from bebop to big band and contemporary fusion. Other items will be the students’ own ideas and compositions.
The drums mostly occupy a rear-guard role, in that they provide the time, groove, feel, and dynamics of the band…the engine room. The showcase will offer an opportunity to see, hear and feel drums in a more upfront role and give context to the many skills a modern drummer needs to have in his toolbox.
The concert is a part of a series of instrumental showcases planned over the course of the year, so make sure you head down to The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) on level two of the Shepstone Building on the Howard College Campus. Doors open at 5.30pm.
Tickets are R60 (R40 pensioners and R20 students). Inquiries: Thuli on 031 2603385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details
Picture: Bruce Baker (drum lecturer)