Lana Crowster at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz

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The Centre for Jazz Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus in Durban is hosting a concert featuring Lana Crowster on Wednesday, August 10 at 6 pm.

Lana is a singer, composer, arranger based in Cape Town, whose love for jazz started when she wast 15 years old and joined the Artscape Youth Jazz Big Band. Under the tutelage of Dr Mike Rossi and Darryl Andrews, exposure to this art form inspired her to further her knowledge of jazz, bebop and swing in its entirety.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Jazz Vocal Performance, which she achieved with distinction, from the University of Cape Town; and has worked as a lead vocalist in numerous jazz, pop and cover bands .

Lana has shared the stage and studio with many local and international artists including George Benson, with whom she performed at the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival as part of his Tribute to Nat King Cole show, and in 2011 performed alongside Josh Groban on the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth legs of his sold out Straight To You tour.

In 2014 she released her debut EP entitled SEASONS independently. Co-produced by Lana and award-winning jazz pianist Bokani Dyer, the album is a blend of inspirations and influences of her musical past.

Lana was on the first ever season of reality talent show, The Voice South Africa and showcased her musical prowess as part of the line-up for the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival after winning ESP Afrika’s ESP Young Legends competition.

For her gig at UKZN Lana will be joined by Burton Naidoo (piano/keys), Ildo Nandja (bass), Jude Kenrick (drums) and  Phumlani Mtiti (alto sax).

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is on level 2 of the Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Tickets R60 (R40 pensioners and R20 for students). Inquiries: Thuli on 031 2603385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

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