UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music to host collaborative concert


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus in Durban is hosting a collaborative concert between Unisa and Oberlin Conservatory at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 6.

This collaborative ensemble is co-directed by Bobby Ferrazza (guitar), head of jazz studies at Oberlin Conservatory in the United States, and Karen Devroop, the South African saxophone, who is a Professor of Music and Director at Unisa Music Foundation, together with an outstanding rhythm section consisting Michael Weiner (bass) – USA, Roland Moses (piano) – SA and Michael Ode (drums) – USA.

Bobby and Karen will lead a series of workshops around the country. The workshop at UKZN is free and open to everyone and will resume at 2pm at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.

All workshops will be tailored for individual groups/levels. For more details contact Kgomotso Boshielo via email at or phone 012 429 3311.

The workshop topics covered will include:

  • intermediate/advanced jazz improvisation
  • rhythm section workout
  • improvising over difficult changes
  • working with big bands
  • literature
  • jazz studies/etudes
  • breaking into jazz festivals
  • putting together an EPK

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 5.30pm and the show starts at 6pm. Tickets R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 for students).

Please contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details.


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