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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Day 1 of the Joy of Jazz Festival - South Africa

Earlier today, Marion and I ventured off into the world of school symposium. We landed in Soweto, where some of the kids were studying music, but more importantly, they were there to hear a couple of music veterans share some of the wisdom, and we jammed at the end of the class, which was quite a treat.

(Working with a young keyboard lion from Soweto, talking about the power of the tri-tone)

(Hanging with the students for a quick photo op)

(Soweto TV- talking about the experiences we had in Jo-Burg)

(Marion and the young Soweto Lion, kicking some M major Blues as I sit back and soak in the experience.)

Later that night, as I anxiously await for Friday to perform at the Bassline here in Jo'Burg, the opening day of the Joy of Jazz Festival commenced and it closed out with a guitar fest, courtesy of Norman Brown, who was joined later by Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa) and new burner Kunye Ayo (Nigeria). These guys were cookin' on "That's The Way Love Goes". Also on board on the show was Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs on Keys, Guitar and Violin, respectively. They represented strong as they traded licks off of each other all night, equally impressive!!

(Norman Brown, Jimmy Dludlu, Kunye Ayo)

(Chieli Minucci, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs and band at the Joy of Jazz Festival)
Tomorrow, we'll be doing jams from the "Lookin' Back" CD as well as the "" disc. Looking forward to it!!


1 comment:

studio b said...

wow! you've been really busy! not surprized to hear how well jazz music is received over there -jazz is alive and well in the universe!!

musicians like you just have to keep it coming! and bring some of your new friends across the water to come and play here in the states!

don't ever lose the fire for the genre...its definitely music for the soul and medicine for the heart...