- Chan Centre Presents
- The Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela
The Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela
Formed in the 1950s by the union of two legendary South African jazz bands and inspired by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, The Jazz Epistles were young, swaggering, smart exponents of bop and cool−famous for their late-night jam sessions. Following the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre and the tightening of apartheid oppression, the sextet scattered to Europe and North America, pursuing individual careers. Over half a century later these two original members, both pioneers of modern jazz, reunite for a special tribute concert.
Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand) was championed and produced by the great Duke Ellington, and was named “South Africa’s Mozart” by Nelson Mandela. Trumpeter Hugh Masekela developed his own unique style under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, and became a musical ambassador of the anti-apartheid movement. This historic reunion will be one for the books. The duo will be joined by Ibrahim’s distinguished ensemble Ekaya featuring: Noah Jackson (cello and bass); Will Terrill (drums); Cleave Guyton Jr. (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piccolo); Lance Bryant (tenor saxophone); Andrae Murchison (trombone and trumpet); Marshall McDonald (baritone saxophone).
There will be a free pre-show talk for ticket holders at 6:15pm in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre. Space is limited.