We send Hugh Masekela our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope that he may enjoy the best of health for many years to come. The trumpet player Freddie Hendrix will be assuming the trumpet chair in place of Mr. Masekela for this concert.
Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya with Freddie Hendrix in the trumpet chair will present a concert program in tribute to South Africa’s first recorded jazz group, The Jazz Epistles. The Jazz Epistles were South Africa’s first black jazz band and important contributors to modern jazz. Inspired by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the band came into existence after the Dollar Brand Trio from Cape Town combined talents with alto saxophone king Kippie Moeketsi from Johannesburg and his two protégés, trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa. Dollar Brand would later be known as Abdullah Ibrahim and his Trio included Johnny Gertze on bass, and Early Mabuza or Makaya Ntshoko on drums.
New arrangements of The Jazz Epistles’ original compositions from their 1959 recording, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, including “Blues for Huey,” “Scullery Department,” “Carols Drive,” “Vary – oo – Vum,” “Dollars Moods,” “Gafsa,” and “Uku Janga Phambili,” will be woven into a beautiful concert program with Abdullah Ibrahim’s classic catalog.
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