NOTICE: The Orbit is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 17 h 00 to 02:00 – The performances will start from September 1st at 20 h 00 on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday – at 20 h 30 on Friday/Saturday and 18 h 00 on Sunday

Science & Cocktails with Jazz
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Contemporary Jazz)

Tuesday 24th of Novmebre 2015 – 20 h 00 – R 20


Let There Be Light – by Andrew Forbes (PhD)
2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. It celebrates many key milestones over the ages, going back a thousand years to the birth of modern optics, through to new discoveries, enabled by light, awarded the 2014 Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry.
What do we mean by « light-based technologies »? What is photonics and how does it touch our everyday lives? What does quantum mechanics have to do with light? How do lenses work and how thin can we make them? If we could make them paper-thin, what applications would that lead to? How will photonic technologies evolve in the future?
In this talk, Andrew Forbes will share with us some of the wonders of light, what we understand about it, what we don’t, how it has impacted on our daily lives, and how light has driven new paradigms in the way we interact with technologies.
As Andrew Forbes will explain, the story of light goes beyond science, touching on art, culture and life itself.
After the talk, photonic cocktails will be served at the bar while the Peter Sklair quintet plays radiant jazz.
About Andrew Forbes – Andrew received his PhD (1998) from the University of Natal, and has spent several years working as an applied laser physicist, first for the South African Atomic Energy Corporation and then later as Technical Director of a private laser company. In 2004 he joined the CSIR National Laser Centre where he was Chief Researcher and Research Group Leader, and joined the University of the Witwatersrand on the distinguished professor program in 2015. His research interests include laser beams and resonators, digital holography, orbital angular momentum and quantum optics.

Band composition:
Paul Hanmer – piano
Peter Sklair – electric bass
Sam Ibeh – drums
Mike Bester – guitar
Special Guest: Dr Roland Moses – keys

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En Fuego
The Orbit’s Afro Cuban Salsa Band
Live at The Orbit!

Wednesday 25th of November 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 100


“En Fuego” is inspired by the dynamic New York style Latino sounds. This Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble bases its repertoire from some of the favorite Salseros including (but not limited to): The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan.
This is an international ensemble and the artists of “En Fuego” have performed globally with: The Afro-Cuban All Stars, James Brown, Incognito, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bebo Valdes, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Lionel Richie, Maceo Parker, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Eddie Palmieri, Frank Sinatra Jr, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Judith Sephuma, Sibongile Khumalo, Feya Faku, Andrea Bocelli, Claudio Roditi, Freshly Ground, among many others.

Cesar Hurtado (Vocals, Percussions)
Thomas Dyani (Timbales)
Riaan van Rensburg (Congas)
Paul Hanmer (Piano/keys)
Jason Green (Bass)
Dan Selsick (Trombone)
Justin Yusuf Holcroft (Saxes)
DJ Sendef (MD, Trumpet, Percussions & Vocals)

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Fred Wesley J.B.’s
Live at The Orbit!

Thursday 26th of November 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 180


Legendary bandleader, trombonist and author Fred Wesley is one of the forefathers of funk who still is setting the standard with his jazz-funk band The New JBs. As music director for James Brown and the J.B.’s, arranger for P-Funk and one third of the amazing JB Horns, he secured his place in funk history forever.
Wesley has been a trombonist for about 60 years: “I feel the trombone with me all the time … like another arm, like another leg – it’s part of me now … it’s like another appendix of mine, you know.” As one of the pivotal members of James Brown’s band, Wesley was there when the funk revolution was started in the late 1960s – think funk lodestars such as Good Foot, Say It Loud, Hot Pants and so on. But it was not really important for him then. “I was just trying to do my job. I was originally a jazz player. “Funk came to me with just being with James Brown. James Brown didn’t know much about jazz – he only did music that he felt. “My first love was jazz. I’ve been known as the architect of funky music, whatever that means. But now I understand it and I live it the same amount – I didn’t realise it at the time, but I now realise my role in funky music.” (Extract Mail & Guardian – Nov 13, 2015 – Charles Leonard)

Band composition:
Fred Wesley – Trombone
Bruce Cox – drums
Dwayne Dolphin – electric bass
Peter Madsen – piano/keys
Reginald Ward – guitar
Gary Winters – trumpet
Phillip Wack – tenor sax

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Carlo Mombelli Trio
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Contemporary Jazz)

Friday 27th of November 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 150


Carlo Mombelli’s love for guitar music stems back to his days with his Abstractions group with the legendary Johnny Fourie in the 80’s. On Friday the 27th November Carlo will present some of his guitar driven music at the Orbit with Keenen Ahrends on guitar and Tumi Mogorosi on drums.
“When I heard Keenan and Tumi play I had the idea to create this trio as they both play in a most unusual, creative and beautiful way that compliments my own approach”, Carlo Mombelli
Avant-garde bass-focused jazz composition has rarely sounded so gorgeous. Once in a while an artist comes along who produces music unlike anything you’ve heard
Carlo Mombelli review in the BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE (USA)

Band composition:
Carlo Mombelli – electric bass
Keenan Ahrends – guitar
Tumi Mogorosi – drums

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The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra Biggish Band
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Iconic Jazz from 60’s)

Saturday 28th of November 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 150


The Blue Notes were a South African jazz sextet, whose definitive line up featured Chris McGregor on piano, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto saxophone, Nikele Moyake on tenor saxophone, Johnny Dyani on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. After moving away from their home country in 1964, they established themselves on the European jazz circuit, where they continued to play and record through the 1970s. They are now considered one of the great free jazz bands of their era, whose music was given a unique flavour by their integration of African styles such as Kwela into the progressive jazz ideas of the time. . Unfortunately, because of the politics of the day, most of these great musicians lived and died outside of their own country.
The Tribute Orkestra (in this Biggish 11 piece band version) endeavours to bring this music back to South African audiences, and to keep the traditions of the more free approach to South African Jazz alive. The Orkestra is made up of some of the most exciting and edgy musicians this country has to offer, and each of them brings something unique and fresh to the sound. One cannot help but be moved by the music of these past masters, which still sounds fresh and innovative almost 50 years later. This project should be considered as an important part of maintaining South Africa’s national cultural identity.

Band composition:
Andile Yenana (p)
Ayanda Sikade (drums)
Romy Brauteseth (bass)
Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax)
Sisonke Xonti (tenor sax)
Sydney Mnisi (tenor sax)
Janus Van der Merwe (baritone sax)
Marcus Wyatt (tp)
Mandla Mlangeni (tp)
Siya Makuzeni (voc/tbn)
Justin Sassman (bass trombone/trombone)

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The Orbit Guitar Summit
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Standards and Contemporary Jazz)

Sunday 29th of November 2015 – 18 h 00 – R 150


The world of jazz has produced some of the most influential and prolific guitarists such as Billy Monama, Erik Pilliani, Cameron Ward and the Legendary Bra Themba Mokoena. The 4 Guitarists from different backgrounds, musical genres and generations will come together and pay tribute to local and international Jazz Guitarists playing some exciting bebop and smooth African Jazz Standards. This Guitar Summit will be the first of ots kind and the most memorable guitar event ever. The Orbit Guitar Summit will be a historical event in the Jazz Guitar SA history.

Band composition:
Bra Themba Mokoena – guitar
Cameron Ward – guitar
Billy Monama – guitar
Erik Paliani – guitar
Merlin Michaels – drums
Michael Phillips – bass
Ezra Erasmus – piano/keys

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