The Nils Landgren Funk Unit (Sweden)
Live at The Orbit!

Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th of October 2014
20 h 30 – R 200


The Man With The Red Horn & his Funk Unit return to SA: funk giant Nils Landgren back in SA for two shows only at The Orbit Jazz Club. The hardest working trombone in the business, the globe trotting funkateer Nils Landgren, brings his five piece Funk Unit back to SA for two nights only at The Orbit in Johannesburg on the 29th and 30th October.
Nils relentless energy and invention have attracted collaborations with a constellation of true greats including Quincy Jones, Fred Wesley, Al Jarreau, Maceo Parker, Joe Sample, Airto Moreira, Brecker Brothers, Roy Hargrove, Ray Parker Jr, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie and Benny Anderson (of ABBA).
Celebrating their 20th year this year, the Unit released a 2 CD collection of cuts, ‘Redhorn Collection’, and this raw, heavy engine is now ready to rumble Joburg for the first time since tearing up 2011’s Joy of Jazz & Cape Town Jazz Fest in 2007.

Nils Landgren (Trombone & Vocals)
Magnum Coltrane Price (Bass & Vocals)
Andy Pfeiller (Guitar & Vocals)
Jonas Wall (Saxophones & Vocals)
Rasmus Khilberg (Drums)
Petter Bergander (Keys & Vocals)

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Lindiwe Maxolo Quintet
Live at The Orbit!

Friday 31st of October 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 100


“TIME” is Lindiwe Maxolo debut solo Jazz album produced by Nduduzo Makhathini. The album was released in October 2012 and has been nominated at the South African Music Awards 2013 (SAMA19) in Best Jazz Album category, and nominated for the Wawela Music Awards 2014 as Best Creative Album of the Year. Her music on this album fuses World and African sounds; lyrically it explores diverse spiritual, love and commentary on African subject matters. She is described by many music critics as a petit lady with a big uniquely amazing voice.
TIME is smooth, layered and meditative in its overall offering. All 13 tracks have an individual definitive persona to them that adds to the collective feel of the album. It is an easy listen to the ear piece music artistry that allows the listener to travel musically in their mind.
Lindiwe’s musical journey includes opening for the legendary Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour, working with South African jazz legends such as Sibongile Khumalo, Concord Nkabinde ,Themba Mkhize, Feya Faku, McCoy Mrubata, Andile Yenana, Gloria Bosman.
Lindiwe Maxolo is an emerging powerful vocalist in the South African Jazz music industry. She is recipient winner of the 2002 Afro Vocal Category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition. Armed with a Cum Laude in Jazz Honours Degree from the University of Cape Town, she’s demonstrated her diversity by performing in India, Portugal, Greece and New Orleans. And her enchanting magical voice will still see her further mesmerize the world.

Lindiwe Maxolo (Vocals)
Sthembiso Bhengu (Trumpet/Flugen horn)
Jacob Thomo (Piano)
Thembinkosi Mavimbela (Bass)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)‎

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Hypnagonia – Live at The Orbit!
Feat. Melanie Scholtz – Siya Makuzeni – Benjamin Jephta

Saturday 1st of November 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep. A meeting place of musical style, expression and form, culminating in an innovative new sound. The mystery of the human voice, the simplicity of acoustic expression and technology, merge. Made up of Siya Makuzeni, Melanie Scholtz and Benjamin Jephta, this project takes you to the land between dream and sleep with original offerings as well as new versions of well known standards, American and South African.

Melanie Scholtz (Vocals)
Siya Makuzeni (Vocals)
Benjamin Jephta (Bass)

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Classic Jazz Masters (Dixieland)
Live at The Orbit!

Sunday 2nd of November 2014 – 18 h 30 – R 120


South Africa’s premier traditional jazz band and guests present a live musical documentary of New Orleans Jazz music. The show features defining turning points of this highly creative landmark that laid the foundations of 20th century music. Audience members will be taken on a journey through the ragtime bars of 1915 to the dance halls of 1930’s, featuring all the pivotal characters and music that defined the era along the way. The show has been carefully researched and compiled to document a historically informative (and most of all) danceable and entertaining show. This show is perfect for Jazz enthusiasts, music educators and people wanting to get down Gatsby style.

Bob Wade (Trumpet, Cornet & Clarinet)
Roy Burrows (Clarinet, Saxophone & Vocals)
Zbigniew ”Speedy” Kobak (Trombone)
David Cousens (Piano)
Hannah Foster (Vocals)
Sasha Sonnbichler (Banjo & Guitar)
Cecil Ferreira (Double Bass)

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