NOTICE: The Orbit is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm to 1:30 am. Generally performances start at 8 or 8.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday at 6pm & on Sundays (unless indicated otherwise).

Science & Cocktails with Jazz
Live at The Orbit!
(Scientific presentation followed by SA Jazz)

Tuesday 25th of October 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 20

Are Cities Making Us Sick? Urbanisation and the changing pattern of disease

How are population patterns changing in South Africa? What role do our different environments play in contributing to our health? Are cities making us sick? Whose job is it to promote health and prevent disease?

As countries urbanise, we are seeing a changing pattern of disease from predominantly acute and infectious to chronic and non-infectious. But in countries like South Africa, this classification of diseases into acute or chronic has been turned upside down due to the high burden of HIV. With the provision of life-long treatment for HIV, this disease is not only chronic, but as people infected with HIV live longer, becomes associated with other chronic diseases.

In this episode of Science & Cocktails Johannesburg, Dr Tolu Oni will cover what is driving these changing disease patterns, argue why their study is important, as well as why and how we need to re-think the concept of, and protect our collective health.

Dr Tolu Oni is senior lecturer at the division of Public Health Medicine within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her research investigates the interplay between urbanisation and public health and well-being, with a special focus on the health profile of residents of unplanned urban settings. Among many awards, she was appointed Next Einstein Fellow in 2016.

Afterwards, fiery cocktails at the bar while we move through a range of musical landscapes to the sounds of the Siphephelo Ndlovu Project. The music of the recently-launched Siphephelo Ndlovu Project is a conglomerate of the Jazz, Gospel and uMbaqanga genres. These are the main genres which gifted musician Siphephelo Ndlovu grew up listening to and which have influenced not only his playing, but his interpretation and language of music. The band line up is: Siphephelo Ndlovu (piano), Mihi Matshingana (vocals), Tal Gordan (trumpet), Godfrey Mntambo (saxophone), Emmanuel Paul (double bass), Jordan Sunnasy (drums).

The Claude Cozens Sextet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of October 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Claude Cozens presents new music arranged for a group compiled of musicians who have played together with Cozens many times in various projects and band leaders. This is the first time they come together to play this new set of music. While his new live album recorded at the Grahamstown Jazz festival this year awaits its release in the next few months, come and get a glimpse of the next chapter in the drummer´s journey.

Born on 27 February 1989, Cozens is fast establishing himself as one of South Africa’s most revered and sought-after drummers. He is also a talented pianist, composer and music tutor. Apart from leading his own Trio and Sextet, Cozens’ compelling energy and drumming inventiveness has seen him perform with a wide array of creative artists, inter alia, Hilton Schilder, Herbie Tsoaeli, Mark Fransman, Feya Faku, Kyle Shepherd, Bokani Dyer, Darren English, Neo Muyanga, Nduduzo Makhathini, Zoe Modiga, Buddy Wells, Kenen Ahrends, Andre Petersen, Mandla Mlangeni many of whom he has gone on to record with. During his professional career he has performed at numerous top performing venues and festivals in South Africa and abroad including, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, The Edge of Wrong Festival, The Pan African Space Station, The South African Association of Jazz Education Festival, Victoria Jazz Scene, Oslo (Norway) and Kulturhus Trondheim (Norway) for Nelson Mandela’s birthday Celebration.

Cozens was a generous leader, with a perpetual groove and engaging compositional narratives” Down Beat magazine (USA) – Sean O’conell

Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet
Andre Petersen – piano
Keenan Ahrends – guitar
Sisonke Xonti – tenor/soprano sax
Amaeshi Ikechi – acoustic bass
Claude Cozens – drums

Read more about Claude Cozens

Buddy Wells Quintet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Based in Cape Town, the South African Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Buddy Wells has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many well-known South African and international music legends.
He has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival every year from 2000 to 2016, and is a regular performer at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Joy of Jazz festival in Johannesburg.
International peformances include several North Sea Jazz Festivals in the Netherlands; the Swedish Jazz Celebration, Stockholm; and the National Jazz Scene in Oslo, the Nehru Center in Mumbai India, the Festival d’Automne à Paris, and the Oslo Jazz festival.

Current projects include The Buddy Wells Quintet, The Reza Khota Quartet, Offshore Jazz Quartet, Andreas Loven Quartet, Breakfast Included, Tucan Tucan, The Frank Paco Art Ensemble, John Hassan’s Hassan’adas and The Adamu Trio.

The Buddy Wells Quintet features Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Nick Williams (bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums), and Steven Sokuyeka (trombone). Formed in 2013, the group has a sound that is strongly rooted in traditional South African folk and jazz, simultaniously exploring deeper into the South African sound while drawing inspiration from the rest of the world.

Buddy has performed live with Feya Faku, Judith Sephuma, Moses Mololekwa, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku, Louis Moholo, Simpiwe Dana, Freshly Ground, Bokani Dyer, Shane Cooper, Joe McBride, Musa Manzini, Melanie Scholtz, Carlo Mombelli and The Prisoners of Strange, Tete Mbambisa, Africa Mkhize, Hassanadas, Marcus Wyatt, Andre Peterson, Rahul Sharma, Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Victor Ntoni, Voice, Interzone, Dondo, Gerald Veasely, Loading Zone, Flat Stanley, Vusi Khumalo, Ernie Smith, Thandi Klaasen, Abdullah Ibrahim, Gloria Bosman, Tucan Tucan, Tina Schouw, Alou April, Babu, amongst many others

In partnership with Concerts SA.

Band Line up:

Keenan Ahrends – guitar
Steven Sokuyeka – trombone
Buddy Wells – tenor/soprano sax
Jonno Sweetman – drums
Nicholas Williams – electric bass

Read more about Buddy Wells
View Buddy Wells’ website

Conversations in Orbit – The jazz curriculum – where does South African jazz fit?
Live at The Orbit!
(Arts discussion debate & Contemporary SA Jazz)

Sunday 30th October 2016 – 18 h 00 – R 80

The Orbit – Home of Jazz, in partnership with Gwen Ansell, has launched a new concept every last Sunday of the Month – Conversations in Orbit – where discussions about the arts take center stage.

Guest panellists: Dr Lindelwa Dalamba (Musician, Jazz Researcher and Lecturer, Wits School of Arts), Andre Petersen (Pianist and Lecturer Jazz Studies – Wits School of Arts), Ceri Moelwyn-Hughes (Saxophonist and High School Jazz Teacher), Kevin Davidson (Saxophonist and TUT Jazz Lecturer).

When we talk about transformation in colleges and schools, we often limit the discussion to who should run the hierarchy, and to the very pressing issues of access. But while those are vital, in a country like South Africa with a long-established jazz tradition of its own, shouldn’t we also be talking about how learning about that tradition works – or does not – within existing curriculums at school and university level?

How can we best serve both our jazz history and our music learners when we teach jazz?
What’s the experience of teachers and learners at every level, and what effect does it have?
What changes might we like to see in the content and methods of learning jazz?’

Followed by Yonela Mnana´s Trio.

Supported by The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg, Pro Helvetia – The Swiss Arts Council, Concerts SA and the Samro Foundation.