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 2014, 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, and the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Current projects include The Buddy Wells Quintet, The Reza Khota Quartet, The Kyle Shepherd Quartet, Offshore Jazz Quartet, Andreas Loven and Buddy Wells, Breakfast Included, Tucan Tucan, The Adamu Trio.
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, 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
Recorded with Tribe (Ready Rolled), Kyle Shepherd, Bokani Dyer (Dyertribe), Feya Faku, Shane Cooper, Oliver Mtukudzi, Mark Fransman’s Strait and Narro, Alou April (Sheer Sound), Jimmy Dludlu (Polygram), Musa Manzini (BMG), Marcus Wyatt (Sheer Sound), Moses Mololekwa (Melt 2000), Loading Zone (Polygram), Kabelo, Clair Philips, Virtual Jazz Reality (Sheer Sound), Feya Faku, Offshore, Maxwell Vidima, James Stewart, Winston Mankunku Ngozi (Nkomo), Tucan Tucan, Jack Van Poll (October Jazz), Melanie Scholtz, Gito Baloi on Smooth Africa (HeadsUp), David Leadbetter (Lions Head), Blues Broers (Guava), Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band (Lions Head), Moreira Project, The Clearing , Hassanadas, Andreas Loven and many others.