This six-piece youth band from Port Elizabeth, Take Note, is the only National Jazz Band in the Eastern Cape. Take note was formed in 2008 with a mission to reintroduce jazz to the youth in a language they understand without losing an ounce of creative and technical integrity.
Take Note played to a standing ovation where they shared a stage with McCoy Tyner, Tutu Puoane, Hugh Masekela and African Jazz Pioneers at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival 2011 Dinaledi Main stage. Take Note was selected as the band to perform for, and entertain George Benson; Hugh Masekela etc at the after party subsequent to the George Benson international festival hosted by the NMBM in 2011. Their performance in this event led the legendary Hugh Masekela to say, “These guys need to be jailed for how they performed, they are criminally good”
Take Note Was featured in New Age Magazine 19 August 2011 and The CF Magazine December 2011 under the heading “Pure Jazz, New sounds for Jazz Lovers”
Take Note was the band playing for Putuma at Buyel’ekhaya Festival 2011 in East London. Take Note played for 5 day at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 2012.
Take Note played in 4 National Festivals that were held in the Eastern Cape in December 2012 alone and there has not been a single national artist or group from the Eastern Cape that managed to achieve.
Take Note was invited by ETV Sunrise Show where they were featured for 3 hours, played 6 songs had an interview live on national TV resulting in a national interest and demand for the group and their music.
Take Note has been featured as the session band for the legendary Sibongile Khumalo to both perform as her backing band, and made stage collaborations and duets with the band’s vocalist. Her sentiments after playing with Take Note were: “…though people say that Jazz is dying, after having performed with this young group [Take Note], I can safely say that Jazz music is in good hands.”
Since Take Note released their album titled “…and The Journey Begins” and subsequent radio interviews, Take Note’s music has been played by national radio stations like Metro FM, SA FM, UWFM and Radio 2000 FM, and local radio stations like Bay FM, KQ FM, Wildcoast FM; Mdantsane FM; ForteFM and Radio Kingfisher. The group has been featured on TV in a documentary that included Asanda Bam on Mzantsi Magic; 3 different programs; on Bay TV and on ETV Sunrise show. There has been a few CD reviews by different Jazz critics who have expressed their pleasure at the level of quality, and the freshness of sound. Those include Mr Percy Mabadu of City Press; Ayanda Billie whose CD review will be included in the next issue of “Jazz Life Magazine” which is founded by Mr Sam Mathe.
Take Note has, in the past year, managed to successfully organize shows that were full to capacity in East London; Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg…