Fall Jazz Fest: Jazz from South Africa: “le Ngoma” (This Music)
Featuring world acclaimed trumpeter Feya Faku, with Bill Lowe, trombone; John Kordalewski, piano; Carlos Pino, bass; Kesivan Naidoo, drums. Additional music by the BHCC Jazz Ensemble
The BHCC Fall 2017 Jazz Fest continues our exploration, begun last spring, of South African jazz musicians who endured and triumphed despite the oppressions of the South African system of apartheid, focusing on that next generation who came of age toward the end of apartheid and who were nurtured by the giants of that earlier period, including the most well-known among them, Abdullah Ibrahim. Among this next generation was Feya Faku, the featured performer for this special edition of the BHCC Jazz Celebration series.
Fezile "Feya" Faku was born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, a town often referred to as a Jazz Academy that brought forth a great number of jazz musicians. He studied music at University of Natal with Darius Brubeck and graduated with a University Diploma in Jazz Studies. He has performed with a great number of South African musical legends - from Barney Rachabane, Thandie Classen, Duke Makasi, Pat Matshikiza, Basel Coetzee, Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi and Bheki Mseleku to Abdullah Ibrahim. Among the generation that has followed them, he is considered one of South Africa’s leading jazz musicians.
In addition to leading his own groups in South Africa, Mr. Faku travels frequently to perform on international stages with global counterparts. He has participated in long-term collaborations with European musicians such as Dutch saxophonist Paul van Kemenade and Swiss drummer Dominic Egli. He has also toured the U.S. with the South African all-star group “Uhadi” as well as with Zim Ngqawana and Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights. He has recorded four albums as a leader and numerous more as a sideman.
November 9, 2017 ● 1 p.m.
Fall Jazz Fest is free and open to the public.
The posters for this Fall Jazz Fest are designed by Professor Yong Chen’s Illustration for Designers class. Student designers are: Zakaria Ali, Bianka Bogdan, Rodrigo Castillo, Allan Dygon, Felipe Figueiredo, Fredy Flores Rios, Robert Fusiek, Qichao Gong, Tulga Khangal, Erald Kolici, Mariana Ochoa Iturralde, Terry Peri, Anderson Ramirez Rojas, Anil Shrestha.
About BHCC Jazz Fest
The BHCC Jazz Celebration series began in the spring of 1999 with a 100th birthday celebration for Duke Ellington. Continuing in this tradition for nearly two decades, the BHCC Jazz Fest has paid tribute to the contributions of jazz luminaries such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, as well as the lesser known, but still important jazz musicians
An essential feature of the series from the beginning has been the collaboration between program organizers, professors Cindy Fong and Tim McLaughlin, and the Visual and Media Arts department. Each semester, students in a graphic design course create original posters to promote the upcoming concert.