An eclectic stew of jazz, blues, rock ‘n roll, boogie and gospel will be presented by the group AciDBass in a lunch hour concert on 23 May in the Miriam Makeba Concert Hall at Unisa.
The musicians will be David Bass on piano, Marc Duby on bass, Mike Rossi on saxophone, Alan Thwaites on drums and a special appearance by David Sendef on trumpet and flugelhorn.
Pianist David Bass studied classical piano until his big brothers led him astray with an endless supply of rock n roll and jazz vinyl. As a consequence, his piano style pitches somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Deep Purple.
He formed his first band whilst studying medicine at UCT, teaching himself to compose, arrange for brass and woodwinds, and perform an (almost) bloodless appendectomy. Over a lifetime of balancing music with his medical career, he has worked with many of South Africa’s most notorious musicians (and surgeons).
Marc Duby (bass) studied music at the universities of Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, and was awarded the first masters degree in jazz performance in Durban. A prize-winning composer of film music, he is active as a performer, composer, arranger and music educator.
He currently serves as professor of Musicology at Unisa.
Mike Rossi (saxophone) was born, raised and educated in the USA, and was lured to Durban by his long-time friend Darius Brubeck. Mike is currently professor in Jazz and Woodwinds at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town.
He regularly performs at local and international jazz festivals and conducts workshops and master-classes in Africa, Europe and the United States. He has published three books and a number of original compositions arranged for mixed ensemble.
Alan Thwaites (drums) has been a drummer since the age of 12, boasting a career of 50 years. Over that time, he has counted in for scores of musicians across the length and breadth of South Africa, spanning a wide spectrum of tastes and styles.
David Sendef (guest musician - trumpet / flugelhorn) has performed all over the world with various artists including Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra Jr., Abdullah Ibrahim, Black Coffee, Freshly Ground, TKZ, The New York Voices, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Palmieri, Randy Brecker, Yusuf Lateef, and Rufus Reid. He was educated in the New York City area.
The set list for 23 May includes original compositions by Bass, Duby and Rossi as well as arrangements of lesser-known work by local and international composers.
Expect to hear a mix of esoteric and popular, sedate and seditious, whisper and scream.
For more information please contact Alet Joubert, Unisa Music Foundation,
Tel: 012 429 3336/3311, Cell: 084 763 4079. www.unisa.ac.z/musicfoundation