Hosted by respected saxophonist Don Vino, Cape Horns promises a relaxed and entertaining evening of music, offering something for everyone with an exciting array of sounds. The concert will take place for two nights only at the Baxter Theatre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May at 8pm.
From Gospel to Jazz, Big Band to Pop, and celebrating the much-loved but often forgotten Lang-arm, it’s guaranteed to get the audience dancing. Cape Horns presents some of Cape Town’s most notable brass music stars, while providing a platform for the next generation of talent.
Trumpeter Ian Smith of VJR fame and director of the acclaimed Delft Big Band joins the line up with saxophonist Heinrich Isaacs, who is known for his Gospel jazz expertise; and fellow saxophonist Didier Richards, a popular performer with the South African Navy Band and who has played with the likes of the legendary Pacific Express.
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Among the rising young stars on the programme are the Elsies River High School Band who recently performed at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival, with the Cape Argus commenting about their ‘slick’ performance. The incomparable Cape Town icon Alistair Izobell directs this inspired show.
“The sounds of a saxophone or trumpet are about so much more than just great jazz,” says Don Vino. “We wanted to show off the sassy brassy sounds and are bringing audiences a great night out with music that will make you want to get up and dance. There’s pop, jazz, Gospel and more, and I am especially excited there will be a feature of lang-arm, which is a favourite that will take you down memory lane. There will also be a few surprise guests joining us.”
Don Vino has performed with jazz and gospel bands in and around Cape Town since he was fifteen. His illustrious career has seen him tour to the USA, Europe, Dubai and Australia and included playing with the likes of Grammy Award winners, Kirk Whalum and Lady Smith Black Mambazo; with Percy Sledge, Tevin Campbell, Lloyd Cele, Loyiso Bala, Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Masondo, Judith Sephuma, PJ Powers, Tony Schilder, Bebe Winans and Jimmy Earl Perry, among others. Don Vino has also appeared in many musical theatre shows and is a sought-after musical director, having worked on productions such as David Kramer’s Three Wise Men; Kat and The Kings and Blood Brothers, as well as Alistair Izobell’s Radio Classics and Slick Swing. Most recently he performed with David Kramer’s new show, Kanala. With Jonathan Rubain, Don Vino presented the successful Intimate Nights and Intimate Nights Chapter 2, with a third installment coming up at the Baxter in July.
He is a regular performer at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and has also been the Artisic Director for ESP Afrika and the Festival’s Training and Development program since 2011. In 2015, Don Vino debuted his first solo show ‘From Elsies to the World’, which ran for two sold outnights at the Baxter Theatre. He performs as part of popular band Top Dog SA, who recently released their Khoisan jazz album Griqua DNA. For the past six years, Don Vino has been leading an NPO community music school in Delft, training underprivileged youth of the local community to read and perform music.
Cape Horns will be performed on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May at 8pm in the Baxter Theatre. Tickets cost R130. Bookings can be made at Computicket 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. For block bookings of 10 or more tickets cost R100, and can be booked at the Baxter Box Office on 0216857880.