Mike Rossi Project & Stirling Big Band: Fri, 12 May 2017
Woodwind specialist Mike Rossi, Professor of Jazz at UCT, will perform in East London for the first time at the Stirling Auditorium on Friday 12 May, sponsored by Concerts SA, the Norwegian-funded artist mobility sponsor. What makes this performance particularly special is that he has invited the Stirling Big Band to be part of the performance and his band members will join the students, playing some powerful Big Band arrangements.
Born in the US to Italian emigrants and based in South Africa for the past 19 years, Rossi has performed with as diverse an array of musicians as the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin and Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi. He is an exceptional saxophone and woodwind player, and an artist for Rampone & Cazzani Handmade Italian saxophones and has performed around the globe in small and large ensembles and gives workshops on South African jazz worldwide. As a composer and performer he has appeared on numerous jazz and classical recordings, and has written a series of method books on jazz improvisation, with translations in other languages, along with many compositions, all published by Advance Music and Schott Music.
His sextet, The Mike Rossi Project, has performed at jazz venues in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg as well as at the JazzKif Jazz Festival (DRC), Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Jazz Festival Grahamstown and has won two Concerts SA Music Mobility awards (www.mikerossijazz.com). On this occasion he leads an excellent band that includes some of South Africa’s top jazz musicians – Kevin Gibson (drums), Charles Lazar (bass), Andrew Ford (piano), Willie Haubrich (trombone) and Lee Thomson (trumpet).
Stirling Auditorium, East London
Friday, 12 May @ 7.00 pm
Tickets at the door – R100
Pensioner & student discounts available