The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presented the Jazz Drum Showcase - featuring first to third year students and a few alumni who are prominent faces on the Durban and South African music scene - from 18h00 on July 27.
Drummers played putting their instruments in the forefront and also performed drum solo compositions of icons such as Max Roach and Tony Williams.
Some of the pieces were from the students’ exam repertoire ranging in style from Bebop to Big Band to Contemporary Fusion. Other items were the students own ideas and compositions.
The drums mostly occupy a rear-guard role, in that they provided the timing, groove, feel, and dynamics of the band.
The showcase offered an opportunity to see, hear and feel drums in a more upfront role and gave context to the many skills a modern drummer needs.
This concert is a part of a series of instrumental showcases planned over the course of the year.
*The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is on Level 2 of the Shepstone Building on Durban’s Howard College campus.
Phone Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details