Acclaimed UCT Jazz Voices with Mike Rossi at Music in the City

UCT Jazz Voices directed by Amanda Tiffin presents what promises to be a thrilling and unique concert for GIPCA’s Music in the City programme, on 24 October 2012. The highly acclaimed jazz vocal group will perform well-known jazz standards and South African favourites arranged for jazz choir. They will be joined by woodwind specialist Mike Rossi who has recently returned from two European tours that included performances in England, Austria and Italy.

The programme will include items such as As Time Goes By, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, When I Fall In Love (featuring the vocal ensemble with rhythm section), and a choice of a cappella songs. They will also feature South African composers such as Themba Mkhize and Busi Mhlongo, and some surprises from the 21st century pop repertoire.

The UCT Jazz Voices comprise five of the best Jazz Singing students at UCT, under the leadership of well-known jazz artist, Amanda Tiffin. This small vocal ensemble was established in 2010, primarily as a learning tool for students of Jazz Singing, but they far exceeded expectations and quickly become a top class jazz vocal group in the tradition of the Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. Offering an exciting blend of close harmony in the old jazz tradition, and youthful energy, the UCT Jazz Voices perform a range of repertoire from jazz classics, South African standards and re-imaginings of current radio hits. The ensemble was selected as the best UCT Jazz Ensemble in 2010, and they have continued to impress with their excellence and professionalism in a variety of contexts. They performed for Symphonic Rocks in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2011 and 2012, backing 12 top SA Artists, alongside a 60-piece orchestra. The group was invited to perform their own concert as part of the Jazz at the Nassau concert in 2011 and 2012, and appeared as special guests on the annual Jazz in The Park concert and at St George’s Cathedral as part of the Raise the Roof concert series.

This concert will take place at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town on Wednesday 24 October at 20:00 and is free. No Booking is necessary. For more information on the series, please contact +27 21 480 7156 or fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.