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MILTON ACADEMY JAZZ COMBOS (article first published : 2007-03-13)

A special two hour concert on March 14 at 17h30 featuring the Milton Academy Jazz Combos from Boston (USA) promises to be an entertaining and exceptional highlight at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Milton Academy jazz combos have participated in national and regional festivals and competitions and have received numerous individual and group accolades, including two DownBeat magazine awards for best high school jazz combo. The groups have toured California, Florida, Montreal, South Africa and performed at a host of European jazz festivals!

The 2007 tour is the program's sixth visit to South Africa and the focal point of the musical school year. The students see themselves as bridge builders and ambassadors between South Africa and the United States. Part of these trips is supporting township music schools with gifts of much needed equipment and books. The Milton students bring music and supplies, and experience a unique opportunity to build awareness, connections and understanding of world cultures.

Milton Academy's jazz director, Bob Sinicrope, founded the school's jazz program in 1974. Bob is an accomplished bassist who leads his own ten-piece group, the "World Leaders". He has performed with Shirley Bassey, President Clinton, Billy Eckstine, Jon Faddis and Abdullah Ibrahim and has taught music all over the world.

Joining the Milton Academy combos for the second set will be the Sinikithemba choir. This very popular Durban choir has now toured the USA five times in the last three years. Their first tour in November 2002 was a promotional tour arranged and sponsored by Church World Services to create awareness of the plight of HIV infected people in Africa and to bring a human face to the pandemic.

They performed immediately prior to Bill Clinton's key note address, at the 10th Annual Retrovirus Conference held in Boston during February 2003. They toured again in July through Church World Service sponsorship and during their most recent tour they sang at the church of St John the Divine, in New York, on World AIDS Day. They have also performed at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; the New York Department of Education and Columbia University, New York.

Entry R20 (R10 students). A cash bar is available. More information from Glynis on 031 260 3385.




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