Catch swing­ing Delft Big Band at the Brass Bell

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

FOUNDED in 2008, the Delft Big Band – which ad­heres to the tra­di­tional big band line-up of 16 mu­si­cians and two vo­cal­ists – com­prises young men and women aged 16 to 25 .

They come from one of the rough­est ar­eas on the Cape Flats, but their mu­si­cal tal­ents have been honed and nur­tured into a jazz out­fit that per­forms a reper­toire of more than 300 songs in sev­eral gen­res, from all over the world.

To­mor­row they will be play­ing their first Sun­downer Ses­sion on the Bikini Deck at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.

“The venue is spec­tac­u­lar. Framed on three sides by break­ing waves, it can seat 200 peo­ple at ta­bles on tiered lev­els, en­sur­ing ev­ery­one has a good view of the band,” says Butch Rice, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the band.

“The acous­tics are ex­cel­lent. We are ex­cited about this gig, as it is our first pub­lic foray into the Deep South, and if it goes well it will re­sult in reg­u­lar gigs at the venue.

“Even in in­clement weather it will be good, as the owner has in­vested R1mil­lion into a huge slid­ing glass roof, to pro­tect from rain if nec­es­sary.

“Our new feeder band is now in full swing, as is our new Delft Big Band Mu­sic Academy. We have had a very en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse to the academy, which will be teach­ing young mu­si­cians from the Cape Flats how to read mu­sic, so that they can fol­low in the foot­steps of the cur­rent Delft Big Band. How­ever, fund­ing is an on­go­ing headache and we need a gen­er­ous spon­sor to en­sure that we can con­tinue.”

The band’s lead singer, Adelia Douw, re­cently won the Open Mic com­pe­ti­tion at GrandWest, and male singer, David Oc­to­ber, came third.

“Kick back at the end of the week­end with a chilled glass of wine, fish and chips, a great view, and the Delft Big Band cook­ing away,” sug­gests Rice.

● The Brass Bell is at Kalk Bay sta­tion. The show be­gins at 5.30pm and ends at 8pm, cover charge is R60. For more in­for­ma­tion call 021 788 5455.

WIN­NER: Adelia Douw takes part in the Open Mic Jazz Singing Com­pe­ti­tion at the Mar­ket Hall at GrandWest Casino. She won she event.

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