Music on lunch menu with top jazz guitarist

ACCLAIMED classical and jazz guitarist Creswell October will perform at a lunch-hour concert at NMMU in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

The concert will showcase the talent of some of the NMMU Department of Music’s gifted and seasoned musicians.

October, who graduated last year from NMMU with a degree in music education and jazz studies, has been swaying audiences for years with his elegant and captivating style of play. He has been involved in numerous music- related projects and events, and has shared the stage with musical luminaries of the calibre of Feya Faku, George Benson, Hugh Masekela, Allou April, Jamali, Freddy Arendse, Neville Nash, Errol Cuddumbey, Gloria Bosman and Khaya Mahlangu.

In 2010, he jetted off to the US where he studied music education and jazz ensemble at the University of Mississippi.

While there, he also performed at the Jesse Jackson Conference.

That same year he won a scholarship award for best jazz performance.

October describes one of the biggest highlights of his career as being nominated as best jazz act for 2011/2012 at the BAMA Awards in Port Elizabeth.

He sees performing as a way to “sow back” into the lives of young and aspiring musicians and to sustain the culture of music holistically, and especially jazz music as a genre that has influenced his guitar playing extensively.

He will be accompanied by friends and fellow musicians of whom the rhythm section includes Virgil Matrass (piano), Curtis Kettledas (saxophone), Lincoln Adams (trumpet), Grant Allison (bass guitar), Bevin Maschaka (drums) and Thandi Zondani (jazz vocalist).

Entrance to the 1pm concert at the NMMU South Campus Auditorium is free, and inquiries may be directed to Nicky Bosman at (041)5042250.

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