Don't miss Skyjack's November tour
They'll be playing at venues across the country
Posted: Nov 07 2018
Award-winning jazz collective, Skyjack, which is comprised of some of the most sought-after jazz stars from across South Africa and Switzerland, is releasing their sophomore album The Hunter in South Africa during a countrywide tour this November.
Skyjack's sum is as great as its parts. Shane Cooper (double bass), Kyle Shepherd (piano) and Kesivan Naidoo (drums) have each received the coveted Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz award, while Swiss musicians, Marc Stucki (tenor saxophone) and Andreas Tschopp (trombone) are two of Switzerland’s most in-demand horn players who have attained dizzying creative and professional heights over the years.
On the rare occasion that the full band is able to convene, each member contributes compositions to the project, which is then performed by the collective. This is a critical distinction to be noted for Skyjack - that the performances are collaborative, but the songwriting is an individual contribution, credited to each musician where necessary.
“The sound is an absolute power house, from deep African grooves to heavy-hitting jazz rides and beautiful soundscapes," explains bassist Shane Cooper. "It’s all part of the incredible journey that is Skyjack.”
The band recorded their debut self-titled album in Switzerland in 2015, which received rave reviews across the globe. Their new release, The Hunter was recorded in Maur, Switzerland early 2018, at a studio that had the honour of hosting the likes of Tina Turner and Prince in previous years.
The album will be digitally released to the international market early 2019, through legendary German label Enja’s imprint Yellowbird Records. The physical release has been pressed and made available exclusively for the South African market, to be purchased on the upcoming Skyjack national tour. The tour comprises eight show dates, ranging from free shows and jazz festivals to more formal performances at highly regarded venues in multiple cities.
The previous Skyjack tour was met with sold out shows and their upcoming tour will undoubtedly experience the same level of support.
Keep up to date with Skyjack on their website, and check out their upcoming tour dates below.
November 2018 Tour Dates:
Thu 1 Nov: Gus Art Gallery, Stellenbosch (IfPop). 7pm / Free
Fri 2 Nov: Labia Cinema, Cape Town. 8:30pm / R150 (quicket.co.za)
Sat 3 Nov: Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival, Spier, Stellenbosch. R430 (www.quicket.co.za)
Sun 4 Nov: Jazz in Native Yards, Kwa-Sec, Gugulethu, Cape Town. 3pm / R100 (door sales)
Wed 7 Nov: Centre For Jazz & Popular Music, UKZN, Durban. 6pm / R80 (general), R50 (pensioners), R25 (students)
Thu 8 Nov: The Chairman, Durban. 10:30pm / R150 (door sales)
Fri 9 Nov: The Orbit, Joburg. 8:30pm / R180 (011 339 6645)
Sat 10 Nov: The Orbit, Joburg. 8:30pm / R180 (011 339 6645)