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LOCAL R&B artist Jimmy Nevis joins the jazz talent who will play the Cape Town Jazz Free Concert on Wednesday, April 3.
The Capetonian joins the acid jazz UK-based Brand New Heavies and local guitarist Jimmy Dludlu for the hugely popular concert which precedes the 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival on April 5 and 6.
Candice Thornton, the winner of the local Open Mic Jazz Vocal competition, and the St Joseph’s Marist College Jazz Band round out the line-up on the stage in Green Market Square.
Born and raised in Cape Town, 20-year-old Nevis is a singer, songwriter and producer.
His debut album is now being distributed in the US while he is topping the charts with his second single Heartboxing.
He recently launched his third single – In Love With You – from the album Subliminal and he will be speaking at the Music Exchange Conference at the City Hall next weekend.
The Brand New Heavies are a British band who first became known in the 1980s as an instrumental acid jazz band.
Their mix of jazz, funk and soul have lit up dance floors for more than two decades.
Dludlu is an acclaimed self-taught guitarist, arranger, band leader and singer, known internationally for his original African jazz and fusion music.
The St Joseph’s Marist College Jazz band hails from Cape Town and first started out six years ago.
Their repertoire ranges from traditional jazz standards to more contemporary pieces, showcasing the versatility of the young musicians in the group.
Jazz, blues, R&B and gospel singer Thornton mesmerised the crowd at the finals of the Open Mic Jazz Vocal competition at GrandWest last year and now she gets a chance to step out with the professionals.
For more information about the 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival visit www.capetown-jazzfest.com.
The Free Concert starts at 5pm and should end by 11pm. - Cape Argus