Friday, April 13 at 8:00 PM

Iconic South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim and his band Ekaya – with Freddie Hendrix in the trumpet chair – will present a concert program in tribute to The Jazz Epistles, South Africa’s first black jazz band, first recorded jazz group, and important contributors to modern jazz.

New arrangements of The Jazz Epistles original compositions from their 1959 recording, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1 will be woven into a beautiful concert program with Abdullah Ibrahim’s classic catalog. The Jazz Epistles music was almost lost forever – only 500 copies were pressed in 1959, buried, and rediscovered decades later after the tyranny of apartheid.

Note: This concert was originally announced with Hugh Masekela, an original member of the Jazz Epistles. Masekela passed away from complications from prostate cancer in January 2018. Trumpet player Freddie Hendrix, an alumnus of the Count Basie Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Vanguard Orchestra, will assume the trumpet chair in his place.

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