Sheer Sound is proud to announce that Kyle Shepherd has been named the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz! The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards recognise young South African artists who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent.
The twenty-six year old Cape Town-born virtuoso has already released three critically-acclaimed South African Music Award-nominated albums, namely ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History !X’, and is steadily gaining a reputation internationally as one of South Africa’s most influential and inventive Jazz pianists and composers of his generation.
Shepherd is set to launch his debut solo piano album, which was recorded in Japan in September 2012, in the East- Asian country during November 2013.
Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has also performed in Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Malaysia, China, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, with notable concert appearances at the 2013 Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), Der Sendesaal, (Germany), Reformierte Dorfkirche Kleinhüningen (Switzerland), Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg, Wolfsburg (Germany), Klubschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), Shikiori (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China) and The Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark).
Jazz E and fineART Music in association with The Wits Theatre (with support from Sheer Sound) will present The Kyle Shepherd Trio featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper (the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz) on double bass and Jonno Sweetman, at the The Atrium, Wits University on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 8pm. Bookings can be made via Strictly Tickets, online at www.strictlytickets.com or by calling 082 553 5901.
Master guitarist EARL KLUGH has been lauded first as a prodigy and groundbreaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately, as one of the true statesmen of contemporary jazz. Known for his great tone, and heralded by Modern Guitar as “one of the finest acoustic guitar players today”, Klugh worked with George Benson and Return to Forever in the ‘70’s before striking out on his own. His breakthrough came with 1979’s “One on One” a Grammy winning collaboration with Bob James (Fourplay). Since that time the guitarist has amassed 12 Grammy nominations, most recently The Spice of Life.
Not surprisingly, the adult-aimed radio stations that have followed Klugh’s music through 23 Top Ten Billboard Jazz Chart albums (five of them No. 1). Driftin’ is also an iTunes Bestselling Jazz Song and is one of Billboard’s Hot Smooth Jazz Songs.
Up Close With Earl Klugh is brought to you by Breakout Management partnering with Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre on the 16th and 17th May 2013. Two nights that are not to be missed by the fans whereby Earl Klugh will be sharing his story of music lifetime. Soothing and entertaining the audience with his well known contemporary hits also displaying some of his recent material.
Sheer Sound proudly announces the signing of another massive jazz-based musical talent: Tutu Puoane. Highly acclaimed two (2) x South African Music Award (SAMA) winner for “Best Vocal Jazz’ categories – Tutu Puoane joins Sheer Sound with her latest offering “Breathe” – her 4th release to date.
Tutu says: “Most music in this world is about love – this album is no different.” Indeed resonant and heartfelt tracks and ballads find a home – and Tutu’s amazing and soaring vocal and compositional abilities are very readily apparent, and very impressive.
Media and jazz circles are a-buzz re Tutu and her new album. Seeds have been planted and tracks are already rotating – with mentions of pending albums release. The social network side is positively humming with anticipation likewise –
02. Through The Years
03. Her Beauty
05. Waiting for You
06. Cape Town
08. Dream On
09. Love Ends