John Edwards is a jazz pianist/composer/educator and former Durbanite and was a student of Darius Brubeck at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Having graduated in 2004 with a Masters (cum laude) in Jazz performance and Composition, he moved to the Eastern Cape to take up a lecturing post at Rhodes University in 2006. Since 2010, he has been the lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. He has maintained a parallel career as a musician and has performed with nationally and internationally renowned musicians including (amongst others): vocalists Natalie Rungan, Melanie Scholtz and Titi Luzipo, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, trumpeter Feya Faku, guitarist Shawn Phillips, bassist Lex Futshane and drummer Ginger Baker. He has been the recipient of several awards including winning the jazz band category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition in 2002.
The John Edwards Quartet comprises the following Eastern Cape-based musicians:
John Edwards: Piano/Keyboards
Curtis Kettledas: Alto Saxophone
Joe van der Linden: Acoustic Bass
Lloyd Martin: Drums
The band members are individually renowned as excellent musicians and all are involved in a variety of diverse musical projects (including jazz, popular and gospel music). This wealth of experience is self-evident in their work as a collective; the quartet plays original repertoire that blurs the boundaries between a variety of jazz styles that include ‘straight-ahead’, Afro, Brazilian and funk. Additional influences include elements of classical and popular music.
The band recently performed as a headline act at the inaugural Mandela Bay Jazz Legacy Festival in November 2017 and shared the stage with artists such as Andile Yenana, Marcus Wyatt, Ayanda Sikade and Lex Futshane.
entrance 7pm entrance fee 80 Rand including a free drink (T&C)