About BHCC Jazz Fest
The BHCC Jazz Celebration series began in the spring of 1999 with a 100th birthday celebration for Duke Ellington. Continuing in this tradition for nearly two decades, the BHCC Jazz Fest has paid tribute to the contributions of jazz luminaries such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, as well as the lesser known, but still important jazz musicians
An essential feature of the series from the beginning has been the collaboration between program organizers, professors Cindy Fong and Tim McLaughlin, and the Visual and Media Arts department. Each semester, students in a graphic design course create original posters to promote the upcoming concert.
Fall Jazz Fest: Jazz from South Africa: “le Ngoma” (This Music)
Featuring world acclaimed trumpeter Feya Faku, with Bill Lowe, trombone; John Kordalewski, piano; Carlos Pino, bass; Kesivan Naidoo, drums. Additional music by the BHCC Jazz Ensemble
The BHCC Fall 2017 Jazz Fest continues our exploration, begun last spring, of South African jazz musicians who endured and triumphed despite the oppressions of the South African system of apartheid, focusing on that next generation who came of age toward the end of apartheid and who were nurtured by the giants of that earlier period, including the most well-known among them, Abdullah Ibrahim. Among this next generation was Feya Faku, the featured performer for this special edition of the BHCC Jazz Celebration series.
Fezile "Feya" Faku was born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, a town often referred to as a Jazz Academy that brought forth a great number of jazz musicians. He studied music at University of Natal with Darius Brubeck and graduated with a University Diploma in Jazz Studies. He has performed with a great number of South African musical legends - from Barney Rachabane, Thandie Classen, Duke Makasi, Pat Matshikiza, Basel Coetzee, Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi and Bheki Mseleku to Abdullah Ibrahim. Among the generation that has followed them, he is considered one of South Africa’s leading jazz musicians.
In addition to leading his own groups in South Africa, Mr. Faku travels frequently to perform on international stages with global counterparts. He has participated in long-term collaborations with European musicians such as Dutch saxophonist Paul van Kemenade and Swiss drummer Dominic Egli. He has also toured the U.S. with the South African all-star group “Uhadi” as well as with Zim Ngqawana and Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights. He has recorded four albums as a leader and numerous more as a sideman.
November 9, 2017 ● 1 p.m.
Fall Jazz Fest is free and open to the public.
The posters for this Fall Jazz Fest are designed by Professor Yong Chen’s Illustration for Designers class. Student designers are: Zakaria Ali, Bianka Bogdan, Rodrigo Castillo, Allan Dygon, Felipe Figueiredo, Fredy Flores Rios, Robert Fusiek, Qichao Gong, Tulga Khangal, Erald Kolici, Mariana Ochoa Iturralde, Terry Peri, Anderson Ramirez Rojas, Anil Shrestha.
BHCC Jazz Celebration History
BHCC JAZZ CELEBRATION SERIES FROM THE BEGINNING…
|Spring 1999||Duke Ellington 100th Anniversary Celebration|
|Fall 1999||Gershwin 101|
|Spring 2000||The World of Folk Music|
|Fall 2000||Louis & Tiger – 100th Birthday Celebration for Louis Armstrong featuring Tiger Okoshi|
|Spring 2001||Old Ship of Zion: A History of the Gospel Tradition , written and performed by Dr. Horace Boyer|
|Spring 2001||Tribute to Miles Davis featuring Webster Young|
|Fall 2001||Return of the Tiger – Tiger Okoshi|
|Spring 2002||Semenya McCord’s Tribute to Billie Holiday: I Know About the Life|
|Fall 2002||Langston Hughes, the Blues, and All That Jazz|
|Spring 2003||Charlie Parker Tribute featuring Andy McGhee|
|Fall 2003||Celebrating 100 Years of the Blues featuring Mighty Sam McClain|
|Spring 2004||A Love Supreme: John Coltrane Tribute featuring Carl Grubbs|
|Fall 2004||Carol Sloane Sings Ella and Carmen : A Tribute to Jazz Greats Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae|
|Spring 2005||Misterioso: Thelonious Monk Tribute with John Kordalewski Trio and special guest Bill Pierce|
|Fall 2005||Carol Sloane Sings (Mostly) Ellington with Brad Hatfield, piano|
|Spring 2006||The Makanda Project: The Music of Makanda Ken McIntyre|
|Fall 2006||Jazz Brasil: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, featuring Fernando and Sergio Brandão|
|Spring 2007||Better Get Hit in Your Soul: A Tribute to Charles Mingus, featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy|
|Fall 2007||Chasin’ the Blues Away: Celebrating Horace Silver, featuring Horace Silver Quintet Alumni: Ralph Bowen, Michael Mossman and Yoron Israel|
|Spring 2008||Swingin’ with Count Basie, featuring the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Paul Broadnax|
|Fall 2008||Where in the World’s Music Is Dizzy Gillespie? featuring the Bill Lowe Afro-Cuban Jazztet|
|Spring 2009||The Beat Goes On: A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, featuring Bill Pierce|
|Fall 2009||Music Is the Magic: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, featuring Diane Richardson, Bill Lowe, John Kordalewski, John Lockwood, and Yoron Israel|
|Spring 2010||Miles Davis and Birth of the Cool, featuring the Greg Hopkins Nonet|
|Fall 2010||Out There! Oliver Lake’s Tribute to Eric Dolphy, featuring Oliver Lake|
|Spring 2011||“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”: Tribute to Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Ambassador to the World, featuring the Christian Sands Trio|
|Fall 2011||What’d I Say: Genius + Soul – A Tribute to Ray Charles, featuring the Love Dogs|
|Spring 2012||Supercussion: The Makanda Project featuring Warren Smith|
|Fall 2012||VISIONS: The Music of Stevie Wonder, featuring Yoron Israel and High Standards|
|Spring 2013||Gypsy Jazz: Celebrating the Music of Django Rheinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, featuring the Ben Powell Gypsy Quartet|
|Fall 2013||Celebration of Jazz, Blues and the Poetry of Langston Hughes, featuring Diane Richardson and Lloyd Sheldon Johnson with the John Kordalewski Quartet|
|Spring 2014||A Tribute to Piano Masters Cedar Walton and Mulgrew Miller, featuring Laszlo Gardony, piano, with Stan Strickland, saxophone; John Lockwood, bass; Yoron Israel, drums|
|Fall 2014||To the Max! A Tribute to Max Roach, featuring Billy Hart with Bill Lowe and John Lockwood|
|Spring 2015||Before the Deluge: The Music of New Orleans, the Birthplace of Jazz, featuring Made in the Shade|
|Fall 2015||Billy Strayhorn 100th Anniversary Retrospective featuring Greg Hopkins and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra|
|Spring 2016||Jazz South Africa, featuring the Music of Ndikho Xaba performed by the Makanda Project|
|Fall 2016||Wayning Moments: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter, featuring Joe Ford, saxophone, with Kevin Harris, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Yoron Israel, drums|
|Spring 2017||3hree for Louis: A tribute to Louis Armstrong, featuring three all-star trumpet players performing jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s greatest hits|