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This year Artscape’s Youth Jazz Festival 2012 celebrates its 10th year with seven soloists who auditioned to perform for this momentous occasion.

Directed and conducted by the legendary jazz trumpeter, educator and performing artist Ian Smith, Kevin Gibson (Drums), Andrew Ford (Piano) and Wesley Rustin (Double Bass) form a jazz ensemble to accompany the soloists. The festival is on Saturday 2 June in the Artscape Theatre from 19h30 until 22h00.

All the soloists come from the Western Cape and include: Adele Wyngaard (24)  Vocalist from Kraaifontein, Angelo Panizza (21) on Piano from Landsdowne, Brendon Hendricks (22) Bass Guitar from Delft, Lindelo Mangesi (20) Tenor Sax from Gugulethu, Marcé Underwood (23) Vocalist, Little Mowbray, Mark Williams (23) on Guitar and Whitney Olivier (17) Vocalist  are both from Mitchells Plain.

Already making waves in the jazz arena, some of these musicians have represented South Africa at local and international jazz festivals and events such as the prestigious Big Band Festival, the National Jazz Festival in Grahamstown and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. They have also appeared on television and had interviews on radio.

This concert marks a decade of Artscape’s youth jazz development and education and is a project of the Audience Development and Education Department.  Says Marlene le Roux, director of the department: ‘Not only does the Jazz project develop musical skills, it gives assurance to future audiences for this genre. There is a phenomenal jazz tradition in the Western Cape which will be kept alive through nurturing these young musicians. This project is building positive future citizens who recognise through hard work they can put their dreams into action.’

Tickets for the festival cost R80. Book through Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets and or line www.computickets.com