UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) regretfully announces that revered South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela will be unable to join Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya for The Jazz Epistles concert at Royce Hall on March 3, 2018, due to complications from prostate cancer.
We send Hugh Masekela our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope that he may enjoy the best of health for many years to come. The trumpet player Freddie Hendrix will be assuming the trumpet chair in place of Mr. Masekela for this concert.
Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya with Freddie Hendrix in the trumpet chair will present a concert program in tribute to South Africa’s first recorded jazz group, The Jazz Epistles. The Jazz Epistles were South Africa’s first black jazz band and important contributors to modern jazz. Inspired by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the band came into existence after the Dollar Brand Trio from Cape Town combined talents with alto saxophone king Kippie Moeketsi from Johannesburg and his two protégés, trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa. Dollar Brand would later be known as Abdullah Ibrahim and his Trio included Johnny Gertze on bass, and Early Mabuza or Makaya Ntshoko on drums.
New arrangements of The Jazz Epistles’ original compositions from their 1959 recording, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, including “Blues for Huey,” “Scullery Department,” “Carols Drive,” “Vary – oo – Vum,” “Dollars Moods,” “Gafsa,” and “Uku Janga Phambili,” will be woven into a beautiful concert program with Abdullah Ibrahim’s classic catalog.
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UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word and theater as well as emerging digital and collaborative platforms — by leading artists from around the globe. Part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, CAP UCLA curates and facilitates exposure to artists who are creating extraordinary works of art and fosters a vibrant learning community both on and off the UCLA campus. The organization invests in the creative process by providing artists with financial backing and time to experiment and expand their practices through strategic partnerships and collaborations. As an influential voice within the local, national and global arts communities, CAP UCLA connects this generation to the next in order to preserve a living archive of our culture. CAP UCLA is also a safe harbor for cultural expression and artistic exploration, giving audiences the opportunity to experience real life through characters and stories on stage, and giving artists an avenue to challenge assumptions and advance new ways of seeing and understanding the world in which we live.