Urban Jazz Experience

METRO FM  |  Podcast , ±16 min episodes every 1 week, 4 days  | 
There is nothing like a bit of Sunday night jazz to beat the blues. The show features amongst other styles, contemporary and African jazz. Nothemba’s interviews and profiles on jazz artists will keep you clued up on all that you need to know. This show is aimed at allowing the listener to kick back and relax whilst summing up their weekend before entering into another busy week.

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13
SEP
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO AMAESHI IKECHI

Amaeshi, Okwarachukwu Ikechi (popularly known as Amaeshi) is a Nigerian bassist and composer born to a Christian family of four children, being the youngest member of the family. His siblings were actively involved in church music so it wasn’t strange for him to have picked up an interest in music. But it became more evident that it was more than just an interest when almost everything around him became a musical instrument and he would soon start to lobby his way into the church band and become a part of the school band and various cultural groups as a percussionist.
At the age of 13, he got the opportunity to see for the first time western musical instruments such as the piano, bass, guitar and drums in a local church and that aroused his curiosity. Unfortunately, he didn’t qualify for the church scholarship to learn one of the instruments because he was relatively younger to the other children. Most of the kids opted to learn instruments other than the bass guitar and this caught his attention and that was the beginning of the quest for the knowledge of the instrument. With the help of friends who could share their little knowledge about the bass guitar, he started figuring it out on his own. The story is endless from this point, but it was surely a young man’s quest after his “inner soul and fulfillment”. His bass guitar influences internationally are John Patittucci, Jaco Pastorius, Richard Bona, and Tom Kennedy.
13
SEP
2020

NOTHEMBA CHATS TO SIMONE GUBBIOTTI

Guitarist Simone Gubbiotti is a musician with a strong presence in both the USA and Europe. Based in Umbria (Italy) Simone frequents the US regularly where he performs with musicians including Peter Erskine, Sid Jacobs, Joe La Barbera, Arthur Blythe, Lewis Nash, Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson.

Music was not Simone’s first passion, he began his career in the world of sport where he played professionally for a number of top Italian soccer clubs including AC Milan. After sustaining a serious knee injury Simone took the decision to refocus and pursue a career in music.



Simone is very active as a leader and as a sideman performing in a number of important projects such as the Paul Wertico Quartet. With his trio #Underdogs he toured and played in several international Jazz Festivals in Poland, Uk, Holland, Italy, Usa and Mexico. His collaborations include Ari Hoenig, Joe Lovano, Enrico Pieranunzi, Gabriele Mirabassi, Adrian Oropeza and many others.
As a clinician Simone has taught workshops in Uk, Argentina, Mexico and Italy.
06
SEP
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO WYNTON MARSALIS

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, an educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

Always swinging, Marsalis blows his trumpet with a clear tone, a depth of emotion and a unique, virtuosic style derived from an encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques. When you hear Marsalis play, you’re hearing life being played out through music.

Marsalis’ core beliefs and foundation for living are based on the principals of jazz. He promotes individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and faces adversity with persistent optimism (the blues). With his evolved humanity and through his selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks and cultural institutions throughout the world.
30
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO MARK WADE

Voted one of the top bassists of 2016, 2018, and 2019 by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Reader's Poll, Mark Wade has been an active bassist in the New York City area for over 20 years. His 2015 debut album Event Horizon and 2018 follow up Moving Day were released to international acclaim. The albums received great critical reviews from a host of domestic and international publications such as Downbeat Magazine, Jazz In Europe, Cadence Magazine, Something Else Reviews, The New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, Jazz Life (Japan), and several others. Wade has received several features and interviews about his recordings and was commissioned by Downbeat Magazine to write a master class article for its July 2015 and August 2018 issues. Noted UK jazz journalist and author Sammy Stein featured Wade in her 2017 book All That's Jazz. Wade has been signed by Edition 46 Records (Berlin).
23
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA CHATS TO SIPHIWE MHLAMBI

In this visionary photographic exhibition, legendary commercial photographer, Siphiwe Mhlambi, takes a bold and crucial look at jazz as a special art form.

He blends his possessed soul with that of the artist’s into the instruments, the self-expression, ambience, mood, and the magical music.

His images reveal how he too is possessed of the spirit of jazz and draws his audience into the life of the musician’s soul fire and into the music itself.

The photographs immediately become a custodian of the imagination and a mirror of the individual artist's soul.
23
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO MIMI MTSHALI

Born with a Talent that was soon to be dis-covered, Mimi Mtshali started performing at a very tender age; sh...e is blessed with an incontestable talent to beat many of her age. She had found her natural niche and pursued her Music Education through University of Cape Town completing her Jazz Performance Degree.
23
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA CHATS TO LINDIWE MAXOLO

Vocalist, Composer, Educator & Band Leader.

Lindiwe Maxolo is an emerging powerful vocalist in the South African Jazz music industry. She is recipient winner of the 2002 Afro Vocal Category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition. Armed with a Cum Laude in Jazz Honours Degree from the University of Cape Town, she’s demonstrated her diversity by performing in India, Portugal, Greece and New Orleans. And her enchanting magical voice will still see her further mesmerize the world.
With a background that was rooted in church music, Ms Maxolo felt the need to take her musicianship to a higher level by studying music formally. She went on to graduate Cum Laude in her Honours Degree in Jazz Music from the University of Cape Town.
Critics have described her sound as “jazzy”, “soulful”, “lyrical”, “affirming” and “layered”.
According to Lindiwe, her sound is an Acoustic experience that incorporates both African Jazz and Traditional Jazz influences. Lindiwe has been involved with many different styles of music but her main focus remains with Jazz music. Lindiwe Maxolo was born and bred in the then Vaal Triangle.
Lindiwe Maxolo has, for some years now, been working very hard towards establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. This is beginning to bear fruit when you look at some of the stages that she has already graced within South Africa and Internationally. She was invited to share the stage with the Legendary Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. She has worked with some of the top South African musicians such as Sibongile Khumalo, Concord Nkabinde, McCoy Mrubata, Gloria Bosman, Feya Faku, Andile Yenana, to name but a few.
16
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO DR. MONGEZI MAKHALIMA

Dr Mongezi Makhalima is the founder of the Mzantsi Jazz Awards. Dr Mongezi is an organisational development specialist, organisational learning expert and executive coach with over 20 years' experience in corporates and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) as well as public ones. He has held senior leadership roles in management, leadership and coaching organisations.
09
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO THANDI NTULI

Thandi Ntuli was born on the 10th September 1987 in one of South Africa's largest townships, Soshanguve (Pretoria). She comes from a lineage of rich musical heritage, being the niece of guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of 70's pop fusion band Harari (The Beaters), Selby Ntuli.

At the tender age of 4, she started taking classical piano lessons under the tutelage of Ada Levkowitz. However, her keen interest for jazz was only kindled later in life, leading her to enroll and complete a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at The University of Cape Town.

Since the release of her debut jazz album, "The Offering" which she released independently, Thandi is fast making an imprint in the local jazz scene with her unique voice. "The Offering" has received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards and recognition since its release in 2014, namely a MetroFM award nomination for "Best Urban Jazz" in 2015.

Her compositions draw from a wide array of influences, this she attributes to the collaborative culture of jazz that has seen her working closely with many artists, across genres. Some of her most notable collaborations include Thandiswa Mazwai, Neo Muyanga, Steve Dyer, QB Smith (UK/SA), Marcus Wyatt, The Brother Moves On, Sir LSG, Bheki Khoza, Siya Makuzeni and many more.
09
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO MARCUS WYATT

Marcus Wyatt is a trumpet player/composer from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape has been playing his horn since 1983. He is part of a new generation of South African musicians – respectful of the past, yet moving forward without fear of twisting boundaries.

This South African musician has performed around the globe, and worked with an impressive array of musicians, from Manu Dibango, Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba to Maria Schneider, John Faddis, Bheki Mseleku, Lionel Loueke and Steve Turre. Wyatt is an 10-time SAMA nominee, and has appeared on festivals and in venues in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Holland, Italy, Sweden, CzechRepublic, Poland, Norway, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Malaysia, Taiwan, Bolivia and India. He has recently returned from touring in Australia and Belgium, and has just released his seventh solo album “One Night in the Sun” , a live recording of a big band concert at M1 Studio , SABC (Johannesburg). Marcus also leads ‘The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra’ , which pays homage to the music of legendary South African Jazz group The Blue Notes . He has also recently started the amazing 12 piece Afrobalkan ensemble ‘Bombshelter Beast’ – watch this space!

“Marcus is able to entertain a very fruitful conversation between a clearly South African jazz tradition, and a more international resonance, displaying his musical know-how at times in the image of Freddie Hubbard with a nod here and there to the Jazz legend Miles Davis himself. Over the years he has developed a reputation of being one of the most versatile and in demand trumpet players in South Africa. Not only is he one of the hardest working musicians, but is also an obvious and rarely gifted trumpet player. He is equally at home in any number of settings from small ensembles, trios and big bands to drum n bass, hip hop, R&B and house and round the corner to free improvisation. This combined with a warm, wide sound, has earned him the re
02
AUG
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO GERALD CLAYTON

Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering.
Expansion has become part of Clayton’s artistic identity. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield Ben Williams, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Michael Rodriguez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen, Peter Bernstein and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Clayton also has enjoyed an extended association since early 2013, touring and recording with saxophone legend Charles Lloyd.
26
JUL
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO NDABO ZULU

Born in Durban in a township called Chesterville, he started playing trumpet at the age of 14 in a non profit organisation called Field Band Foundation, He then moved on to Durban Music School where he learned how to read and write music. He has been involved in many other organizations like South African National Youth Orchestra, KZN youth wind band to name a few. In 2011, he got the opportunity to be part of a project called band crossing borders which is a collaboration between the Field Band Foundation and NMF (Norwegian Band Forum) which was sponsored by FK. This course was only for one year, but he decided to try to audition in one of the universities in Norway. He eventually auditioned at the University of Stavanger and got accepted, but due to financial reasons he could only start in 2012. He luckily got in touch with Mr Richard Cock and applied for the Apollo music trust fund which made it possible for him to study in this country for the past 3 years. I then started a band in 2014 the “ZULU” sextet. Since then he and his fellow band members haven’t looked back.

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