"Trumpeter Lesedi Ntsane, standing in as an eleventh hour replacement for an injured Masekela, proved to be a breakout star in this climate, blending brash displays with thoughtful gestures."
Full review below:
"Mr. Ntsane, the guest trumpeter...playing with a thick, smoky lassitude and pulling against the hopped-up swing."
Check out the full review of Lesedi playing with Abdullah Ibrahim at Town Hall below.
More thoughts and pictures to come
"What it comes down to is this: Two of the greatest jazz legends of our time once played in a band featuring the top South African jazz musicians — all of them black — and were able to record one session together before the country's brutally racist apartheid government forced them into exile. One recording was made, and with only 500 copies printed, it became a sort of Holy Grail. Then this remarkably fresh and modern recording from 1960 was buried, and almost lost forever."
Check out the full article on the Jazz Epistles and the group's history in this post on WBGO.
Lesedi joins Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya to pay tribute to the Jazz Epistles on April 27 at Town Hall. Tickets here.
This concert is very special to me...The Jazz Epistles are legendary. They are the blood of the soil. We all grew up on them. They gave us life and this is historic.
"The young Lesedi Ntsane, who is from South Africa, is just an amazing musician...and that I very much respect, and I think that he'll be able to more than fill the space that I'm going to be missing from." - Hugh Masekela