Saturday October 13, 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

Free concert

South African trumpet player Feya Faku has performed with the legends – Barney Rachabane, Winston Mankunku, Bheki Mseleku, Duke Makasi, Abdullah Ibrahim, etc – and currently stands as one of the country’s most revered jazz improvisers, composers, and bandleaders.  His music represents both South Africa’s distinctive jazz tradition and that tradition’s close relationship with jazz from the U.S.

Last year the Makanda Project began a collaboration with Mr. Faku.  He spent several weeks in the U.S. during which time he rehearsed with us and performed in the horn section.  I have worked in his small groups, both here and in South Africa.  This fall the collaboration will take another step forward as he joins us for a concert featuring him, and featuring several of his wonderful compositions that I have recently arranged for the big band.

Here’s one of the compositions, that will be orchestrated for all 15 of us:

Kurtis Rivers, Henry Cook, Arni Cheatham, Sean Berry, Paavo Carey, Charlie Kohlhase – saxophones

Feya Faku, Jerry Sabatini, Haneef Nelson – trumpets

Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Alfred Patterson, Bill Lowe – trombones

John Kordalewski – piano

Carlos Pino – bass

Yoron Israel – drums

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture; and the Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation.

Also coming: the Onwards and Upwards Jazz Series, presented by the Dudley Jazz Festival in Uphams Corner.  Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm, DNICB Lobby, 572 Columbia Road, Dorchester.

First event: Saturday October 6, the Fred Woodard Collective.