South Africa’s Blue Notes – as re-imagined at LJF and now on the BBC

Bokani Dyer

Bokani Dyer

The South African exiles of the 1960s, The Blue Notes, were highly influential on British jazz. Now a South African and bunch of UK citizens, many of them Brummies I am delighted to report, have remembered The Blue Notes in what was one of the highlights of the South African programme at last year’s London Jazz Festival.

If you missed the concert, and regret I did, then you can hear it on the radio this evening. If you were there, you lucky, lucky people, you can re-live your November 2014 experience.

The line-up is (my nephew by marriage, he adds proudly and gratuitously) Bokani Dyer from Cape Town on piano, with Soweto Kinch  on alto saxophone, Shabaka Hutchings on tenor saxophone), Percy Persglove on trumpet, Karl Rasheed-Abel on bass) and Mark Sanders on drums.

  • Hear the reconstituted Blue Notes amid other South African jazz, including tracks by the original Blue Notes, Bheki Mseleku, Abdullah Ibrahim, Zim Ngqawana and Bokani Dyer on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up this evening at 9pm. More here.

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