Jazz at the Nassau celebrates its 20th anniversary featuring American jazz vocalist Sharón Clark and Swedish pianist Mattias Nilsson together with well-known South African bassist Wesley Rustin and Lumanyano Mzi on drums. The concert will take on 17 November 2019 at 7.30pm.

Jazz at the Nassau: 20th Anniversary - Cliff Wallis

The birth of Jazz at the Nassau

Always wanting a venue where musicians would be appreciated and listened to by an audience without high noise levels and reasonable entry fees, jazz enthusiast Cliff Wallis (pictured left) found an ideal venue.  In November 1999, the first concert took place in Cape Town at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School in Newlands. Jazz at the Nassau opened with Jack van Poll on piano and Judith Sephuma on vocals together with thirteen local musicians.

“My following of jazz began in the mid-1960s,” says Wallis. “It started with vinyl recordings – Shearing on Stage and Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra by Oscar Peterson – as well as live jazz at Green Point Art Centre and the Troubadour Restaurant run by Maurice Gawronsky.”

He continues: “I wanted to take jazz out of bars, clubs and restaurants and put it in a concert venue, a very small version of what Norman Grantz did in New York in the early 1950s, namely Jazz at the Philharmonic.”

“The idea was mainly for local musicians, but later became international, featuring musicians from Sweden – such as Martin Sjostedt (piano), Johan Horlan (sax), Mattias Nilsson (piano) and Vivian Buczek (vocals), the USA – such as the Brubeck Brothers, Dave Liebman (sax), Kendra Shank (vocals), Germany, Cologne and many more.”

Once a year Jazz at the Nassau has a benefit concert for students from SA College of Music at UCT in support of their travels to the National Arts Festival in Makhanda. They have also have three benefit concerts for the Delft Big Band.

azz at the Nassau: 20th Anniversary - Sharon Clark

About Sharón Clark

The sultry jazz vocalist Sharón Clark (pictured right) is world-renowned for her vibrato and incomparable tonality. She tours extensively around the globe and recent performances includes two sold out shows at Dizzy’s Club – Jazz at Lincoln Centre, a standing ovation at a sold out concert at the Kennedy Centre, and closing the DC Jazz Festival.

 About Mattias Nilsson,

The internationally acclaimed and award-winning Swedish pianist has done more than hundred solo concerts around the world and has established himself as one of Sweden’s most personal pianists with a very strong and unique style. With a very warm, personal touch in mind, Nilsson adds to his palette of musical colours the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers, and not least, his original compositions.

What: Jazz at the Nassau: 20th anniversary

Where and when: Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Newlands on 17 November 2019

Tickets: 021 761 2726 | 076 401 0008 or email cliffwallis@gmail.com