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Thursday, July 11, 2013

BRUCE CASSIDY LIVE at THE BASSLINE - Newtown, Johannesburg!

Friday 12 JULY 2013 (Intimate venue) – with TIMELESS featuring POPS MOHAMMED
Saturday 13 JULY 2013 (Main venue) – with BRUCE CASSIDY'S HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA, 10 piece jazz orchestra.
The Bassline is proud to announce the return of Bruce Cassidy and his two music projects TIMELESS featuring POPS MOHAMMED and his 10 piece jazz orchestra HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA to the Bassline stages.
The Bassline Jazz Club in Melville had the honor of its stage being graced by Bruce and his music projects performing almost on a weekly basis for 9 years during the period of 1994 and 2003. “Unforgettable!” says Brad Holmes – originator and owner of Bassline.

For those patrons who experienced any of those memorable gigs now is your time to witness Bruce at his best live at the Bassline after a 13-year return to his home country from Canada.

About Bruce Cassidy:
Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick he left his university studies and moved to Montreal to study trumpet. After a period of study at Berklee College of Music in Boston he moved to Toronto. He was soon performing at Toronto’s main jazz venues and in studios, including the first seven albums released by Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

He started out with trumpet as his first performance instrument and is today also one of the world’s foremost performers on the EVI  (Electronic Valve Instrument), a wind synthesizer invented by Nyle Steiner. He wrote and recorded the first orchestral concerto for this instrument and with it has performed the Ondes Martenot solo part in Olivier Messiaen’s Turangulila Symphony with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.

His love of variety led to extended playing, recording and touring with Doug Riley’s Dr. Music, Lighthouse and, the fusion band Blood, Sweat and Tears for which he contributed compositions and arrangements for their last two albums. Artists with whom he has appeared in concert include Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Marvin Gaye, Chucho Valdez, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

After a world tour in 1980 Bruce moved to South Africa and immersed himself in the African music scene. He wrote and produced music for orchestral concerts, film, television and international dance competitions. Under the auspices of the South African Department of Arts and Culture he composed and produced an opera based on African Xhosa folklore, The Clay Flute, and produced a number of concerts for European artists and the SA internationally renowned opera singer Sibongile Khumalo.

His latest album production in South Africa was Our World, a modern orchestral/jazz outing for the renowned Soweto String Quartet. In 1995 he was contracted to return to South Africa to lead an international big band at the National Arts Festival here.
His own projects in South Africa include:

TIMELESS, an award winning duo which combined the EVI, with the ancient instrument specialist Pops Mohamed which performed extensively in South Africa and toured Scandanavia and central European countries

A 10 piece band, BRUCE CASSIDY’S HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA which has also taken root in Toronto with the finest local musicians.

Since Bruce’s return to Toronto in 2003, he has produced, with his Los Angeles partner Ken Wiley, the first jazz play-along book for French horn. He has also arranged Joe Zawinul’s classic “Birdland” for 16 french horns, and has written arrangements for Rick Morrison’s band The Carnival of Souls and the Andrew Burashko’s Art Of Time Ensemble.

From 2004 to 2009 Bruce was musical director for the great Blood Sweat and Tears vocalist David Clayton-Thomas and re-wrote the BS&T book for a larger ensemble to bring fresh sounds to that music.
He currently performs regularly in Toronto with Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga, A quartet playing South African Township style musicOne World Trio, a collaborative world music group featuring Anwar Khurshid, sitar, Waleed Abdulhamid bass and percussion and Bruce Cassidy EVI.Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra, a wide format six-horn band with which he recorded his latest release My African Heart.

Musician lineup:
12 July 2013
- Pops Mohammed
- Bruce Cassidy

13 July 2013

R110 available through webtickets and at the door

More info on the event:
+2711 – 838-9145/6/2

More info on Bruce Cassidy:

By Thato Tholo | Red Flag

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