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Cape Jazz Collection

Cape Jazz Sheet MusicThis Cape Jazz Collection celebrates the music and the musicians from the southern tip of Africa. Cape Town has countless riches as a result of its history, its beauty and its diverse culture, which all contribute to a unique style of music.

This Song Book contains thirty-nine compositions of twenty-three of Cape Town's leading musicians. The songs cover all the styles of the Cape Jazz genre. The intention of this book is to get musicians to play the music. Be it on the bandstand, in studio, for the occasional jam session or in the classroom.

The songs are written as lead sheets (chords and melody). In a few cases, where considered necessary for harmonic reasons, 2 or 3 voices have been used in the melody. One of the characteristics of popular Cape music is the 'ghoemma' beat and this is used extensively in many of these compositions.

The Cape Jazz Collection is available now from our online shop, or contact Nick Green on nick@jazz.co.za, or click here for a list of suppliers in Gauteng and Western Cape.

The composers and tunes contained in the Cape Jazz Collection are as follows

Alvin Dyers Madiba Jimmy Adams Salon Kwela
Alvin Dyers Wesley Street Jimmy Adams Soetwater
Basil Coetzee Mofolo Jonathon Butler 7th Avenue
Basil Coetzee Umlazi Mac McKenzie Red Rock City
Bheki Mseleku Monwabisi Mac McKenzie Wave after Wave
Buddy Wells Re-Cognisence Mark Fransman From the Old
Charles Louw Come on Home McCoy Mrubata Bo Kaap
Chris McGregor Country Cooking McCoy Mrubata Cape Samba
Douglas Armstrong Waiting for Phoebe McCoy Mrubata Merton's Place
Errol Dyers Koukouwa Merton Barrow Capetown
Errol Dyers Majietas Merton Barrow Little Rock In Spain
Errol Dyers Samba Ja Mike Campbell Snoektown
Errol Dyers Sonesta Morris Goldberg &
David Bravo
Pedal Pusher
Ezra Ngcukana Sobukwe Paul Hanmer Cape Spanish Inquisition
George Werner Retreat Paul Hanmer Katlahonger
Hilton Schilder Khoisan Symphony #1 Robbie Jansen Robbie Bop
Hilton Schilder Mankunku Winston Mankunku Crossroads Crossroads
Hilton Schilder Zeekovlei Winston Mankunku Khawuleza
Tony Schilder Lullabye Winston Mankunku Yakhal Inkomo
Tony Schilder Mitchell's Plain Samba

Colin Miller, the editor of the Cape Jazz Song Book, studied jazz at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. He is Project Manager at the Swiss Arts Council's Pro Helvetia in South Africa, with special focus on music and literature projects. He is involved with the documentation and collection of oral histories at the Cape Town District Six Museum sound archives.

The Cape Jazz Collection is available now from our online shop or contact Nick Green on nick@jazz.co.za


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