Here are some comments we have received about The South African Jazz Real Book Vol.1 "Jika":
"Many congratulations to you on the release of 'Jika'. I’ve heard mention of a SA Jazz Real Book for the best part of 3 decades now, and the many challenges that would make its realization such a daunting task. It’s a phenomenal achievement and I am eternally grateful to you, both as a musician and educator."
-- Neil Joseph Gonsalves, lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal
"The South African Jazz Real Book is a move towards the right direction."
-- Nduduzo Makhathini, composer, Fort Hare University
"I collected the book today. Fantastic. I hope it’s a great success all round."
-- Paul Hanmer, composer, Johannesburg
"I am pleased to see that this publication has eventually seen the light of day."
-- Ramon Alexander, composer, Stellenbosch University
"A much needed resource in our schools and in higher education..."
-- Henriette Weber, Director, Centre for the Performing Arts, UWC
"What a brilliant realbook of SA jazz standards! I've been thoroughly enjoying my copy I see this becoming a classic in years to come."
-- Daniel Zachariah Franks, jazz violinist, Cape Town
"I want to congratulate you and the team on the fantastic book. Well done on what I know must have been a labour of love."
-- Terence Scarr, Head of Music, Rondebosch Boys' High School
"An invaluable and remarkable achievement."
-- Richard M. Shain
"Fantastic job. The care that was taken shines through."
-- Jonny Blundell, musician/producer, Cape Town
"I am so thrilled about the South African Jazz Real Book. This is a beautiful collection that is done so tastefully."
-- Bob Sinicrope, Director of Jazz, Milton Academy, Massachusetts, USA
"We are SO excited to receive this magnificent compilation of SA Jazz! Our Jazz band is delighted and we can't wait to start working through the book."
-- Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay
"Congratulations on the Real Book - it looks stunning and is filled with gems!"
-- Debbie Mari, Project Manager, UKUSA
"Just to say a big thank you for our copy. What a wonderful idea. "
-- Ben Oosthuizen, St John’s College, Gauteng
"I was absolutely delighted when I received a package last week. It is absolutely brilliant, and the biggest gift. I will spread the word and advertise the book in my circles as I think it is phenomenal."
-- Elsabe Fourie, Kingsmead College, Gauteng
"I just wanted to write to thank you so much for the SA Real Book that you sent through to AMP. We were so excited to receive this. It is going to be a wonderful resource for our learners and teachers."
-- Shiloh Marsh, Access Music Project, Makhanda
"Thanks so much for copy of the book received – amazing! Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful labour of love."
-- Chris Albertyn, Matsuli Music
"Thank you for such a wonderful book and we know that our music teacher would benefit from this as well."
-- Peter Takelo, Net vir Pret community project, Barrydale, Western Cape
"Thank you so much for this incredibly powerful tool. It is amazing and congrats to the whole team for this wonderful addition to the world of SA Jazz. THANK YOU for sharing it with us... we will definitely be using it!!"
-- Dwyn Griesel, Kronendal Music Academy, Hout Bay
"I was pleasantly surprised with the delivery - a ray of sunshine. A huge warm thank you from my team and I for this wonderful gift that will certainly become a major resource for our annual repertoire. Thank you to your team, each and every person that made it possible for this book to be published. We will treasure this book like gold."
-- Ronel Nagfaal, Groote Schuur High School, Cape Town
"Thank you for sending us this amazing gift all the way to George. What a pleasant surprise indeed."
-- Germaine Leonard, George High School, Western Cape
"The book arrived yesterday and I just wanted to reach out to thank you. It’s really an amazing feeling to have this resource to keep this music alive in my home and one can tell how much care went into the details!"
-- Damon Pfaff, Canada
"I am very excited to have this book. I have been playing Khoisan Symphony and I’ve started working on Song for Biko :)"
-- Craig McClune
- "Including the drum patterns was a great move!"
-- Roy Gonsenhauser, Cleveland, Ohio
"I was very fortunate to witness a number of the sheetmusic.co.za big band arrangement being put to the test during my work as coordinator of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra & BigBand. These high quality arrangements are a long overdue addition to our ever expanding heritage of South African music, embracing a vibrant range of authentic styles. They are fresh and exiting and prooved to be extremely popular with both players and audiences alike."
-- Frank Sturgess, Music Programme Coordinator - Miagi Youth Big Band and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
The big band arraangements available on this site are all tried & tested and the Big Band arrangements have all been performed by various big bands in South Africa and abroad. They have all at some point been played by the Hanepoot Big Band, an 18-piece band in Cape Town specialising in South African jazz repertoire. Some have been performed by the Miagi National Youth Big Bands of 2007 & 2008, some by the Youth Big Bands at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival, some by the University of Cape Town Big Band, etc.
We've had various reports of performances by university and school bands in Australia, UK, Korea, Mongolia and USA, including
The Cape Jazz Collection was launched at events in Johannesburg and Cape Town during October 2008.
Charles Louw, Jannie van Tonder, Colin Miller and Buddy Wells at the launch at UCT College of Music in Cape Town.