23 April 2011

Ian Smith recently received an award from the Department of Culture Affairs and Sport, Western Cape for his contribution to the Performing Arts in Music. It was mentioned at the awards that through his expertise as a teacher of music, one of the highlights of his skills transfer is the Delft Jazz Band.

 

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6 February 2011

Virtual Jazz Reality perform at the scenic Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West, Cape Town. Ian Smith, Sammy Webber, Andrew Ford and Frank Paco entertained the large crowds with there wide repertoire that spans the bands 11 year history.

With the family friendly setting and glorious weather, VJR had something for everyone.


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8 February 2011

Seven members of the Delft Big Band between the ages of 13 and 18, have been selected to perform at The World’s Children’s Prize. The Rights of the Child’s 11th annual Prize Ceremony will be held in Her Majesty, Queen Silvia’s Grispholm Castle on the island of Mariefred, Sweden.


Ian Smith and the seven band members will be leaving on the 23 April and returning 3 May. Further details about the trip and band members going will be posted here soon.


For more info on the Delft Big Band, please click here

 

ARTSCAPE YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011

20 May 2011

In Artscape’s Youth Jazz Festival celebrates its 9th year with legendary Jazz Trumpeter, Ian Smith conducting the Delft Big Band. Young soloists, who are already making waves in the jazz arena, will join the band in an evening of superb music.  They include Lorenzo Blignaut (Trumpet), Adelia Douw (Vocals), Matthew Ehrenreich (Sax), Sandile Gontsana (Vocals), Dayna Pearce (Clarinet) and Mark Williams (Guitar). Because of the exceptionally high standard, and the demand for tickets, there will be two performances this year in the Artscape Theatre on Saturday 4 June at 19h30 and Sunday 5 June at 16h00. Tickets cost R75.With a focus firmly on the development and education of young jazz aspirants, Artscape in preparation of the festival each year, designs a mentorship programme together with top South African jazz icons who prepare these musicians for the jazz arena they are about to enter.  Artscape also provides the platform to showcase the work.


In 2003 Artscape Audience Development and Education included the Youth Jazz Festival as an extension of their annual Classical Youth Music Festival, which began in 1971 - to give young instrumental soloists and singers the opportunity of performing with a professional orchestra.  The 2011 Youth Jazz Festival is following the same concept with Ian Smith and the Delft Big Band.


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1 May 2011


















Ian Smith and 7 Members of the Delft Big Band, aged between 13 and 16, return from a highly successful performance at the 11th World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child in Sweden. Marcelle Adams (trumpet), Celine Antonels (sax), Brandon Brock (bass), Calwyn Davids (drums), Calwyn Louw (trombone), Adelia Douw (vocals) and Clayton Sauls (keyboards).


Sweden’s Queen Silvia presides over the awards, which takes place at the Gripsholm Castle. The young group wowed the audiences at all their performances, making many international fans and friends. Organisers felt the South African group was the best ensemble from the country in 10 years, who conducted themselves with such a high standard. South Africa can be proud...













To read the full article from the Weekend Argus click on the image above


FOR PHOTOS FROM THE TRIP please click here


23 May 2011


The Delft Big Band were due to give a short performance on the Cape Town radio station, GoodHope FM. Thanks to the overwhelming support, the performed for nearly two and a half hours during the Nigel Pierce show.


Click here or on the image above to read more about the Delft Big Band at the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival on the 4th and 5th of June.

Click on the image above to read the article published in the Weekend Argus about the Delft Big Band

Click on the image above to read the article published in the Sonskynnuus about the Delft Big Band

For more pictures from Artscape 2011 please click here

Delft Big Band on GoodHope FM Radio

Delft Band in Sweden

Ian Smith Awarded

VJR Perform at Helderberg Nature Reserve

Ian Smith receives The Lion’s Humanitarian Award

30 July 2011

Ian Smith received The Lion's Humanitarian Award on Saturday, this is awarded by the International President “to a person of substantial humanitarian accomplishment"  - this was given to him by the Milnerton Lion's Club in Cape Town.

Delft Big Band Perform MoDILA Museum Launch

Pictures courtesy of MoDILA

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More Delft Big Band pictures added - Artscape 2011

12 August 2011

             









More pictures in the Artscape photo album, click here to see more

Picture by Gregory Franz

Delft Big Band Artscape Documentary

15 October 2011

             















Delft Big Band at the Karoo Arts Festival-Beaufort West

14 November 2011

More pictures in Karoo Arts Festival photo album, click here to see more

Delft Big Band Kwêla Documentary

17 January 2012

             















Pure Love Concert

Big Band - Catch Ian performing with the Mike Campbell Big Band


Date:       First Monday of each Month

Venue:    Trinity Club, Cape Town

With Mike Campbell Big Band

Click on the image above to read the article published in the TygerBurger Newspaper about the Delft Big Band

Click on the image above to read the article about the Delft Big Band and VJR concert

Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet visit

15 February 2012

             















Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad brings the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet to Cape Town, South Africa

If music is a universal language, jazz is a dynamic conversation between friends.  American jazz musicians, the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet, made lasting friendships during their recent visit to Cape Town on the Rhythm Road program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Please click here to read further or click here for their Facebook page


VJR Performing for Moonstruck 2012

19 February 2012

             















Virtual Jazz Reality performing at 567 CapeTalk Moonstruck 2012 with BP Express on Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town, South Africa.


2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

30 March 2012

             















Virtual Jazz Reality will be performing at the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s Main Stage, on Saturday 31 March 2012. They share the stage with an elite lineup of local and international musicians.

Jazz fans are descending on the southern tip of africa this weekend for the 13th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. All 34,000 tickets have been sold with fanfare surrounding the appearance of Grammy Award winning Vocalist, Lauryn Hill.


For a look at what this event means for the jazz industry in South Africa, ABN's Hannah Viviers crosses to Cape Town to speak with Rashid Lombard, the Festival Director and Ian Smith, from Virtual Jazz Reality band.


For more details about the festival please click here


International Jazz Day 30th April 2012

Members of the Delft Big Band took part in a live simultaneous broadcast, led by Jazz icon Herbie Hancock. Students from Cape Town, Paris and Rio De Janeiro performed with member from New Orleans via Satellite. Members performed “Chameleon”, led by its composer Herbie Hancock.


5 May 2012


Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet visit

15 February 2012

             















Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad brings the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet to Cape Town, South Africa

If music is a universal language, jazz is a dynamic conversation between friends.  American jazz musicians, the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet, made lasting friendships during their recent visit to Cape Town on the Rhythm Road program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Please click here to read further or click here for their Facebook page


VJR Performing for Moonstruck 2012

19 February 2012

             















Virtual Jazz Reality performing at 567 CapeTalk Moonstruck 2012 with BP Express on Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town, South Africa.


2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

30 March 2012

             















Virtual Jazz Reality will be performing at the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s Main Stage, on Saturday 31 March 2012. They share the stage with an elite lineup of local and international musicians.

Jazz fans are descending on the southern tip of africa this weekend for the 13th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. All 34,000 tickets have been sold with fanfare surrounding the appearance of Grammy Award winning Vocalist, Lauryn Hill.


For a look at what this event means for the jazz industry in South Africa, ABN's Hannah Viviers crosses to Cape Town to speak with Rashid Lombard, the Festival Director and Ian Smith, from Virtual Jazz Reality band.


For more details about the festival please click here