World premiere saxophonist returns to Durban


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music welcomes back Ernest Dawkins (USA) on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 6pm.

Dawkins is one of the world’s premiere saxophonists and an Emmy award composer, whose life goal is for his music and compositions to reflect the evolving collective cultural memory of the African American jazz aesthetic.  He is currently Chairman of the AACM and Executive Director of Live the Spirit Residency.  Dawkins is currently in residence at the Rebuild Foundation, directing the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble every first Sunday of the month at The Stony Island Arts Bank.

Since 2014, Dawkins has standing engagement every Sunday at Normans Bistro in Chicago, the sessions have become legendary. He is a recipient of the Joyce Award and McArthur international Connections grant in partnership with The Old Town School of Folk Music, and Live the Spirit Residency. Composing and presenting an original Composition titled Quantum Englewood, and music for the Englewood to Soweto exchange.He is the leader and founder of several ensembles, most notably the New Horizons Ensemble, Aesop Quartet, Chicago Trio, Live the Spirit Big Band, the Boglifier, Englewood to Soweto Exchange, and the Chicago 12.  Dawkins has recorded numerous CDs and his publishing company, Dawk Music, has twelve releases to date.

Join Ernest Dawkins (saxophone) with Neil Gonsalves on piano, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, and Stanley Motlou on drums at the Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30pm. R90 for general admission // R60 pensioners // R30 for students. The band features Please contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email [email protected] for more details.