Ernest Dawkins to Perform at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music welcomes back Ernest Dawkins on Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 18h00.
Dawkins who hails from the US, 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 the Chairperson of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (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 the first Sunday of every month at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Since 2014, he has had a standing engagement every Sunday at Norman’s Bistro in Chicago and these 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. He composed and presented 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 12 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, Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College campus on Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30. R90 for general admission // R60 pensioners // R30 for students. Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details.
Words: Thuli Zama