Funk Big Band - Nils Landgren

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Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival

Makhanda’s signature is the Big Band – a jazz genre renowned for its power and complexity. Once again we put together an all-star band of top South African and European musicians, this time led by Nils Landgren, “one of the funkiest musicians in the world”.

Landgren, a Swedish jazz legend, can hold his own in any company, having played with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, ABBA, the Crusaders, Joe Sample and Wyclef Jean amongst many others, and has featured on over 500 recordings. We’ve been inviting him to this Jazz Festival for 12 years … and he’s finally here!

Conductor/ Composer and trombone: Nils Landgren (SE)
Saxes: Dan Shout, Justin Bellairs, Marc de Kock, Sisonke Xonti, Shannon Mowday; trumpets: Fredrik Noren (SE), Marcus Wyatt, Sakhile Simani, Sydney Mavundla
Trombones: Andreas Tschopp (CH), Kyle du Preez, Murray Buitendag, Kelly Bell
Guitar: Michael Bester
Piano: Bokani Dyer
Bass: Shaun Johannes
Drums: Kevin Gibson




  1. jlcommunications11 29 June 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This was worth every penny. He took us on a journey that was just pure magic. The big band sound was authentic, vibrant, and mesmerizing. Landgren’s persona on stage was energetic yet calming and his singing was delightful and surprising. His trombone playing was stuff of legends with his funky sound. Everyone was singing went they left the room. What an excellent performance all round

  2. clement.chela 1 July 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Fantastic music and performance looking forward to next year already.

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