South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim first heard the call of modern jazz in the late 1950s, and along with Hugh Masekela, founded the pioneering Jazz Epistles—a hard bop ensemble modeled on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that was first black jazz combo to record in South Africa.
With heavy hearts, we must acknowledge the loss of trumpeter, composer, singer, activist, and South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela, who passed on January 23rd in Johannesburg at age 78. From his pioneering role in South African jazz as a member of the Jazz Epistles and his status as a pop star with the 1968 crossover hit “Grazing in the Grass” to his tireless work to help abolish apartheid and his advocacy on behalf of fellow African musicians, Masekela was a cultural icon and a symbol of inclusiveness and joy. His enormous contributions to art and humanitarian causes will live on.
The Jazz Epistles concerts at SFJAZZ from 2|22–25 will feature trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith standing in for Masekela, and the performances will be dedicated to his memory.«Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around. » — Rolling Stone
FEB 22- 7:30 PM
FEB 23- 7:30 PM
FEB 24- 7:30 PM
FEB 25- 7:30 PM