SAXIT! take the power of their four saxes across the nation @ConcertsSA

In association with Concerts SA, unique, multi-genre saxophone quartet SAXIT! is embarking on their first nationwide tour in the form of music education workshops and live performances in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg. From some of the best jazz clubs in the country to grassroots community centres, and from Universities to the Joy of Jazz festival – as special guests of McCoy Mrubata.


Since 2012, SAXIT! has been developing their vibrant and diverse sound and pushing the boundaries of the saxophone ensemble, performing a multitude of musical styles without a rhythm section. The band has performed at notable festivals such as the National Arts Festival (NAF), Infecting the City Public Arts Festival and performed at the Oude Libertas Summer Concert Series in Stellenbosch.  Following their NAF performance, Cue Magazine wrote: “The repertoire ranges from upbeat to melancholy to celebratory. This easy-going band of musicians does themselves proud!”

The band is formed by Joel Benjamin (Alto/Soprano sax), Jade de Waal (Alto sax/flute), Simon Bates (Tenor sax/flute), and Gareth Harvey (Baritone sax/bass clarinet). Asked about the role of live performance, Gareth says: “Music to most people runs close their hearts and one of the main things SAXIT! would like people to feel is, firstly, being present in the experience and not distracted by the material world. Secondly, to simply enjoy themselves. Then, our workshops aim at empowering music students with skills in developing their own careers and mastering their instruments.”

SAXIT! have collaborated in an animated short film project titled Heart and in 2015 released their debut self-titled EP. Music journalist Gwen Ansell wrote about their debut EP: “Modest in scale the release may be, but it’s an engaging and genuinely enjoyable debut, and definitely worth your ears. (…) The voice and texture of each reed sings through clear and beautiful. The playing is impressive: precise without being pedantic; empathetic, and infused with the undisguised joy of the players, with intelligent solos from everybody. Harvey creates good material. There are more catchy hooks than you might expect to find in saxophone quartet territory, and some melodies that pack a real emotional punch. (…) It has taken hard work to sound as good as SAXIT! does.”

SAXIT! Quartet’s tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

For more information please visit http://concertssa.co.za.


Artist Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Saxit-107023709442869

ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/saxit

Management: www.octaveleapmusic.com/saxit.html



Events Listing


Durban – UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music

Friday 2nd September – 2.00pm – Free workshop (for students only)

Address: UKZN, Shepstone Building Level 2, Durban, 4001

Bookings: 031 260 3385 / zamat1@ukzn.ac.za


Durban – The Jazzy Rainbow

Friday 2nd September – 8.00pm – R 70

Address: 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Durban, 4001

Bookings: 031 303 8398


Bloemfontein – Odeion School of Music – UFS

Friday 9th September – 10.00am & 2.00pm – Free workshops (for students only)

Address: Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Kanseliersweg, Universitas, Bloemfontein, 9301

Bookings: 051 401 2810


Bloemfontein – Jazz Evenings

Friday 9th September – 7.00pm – R 80

Address: PACOFS, 12 1st Avenue, Bloemfontein

Bookings: 051 447 7771 / jazzeveningsbfn@gmail.com


Bloemfontein – 59Plenty

Saturday 10th September – 7.00pm – No cover charge

Address: 59 General Dan Pienaar Dr, Bloemfontein, 9301

Bookings: 082 626 7606 / admin@galleryonleviseur.co.za


Johannesburg – Joy of Jazz

Friday 16th September – 9.30pm – R 750

Address: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196

Bookings: http://online.computicket.com/web


Johannesburg – Music Enlightenment Project

Saturday 17th September – 10.00am – Free workshop (for students only)

Address: 92 Juta St., Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001

Bookings: 081 000 2891 / info@musicenlightenmentproject.co.za


Johannesburg – Kgothatso Laka Music Academy @ Ayanda Pre-Primary

Saturday 17th September – 1.00pm – Free admission

Address: 13779 Lefokotsane St, Vosloorus, 1475

Bookings: 0822957038 / gao.laka@gmail.com


Johannesburg – The Bohemian

Saturday 17th September – 9pm – Price TBC

Address: 167 Perth Rd, Westdene, Johannesburg, 2092

Bookings: 011 482 1725/ joe@thebo.co.za

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