South African Airways smooths things over with some cool jazz

From left to right: Japhter Malungane; Thomas Kennedy Jazz musician; Zuks Ramasia SAA GM Operations; Patrice Rushen jazz musician; Lee Ritenour jazz musician; Lusanda Jiya SAA GM Shareholder and Stakeholder Relations; First Officer Thabo Moeketsi; Sibongile Wallace and Teboho Tuge.

From left to right: Japhter Malungane; Thomas Kennedy Jazz musician; Zuks Ramasia SAA GM Operations; Patrice Rushen jazz musician; Lee Ritenour jazz musician; Lusanda Jiya SAA GM Shareholder and Stakeholder Relations; First Officer Thabo Moeketsi; Sibongile Wallace and Teboho Tuge.

Airline official carrier for first of its kind, one night only jazz event.

South African Airways (SAA), the official airline partner of the Durban International Jazz Extravaganza, proudly welcomes the jazz legends who will – in a first ever – bring you an event for the jazz purist.

The event takes place on Saturday 12 March, for one night only, at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The Grammy award winner, Lee Ritenour and the jazz juggernaut, Spyro Gyra flew with SAA.

“One of our business objectives is to support the South African national developmental agenda. Music events, especially niche ones such as jazz, play an important role in bringing international tourists to our shores, promote local travel, and contribute to the country’s economic growth through sustainability of employment in the tourism sector.

“We are proud to support the International Jazz Extravaganza.  We feel strongly about connecting people, maintaining relationships and building partnerships to enhance our worth to our stakeholders and customers and the country at large,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA Spokesperson.

The event caters for the purists that enjoy pure jazz. These jazz musicians have recorded more than 70 albums and have performed more than 15 000 sessions across the world. This does not only make them icons, but legends of jazz. From music that the fans have become accustomed to, to pieces that they’ve never played for South African audiences, this promises to be a night to remember. Joining them on the night is the local maestro, Nduduzo Makhathini and a 10 year old, self-taught guitarist from Pietermaritzburg, Luthando Jackson.

The band Spyro Gyra will make their debut at the Extravaganza. Besides SAA, as the official airline partner and the City of Durban as host city, the Durban International Jazz Extravaganza is also supported by SA Tourism, Mzansi Magic and Kaya FM.

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