Based: Cape Town
Saxophonist, Dan Shout is one of the most in demand saxophonists in Cape Town and is well known for his performances with Johnny Clegg, Magic Carpet Ride, Haydn Gardner & The Hot Shots and his own Jazz Fusion project, SHOUT.
Dan has performed in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, North Africa, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Seychelles, West Indies and Australasia. Some of his highlights have included performing with the South African National Youth Jazz Band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (2004) and with the Johnny Clegg band at the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Germany, the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007), Festival Rhythm Africaine in Bastille, Paris for Bastille Day, (2007) and Festival Paleo in Nyon, Switzerland (2010), Johnny Clegg 30th Anniversary, Johannesburg (2010) and the Human Tour of the U.S.A. and Canada (2011).
Dan teaches saxophone at the University of Cape Town, is a session musician, presents workshops and clinics and is a featured guest with various projects around town. Dan released his debut Jazz Fusion album of original material, “Greetings & Salutations” in December 2010.
Gorm Helfjord is a Norwegian guitarist currently based in Cape Town. He is a graduate of U.C.T. and has since worked with some of the biggest names in jazz both in Norway and South Africa.
A blend of influences including European and African jazz, rock, blues and ethnic music styles gives Gorm his distinctive style.
Jonno Sweetman is one of the most original sounding drummers on the music scene in South Africa at present. His sound and approach attract attention wherever he plays and in whatever context he finds himself.
Jonno is currently a member of ‘Melanie Scoltz and the Love Apples’, Kyle Shepherd group, Reza Khota Quartet, Mark Fransman trio and the Dan Shout Quartet (Sax Player for Johnny Clegg). He has performed at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festivals’, Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (Grahamstown) and Joy of Jazz (Johannesburg) and toured Europe with Jonathan Crossley in 2009 and 2010. He has worked with New York-based saxophonist Sam Thomas, U.S. guitarist and celebrated proponent of Thelonious Monk’s music, Gary Wittner, and Gordon Vernick (trumpet, U.S.). Jonno has also played and recorded with top jazz artists including Buddy Wells, Zim Ngqawana, Marcus Wyatt, Wessel van Rensburg, Herbie Tsoaeli, Rus Nerwich, Jason Reolon, Alvin Dyers, Shannon Mowday and Feya Faku just to name a few.
After being selected to play electric and double bass with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band at the 2010 Grahamstown Festival, Romy Brauteseth moved from her home town of Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 2011 to broaden her horizons in the Jazz field. In the space of under one year, Romy has become highly in demmand, performing with artists such as SHOUT, Melanie Scholtz, Marcus Wyatt and the Mike Campbell Big Band not only in Cape Town, but around South Africa as well.