Based: Cape Town
Phase 4 is a collation of Live Jamming artists performing with DJ. The style of music is Lounge, acid jazz and house music.
Each performance is never the same. You can add or take away musicians. The preferred performance is DJ with Vocals, Sax and or guitar. The Vocalist sings well know Jazz / Pop songs over Lounge or house music therefore creating a remix of the song.
Vocalist – Melanie Scholtz won “Best Jazz Vocalist” in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters and in 2006 released her debut album entitled “Zillion Miles”. Her voice has not only won her awards and competitions, it has also won her favour and acclaim singing the South African National anthem at the President’s Cup Golf tournament in 2003 to former South African president Nelson Mandela and the world. She has been invited to perform in Spain, Portugal, Holland, Morocco, Norway, Sweden and Austria and collaborates with numerous artists both nationally and internationally.
Melanie has performed with the who’s who of the South African jazz scene, as well as acclaimed international musicians such as Norwegian Band “Inkala”, Belgian jazz pianist Jack van Poll, Al Jarreau and Joe Mcbride.
DJ Craig De Sousaneeds no introduction. His love and passion for music is demonstrated in each and every performance – whether it’s as a house DJ, radio presenter or producer. Since 1996, Cape Town has provided him with a platform to play sets in top clubs locally, nationally and abroad. His fusion of deep house can be best described as organic sounds with interesting changes.
Saxophonist Dan Shout, who appeared on the Standard Bank Moving Billboard for the National Arts Festival, describes himself as a musical chameleon whose style is sometimes afro-pop, sometimes lounge, sometimes swing and most notably jazz fusion.
Guitarist – Gorm Helfjord has been living in Cape Town since 2001 when he enrolled at the UCT Jazz Studies program. Since then Gorm has gone on to put together a list of credits that include many of Cape Town and South Africa’s leading artists. These include Gollywog, Closet Snare, Shout (Dan Shout Quartet), as well as the hit show High School Musical.