Nduduzo Makhathini Quartet Lifts Spirits In Powerful Performance

Buffalo was visited by the international jazz artist from South Africa, Nduduzo Makhathini this past Friday, February 17. The prolific composer/pianist is noted for taking audiences on a spiritual journey that is both meditative and majestic.

This was the case for this appearance. The audience was treated to music that is uniquely his with robust signature piano mastery. Echoes from the music of the past with stylings Coltrane and Tyner seeping through and shaping the experience one has with his brilliant arrangements.

A powerful lineup included Zwelakhe-Duma Bellale Pere on bass, Aaron Burnett on tenor saxophone, and Francisco Mela on drums. Nduduzo is a dynamic leader and each world-class band member embraces the spiritual journey with amazing improvisation. Nduduzo shared, with a deep sense of reverence, where the music is found and the importance of tapping into the creator of all things. A moving sentiment throughout the evening. In many ways, a revivalist occasion in the context of jazz.

The evening opened with the Love Supreme School of Music faculty and students. Led by Marcus Lolo, the students displayed continued progress for an enjoyable performance.

Many thanks to the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective for bringing such mastery for us to experience. And many thanks to True Bethel Baptist Church for hosting.

The marvelous photo gallery is by JazzBuffalo contributor and photographer Jack Zuff.

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