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Mr Keys & the Funky Munks

Film  /  Music

This live concert was performed, filmed and recorded at the Blue Room Jazz Club on Saturday 26 March, 2022 in Cape Town, supported by Concerts SA, SAMRO and the Norwegian Embassy. The band, Mr Keys & the Funky Munks consists of Jason Reolon on piano, Buddy Wells on saxophone, Kevin Gibson on drums and Wesley Rustin on Double Bass, all highly regarded and well established South African artists. They perform a combination of original compositions and some fresh takes on standards.

  • Ticket Price: R90.00
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration (minutes): 45 - 60mins
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Release Date: June 27, 2022 00:00 - July 03, 2022 23:59
  • Language: English

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Artists:
Buddy Wells: saxophone
Kevin Gibson: drums
Wesley Rustin: bass
Jason Reolon: piano

Venue:
The Blue Room, Cape Town

Videography, Recording & Mixing:
Couch Concerts SA

Sponsors:
Concerts SA
The Norwegian Embassy
SAMRO

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jason Reolon

Jason Reolon, celebrated South African-born jazz pianist, keyboardist, educator, producer and composer has a solid reputation as one of the country’s finest talents.
In all his musical undertakings, Reolon never fails to move, inspire and challenge audiences with his fresh and dynamic approach to his art. Complex, groovy, soulful, his music transcends the boundaries of jazz, deep house and electronica to reach new and exciting realms in the world of sound.
As the son of jazz songbird, Josie Gien and the South African drumming legend Bobby Gien, who performed with the famous Ronnie Scott Trio for half a decade, Reolon’s world has always been centered around music. Reolon’s love of and exposure to music throughout his life led him to complete his BMus Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2001, the same internationally esteemed institution where he has held a permanent lecturing post in jazz piano studies for the last 20 years.
In his final year of study, Reolon won the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) National Overseas Scholarship Competition for Jazz Piano, an honour which took him to move to New York in 2004 to further his studies and career.
During his 20 year journey as a professional artist, Reolon has formed and been part of numerous notable groups and collaborated and performed with countless reputable artists across the genre spectrum. His current direction involves collaborative explorations with reputable DJ’s, in 3 live electronic groups: Sublime Live alongside January One & Buddy Wells, Hustle alongside Jayson Stoffenberg and the prolific trio Valve State alongside Richard Marshall & Lee Thomson.
His other current projects include his own jazz quartet Mr Keys & the Funky Munks, The Regulars, Reality Radio, Jason Reolon Trio and renowned jazz quintet Breakfast Included.
Past projects, collaborations, groups and artists include: Restless Natives, Goldfish, Vusi Mahlasela, N8N, Isaac Maine & Sweetlive, Astrafunk & the Spacecats, The A Team, Fem Belling, Vicky Sampson, United Nations United Pianos Project, Zwai Bala, Jeremy Douglas, Shout, PJ Powers, Paul Booth, Arcade 82, Prosper Rek, Mix’n Blend, Rebel Clef, Alphonso Horne, Gordon Vernick, Mannenberg All Stars, The Hot Shots, Justin Bergh, Soul Agents, Iridium Project, Magic Carpet Ride, Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, Paige Mac Band, Search Party, James Scholfield & Natascha Roth, White Collar Club, ShenFM, Lone Raynger, Ian Henderson, Siya Makuzeni, Rus Nerwich & The Collective Imagination, Merseystate, James Stewart, Fredrik Noren United Nation Jazz Quintet, Awesome International Big Band and the Cape Town National Youth Orchestra.
He has performed on stages and festivals the world over including countries such as France, Spain, Italy, UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Ibiza, Majorca, Argentina, USA, Scotland, Canada, Bali, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Italy, Namibia, Zambia and Portugal. Jason recently completed his first successful tour to the USA, his third tour to Australia and fifth tour to Europe.
Reolon has recorded and released 8 internationally acclaimed albums and a live DVD in his career, besides having recorded on countless others.
This extensive collaborating with other artists has rightfully earned Reolon a reputable place in the South African music industry and has likewise kept his playing style fresh and up-to-date. No matter the project, Reolon is dedicated to honing his craft, constantly searching for new ways to expand and redefine what ‘jazz’ means to audiences and music-makers alike.
Jason Reolon is proudly sponsored by Kawai pianos and performs Nord, Novation and Arturia electronic keyboards and synths.

Buddy Wells

Based in Cape Town, the South African Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Buddy Wells has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many well-known South African and international music legends.  
He has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival every year from 2000 to 2019, and is a regular performer at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Joy of Jazz festival in Johannesburg.  
International peformances include several North Sea Jazz Festivals in the Netherlands; the Swedish Jazz Celebration, Stockholm; and the National Jazz Scene in Oslo, the Nehru Center in Mumbai India, the Festival d’Automne à Paris, and the Oslo Jazz festival.
           
Current projects include The Buddy Wells Quintet, The Reza Khota Quartet, Offshore Jazz Quartet, Andreas Loven Quartet, Breakfast Included, Tucan Tucan, The Frank Paco Art Ensemble, John Hassan’s Hassan’adas and The Adamu Trio.
 
Buddy has performed live with Feya Faku, Judith Sephuma, Moses Mololekwa, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku, Kyle Shepherd, Louis Moholo, Simpiwe Dana, Freshly Ground, Bokani Dyer, Shane Cooper, Joe McBride, Musa Manzini, Melanie Scholtz, Carlo Mombelli and The Prisoners of Strange, Tete Mbambisa, Africa Mkhize, Hassanadas, Marcus Wyatt, Andre Peterson, Rahul Sharma, Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Victor Ntoni, Voice, Interzone, Dondo, Gerald Veasely, Loading Zone, Flat Stanley, Vusi Khumalo, Ernie Smith, Thandi Klaasen, Abdullah Ibrahim, Gloria Bosman, Tucan Tucan, Tina Schouw, Alou April,  Babu, amongst many others
 
Recorded with Tribe, Kyle Shepherd, Reza Khota Quartet, Bokani Dyer, Feya Faku, Shane Cooper, Oliver Mtukudzi, Mark Fransman’s Strait and Narro, Alou April, Jimmy Dludlu, Musa Manzini, Marcus Wyatt, Moses Mololekwa, Loading Zone, Kabelo, Clair Philips, Virtual Jazz Reality, Feya Faku, Offshore, Maxwell Vidima, James Stewart, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Tucan Tucan, Jack Van Poll, Melanie Scholtz, Gito Baloi, David Leadbetter, Blues Broers, Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band, Moreira Project, The Clearing , Hassanadas, Andreas Loven, Asher Gamadze and many others.  

Wesley Rustin

Wesley Rustin was born and raised in Cape Town. He is a self-taught musician and started playing the acoustic guitar at the tender age of six years old. He performed regularly in church and explored alternative musical instruments. At the age of thirteen, he started playing drums and later moved on to playing the bass guitar.
In 1991, he studied jazz at Mapp (Music Action for People’s Progress) this has been his formal introduction to the art of jazz music and has built good working relationships and collaborated with his fellow musicians at Mapp. After he studied music, He mainly performed twice a week and mainly weekends due to his day in marketing.
During February in 2001, Wesley Rustin seized the opportunity to perform professional and ever since managed to remain one of the most successful bass players in Cape Town. He studied the contra bass in 2003 with the legendary Zoltan Kovat, who has been the principal contra bassist in the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Wesley Rustin is currently teaching at a few schools in Cape Town.

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson was born in Durban, and began performing as a drummer with local musicians from the age of 13. He studied at the University of
Natal with Darius Brubeck for 2 years, Berklee College of Music for 3 months and North Florida University for 6 months. He taught drums at UCT for 4 years after moving to Cape Town in 1991, where he currently resides.
He has performed and recorded with numerous local and visiting musicians, among them:
Darius Brubeck, Steve Turre,
Herb Ellis,
Jackson Browne, Zim Ngqawana, Allen Kwela, Johnny Clegg, Chico Freeman, Winston Mankunku, McCoy Mrubata, Vusi Mahlasela, Hotep Galeta,
Paul Hanmer,
David Kramer, Johnny Fourie,
Koos Kombuis,
Nils Landgren,
Crash Test Dummies, Marcus Wyatt, Andile Yenana and many other South African musicians, traveling to Europe, Russia, USA, Cuba, UK, Canada and North Africa. He performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival every year from 1999 to 2003. He continues to work as a professional musician by being able to cover a wide spectrum of musical styles.