World renown saxophonist Dave Koz recently helped “pay it forward” in the way he knows best - with the magic of music.
With six Grammys behind his name, Koz is no stranger on the international music scene and now neither to Hillbrow locals. Dave generously offered to do a semi-private benefit concert on behalf of MES and Bassline in Newtown who offered their venue free of charge. The Dave Koz Jazz Jam took place on 11 April 2009
This once-off event attracted the cream of South Africa’s jazz scene and included names like, Tsepo “Hotstix” Mabuse, Concord Nkabinde, Mauritz Lotz and Idols coach Johan Laas to the intimate VIP venue at the Bassline . Only 100 tickets were available for the exclusive concert.
True to MES style, the jam was preceded by a rooftop lunch in Hillbrow featuring an authentic South African meal of pap, ostrich fillet and Karoo figs for dessert. A polite Dave says about his first strange taste of SA cuisine "a first and definitely not a last!” The evening, as it works out, saw a first well.
Master of ceremonies for the evening was MES’s patron, Coenie de Villiers who, with the ladies from EMI records, handed over a platinum album commemorating over 100 000 sales of Dave’s album, The Dance, in South Africa. This is the first platinum album outside of the USA he has ever received.
Other than South Africa’s best having a jam, the aim of the evening was to raise funds for the needy, which was achieved and beyond. The funds of the evening will be used to feed 35 needy families over the six merciless months of the Joburg winter coming up. A man of few words but true to his heart Dave was asked what his trip to South Africa was like, he had only one word to relate his experience: “Eish!”