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When I first saw the line-up for the 2011 Standard Bank Jazz Festival I had a strong feeling that it would encompass all the things that make jazz such a multi-faceted and powerful musical form. The opening concert with Norwegians Vigleik Storaas (piano), Steinar Nickelsen (organ) and Håkon Mjåset Johansen (drums) alongside South Africans Buddy Wells (tenor sax), Mark Fransman (tenor sax) and Darren English (trumpet) more than confirmed this hunch.

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Mark Fransman says “I don’t believe that there is any place I’d rather be than in the moment.” The five recipients of this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist award, Dada Masilo (dance), Jaco Bouwer (drama), Fransman (jazz), Zanne Stapelberg (music) and Nontsikelelo Veleko (visual art), have strong opinions on the value of the arts.

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There are musicians with a modicum of talent who manage to carve out a lucrative occupation through a combination of hard graft and business acumen and then there are those who are unusually gifted but lack the creative enterprise that is required to navigate the competitive maze that constitutes the South African music industry. Mark Fransman, Standard Bank Young Artist Award Jazz Winner, is a relatively rare hybrid in that he is both prodigious and pragmatic which has enabled him to develop a successful career as a composer, arranger, performer and producer.

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Die Jaar se Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for jazz, Mark Fransman, het bewonderaars by die Nasionale Kunste Fees in vertonings met sy orkes Strait and Narro se asems weggevat. Jazz Fees bewonderaars kan uitsien na uitsonderlike vertonings deur hierdie talentvolle musikant. SAUK verslaggewer, Shanaaz Prince, het sy unieke en kreatiwe musiek styl gehoor.

This year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for jazz, Mark Fransman, is stunning fans at the National Arts Festival performing with his band Strait and Narro. Jazz Festival fans can look forward to exceptional performances by this multi-instrumentalist. As SABC reporter, Shanaaz Prince has heard, he has a unique and creative musical style.

An African Celebration is bombastic. The show is larger-than-life, and brings together the best classical, jazz and dance that South Africa has to offer in one huge, slickly-produced package. An African Celebration was held to mark the 25th anniversary of Standard Bank’s National Arts Festival sponsorship. The production brings together different eras of Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners. Seeing the 1993 winner, Festival Committee chairman and vocal legend Sibongile Khumalo, jamming with 2008 winner Mark Fransman was truly inspiring; proof that music is indeed the universal language which can unite different ages and styles.

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MARK Fransman, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for jazz, is one of the new breed of young artist showing that jazz can be serious and hip, cerebral yet cool. Dressed in black, with large round earrings, music note tattoos, and a distinctive hairstyle, Fransman is not your run-of-the-mill jazz muso.

This eschewing of conventions extends to his musical repertoire. One can hardly turn a page of this year’s festival programme without finding Fransman involved in a project or two, a testament to his multi-instrumental prowess and depth as an artist.

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