The primary objective of Jazz Concert SA is to present sophisticated ‘live’ jazz performances in a concert setting, featuring both local and international artists, for the discerning jazz fan.
We also aim to support various forms of ‘jazz’ by bringing the music to a wider audience, at the same time creating platforms for lesser known and upcoming young talent, in need of wider recognition.
We aim to achieve this through innovative programming that recognises the continuity as well as the development of the art form.
This initiative has come about as a result of collaboration between Anthony Yoko and Herman van Niekerk, two of South Africa’s leading patrons of the arts and promoters of fine music with many years of combined experience.
Anthony Yoko, is a jazz musician and impresario with a background in marketing, promotions and event co-ordination.
During the 1990’s Anthony was a leading member of a team of creative marketers who initiated and launched The Green Trust in collaboration with WWF, followed by the creation of The Arts & Culture Trust with a major South African bank.
He also established and managed the successful Sappi Sunday Picnic Concerts at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden as well as the Pick n Pay Concert Series at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden from 2001 until 2011.
Apart from his organising and production skills, Anthony is an avid traveller with extensive experience and knowledge of jazz festivals around the world.
As a jazz drummer, Anthony has performed and recorded with a great variety of local and
international musicians. He is currently involved in staging jazz concerts at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton, as well as at various theatres in Pretoria, the new ER theatre in Sasolburg, and at his own home theatre in Poortview, Theatre-on-the-Hill.