The Jazz Epistles – Vary-oo-vum

Verse 1 – 1960

Verse 1 by the Jazz Epistles is “a genuine hard bop session, swinging and persuasive, coming out of South Africa in an era when black musicians weren’t making any recordings, let alone forward-looking modern jazz albums.”

The Jazz Epistles were South Africa’s first important (albeit short-lived) bebop band, inspired by Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers.

“This story hasn’t been told because it’s a hidden history,” says Dr. Sazi Dlamini, an ethnomusicologist at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. “It’s waiting to be told. It can be told from so many angles. And it would take a really very focused research and attention to be able to tell it in its entirety.” NPR

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