Virtual Jazz Reality boasts the ability to maintain the same level of excellence in various musical genre. Their jazz repertoire covers all styles ranging from light cocktail jazz to cutting edge virtuosic original compositions.
Their versatility in the fields of commercial dance music, has given them credibility as the most sought after entertainment band for private and corporate functions. It is in this field that the true diversity of Virtual Jazz Reality can be seen.
Formed in 1993 the band Virtual Jazz Reality still boasts the original line up of Ian Smith (Trumpet & Flugelhorn & Vocals) Andrew Ford (Keyboards & Vocals) Sammy Weber (Bass & Vocals) and Frank Paco (Drums & Vocals). During this period the band has built up a large and loyal following both locally and abroad. The bands first CD release (V.J.R) reached the number one slot on local jazz charts and is aired on radio stations in New York, London, Germany, Denmark and Australia.
They have performed throughout South Africa at most major venues and festivals including the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival and performed with top local and international acts such as Jonathan Butler, Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma, Winston Mankuku, Robbie Jansen, Hugh Masekela, Shakatak, Latoya Jackson, Selalo Selota, Jennifer Jones, Vicki Sampson amongst others. Be it be light Classical, Ballroom, Rock 'n Roll, R&B, Disco or African music, the group has the ability to incorporate various artists to satisfy the needs of the event.
The musicians all sing lead & harmony vocals in various languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Xhosa, Zulu and few other African languages). Virtual Jazz Reality can and has been called upon to present an entire evening specializing in any one of the above mentioned styles.
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