“Lady Sings the Blues” at the Alexander Bar – Famous Women of Jazz & Blues

Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass)

Thurs 24 October 2013

8 – pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (All the June & July 2013 Shows were Sold Out)

Tickets: R80 (Book HERE)
Information: 021 300 1652 /

Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden era performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to modern songbrids Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Adelle. These women have all shared their stories, uniting women around the world as they sang their “Blues in the Night”

Alexander Bar, 76 Strand Street , Cape Town CBD


TWITTER : @alexanderbarct     /     @albertcombrink

Louise Howlett’s Website HERE


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Read and listen to more of what’s on the playlist

Black Coffee (Burke & Webster)

Manhã de Carnaval (A day in the life of A fool (Bonfa/Maria)

Willow, weep for me (Ronell)

Love for Sale (Porter)

Loverman, oh where can he be (Ramirez, Sherman, Davis)

Summertime (Gershwin)
‘Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk)

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar perform at Alexander Bar and Café, Cape Town

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar perform at Alexander Bar and Café, Cape Town, June 2013

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett,

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett,


Louise Howlett, originally from England, studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Margaret Cable where she featured in a number of competitions and masterclasses. As a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, Louise toured to the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh Main and Fringe Festivals, as well as performing in the award winning production of The Ragged Child at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. She performed in television productions of both The Ragged Child and the opera of The Tailor of Gloucester.


Louise came to South Africa in 1993 to work as Organiser for the National Chamber Orchestra in the North West Province and soon decided to make South Africa her home. She sang on many occasions with the NCO including a number of corporate functions in Sun City and Johannesburg. She also performed in a number of Oratoria including the Nelson Mass by Haydn, The Messiah by Handel, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and was involved in choral training workshops and master classes.


In March 1999 she moved to Cape Town where she is now based. Her Cape Town debut took place with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at their Kirstenbosch Millennium Concert, but her love of jazz and the musicals led her to create her own unique combination of classical, broadway and jazz “Across the Styles” singing projects which she regularly performs with pianist Albert Combrink. Performances include such varied events as the Kirstenbosch Classical Chamber Music Series and Big Blues Festival with sold out shows at the Baxter Theatre and the Greyton Rose Festival.


Future plans include further performances at the Baxter Theatre and for the Endler Concert Series. They have also released their first CD “Night Sessions”, generously filled with timeless gems, recorded and produced by Duncan Mackay at Down South Recording.


A keen promoter of classical music in Cape Town, Louise is the General Manager of the Cape Town Concert Series, and is a regular presenter on Fine Music Radio. Her programme “For the Love of Opera” features all the latest news and reviews of opera around the world today.


Alexander Bar & Café: Photo Albert Combrink


Albert is a Freelance Pianist working in a variety of genres: classical pianist, instrumental accompanist, musicals, Opera and Jazz. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Classical Piano Perfromance and completing Licentiates in Accompaniment, Teaching and Performing, he has distinguished himself in various fields, both locally and abroad. Performances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Singapore are recent highlights. His operatic interests took him to the UCT Opera School, Cape Town Opera and the Isango Partabello company which won a London Critics’ Award for Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. He has performed regularly on television, for Kyknet, Ontbytsake, SABC 3′s Expresso. He appeared on SABC 3′s Top Billing accompanying the international cross-over Superstar Catherine Jenkins and local celebrity Diva Lynelle Kenned. He was Music Director of the 2012 ”Dance for a Cure”, which raises awareness and funds for Cervical Cancer Inoculations. He is co-author of 3 Arts & Culture Textbooks which have sold over 100 000 copies. His many CD projects have garnered acclaim, including a SAMA Nomination as Best Instrumental Album and a review in the International Gramophone magazine. His discs include, 3 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, 2 with the Cape Town Tango Ensemble, as well as a Piano/Vocal Album with songbird Louise Howlett.

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar perform at Alexander Bar and Café, Cape Town

View the Original poster below – Please note new date and Guest Artist