Photo by Aryan Kaganof

Kyle Shepherd was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 8 July 1987, and  is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s most influential and accomplished Jazz pianists and composers. This year (2014) he is the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz!( The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards recognise young South African artists who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent.) As a pianist, saxophonist, Xaru player (traditional mouth-bow), vocalist and poet he has forged a unique compositional and performance concept that pays homage to all his musical influences and the many great musicians he has worked with, including the Late Zim Ngqawana, Louis Moholo-Moholo, the Late Robbie Jansen, Errol Dyers, Hilton Schilder, Mark Fransman and Ayanda Sikade. Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has also performed in Japan,  Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Malaysia, China, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana  and Zimbabwe, with notable concert appearances at The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland),  Shikiori (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China)  and The Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark). Visit Kyle’s website here: