The Adam Glasser Group

In support of Amnesty International UK 

The Adam Glasser Group presents in Tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Free elections in South Africa

A Night of South African Jazz Standards

 Enjoy a slice of the rich melodic history of South African jazz composers.

Led by veteran South African pianist and harmonica virtuoso Adam Glasser the Group performs instrumental compositions from the history of South African township jazz (including composers Bheki Mseleku, Caiphus Semenya, Abdullah Ibrahim, Tete Mbambisa and others).

Date: 31 May 2024. Time: 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm

Tickets £15 / students £12 available via

Adam Glasser is one of the last surviving members of a generation of London based SA jazz exiles that began in the 60s when the legendary Chris McGregor’s Blue Notes first arrived. The eldest son of distinguished academic and South African composer Stanley Glasser (Head of Music at Goldsmith’s College for many years & musical director of the iconic South African musical King Kong which played for 6 months in London’s West End in 1961). Adam graduated in English & European Lit, from Warwick University in the 1980s began a long apprenticeship as jazz pianist and harmonica player on the London commercial scene. A wide variety of work included performances with the Welsh National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sting, Eurythmics and film scores/TV sessions. Glasser’s primary personal artistic focus was always rooted in South African Jazz: joining Dudu Pukwana’s Zila in the mid 80s, he subsequently had long associations with other London based South African artists – notably as music director and pianist for the Manhattan Brothers ( whose final CD Inyembezi Glasser produced for EMI in 2006). Glasser has performed at all the major South Africa jazz festivals and is a regular guest on SA radio and TV shows. He has also appeared on stage with Hugh Masekela and his harmonica features on the title track of Abdullah Ibrahim’s recent album The Balance.

 Still based in London Adam is a passionate educator and continues teaching jazz piano, harmonica, and Logic Pro X for young musicians, at Kingsdale Secondary School, privately and online.


31 May 2024


7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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