Gavin Minter

Gavin Minter is a South African singer, saxophonist, percussionist, writer, composer, producer, promoter and music agent.
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Latest News

The Gavin Minter Septet is booked for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival featuring music from his latest album "A Beautiful Friendship"

Gavin Minter returns to his home town Pietermaritzbug and tours Durban and KZN Midlands for a series of performances [see detailed dates on gig page]

Gavin Minter will perform at the Baxter Theatre on the 7th July 2015 with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra [bookings - Computicket]

"A Beautiful Friendship" New Album Release

Gavin Minter has just recorded his 7th album at the famous Atlantis Studios. This new album of standards was recorded in Stockholm after a two week sell-out tour of Sweden.

It features Andrew Lilley on piano and Kevin Gibson on drums from South Africa as well as Martin Sostjedt on double bass, Karl Olandersson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Amanda Sedgwick on alto and flute and Fredrik Linborg on tenor and clarinet from Sweden.

It is a standards album with beautiful arrangements by Goran Strandberg, his arranging partner from this SAMA nominated album "I'll Be Seeing You" featuring the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra.

The album includes tunes like "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", "Just In Time", "S'Wonderful", "We'll Be Together Again", "Lady Is A Tramp", "Beautiful Friendship" and a few more classics.

A Beautiful Friendship is now available on iTunes and selected outlets.

A Beautiful Friendship

A Beautiful Friendship - the making of from Missing Piece Films on Vimeo.

Upcoming Shows [For detailed listings please go to Gig page]



Monday 2nd:   Gavin Minter Quartet - Pigalle 

Friday 6th:      HSBS  - V&A Waterfront

Monday 9th:   Gavin Minter Quartet - Pigalle 

Friday 13th:    HSBS  - V&A Waterfront 

Sunday 15th:  Gavin Minter Quartet  - Mondiall 

Monday 16th:  Gavin Minter Quartet - Pigalle 

Monday 23rd:  Gavin Minter Quartet - Pigalle 

Tuesday 24th: Gavin Minter Septet  - Pigalle 

Friday 27th:   Gavin Minter Septet - Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

Monday 30th:  Gavin Minter Quartet - Pigalle 


Saturday 11th:  
Gavin Minter Quartet  - Alphen Boutique Hotel 

Saturday 18th:  
Gavin Minter Quartet  - Alphen Boutique Hotel  

Monday 20th:    Gavin Minter Septet - Lyras

Friday 24th:      Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman - Alma Cafe 

Saturday 25th: Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman - The Cottage Club

Sunday 26th:   Gavin Minter Quartet  - Mondiall   


Wednesday 6th:  Gavin Minter Quartet - The Dutch 

Thursday 7th:     Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman - Treverton Theatre   

Friday 8th:         TBC

Saturday 9th:     Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman - The Dutch  

Sunday 10th:      Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman - Private Soiree 

Tuesday 11th:     Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman 

Wednesday 13th: TBC

Friday 15th:        Gavin Minter and Mark Fransman plus Josie Field and Laurie Levine - Schlesinger Theatre 

Saturday 16th:    Gavin Minter Quintet - [featuring Bobby Minter]  - Le Domaine 

Saturday 16th:    Gavin Minter Quartet - The Chairman 

Friday 22nd: Gavin Minter Quartet - Alphen Boutique Hotel

Friday 29th: Gavin Minter Quartet - Alphen Boutique Hotel


Kahn Morbee [The Parlotones] with Gavin Minter on percussion

Thursday 4th:   Cafe Roux, Noordhoek

Friday 5th:       Wacky Wine Festival, Zandvliet, Robertson

Saturday 6th:   Private B-day Party , Constantia

Friday 19th June - Gavin Minter Septet - V&A Winter Jazz Series 

Saturday 20th: Hollow Inn, Cape Town

Tuesday 23rd:  Cafe Roux, Noordhoek 

Wednesday 24th:  Die Boer, Durbanville
Thursday 25th:     Die Boer, Durbanville
Friday 26th:         Die Boer, Durbanville

Saturday 27th:  Saronsberg Theatre, Tulbagh

Sunday 28th: Bordiengshuis Theatre, Wellington

Upcoming Dates 

Tuesday 7th July - Stockholm Jazz Orchestra plus Gavin Minter Septet - Baxter Theatre 


Gavin Minter

Recent News

Albums available online

Gavin Minter's last two albums are now available to buy online. The acclaimed jazz album "I'll Be Seeing You" featuring the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and his latest Folk/Acoustic Rock album "My Return To Paradise"


Gavin Minter from Real Wired Music and Mark Fransman from Tritone Music have joined forces to give you REALTONE.

Collectively, they have produced over 20 albums and have received many accolades and awards for their productions.

Their multi-genre expertise includes Jazz, R&B, World Music, Folk, Pop, Rock and everything in between. RealTone contributes to the song-writing and arrangement, as well as the production of the music. They work with only the top studios and engineers in South Africa. Some of the artists they have worked with include Jimmy Dludlu, Rus Nerwich, Moreira Chonguica, Ivan Mazuze, The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and Melanie Scholtz.


Gavin Minter - "My Return to Paradise"

Jazz Crooner - visits his love for Folk and Acoustic Rock

Gavin Minter

Two years ago Gavin Minter was nominated for a SAMA Award in the best Jazz Album category - so this release might come as a surprise to some of you.

Growing up in a family of musicians - Gavin was exposed to many genres of music. His love of Jazz came from his parents - but his love of Folk and Acoustic Rock came from his siblings. His brother Tam [also a musician] was a true fan of Bob Dylan, Van Morrisson, Crosby Stills, Loggins and Messina, Carly Simon and all that beautiful music from the late 60's and through the 70's. Between his other brother and sister - artists like Bad Company, David Bowie, T Rex, Rare Earth, Grand Funk, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones and other Acoustic Rock bands were continually played around the house.

This is where the inspiration for the album lies. Its a very personal commentary on his life - told with the help of beautiful melodies and great vocals delivered with a sincerity and honesty that gives the listener an opportunity to understand his journey. There is a melancholiac undertone that only time and promise can offer itself as relief. There are also memories drenched in nostalgia that take you back to days long gone. There are also tunes that make you wish that you were on Route 66, with the top down, and the next stop was a long way away.

The musicians on the album are first call to most top artists in South Africa. Mark Fransman [who co-produced the album] is on piano and piano accordion, Dave Ledbetter, Gorm Helfjord and Albert Frost handle the guitar work, Luna Paige and Melanie Scholtz on backing vocals, Kevin Gibson on drums, Wesley Rustin on bass, Dave Ferguson on mouth organ and even the UCT Jazz Choir under the direction of Amanda Tiffin were called in.

Gavin has released 5 previous albums covering different genres. Funk rock - Acid Jazz - Jazz Standards - Jazz Big Band and R&B. All these album have a distinct thread that brings them all together. Gavin Minter's voice. Sometimes heard in audio and sometimes felt in the body of his work - but none the less - his Voice.