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International Jazz School at Unisa

Professor Marc Duby

Professor Marc DubyMarc Duby was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in English) from the University of Cape Town in 1975, having begun his professional career as bassist in Cape Town in 1972. He returned from overseas to begin musical studies at the University of Cape Town, culminating in the award of the first masters’ degree in jazz performance (cum laude) in Durban 1987.

Appointed in 2001 as the first director of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, he completed his PhD thesis in 2006 on Soundpainting, the New York composer Walter Thompson’s sign language for live composition. Awarded established researcher status in 2010 by the National Research Foundation, Prof Duby has presented academic papers in Bologna, New Orleans, and at Cambridge University, as well as serving as visiting lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Universidad Veracruzana (México).

Recent performances and collaborations include:

  • In the clouds (Grahamstown 2009, 2010) (Winner of 2010 Ovation award for best Fringe performance)
  • Tim Kliphuis (Netherlands) and Johannesburg Youth Orchestra (Johannesburg 2010, 2011)
  • World Sounds of Jazz: with Vigleik Storaas (Norway), Efraïm Trujillo (USA) and Lloyd Martin (SA) (Grahamstown 2011)
  • Official accompanist for SAMRO International Singers’ Competition (Johannesburg 2011).  

In four decades as professional bassist, Marc Duby has worked with many iconic figures of South African music including Barney Rachabane, Nelson Magwaza, Philip Tabane, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, John Fourie, Bruce Cassidy, Darius Brubeck, the Kalahari Surfers, as well as international artists such as Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (USA), François Jeanneau (France), Pandit Sanjoy Bandophadyaye (India), and Roberto Bonati (Italy). A prize-winning composer of film music, he is active as a performer, composer/arranger, and music educator, and currently serves as Professor of Musicology at the University of South Africa.