VenueFestival Hub Stage
Time: Saturday 1:30pm
City of OriginMontreal


Joyful, adventurous, swinging music from South Africa and beyond.


Togetherness! is a Montreal quintet that plays joyful, adventurous, swinging music from South Africa and beyond. We play compositions by Abdullah Ibrahim, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, William Parker, Don Cherry, Ellwood Epps, and more. Togetherness! is a highly unified group sound, exciting and surprising improvisation, and an energetic take on performance which aims to uplift the band and listeners together.

The group was formed in 2016, and has since played more than a dozen performances, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Something Else! Festival, and a tour of Ontario. The music appeals equally to fans of swinging jazz, danceable grooves, and the avant-garde, all essential elements within the tradition of South African jazz music.


Ellwood Epps – trumpet
Erik Hove – alto saxophone
Scott Thomson – trombone
Stéphane Diamantakiou – double bass
Ivan Bamford – drums