|Birth name||Johnny Mbizo Dyani|
|Born||November 30, 1945|
|Origin||East London, South Africa|
|Died||October 24, 1986(aged 40)|
|Associated acts||The Blue Notes, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, David Murray, Leo Smith|
Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986) was a South African jazz double bassist and pianist, who played with such musicians as Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, David Murray, Finnish guitar player Jukka Syrenius and Leo Smith.
In the early 1960s, he was a member of South Africa's first integrated jazz band, The Blue Notes, with Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto saxophone, Nikele Moyake on tenor saxophone, Chris McGregor on piano, and Louis Moholo on drums. In 1964, the band fled South Africa to seek musical and political freedom. Moholo explained, "We were rebels and we were trying to run away from this apartheid thing. We rebelled against the apartheid regime that whites and blacks couldn't play together. We stood up."
Performing widely throughout Europe, Dyani moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, in the early 1970s, and about ten years later to Sweden, recording many albums under his own name. He recorded with Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim), Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, David Murray, Joseph Jarman, Clifford Jarvis, Don Moye, Han Bennink, Brotherhood of Breath, Mal Waldron, Pierre Dørge and many others.
After his death, the remaining members of The Blue Notes reunited to record a moving tribute album, entitled Blue Notes for Johnny. Other musical tributes include:
- Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra's album Johnny Lives (1987)
- David Murray's composition "Mbizo", which was first recorded on the Clarinet Summit's Southern Bells (1987) and the duo album The Healers with Randy Weston (1987) and giving the title to the World Saxophone Quartet's record M'Bizo (1997).
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- 1964: The Blue Notes Legacy – Live in South Africa 1964 (Ogun, released in 1995)
- 1967: Steve Lacy – The Forest and the Zoo (ESP)
- 1970: Alan Shorter - Tes Esat (America)
- 1971: Don Cherry - Orient (BYG)
- 1976: Johnny Dyani with Chris Joris – Songs For Mbizo (released VKH Tonesetters, 1991 [incl. Dyani's voice] and Jazz Halo/Omnitone, 2002)
- 1978: Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana – Witchdoctor's Son (SteepleChase)
- 1978: Johnny Dyani Quartet – Song for Biko (SteepleChase)
- 1978: Johnny Dyani & David Murray – Let the Music Take You (Marge)
- 1979: Abdullah Ibrahim/Johnny Dyani – Echoes From Africa (Enja)
- 1981: Johnny Dyani & Mal Waldron Duo Live at Jazz Unité – Some Jive Ass Boer (Jazz Unité)
- 1984: Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra– Brikama (SteepleChase)
- 1984: Percussion Summit (Moers Music)
- 1984: Johnny Dyani – Afrika (SteepleChase)
- 1985: Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra – Even the Moon Is Dancing (SteepleChase)
- 1986: Johnny Dyani Quartet – Angolian Cry (SteepleChase); with Harry Beckett and John Tchicai
- 1987: Johnny Dyani – Witchdoctor's Son - Together (Cadillac Music & Publishing)
- Eyles, John. "Louis Moholo: The Sound of Freedom". All About Jazz. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- Francesco Martinelli, Johnny Dyani biography at AllMusic.
- Jordan, Pallo (1988). "Johnny Dyani: a Portrait". Rixaka. 1988 (Number 4): 4–8. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- *Astarita, Glenn (19 September 2002). "Chris Joris: Songs For Mbizo (2002)". All About Jazz]. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
*"Chris Joris - Songs For Mbizo CD". CD Universe (CD seller). Retrieved 8 August 2013.
*"Chris Joris - Songs for Mbizo - CD album 1991" (in Dutch). Muziek Archief (Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen vzw). Retrieved 8 August 2013.