The JazzE Guide to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Taking a look at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival programme, this is how JazzE recommends that you spend your evenings at the festival.

Arrive early. Familiarise yourself with the layout of the Cape Town International Conference Centre, find the toilets, ATM’s, food stalls. While you’re doing that you can also get a good feel for where the various venues or stages are. This might take some time as the crowd builds.

We recommend that you spend your Friday evening this way: Start off your evening at Rosies Stage with The Mike Rossi Project, sit toward the back of the venue and sneak out 20 minutes before the end and make your way to the Moses Molelekwa stage in time to see Snark Puppy. There is a 30 minute break before last year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Shane Cooper and his quintet take to the same stage. We’d go and catch a few minutes of Shakatak during this break. Then we suggest you pop out the fee to enter Rosies again for the end of Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo‘s performance after which we’d head back to the Moses Molelekwa stage for Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet.

On Saturday evening we’d recommend the following schedule:
Arrive very early, a highlight of this year’s festival begins at 17:00 at Rosies. Two pianos and two Standard Bank Young Artist winners on one stage: Bokani Dyer & Kyle Shepherd. As this is Rosies Stage, you will have to leave and re-enter the venue for Abdullah Ibrahim‘s performance with Ekaya which follows next on this stage. During the 30 minute break, you may want to head on down to the Moses Molelekwa Stage to see a few minutes of the performance by Ological Studies. After Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya are done on the Rosies Stage, hang around or purchase an extra entrance to Rosies for the Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, a seven piece star line up who bring you a selection of music by the legendary South African jazz band The Blue Notes, as well as music from some of The Blue Notes’ members solo albums. We’d wrap up the evening with Chris Dave & The Drumhedz.

These are our recommendations, but it’s really all up to you. Our number one recommendation is this: Have fun, enjoy the music. Tell us what you recommend, and after the festival, leave your feedback about the acts you saw.


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