Now in its 11th year, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a highly acclaimed musical event on the city’s annual calendar. The popular music event draws talented artists from near and far, as well as thousands of Jazz enthusiasts from SA and abroad.
Cape Town Jazz Festival 2009 (image by Terry February – http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/Gallery.aspx?year=2009&galid=70)This year, the festival takes place from 3-4 April 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), and is set to be a star-studded event featuring top performers and spectacular sound and lighting on 5 different stages. Satellite events take place from March 29 in the build-up to the event, including the ever-popular free concert at Greenmarket Square on 1 April 2010, which features some of the Jazz festival’s top headlining acts.
2 nights; 40 international and local jazz stars
2010 is definitely the year of pulling out all the stops in SA. That means that this year’s Jazz Festival is expected to be one of its best yet. More than 40 international and local jazz performers will be taking to the stage, including Jonathan Butler with special guests Rick Braun and Richard Elliott, Vusi Mahlasela, Rachelle Ferrell, BLK JKS, TKZee, Selaelo Selota, Judith Sephuma, Lira, The Gauteng Jazz Orchestra, Melanie Scholtz, Amanda Tiffin and the Delft Youth Big Band.
Apart from the soulful sounds of these leading world performers, the event will also offer a food court, beer tent, arts and crafts markets and plenty of entertainment for kids. A turn-out of 40,000 is expected at the event, which is sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, Jack Daniels and The Pepper Club.
Behind the music: Jazz workshops and training
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is about more than the stage show: The festival will also offer musical workshops and training supported by some of the event’s leading performers, as well as top industry professionals. These programmes highlight the Jazz Festival’s commitment to uplifting and developing both the local music industry and communities at large, and have been highly successful in previous years. The workshops offer practical skills, free industry-related info and interesting discussions by industry pros.
Tickets for the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival can be purchased from Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers outlets. Tickets cost R330 for a single day pass, and R485 for a full weekend (2-day) pass. For an extra R25 per show, spectators can watch shows from the Rosies stage, reserved for more acoustic jazz sounds.