On the first weekend of April, the Mother City will once again become a hive of activity when the 18th edition of the ever-popular Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) 2017 kicks off.
It’s time to get jazzy
Once again, music fans and jazz lovers can expect two days of world-class music from international jazz greats and emerging stars alike, all happening at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Here’s a summary of who’s on the bill, and you can check out the full artist programme.
To name a few…
• Contemporary jazz supergroup Jazz Funk Soul, with saxophonist Everette Harp, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and world-renown guitarist Paul Jackson Jr (USA)
• Successful US female group, En Vogue
• Multiple SAMA, KORA and Metro music winner and SA guitarist Ernie Smith
• 2016 winners of espYoungLegends competition, YuDu, who feature founding members Sisanda ‘Sunda’ Myataza (vocals) and Kristo Zondagh (drums), accompanied by Wesley Keet (keyboard) and new bass player Grant Allison
• Multiple award-winning US alto saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa Bird Calls
• Award-winning jazz vocalist, Gretchen Parlato (USA)
As well as:
• 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, jazz trombonist, vocalist, composer and bandleader, Siya Makunzeni (SA)
• Multi-award-winning Skyjack (SA/SUI), featuring Shane Cooper (bassist), Kyle Shepherd (pianist), Kesivan Naidoo (NY-based drummer), Marc Stucki (saxophonist) and Andreas Tschopp (trombonist)
• Tune Recreation Committee (SA), spearheaded by Mandla Mlangeni (trumpeter), with Keenan Ahrends (guitarist), Nicholas Williams (bassist) and Claude Cozens (drummer)
• Award-winning Cape Town-born trumpeter Darren English (SA/USA)
• Two-time Oscar-nominee and veteran composer, trombonist, bandleader and director, Jonas Gwangwa & Friends (SA).
Urban line-up leads:
• Producer, singer-songwriter and keyboardist Taylor McFerrin and talented drummer Marcus Gilmore (USA)
• Dope Saint Jude, SA’s very own musical rap and hip hop activist; innovative singer/songwriter
• MOBO and Urban Music winner, Laura Mvula (UK)
• Award-winning afro funk, jazz and gospel singer, Judith Sephuma (SA)
• Popular local group The Rudimentals
• SA’s own Sekunjalo Edujazz Band, who will perform under award-winning arranger and pianist, Andrew Ford’s guidance.
Suave, sophistication and energetic fusions:
• African reedmen in Grammy-nominated Manu Dibango (Cameroon) and SAMA winner, Moreira Chonguica (Mozambique)
• Classical vocalist, violinist and composer, Deepak Pandit (India) with SAMA-winning trumpeter and composer, Marcus Wyatt (SA) and distinguished drummer, Ranjit Barot (India)
• Vibrant music sextet Escalandrum (ARG), led by drummer Daniel ‘Pipi’ Piazzola
• SA’s much-loved Soweto String Quartet, with Sandile Khemese and Thami Khemese (both violinists) and viola player Makhosini Mnguni and Themba Machobane, who replaces the late Reuben ‘Ompie’ Khemese, who sadly passed away in September 2016.
Free for all
To experience a taste of what this spectacular two-day festival promises, head to the Free Community Concert at Greenmarket Square on 29 March 2017. Every year, before the main festival kicks off, this concert is held for the people of Cape Town, free of charge, to give them a taste of these world-class performers free of charge, from 5pm until late.