The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival is a 3-day event that brings the best South African and International talent in the jazz world to two venues during Jazz Appreciation Month. The Festival consists of concerts and workshops taking place from April 26 to 28 in Cape Town. International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Sunday, April 28, and is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as JAM), which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.
The SAJE Jazz Festival is a biennial event focusing on jazz education, performance, workshops, skills and audience development. It offers a unique forum for musicians, jazz fans, academics, educators and teachers, students and learners, to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz – especially South African jazz. Along with workshops, performances and industry displays, there will be opportunities for discussion, information exchange, and networking.
This year the Festival offers an exciting line-up of South African jazz musicians and educators, including: McCoy Mrubata (sax) and Paul Hanmer (piano); Afrika Mkhize – piano (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2012); Salim Washington (sax), Darius Brubeck (piano) and Mike Rossi (sax/clarinet/flute); and Lumanyano Unity Mzi (drums) and The Unity Band. International guests include saxophonist Emanuele Cisi (Italy), vocalist/composer Florence ChitaCumbi (Switzerland/Angola) and percussionist Mino Cinelu (France/USA).
The concert on Friday, April 26, is called ‘Jazz for Curious Minds’, and the one on Saturday, April 27, ‘South African Jazz’. On the afternoon of Sunday, April 28, SAJE and Jazz in the Native Yards will celebrate International Jazz Day at the iconic Guga S’Thebe in Langa with an interesting line-up of South African and International jazz musicians. All artists will have their CDs on sale at both venues.
The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival is open to everyone and the jazz events are offered at two conveniently located live music venues in Rondebosch and in Langa. On Saturday during the day there will be a series of workshops and discussions plus a free lunch hour concert by The Unity Band; an interview/discussion with McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer conducted by radio broadcaster/critic Nigel Vermaas as they celebrate 30 plus years of jazz and friendship; another topical discussion/workshop will be on the “business of music” conducted by members of The Unity Band; plus there will be workshops conducted by Emanuele Cisi (saxophone/European jazz), Salim Washington (saxophone/South African jazz), Afrika Mkhize (piano/South African jazz) and Lumanyano Unity Mzi (drums).
So there should be something for everyone at this year’s Festival.
* Concert tickets at the Reeler Theatre are R120, with prices for pensioners and students at R80, and are available at the door, or through www.quicket.co.za. Tickets for the concert on Sunday, April 28, at Guga S’Thebe are R150 for adults and R90 for pensioners and students – available from Quicket or at the door.
Venues: Reeler Theatre, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch; and Guga S’Thebe, Washington Street, Langa. Refreshments will be on sale.
For more information, visit www.saje.org.za; or sajejazzfestival2019.weebly.com/.