Mixed bag of goodies for SA jazz enthusiasts

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Those who will make it to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which takes place on April 3 and 4, will enjoy the best of both local and international talent.

Some of the talent that will be at this year's festival includes 340 ml (SA), Abigail Kubeka (SA), Al Foster Quartet (US), Arturo Lledo (Spain), Cape Town Jazz Orchestra (SA), Carlo Mombelli & Prisoners of Strange (SA), Dave Liebman Group (US), Dianne Reeves (US), Emily Bruce (SA), Freshlyground (SA), Gold Fish (SA), Hugh Masekela (SA), Incognito (UK), Jonathan Butler & Dave Koz Collaboration (SA/US), Jonathan Rubain (SA), Phillip Tabane (SA) and Kyle Eastwood (US).

"The South African Broadcasting Corporation, as the country's biggest communicator and a responsible corporate citizen, aims to move beyond its mandate and play a meaningful role in the country's economic, social and cultural development. We are therefore extremely proud to be one of the Gold Sponsors of the 10th Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

"The SABC not only broadcasts quality programmes to viewers and listeners, but also contributes towards a shared South African consciousness through programming that informs, educates and entertains.

"The SABC's sponsorship of Cape Town's 'grandest gathering' is based on the fact that we believe in supporting and developing the local music industry and talent.

"We wish to congratulate the organisers of this momentous occasion and pledge our support for the festival," said head of group communications at the SABC, Kaizer Kganyago.

Another of the festival's sponsors, SA Rail Commuter Corporation marketing manager Zipho Mavimbela, said: "Festivals such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival assist us to promote passenger rail, used by millions of South Africans daily.

"The strategic purpose of government's investment in rail is to ensure that trains become a mode of choice for the travelling public in the long term.

"The CTIJF gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the continuous improvements in our service.

Just as this festival appeals to all, so will our passenger rail service appeal to all in the not too distant future."

Ticket prices for the festival are: single day passes are R330 and R485 for full weekend passesd.

As in previous years, there will be an extra fee of R25 per artist for patrons wishing to attend concerts on Rosie's Stage.