CT International Jazz Fest Schedule - "Jazz" ain't just jazz no more

2006-03-29 11:02

So the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (ex-North Sea Cape Town) has always embraced a wide variety of music under the umbrella of "jazz". 2005's programme is no exception.

But the good news for purists is that the organisers are separating the different kinds of jazz. So those who prefer to sit and nod in time, to show they know it's actually 6/8 time not 2/3 time, won't have to put up with smoking, drinking, jolling crowds who really couldn't give a toss.


The big indoor venue where headline stars perform. Plenty of space to dance, glam lights and a huge stage. Seating in stands is also available.
Saturday 26th
Tsepo Tshola
Johnny Clegg
Roberta Flack
Sunday 27th
Suthukazi Arosi
Cesaria Evora
African Jazz All Stars led by Lucky Ranku
The Commodores

The venue for "serious" jazz lovers. The Rosies artists require silence and attention, and a booking levy of R20 over and above the daily ticket price is charged for EACH pre-booked show you attend at Rosies.
Saturday 26th:
Morris Goldberg & Ojoyo
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Shape of Strings to Come feat. Mankunku, Dludlu, Ceasar & Dyers
Dave Holland Quintet
Sunday 27th:
Louis Mhoholo Sonke
Dave Holland Quintet
The Whole Drum Truth
BOBO Stenson Trio

The outdoor stage where you can drink, smoke and let your hair down (or blow around, depending on the South Easter). The focus is on RnB and African music - anything that gets the crowds moving.
Saturday 26th
Swazi Dlamini
Amina Figarova Septet
Ernie Smith
Sunday 27th
Young Bakuba Band
Mahotella Queens
Sammy Webber
Tony Schilder Trio & friends

An indoor smoking venue with drinks and food on sale, focussing on fusion, some RnB and hip hop.
Saturday 26th
Dhafer Youssef
Trans-Global Underground
Pitch Black Afro
Sunday 27th
Sir Samuel Group
Pete Philly & Perquisite Feat Benjamin Herman

A loungy jazz venue. It's not straight jazz oriented, but there's an emphasis on vocals and accessible small venue performances. Open to all.
Saturday 26th
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band
Ramon Valle Trio
Mlungisa Gegana
Sussane Abbuehl
Sunday 27th
Yuri Honing Trio
Simphiwe Dana
Ramon Valle Trio

- Book early - the festival ALWAYS sells out
- If you can't afford or make both days, choose based on which artists you like.
- Shows will probably run late, so allow time to avoid clashes.
- Don't take a camera. You won't be allowed in with it.
- Come early and park where you can't be parked in. There is guarded parking as well as parking inside the CTI Conference Centre. Parking inside will cost you R10 for the first hour and more after, so budget for this too. Outside parking is about R10 to R20 for the night. There's limited free parking on the street.

Note: This schedule is subject to change. We will soon have a more final schedule for download as an XLS file from this page - look out for that.

- Jean Barker

For jazz purists using the word "jazz" to speak of RnB, or Zulu folk, or Mbaqanga or so called "world music", is a no-no. But in the real world, real people don't care.

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