Cape Town is fast gaining a reputation as the jazz capital of South Africa. The annual Jazz Festival, which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary, attracted over 40 African and international artists and has become a highlight on the city’s cultural calendar. For two days the Mother City comes to a standstill as locals and visitors come together for a celebration of jazz music in all its forms. Diarise now for next year’s event: Friday 28 March to Saturday 29 March 2014 (dates to be confirmed).
Missed the Jazz Festival this year? Fear not, Cape Town is a year-round jazz city, with several world class venues.
Brand-new, and perfectly timed to open in April during Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), The CRYPT Jazz Restaurant marks a brand-new era for the historic St George’s Cathedral Crypt, which has been a community meeting place for more than 115 years. International and African jazz, cultures and cuisine fuse in this unique, atmospheric venue to bring ‘Live Jazz’ to the heart of Cape Town – in a landmark setting that retains a sense of history and charm. With its central location and intimate, welcoming setting it is designed to attract locals and visitors alike, and is set to become the ‘home’ of all jazz enthusiasts in the Mother City. The CRYPT is open five days a week – from Tuesday till Saturday – serving lunch, light meals and dinner. ‘Live Jazz’ music is on offer in a relaxed, listening atmosphere every night from 18:00 to 21:00, with a cover charge of R45 per person. The jazz programme changes weekly, and is available online at www.thecryptjazz.com
The Mahogany Room is another jazz hotspot in Cape Town’s CBD. Aimed at serious jazz aficionados, the venue is based on the model of the world’s greatest jazz clubs, and operates on a ‘pay per set’ basis. Cover charge is R60 for one set or R100 for two, with sets starting at 20:00 and 22:00. Limited seats and an increasing popularity amongst locals make advance bookings highly recommendable.
On Sunday afternoons there is no better place for jazz enthusiasts than The Polana in picturesque Kalk Bay, where ‘Dave Ledbetter and The Clearing’ performs from 16:30 to 18:30. Located on the ground level of the Harbour House restaurant, the Polana is a cocktail lounge built on the rocks, only meters away from the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Settle down to a crackling fire place, enjoy meat and seafood tapas and an extensive wine list, and tune into to Dave Ledbetter’s unique beats – the band draws inspiration from a variety of musical genres, including afro-jazz, funk, country and groove.
Last but not least, Saturday Jazz Lunch at The Twelve Apostles’ award-winning Azure Restaurant is always a treat. Taking place every Saturday from 12.30pm – 3pm, guests may order form the a la carte menu while enjoying soulful jazz favourites courtesy of up-and-coming musician Jeremy Olivier. The hotel’s Leopard Bar is also a jazz favourite – sink into a cosy couch, order a drink from the bar and listen to the soulful sounds of jazz, Mondays to Saturdays from 18:00.
To make a booking for the Saturday Jazz Lunch contact Azure Restaurant on 021 437 9029 or firstname.lastname@example.org