Cape Town Jazz fest line up Ingram, Loueke as Dave Koz returns

Posted: February 22, 2012 in art/entertainment, travel & tourism

Top events and artist promotion firm, espAfrika has announced the first 17 confirmed acts for the 13th Cape Town International Jazz Festival which is scheduled for between 30-31 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

For the first time the festival brings United States-born multi-Grammy award-winner and back-to-back platinum gold selling vocalist James Ingram with hits such as Just Once and I Don’t Have The Heart. Ingram is best known for his hit collaborations such as Yah Mo Be There, Baby Come To Me and How Do You Keep The Music Playing.

Returning to the festival is award winning sensational music icon, internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Dave Koz with special guest Patti Austin, six-time Grammy nominee and premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarist Mike Stern performing with accomplished drummer Dave Weckl, as well as South Africa’s own Virtual Jazz Reality.

Serious jazz lovers can look forward to international jazz veterans the Brubeck Brothers, Darius (piano), Chris (bass) and Dan (drums) with special guest Mike Rossi (sax) playing as Brubecks play Brubeck. Americans Jazz masters bassist, Ron Carter, saxophonist Donald Harrison, creator of the Noveau Swing Jazz style, and jazz fusion drummer Lenny White, from Return To Forever fame, will be cooking up a storm on the Rosies Stage. Other artist to look forward to on the Rosies Stage include the Andre Petersen Quintet (SA) who will be launching their debut album.

Attracting the younger audience is American indie hip-hop band Atmosphere, as well as South African born female MC Jean Grae (USA). Other artists included in the first artist announcement include Cape Town electronic duo Goodluck, South African songbird Zamajobe and local rising soul star Zahara, all set to take the Bassline Stage by storm.

Audiences will be treated to a dynamic performance, fresh off the release of his newest album Outline, by The Jason Reolon Trio (SA), as well as Alfredo Rodriguez (Cuba), a young pianist of astonishing virtuosity and imagination, discovered and introduced to the festival by legendary music icon Quincy Jones, and Grammy award winning tenor saxophonist David Sanchez (Puerto Rico) invites Lionel Loueke (Benin), who has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the past several years, as his special guest.

Audiences will also see The Moreira Project (Mozambique) fill venues with their unique afro-jazz sounds, as well as youth development band the Alexander Sinton High School Jazz Band (SA) who have been selected to open the festival on the Saturday.

“We are extremely excited about the variety of the line up. Audiences can expect an sensational mix of world-renowned icons and top quality rising stars, both local and international, young and old, and male and female. As usual we have put together a few exciting collaboration performances which promise audiences some spectacular shows,” said Rashid Lombard, festival director and CEO of espAfrika.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, now heading for its 13th year, is an integral part of South Africa’s cultural landscape and a highly respected global event on the international live music festival calendar. Each year the event attracts a thrilling range of the world’s leading jazz and jazz-related artists, as well as a contingent of top quality local and development acts.

“By combining top international jazz performers, with the finest local talent, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s annual mega-musical highlights. Musical talent is vital to the success of these kinds of events, and music development programmes for the youth, such as those funded by the Western Cape Government, are the perfect platform to grow and nurture talent,” says Dr Ivan Meyer, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape.

“Not only has The Cape Town International Jazz Festival become an iconic live music experience, but we are proud to say that it is also a significant contributor to the South African economy and tourism and entertainment industries. Last year’s event contributed about $74 million to the Western Cape’s economy and created 2700 jobs,” says Billy Domingo, COO of espafrika.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is managed by leading South African event management company espAfrika. The “sold out” tag on each year’s festival, as well the consistent line up of world class acts, attest to the world class spirit and ability with which the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is staged and managed.

As part of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and espAfrika’s commitment to the sustainable development of the Music Arts industry, from musicians to production personnel, the festival provides a significant platform for development.

Each year the event hosts a series of workshops aimed at transferring knowledge and skills, as well as making use of a significant contingent of students and aspiring professionals in the management and running of the event.

The festival proudly presents a series of workshops that take place at various venues throughout the CBD and greater Cape Town area over an 8 day period. This social investment component explores various elements of the jazz world and includes Arts Journalism, Music Workshops, Music Business, Master Classes as well as many other workshops.

Another element of the CTIJF is the esteemed Duotone Photographic Exhibition that documents the emergence and growth of jazz globally. The Community Concert (free to all) will take place prior to the festival on the Wednesday before March 28 on Green Market Square and is a showcase of some of the international and local acts scheduled to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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