25 years in, Jazzathon’s back, ready to deliver a festival beyond
Cape Town’s only legendry legacy festival, Jazzathon, celebrates 25 years this June with an all-new celebratory experience.
Affectionately known as ‘The People’s Festival’, Cape Town’s Jazzathon is back with an exceptional weekend line-up of festivities on 17, 18, and 19 June 2022 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest.
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Fans can expect to be spoilt for choice with three days of local jazz, including acts like the Jazzathon All-Stars, featuring Cameron Ward, Don Vino, Jonathan Rubain and Kyle Shepherd (Saturday 18 June), pictured, The Little Giants (Saturday 18 June), and The Cape Jazz Legends, and many more acts still to be announced.
Under the leadership of George Werner, The Cape Jazz Legends features a superb line-up, including Tony Cedras (piano/trumpet/bow), Tete Tete Mbambisa (piano), Spencer Mbadu (Bass), Alvin Dyers (Guitar) and Denver Ferness (Drums) with special appearances by Danny Butler and Sylvia Mdunyelwa on vocals. Other artists on the weekend’s bill include Virtual Jazz Reality (VJR), Loading Zone, and a star-studded guitar summit curated by Cameron Ward.
Songs of praise
On Sunday, 19 June, Jazzathon is proud to host a spectacular afternoon of gospel artists and a set called ‘Gospel According to Jazzathon’. The event promises to be a fantastic afternoon with some of the biggest names in gospel music, including Loyiso Bala, Ernie Smith, Veronica Meyer and many more.
The two headline groups for gospel meets Jazzathon are: The Jesus Collective and Jonathan Rubain with the Koortjies Band.
Keeping it real
“This is a landmark occasion for the Cape Town Jazzathon,” says Festival Director Craig Parks, “So, we’ve gone all out to make this an extraordinary event, and thus we would like to show fans how much we appreciate jazz culture. Fans can respect that even though the cost of living has increased, we have managed to keep the entry fee prices down to an absolute minimum.
“With this in mind, we have also listened to the punters of Jazzathon who asked for a Weekend Pass which, to that ask, we have made available ‘The Weekend Pass’, he adds. “The Weekend Pass prices range from R250 – R350 and affords patrons access to the Friday and Saturday shows.”
Jazzathon has proudly partnered with Ticketmaster to offer fans the easiest, most convenient, and cheapest way of booking tickets. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster online.
Simply follow the link or go to Ticketmaster to book your tickets. Limited tickets will be available for purchase at the door too.
Cape Town Jazzathon 2022 is proudly sponsored by The City of Cape Town, the Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Sun GrandWest, Scottish Leader, Independent Newspapers/ The Daily Voice, CCFM, P-Fore Online and KIA.
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Jazzathon is a multifaceted project that promotes jazz in as many forms as possible, including live performances, educational workshop programs, awards programmes, and multimedia content.
Produced and managed by JCQ Productions, Jazzathon allows musicians, service providers, and associations to flourish by hosting a variety of integrated projects throughout the year, leading up to the annual music festival, The Cape Town Jazzathon.
The Cape Town Jazzathon is a music Festival initiated in 1997. This flagship event is eagerly anticipated by both performers and fans alike and has fondly become known as ‘The People’s Festival’.
One of the main aims of Jazzathon, and The Cape Town Jazzathon, is to provide a platform for previously disadvantaged, brand-new, young, upcoming artists. The event pays tribute to women, the youth, and legacy artists.
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