Jazz Festival 2010 going full steam ahead

2009-11-18 12:14

IN WHAT has been titled the biggest economic crisis since the

American Great Depression of the 1930s, the 11th Cape Town International Jazz

Festival on April 3-4 next year, is nonetheless set to go large.

Organisers and sponsors have refused to scale down the event,

keeping the line-up of 40 bands. With a budget of R36 million, we could be

looking forward to a period of flourishing musical talent.

Festival director Rahid Lombard said: “Hard times like the one we

are going through also spur creativity. Look at the golden years of jazz. The

Jazz Age – a period that produced many of the jazz standards – took place in the

midst of the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s. It is vital to keep the

arts alive during the economic downturn.”

The festival created 2 750 jobs last year, boosting the Western

Cape’s GDP by 33%.

Next year’s line up includes the doyen of jazz piano and

multi-Grammy Award winner, McCoy Tyner. Tyner, 71, was saxophonist John

Coltrane’s pianist during the ’60s, launching an illustrious career. Other

international acts include Regina Carter (US), Downbeat’s Annual Critics Polls’

No.1 jazz violinist in 2009, Rachelle Ferrel, Mezzoforte (Iceland), Toots

Thielemans (Belgium), Brooklyn Funk Essentials (US), Amanda Tiffin (Zimbabwe),

and Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet (Austria).

Local acts include Stix Hojeng, the Glenn Robertson Jazz Band,

Tete Mbambisa, Musa Manzini, Sammy Hartman Project with Robbie Jansen & Ezra

Ngcukana, Iridium Project, Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights, and Vusi Mahlasela.

The festival will take place during Easter (April 3 and 4 next

year), with tickets costing R330 for a single day pass and R485 for a two-day

weekend pass.

– West Cape News


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