The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival

It’s no secret that Capetonians love jazz. We love a good festival too. Put the two together and you have a recipe for success.

One such success story is the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival. This annual festival, now in its 16h year, showcases the musical talents of big bands from schools, colleges and communities from across the city.

The 2014 edition of the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival will take place from 28 to 31 May. All shows will happen at the Baxter Concert Hall in the Baxter Theatre Complex in Rondebosch.

No less than 23 bands will participate, with a selection of special guests contributing added splendour to the event.

All proceeds are used for good

It’s not just about the music with the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival. This Festival forms part of a larger community outreach programme that supports big band jazz education for school and university students.

All proceeds of the Festival are used to facility scholarships and sponsorships for music students and teachers. Schools that have been or are being assisted include, but are not limited to, the Manenberg High School and the Ned Doman Secondary School in Athlone.

The Festival also supports the Beau Soleil Music for Africa Trust. This initiative, set up in 2003, serves as a development programme for youngsters from disadvantaged areas.

How to secure your seat

To support a good cause and spend a day listening to the swinging sounds of a jazz big band, book your tickets through Computicket. Adults pay R90, while seniors, students and scholars get in for as little as R45.

If you find yourself outside of Cape Town, but in need of a jazz fix, book all 4 nights as a package, look up accommodation in hotels in Cape Town, and make a weekend of it. The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival is well worth the travel and effort!

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