Cape Town International Jazz Festival For Upcoming Artist


For aspiring musicians or anyone with a true appreciation for good music, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

(CTIJF) presents up close and personal Master Classes with some of this year’s most exciting artists.

Hugely popular each year, 2016 will be no exception with an incredible line-up of artists who have jumped at

the chance of sharing their knowledge and expertise with local fans. The double billing of Victor Wooten (USA) and Meshell Ndegeocello (USA) will lead a Master Class for bass players entitled ‘Bass has its place’ on Friday 1st April 2016 at the Cape Sun Hotel.

Getting ‘Intimate with Instruments’, Mark Turner (USA), Mangwana (SA), Lemmy ‘Special’ Mabaso (SA) and Dizu Plaaitjies (SA) will open attendants’ eyes, minds and ears to inexhaustible arrangements that can be made when traditional cultural instruments collaborate with the likes of the saxophone and more modern day musical tools.

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The incomparable Grammy award-winning Cassandra Wilson will lead a Master Class that promises to impress. Her current project ‘Coming Forth By Day’, a tribute to Billie Holiday, which was originally released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth, is a not-to-be-missed performance at the 17th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival and is sure to inspire a remarkable Master Class.

Adding their own touch of glamour, fusion and spice to the proceedings, the Master Classes set for Saturday 2nd April, also at the Cape Sun Hotel, promise to be a rich affair. Sheila.E (USA) will lead a class called ‘The Glamorous Life’ exploring the world of drumming, while Rahul Sharma (India) and George Brooks (USA) share their world views on the saxophone and jazz fusion.

Rounding off this year’s sessions and adding a new dimension to the proceedings, Ilhan Erashin’s Istanbul Sessions (Turkey) will entice audiences with their unique take on world music.

Aside from the rich musical experience offered by these professionals, CTIJF also includes a Music Business Master Class. This year’s theme ‘Digital Music vs The Reset Button’ is sure to spark debate. Led by Andre Swartz and Akio Kwaitho with guest panellists, the workshop provides a current insight into the state of music affairs and is vital for everyone involved in making a career in the industry.

Held at the Cape Sun Hotel, Strand Street, all workshops and Master Classes are free of charge. However, the organiser has requested that interested parties please RSVP by or calling (021) 671 0506.

The official sponsors for the 17th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016 are: the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and PRASA

Source – iol

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