By Sébastien Charrieras
We are pleased to share our past experiences enjoying jazz music in Cape Town. We’ve had the chance to clean our ears in unusual places, each having their own way of giving us jazz fever. Here are seven places that we recommend in order to entertain your senses all year round in Cape Town…
Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Winchester Mansions
For a Sunday brunch with a difference, head out to the seaside hotel: Winchester Mansions. Enjoy the live jazz band while you browse the complimentary Sunday newspaper and sip on a glass of bubbly. Choose from a selection of dishes from the buffet at will. Cost is R225 per person, and the music starts at 11am and ends at 2pm.
Details: 221 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town
Hanover Street Jazz Club
With its double-storey, Hanover Street Jazz Club is a classy jazz venue housed in Cape Town’s Grand West Casino. It makes you think of New Orleans circa 1920—the golden days of jazz. The well-stocked bar will keep you happy while tapping your feet to the beats from the Voodoo-capital. Doors open at 9pm.
Details: Grand West Casino | Goodwood |
Thuthuka Jazz Café
The owner Laura Ndukwana offers visitors a night overflowing with local flavour at this popular Gugulethu-based café. You will enjoy world-class jazz mixed with traditional musical elements. Popular amongst Capetonians and tourists, we can expect a truly South African experience. A potjie of culture combining musical expression and culinary splendours.
Details: Gugulethu |
If you’re looking for private concerts, you will love this new Sea Point establishment. Face brick walls, wooden floors and soft sofas provide the ultimate relaxing environment for some serious musical reflection. The acoustic stage has showcased some talented local musicians including Zolani Mahola, Vusi Mahlasela, Arno Carstens and Albert Frost. You can see some of these talented musicians on the first and last Sunday of the month.
Details: 213 High Level Rd | Sea Point | Cape Town |
West End Jazz Club
Regarded as a prime venue for live performances, you can expect to rub shoulders with serious jazz fundis. Dark velvet drapery and opulent contemporary furnishings set the scene for top local and international artists to do what they do the best. Open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm till late. No under 21s allowed.
Details: Cine 400 Building | College Road | Rylands |
Every Friday you can bob your head and tap your feet to the spellbinding jazz beats at this Claremont café. For a mere R100 per person, you can attend to the show as well as enjoy a delicious meal of lamb curry or chicken soup. If you just prefer to watch the show, you only have to pay R60. Show starts at 7:30 pm sharp.
Details: 85 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town |
Tuesday Jazz at Alexander Upstairs
Alexander Bar features live jazz every Tuesday night at 8pm. Hosting both emerging artists and long-time maestros, the 40-seater theatre space is ideal for those looking for high quality, up-close-and-personal improvisation early in the week. There’s no other city centre jazz venues that feature live music on Tuesdays, so this is a real treat! The sessions are curated by Benguela bassist Brydon Bolton.
Details: 76 Strand Street | City Centre | Cape Town |