Darren English (SA/USA) – Trumpeter

Darren English honed his skills while playing alongside Jimmy Dludlu, Zim Ngqawana and Feya Faku. Watch him perform at the 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival


Seeing the Music

Jazz photography captures the spirit of a jazz musician and can also reveal the political and emotional state of the jazz musicians.

Apply NOW for Arts Journalism and Photojournalism courses

The call is out! All the photographers and arts journos out there, the time is now to apply for the Arts Journalism and Photography course which is held in conjunction with the Cape Town Jazz Festival. The festival is in it’s 18th year and the first artist announcement has happened. Who are tho are the…

The Joy of Jazz Festival 2016

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz officially kicks off today, 15 September, 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The festival will see over 35 acts by various famous jazz musicians take on the 4  stages to entertain jazz enthusiasts  over three days. This year’s lineup has been described as ‘steller’,  and will feature the likes…

Concert photography tips

‘A picture speaks a thousand words’. That is true of the moments of time we freeze using a camera. Today, its very easy to record moments in time thanks to technological advancements.  Sometimes we can take a picture for the sake of it and later when we look back at it, the layers begin unfolding…

Music and Technology meet at the Cape Town Jazz fest

One of the highlights of this years Cape Town Jazz festival was how music and technology work together for the betterment/improvement of music. At one of the music workshops held in Langa, Cape Town, digital company Digicape introduced a new app, ‘Garageband’, for apple tablets and Macs, “that allows anyone to create and play music”.This…

A Rainy Night in Cape Town

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival brings together a multitude of cultures – and not even bad weather can dampen the spirit. I am walking briskly through the cold air, with the scent of fresh rain looming. The cobblestone pavement of Church Square, where slaves were once sold, is hard beneath my heels. It’s the…

Cape Town Jazz Festival 2016: music making and marking history

There is a moment on the 1962 Cold Castle Festival recording that sums up the cultural politics of the year. A rowdy audience receives Eric Nomvete and his Big Five (formed only days … Source: Cape Town Jazz Festival 2016: music making and marking history