Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata appear at the SAJE Jazz Festival 2019
Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata appear at the SAJE Jazz Festival 2019

The SAJE Jazz Festival is a three-day event that brings the best South African and international talent in the jazz world to two venues during Jazz Appreciation Month.

The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival now takes place from 26 to 28 April 2019 in Cape Town. The showcase consists of concerts and workshops. Snap up SAJE 2019 tickets at

Jazz Appreciation Month

International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Sunday 28 April, 2019, and is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (aka JAM), which draws attention to jazz and its heritage throughout April.

The SAJE Jazz Festival is a biennial event focusing on jazz education, performance, workshops, skills and audience development. It offers a unique forum for musicians, jazz fans, academics, educators and teachers, students and learners, to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz – especially South African jazz. Along with workshops, performances and industry displays, there will be opportunities for discussion, information exchange, and networking.

Pianist Afrika Mkhize
Pianist Afrika Mkhize

SAJE Jazz Festival lineup

Jazz musicians and educators include McCoy Mrubata (sax) and Paul Hanmer (piano), Afrika Mkhize – piano (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2012), Salim Washington (sax), Darius Brubeck (piano) and Mike Rossi (sax/clarinet/flute), Lumanyano Unity Mzi (drums) and The Unity Band.

International guests are saxophonist Emanuele Cisi (Italy), vocalist/composer Florence ChitaCumbi (Switzerland/Angola) and percussionist Mino Cinelu (France/USA). The concert on Friday, 26 April is called Jazz for Curious Minds and Saturday, 27 April South African Jazz.

On the afternoon of Sunday, 28 April SAJE and Jazz in the Native Yards will celebrate International Jazz Day at Guga S’Thebe in Langa with an interesting line-up of South African and international acts musicians. All artists will have their CDs on sale.

The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival is open to everyone and the jazz events are offered at two conveniently located venues in Rondebosch and in Langa, Cape Town. There is much to see and hear – audiences can enjoy concerts, workshops and industry displays.

Salim Washington SAJE Jazz Festival 2019
Saxman Salim Washington

Workshops and discussions

On Saturday, 27 April during the day there will be a series of workshops and discussions plus a free lunch hour concert by The Unity Band: an interview/discussion with McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer conducted by radio broadcaster/critic Nigel Vermaas as they celebrate 30 plus years of jazz and friendship; another topical discussion/workshop will be on the “business of music” conducted by members of The Unity Band, plus there will be workshops conducted by Emanuele Cisi (sax/European jazz), Salim Washington (sax/South African jazz), Afrika Mkhize (piano/SA jazz) and Lumanyano Unity Mzi (drums).

Concert tickets at Reeler Theatre are R120, with discounts for pensioners and students R80 at the door, or through Tickets for Sunday, 28 April at Guga S’Thebe are R150 adults, and R90 for pensioners and students – available from Quicket or at the door.

The South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) is a section 21 non-profit organisation and since 1992 their mission has been to assure the growth of jazz in South Africa and to build the jazz arts community by advancing education and research, and to document, preserve and archive the South African jazz heritage.

Concert tickets are available through or at the door. To register for any of the workshops, please contact Diane at 0825157051 or email

SAJE Festival 2019 venues

Reeler Theatre, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch and Guga S’Thebe, Washington Street, Langa. Refreshments will be on sale.

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