5 South African jazz venues to try
By Nomali Cele
Looking for jazz music venues in South Africa where you can enjoy live music and good company? Read on for venues in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and more.
When Jazzuary comes to an end, the spirit and practice of loving and supporting jazz should continue and Jazz should become part of our everyday!
For jazz lovers and newcomers looking to support the culture and music at least once a month, these are the South African jazz venues to head out to:
The Orbit Live Music and Bistro, Johannesburg
Situated in Braamfontein, one of the most youthful areas in the country and home to sneaker shops, a craft coffee shop and artisanal restaurants, The Orbit not only brings jazz back to the city but brings it to a younger audience too. The Orbit is the second coming of Peg’s Cosy Corner; a jazz venue that used to be in Troyeville is the early 2000s.
Every night at The Orbit is performance night.
The Chairman, Durban
At the Chairman, Durban’s newest jazz lounge, jazz lovers are treated to music Thursday to Saturday, 19h00 to well after mid-night. If there isn’t a live performance, the resident DJ is always on standby to spin the greats. The atmosphere at this particular South African jazz venue is that of sophistication.
Situation in Point, now renamed Mahatma Gandhi, an area still fighting to rise from the ashes of neglect and shake off its notorious 1990s reputation, The Chairman is still a new Jazz venue but looks to be on the right track.
Kaleidoscope Café, Cape Town
Kaleidoscope Café is a different concept to the others on the list. It is a weekly jazz event hosted on Fridays by the Kaleidoscope Church in Claremont, Cape Town. Musicianship, the arts and culture are an important part of the ministry, which is one of the reasons the event came about.
Jazz lovers who attend the Friday night events can pay either R60.00 or R100.00. With the former fee they get admission and a chance to enjoy the line-up of musicians. With the R100.00 entrance patrons also get a delicious meal from the menu.
Moods and Flavours, Bloemfontein
Moods and Flavours offers a dose of culture in a city that otherwise seems sleepy, outside of its Macufe Festival. Described as a, “world-class exclusive jazz venue, showcasing the country’s best acts for an audience appreciative of the finer things in life,” those visiting the venue for the first time can expect the best of local artists and Africa-rooted jazz.
Priva is unabashed of its ethos: grown fun, smooth drinks and decadence. The musicians are always live and unplugged and the mood is always extravagant. Priva offers the trifecta jazz venue experience and what every Afropolitan wants: a great menu, great vibe and great music!