Rebirth of Jazz: Incredible Live Jazz clubs in South Africa

10 January 2019 Jazz Theory Lifestyle

By Motlagae Konyana

Jazz is not reserved for the dark, dodgy and smokey basements as it was in the early 50s; Jazz is now a part of a huge form cultural expression.   Jazz connoisseurs and enthusiasts have succeeded in turning Jazz into a culture and a way of life. It influences the way they talk and their dress sense and where they hang out. Jazz has evolved and has rebranded the genre, South African Jazz culture celebrated as a form of social standing and form of expression.  Many budding Jazz lovers may not know where to go for some and soulful Jazz music, so here is a list of great Jazz clubs in South Africa.


Kaleidoscope Café – Claremont, Cape Town

Kaleidoscope is situated in Claremont in Cape Town was established in 2005 and become popular to Jazz lovers because of its famous Friday Jazz sessions where one would be treated to performances of classical and soulful sounds by talented aspiring Jazz musos.

56 Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 674 5761


Katzy’s Live – Rosebank, Johannesburg

The Katzy’s live stage has showcased some of South Africa’s finest established and fresh musicians. Katzy’s is a famous Jazz cigar lounge that offers live Jazz perfomances from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Shop 2 The Firs, 17-19 Biermann Ave |  Rosebank |  Johannesburg


Niki’s Oasis – Newtown, Johannesburg

Live music and soulful sounds in the inner city of Johannesburg. Niki’s Oasis is a musical eatery that prides itself on a traditional cusine with a relaxed and intimate vibe. Niki’s is a real treat of a  Johannesburg Jazz venue that occasionally hosts young South African Jazz artists and visual artist.

138 Lilian Ngoyi St | Newtown Cultural Precinct | Johannesburg


Hanover Street Jazz Club – Goodwood , Cape Town

The classy Jazz venue is in Cape Town’s Grand West Casino. The soulful sounds happy while tapping your feet to the Jazz and soulful music.

Hanover Street Grand west Casino | Goodwood | Cape Town


The Chairman – Durban

A sophisticated, world-class Jazz bar in the heart of Durban. The Chairman is for the real Jazz lover and who loves the sound of the trumpet and saxophone. The  atmosphere is authentically South African, but you can’t help feeling like you’re in a Jazz club in New Orleans.

146 Mahatma Gandhi Rd | Point | Durban