The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the most prestigious Africa gathering. The two days event (Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March 2012) is a huge international success hosted by the Cape Town's International Convention Centre (CTICC); it features 40-acts performances and there will be bands performing at the Free Community Concert at Cape Town's Greenmarket Square.

The Alexander Sinton High School Jazz Band (SA) has been selected to open the festival on Saturday. Among the luminaries we will see multi Grammy award-winner vocalist James Ingram (USA), saxophonist Dave Koz (USA) with special guest Patti Austin (USA), Mike Stern (USA) performing with drummer Dave Weckl (USA), South Africa’s own Virtual Jazz Reality (SA), and the Brubeck Brothers : Darius (piano), Chris and Dan with special guest Mike Rossi (USA/SA). The festival will also be honored with the presence of Jazz master bassist, Ron Carter (USA), Donald Harrison (USA), and Lenny White (USA).

Andre Petersen Quintet (SA) will be launching their debut album at the Rosies Stage. The Bassline Stage will present hip-hop band Atmosphere (USA), as well as South African born female MC Jean Grae (USA), Cape Town electronic duo Goodluck (SA), South African songbird Zamajobe (SA) and local rising soul star Zahara (SA).

"Outline", a new release by The Jason Reolon Trio (SA), Alfredo Rodriguez (Cuba), Grammy award winning tenor saxophonist David Sanchez (Puerto Rico) and Lionel Loueke (Benin) is highlighted. Afro jazz sounds will be present with The Moreira Project (Mozambique) .

Multi Grammy Award winner Ms. Lauryn Hill has been confirmed to perform at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Her performance will take place on Saturday 31 March 2012 at the famous Kippies stage. Hill established her reputation as a member of the sensational Fugees. In 1998 she launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The recording earned Hill 5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Additionally there will be a series of workshops taking place at various venues throughout the CBD and greater Cape Town area over an 8 day period. component explores various elements of the jazz world and includes Arts Journalism, Music Workshops, Music Business, Master Classes as well as many other workshops. The Duotone Photographic Exhibition will document the emergence and growth of jazz.

The Community Concert (free to all) will take place on Wednesday 28th March 2012 on Green Market Square, showcasing some of the international and local acts scheduled to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
Ticket prices are R400 for a single day pass. A two-day weekend pass is R550. There will be an extra fee of R30 per act for patrons wishing to attend concerts on the Rosies stage. Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers stores.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2012 sponsors are the Department of Arts and Culture, the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, The City of Cape Town, Oude Meerste, Hansa Pilsner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Cape Town Partnership, and the Western Cape Education Department. Official broadcast by Mzansi Magic. Cape Town City supports this festival to promote the heritage of jazz

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