Cape Town: Multi Grammy award-winning artist James Ingram has been included in the line-up of artists who will headline the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) next year.
The event, which will be a two-day jazz extravaganza, will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from March 30 to 31 and the line-up will provide a sensational mix of world icons and rising stars.
Ingram will be on the CTIJF stage for the first time, but there will also be returning artists who have become household names, like award-winning, internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Dave Koz (US) with special guest Patti Austin (US), six-time Grammy nominee and premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarist Mike Stern (US) performing with drummer Dave Weckl (US), as well as South Africa’s own Virtual Jazz Reality.
Ingram, who is a back-to-back platinum gold-selling vocalist with hits such as “Just Once” and “I Don’t Have the Heart”, and is best known for his hit collaborations such as “Yah Mo be There”, “Baby Come To Me” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”
Minister of cultural affairs and sport in the Western Cape Ivan Meyer said: “By combining top international jazz performers with the finest local talent, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s annual mega-musical highlights.
“Musical talent is vital to the success of these events, and music development programmes for the youth, such as those funded by the Western Cape government, are the perfect platform to grow and nurture talent.”
The CTIJF, managed by Esp-Afrika last year, contributed about R498m to the Western Cape economy and with an astounding line-up for next year, organisers are confident that more money will be generated.
EspAfrika’s Billy Domingo said: “Not only has the Cape Town International Jazz Festival become an iconic live music experience, it is also a significant contributor to the SA economy, tourism and entertainment industries, as it created 2700 jobs during that period.”
Jazz lovers can look forward to international jazz veterans the Brubeck Brothers, Darius (piano), Chris (bass) and Dan (drums) with special guest Mike Rossi (sax) who will also play.
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