The event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 30 and 31 March. It will be the 13th annual instalment of what has become a major beacon on the international music festival calendar.
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which this year was sold out days before the event, attracts some of the world and South Africa’s top artists, and also offers a stage for up-and-coming acts.
James Ingram won a number of Grammys in the eighties and scored a top hit with Baby, Come to Me, a duet with Patti Austen, who will join him on stage in Cape Town. Ingram sang on the 1985 charity single We Are the World and co-wrote P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) on Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz is currently one of the world’s best-selling instrumentalists. His most recent album, Hello Tomorrow (2010), reached number one on the Billboard Jazz Album Charts.
For lovers of more serious jazz the festival offers legendary bassist Ron Carter, who featured on seminal albums by Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock.
Other leading US artists on the bill of the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival are fusion guitarist Mike Stern, saxophonist Donald Harrison, drummer Lenny White, and the Brubeck Brothers with saxophonist Mike Rossi.
South African artists include the top-selling female stars Zahara and Zamajobe, as well as Virtual Jazz Reality, the Jason Reolon Trio, the Andre Petersen Quintet and electronic duo Goodluck. The Alexander Sinton High School Jazz Band will open the festival on the Saturday as a youth development initiative.
Hip-hop is represented by the American group Atmosphere as well as US-based MC Jean Grae. She was born in Cape Town as Tsidi Ibrahim and is the daughter of South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim.
Musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Benin and Mozambique will also perform at the festival: pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, saxophonist David Sanchez, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke and the group The Moreira Project.
According to estimates the Cape Town International Jazz Festival last year pumped more than R400m into the Western Cape economy, created 2700 jobs and brought 34 000 tourists to the city.
The festival also hosts developmental workshops on topics such as arts journalism and the business side of the music industry.
There will once again be a free community concert on Green Market Square on the Wednesday before the festival (28 March).
Tickets are available from Computicket at R400 for a day pass or R550 for a weekend pass. Performances on the Rosies stage will again entail and extra fee of R30 per act.