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Cape Town, 21 March 2018 –  As part of its ongoing sustainable training and development programmes, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) puts on a series of masterclasses each year.  These free masterclasses are an ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in music (of any genre), to learn from professional performers – to better their own shows or simply just to get up close and personal with some of the festival’s artists.

The CTIJF Masterclasses have always been well subscribed and in 2018 the organisers expect no different, with a stellar line-up of music masters who have agreed to share their stories and present their musical mind-food.

This year’s talented stars include; the British queen of soul, contemporary R&B song-writing, Corinne Bailey Rae (UK), who has secured multiple Top Ten UK and US albums and a stack of Grammy and MOBO Awards; The multi-award winning ‘hot’, jazz pianist, electronic musician, and writer, Vijay Iyer (USA) and vocalist, upright bassist, composer cum arranger, Miles Mosley (USA), who will stand and deliver on Friday 23rd March.

On Saturday 24th March, ‘The Godfather of Indian Jazz’, Mr Louiz Banks (India), will offer his Indi pop, progressive jazz and Indo jazz fusion knowledge up for discussion; Trumpeter Nicholas Payton (USA), whose music fuses his hometown New Orleans sound with modern jazz, hip hop, mixtape and spoken-word, will delve into what makes his music happen and; best known as the father of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia), who is recognised for his unique blend of traditional Ethiopian music, Western jazz and Latin rhythms, will round out the Masterclass offering for 2018.The masterclasses will take place at the VOC Room on the 3rd Floor of the Cape Sun Hotel at the following times:

Friday 23 March 2018

10h00 – 10h50   Miles Mosley

11h00 – 11h50   Vijay Iyer

12h00 – 13h15   Music Business

13h30 – 14h30   Corinne Bailey Rae

 Saturday 24 March 2018

10h30 – 11h15   Louiz Banks

11h30 – 12h15   Nicholas Payton

12h30 – 13h15   Maluta Atzuka

Although free of charge, booking is essential.  Please reserve a seat online at:

Official sponsors of the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival are the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and AYO Technology Solutions. Other sponsors include host city, City of Cape Town and Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages. With funding support from The National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

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