Jack DeJohnette reprising Coltrane; Buena Vista Social Club Orquestra; Jean-Luc Ponty; Brand New Heavies; South African geniuses like drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, pianist Afrika Mkhize, guitarist Reza Khota, finally Ibrahim Khalil Shihab and, with sadness, the tribute to the late Victor Ntoni. My predicted and hoped-for highlight Robert Glasper Experiment which, yes, is billed as with MF Doom, but what you really want to watch is Casey Benjamin, on sax, keytar, vocoder and direct space-alien communication. A new edge to jazz.
Here’s the (latest) ‘final’ programme. Naturally, still subject to change, but this is the one the broadcast crews are working off.
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- An obituary to the late, great Victor Ntoni, who will be honoured at the festival.
- A review of Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2012.
- An interview with Kesivan Naidoo, Standard Bank Young Artist for jazz in 2009, who will be playing with Afrika Mkhize.
- One of my proudest moments ever: the only South African interview granted by the mighty Wayne Shorter, headliner of the 2011 festival.