CapeTownMagazine.com

Where to watch live jazz in Cape Town

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Where to watch live jazz in Cape Town

A selection of great clubs, bars and restaurants where you can listen to live jazz

Last Updated: 13 January 2017

No longer reserved for dark, smoky basements as it was in the 50s, jazz culture is now a celebrated form of social commentary and poetic expression. Cape Town jazz culture is no different and boasts a variety of jazz clubs and events, including the much anticipated annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. We compiled a list of jazz clubs in the Mother City. If we’re missing out on something, let us know.

Alliance Française du Cap
Make your way to Cape Town’s very own French speaking culture centre every last Friday of the month, for some classical and soulful tunes. Alliance Française du Cap (Alliance Francaises in Cape Town) hosts a ‘Jazz Rendez-vous’ to showcase some of the best in local blues and jazz talent in their venue. With a history of promoting great South African musicians like Schalk Joubert, Laurinda Hofmeyr, Ernestine Dean and many more, one should easily note that the quality of musicians coming into this venue are top class. Remember that the kitchen and bar is open during performances so be sure to enjoy a glass of your favourite pinotage or merlot whilst bobbing your head and tapping your feet to the soulful sounds of local jazz talent. The Jazz Rendez-vous starts at 7pm sharp and entrance to the classical venue is charged at R80p/p.


155 Loop St | Cape Town City Centre | +27 (0)21 423 5699

Tafel & Tap Bistro and Bakery in Paarl
This establishment does not only offer delicious treats but also great jazz beats to feed your soul. They have weekly events and themed evenings for the enjoyment of their customers. Tafel & Tap offers live Jazz and Blues every Thursday nights starting at 6pm. Guests can look forward to the smooth sounds of Paarl-based jazz musicians like Riaan Niewenhuis, Nico Erwee and many more while dining on a deliciously prepared meal at the eatery.


191 Main St | Paarl | +27 (0)21 872 0697

The Piano Bar
It is the first official piano bar in the city. This musical revue joint gives its stage to professional soul, funk, blues and jazz performers every night of the week. While the baby grand, in the corner, imbues the place with a certain kind of decorum, at The Piano Bar, it’s more about having fun and less about focussing on the music. So, expect easy listening and come prepared to be fulfilled in more ways than one: the sophisticated watering hole makes unbelievable cocktails (think basil clove martinis and fruit infused vodkas) and wholesome food items like burgers, steak, chicken, samoosas and more. Not to mention, guests can cosy up around the crackling fireplace during winter and tuck into Spanish tapas and wine on the wrap-around terrace or the rooftop loft when the weather’s warmer. The music starts at 7:30pm each night, and there’s only a cover charge over the weekend.


47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1096

Kaleidoscope Café
Although based in a Claremont ministry, the only thing religious about these weekly Friday jazz sessions is the pure soulfulness of the music. Running since 2005, the regular entertainment evenings aim to give audiences the opportunity to take in performances by talented aspiring artists. Some of the Kaleidoscope Café’s initiatives include a fund to bury artists whose families do not have the means to do so and a programme to equip undiscovered musicians from the Cape Flats with skills through training and workshops. Currently,the organisers are working towards creating a medical/provident fund that can help jazz performers live out their twilight years with dignity. Attendees pay around R120p/p for entry, a cost that includes both the music and a hearty dinner (usually of curry and rice). The good times get rolling around 7:30pm; booking is recommended.


56 Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 674 5761

Asoka
Everyone who’s anyone in Cape Town knows that Tuesdays are Asoka days. The long-time Kloof Street lounge, restaurant and cocktail bar has made its early weekday evening somewhat of an institution among the Mother City’s trendy after-dark crowd, offering live jazz at dinner and then original deep house into the wee hours of the morning. Those who want a vibey eating experience can come as the sun begins to set, take a seat among the eclectic pan-Asian decor and tuck into international fusion fare while tapping their feet to Jason Reolon's, Mr Keys & The Funky Munks. The in-house band plays from around 8pm to 10pm every Tuesday, and their African flavour, motuno rhythms and lyrical melodies kick the, already buzzing, atmosphere up an extra notch. Following the performance, Asoka shifts gears and transforms into a heady lounge, but those who enjoyed a meal and music are invited to stay the night at their table, sip on some of the bar’s famous cocktails and watch the beautiful people bop and groove around them. Entry to the jazz night is free, but space is limited – so it’s necessary to reserve a table at least a few days in advance.


68 Kloof Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 0909

Lounge 021 @ Swingers
Initially known as Swingers Jazz club, Lounge 021 @ Swingers is a great venue to ease into a feel-good vibe after a hectic day at work. Every Monday and Friday you can bob your head to contemporary African jazz performed by local and visiting musicians. Famous for its experimental jazz sessions, legendary acts including Melanie Scholtz and Erica Lundi have graced the stage with their presence. The club opens from 12pm till late.


1 Wetwyn Road | Lansdowne | +27 (0) 21 762 2443

Kloof Street House
Every Sunday afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm, the gorgeous eatery hosts a FREE live jazz performance on its veranda-turned-stage.  The family-friendly event allows you and your troupe to settle in Kloof Street House’s magical, partially covered, garden area and enjoy some smooth jazzy tunes.  Not to mention, the main meal menu offers chalmar beef with smoked marrow bone butter and hand-cut fries; bouillabaisse which include line fish, salmon, prawns, calamari, mussels, clam, garlic toast and aioli; and lentil artichoke bake with carrot and cumin puree, avocado, onion bhaji, chevin and mixed seeds. It’s the perfect way to make the most of the last day of the weekend.


30 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 4413

West End Jazz Club
Regarded as a prime venue for live performances, you can expect to rub shoulders with serious jazz fundis. Dark velvet drapery and opulent contemporary furnishings set the scene for top local and international artists to do what they do best. You can look forward to some Cape Town jazz created by its very own. Doors open every Friday and Saturday from 7pm till late. Strictly no under 21’s allowed. Note that the West End Jazz Club also offers jazz dance classes on a Saturday to help you enjoy their music even more.


Cine 400 Building | College Road | Rylands | +27 (0)21 637 9132/3

Thuthuka Jazz Café
Owner Laura Ndukwana offers visitors a night overflowing with local flavour at this popular Gugulethu-based joint. Enjoy world-class jazz that’s infused with traditional musical elements. Popular amongst Capetonians and tourists alike, one can expect a truly South African experience: a potjie of culture, musical expression and culinary splendours. Make sure to call in advance for confirmation on jazz performances.


Klipfontein Rd  | Gugulethu | +27 (0)82 979 5831

The G-Spot
This is one of the few places where adults can act like children. Generations Café, or The G-Spot as it is better known, is one of the few venues which hosts live bands from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Acts like Spyro Gyra, Jonathan Butler and the Jazz crusaders have all taken to the stage at this prestigious venue. The club is well known for their annual G Spot Jazz on the Lawn event.


Gerry Ferry Crescent, off Gunners Circle | Epping | +27 (0)21 535 1873 

Hanover Street Jazz Club
A double-storey, classy jazz venue housed in Cape Town's Grand West Casino. Think New Orleans circa 1920—the golden days of jazz. The well-stocked bar will keep you happy while tapping your feet to the beats from the Voodoo-capital. Doors open at 9pm every Friday and Saturday with a cover charge of R50p/p.


Grand West Casino | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 505 7777

Jackson Hall
Here is another venue at Grandwest Entertainment World, to just jazz up your night even more. Jackson Hall offers a great dining experience in a smooth soulful environment. You can relax in soft leather couches and let the silky jazz take you back to the good oldays. Doors open at 9pm. Entrance is free of charge.


Grand West Casino | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 505 7777

The Melting Pot
What do you get when you mix a great selection of music, catchy vibes and interesting people in a space with an abundance of creativity and community? The Melting Pot, of course! This musical institution in Muizenberg offers regular open-mic nights and jamming sessions. They are also a supporter of up-and-coming talents in jazz and afro-fusion. Keep an eye on their line-up, as there’s a different act every week.


15 Church Street | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 788 9791

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Winchester Mansions
Want to enjoy a Sunday brunch with a difference? Then head out to the seaside hotel, Winchester Mansion. Enjoy the live jazz band while you browse the complimentary Sunday newspaper and sip on a glass of bubbly. Choose from a selection of mouth-watering dishes from the buffet table. Cost is R225p/p, and the music starts at 11am and ends at 2pm.


221 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 2351

Studio 7
If you’re partial to intimate, private concerts, you will love this Sea Point establishment. Face brick walls, wooden floors and soft sofas provide the ultimate relaxing environment for some serious musical reflection. The acoustic stage has showcased some talented local musicians, including Zolani Mahola (Freshly Ground), Vusi Mahlasela, Arno Carstens and Albert Frost.  You can catch some of these talented musicians on the first and last Sunday of the month.


213 High Level Rd | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27(0)83 399 3334

---

Can you guess which Cape Town band got featured on Apple Music's Artist Spotlight of the Month?

Up for some African moves and grooves? Check out our list of African restaurants with live music.

---

For updates on happenings in and around Cape Town be sure to subscribe to our free monthly and weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cape Town Events Calendar
April 2018
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30

Just Like Papa 2Just Like Papa: The Ultimate Place to ...

Finally, there’s a place in Cape Town where you can get exceptional home, camping, tactical and survival gifts for men and women – and it’s open till 7pm. Head for Just Like Papa on Harrington Street

Groote Schuur Ratanga Junction FundraiserThis is Your Last Chance to Ride the ...

The home of the Cobra offers thrill seekers one last ride. Ratanga Junction will be permanently closing on 1 May 2018

Bot River Barrels & BeardsBeards to Booze at The Bot River ...

Enjoy good food and great vintages at this quirky annual celebration

Road to Mecca Fugard 3A Story of Freedom: The Road to Mecca ...

A riveting tale of artistry, truth, identity and moral consciousness

Glowing Rooms 3Get a Great Saving on 3D Mini-Golf with ...

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf adventure

Cartel House 10Grab Yourself Free Flapjacks Every ...

Members only: Luxury co-working office space Cartel House serves up hot and fresh flapjacks for free to their members every Friday – here’s how to get in on the action

Cape Town Helicopters Generic 2Fly Fridays: Get on Board With The Most ...

Want that extra-special experience to round off the week? These are the city’s most affordable helicopter flights – plus, get an exclusive 10% off your booking right here

Kiff Kombi - Durbanville - 2Experience Cape Town's Most Spirited ...

All aboard, gin lovers! Here’s what to expect on a tour of Cape Town’s quaintest, most unique and secret gin distilleries and drink spots with Kiff Kombi Tours

Roast and Co 22-for-1 Drink Specials at Roast & Co

Every day “on your way” at Roast & Co. – enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials and discover the coolest mugs

Cape Culinary Tours Valentine's Day InclusionTake a Bite into History with Cape Town ...

Learn about Cape Town’s past while savouring local cuisine with these informative walking tours

African Soul Surfer BackpackersYoga and Surf Specials with African ...

Ride the wave of surf and yoga camps with African Soul Surfer!

Sgt pepper live musicRam Jam Rock Parties at Sgt Pepper

The head-banging, guitar twanging rockin’ good times are back

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open ...

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Aces 'n' SpadesFriday Night Live at Aces ‘n’ Spades

They will rock you

Food Truck Friday - 1Food Truck Friday at Jack Black’s ...

Relax this Friday with a Jack Black beer and some scrumptious food

Pierneef food and wine pairing 3Food and Wine Pairing at La Motte

Discover a match made in the divine tasting room of this Franschhoek estate

best winter dishes ricks cafe americainRick’s Café Américain’s Weekly ...

Pop over to the charming Casablanca-themed restaurant for a hearty meal that won’t break the bank

African Soul Surfer BackpackersSurf Lessons with African Soul Surfer

Learn to surf with the kiffest surf school in Cape Town!

HQ-web-ready-259.jpgFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

#AfterDark with DJ Rene: start the weekend with a steak dinner, stylish cocktails and suave tunes by The Frenchman

Cloud 9 Hotel 3Spa and Sparkling Wine Special at ...

West Side Story The Fugard Theatre 3The Fugard Theatre Presents West Side ...

Many theatre buffs reckon West Side Story is the greatest musical ever written. Judge for yourself when The Fugard Theatre’s production of it returns to Cape Town

Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay Cape TownFriday Night at The Bay Harbour Market

Ring in the weekend with live music, craft beer, hearty fare and happy shopping in Hout Bay

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.