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April 02, 2010

Cape Town International Jazz Festival Community Concert

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2010

Crowds enjoying the Community Concert, photo courtesy Deon Gurling

Thousands of Jazz lovers descended on the landmark cobblestones of Greenmarket Square last night for this year’s Community Concert, which was held as part of the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The warm Peninsula evening and cloudless sky acted as the perfect backdrop for the smooth sounds, which were provided by international and local artists including Mezzoforte from Iceland and South African legends, The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band. They entertained an ever more boisterous and appreciative crowd. The six piece Japanese “death Jazz” band, Soil & Pimp Sessions, had the crowds on their feet with their unique sound, while local wunderkind, Jonathan Rubain, had young and old captivated with his awe inspiring bass-playing.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2010

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille greets the crowd, photo courtesy Deon Gurling

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was also on hand to greet the crowd and cut a cake celebrating Greenmarket Square’s 300th birthday. But the crowds were not there for cake; jazz was being celebrated and Cape Town was alive with music fans as the sounds of saxophones, bass guitars and trumpets echoed down the streets surrounding Greenmarket Square, reaching every vantage point. Last night, the Mother City showed yet again that it’s in tune and on par with the world’s greatest music festivals. The annual Community Concert was once again a raging success, striking the perfect note as a forerunner to this weekend’s main attractions at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

For more on the festival, you can browse the following stories:

George Benson thrills a sell-out crowd at the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Jazz Festival – a photo essay
Cape Town International Jazz Festival Community Concert – a photo essay

 

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