Jazz on Friday in Franschhoek starts 29 October
Another reason to be happy its finally Spring … The new season of Jazz on Friday, featuring the Cape Dutch Connection, kicks off on 29 October 2010 and continues every Friday until 1 April 2011 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. This season, the band will be playing at a new venue, Col’Cacchio Pizzeria in Huguenot Street, Franschhoek.
Band leader Derk Blaisse says the venue, which they tried out at a performance during the Bastille Festival in July, is perfect. “The garden at Col’Cacchio has a wonderful country feel and is set against the backdrop of the Franschhoek mountains. Being in the main road we have the advantage of attracting passers-by and the vibe of being in the middle of a cosmopolitan village. I think we are going to have a fantastic summer season.”
The hugely popular Jazz on Friday is now in its 12th season and attracts hundreds of music lovers each week. Says Blaisse: “It is very much part of the Franschhoek tourist season and is the only place in the Winelands where you will find top jazz musicians from the Cape playing every week.”
Cape Dutch Connection is a jazz quintet with vocalist Charlette Dickson, Wesley Rustin double bass, drummer Jack Momple, Derk Blaisse on piano and a guest soloist on saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet or trombone.
The band plays jazz in the style of Benny Goodman, George Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as Brazilian Bossa Nova’s in the style of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, and even some Cape Goema.
Guest artist Willie van Zyl will join the band for the first Jazz on Friday session. A regular guest player with Cape Dutch Connection, Van Zyl is an acclaimed South African saxophonist and a member of the Navy Band in Simonstown and Gary Deacon’s quartet. According to Blaisse, he has an exuberant style of play and a great sense of humour.
Photographs – Left: Jack Momple / Right: Charlette Dickson
Col’Cacchio, at 66 Huguenot Street, has a fabulous menu of Italian food with all the familiar pizzas, as well as pasta and salads.
Ticket prices & how to book:
Tickets are R140 per couple and include a bottle of wine.
To book call Andrew on 071 401 6054, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Cape Dutch Connection:
For more information about Jazz on Friday go tocapedutchconnection.co.za