Jonathan Rubain at the Baxter this August

Jonathan Rubain. Photo by rubain-st-clair-photography
Jonathan Rubain. Photo by rubain-st-clair-photography

Virtuoso guitarist, producer and director Jonathan Rubain is back for the third time with his sold-out hit show, I’m in love with a Guitarist, at the Baxter Concert Hall for three performances only from 3 to 5 August at 20h15 nightly.

Rubain, who is a gospel artist with a rich history in jazz, will perform some of his latest compositions and he will showcase the exciting new talent, Bonteheuwel, based at the Jazz Yard Academy.

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As a young musician, he grew up in Hanover Park, training with and learning from well-known greats such as Mac Mckenzie and Hilton Schilder. He was also the bass player for artists such as Errol Dyers and Robbie Jansen and features on Grammy award-winner Kirk Whalum’s latest DVD Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 4. Widely regarded as part of the prestigious club of successful Cape Town jazz artists, Rubain’s hit song Reason to Smile was a big success on local radio.

Jonathan has had major success with his previous productions such as Intimate Nights and How did I get Here? and I’m in love with a Guitarist is no different. He will take audiences on a musical journey inviting them to listen to sounds such as Cape Jazz, Afro-Jazz and beautiful soulful melodies on the line-up.

Jonathan Rubain. Photo by Donovan Mclaughlin.
Jonathan Rubain. Photo by Donovan Mclaughlin.

Jonathan’s love for music is firmly rooted in childhood memories of his father playing guitar as a music lover himself. He started playing the drums at the age of six, the guitar at the age of 10 and the bass guitar at the age of 14, all in the nurturing environment of his local church.

With this production, he will share the stage with young talent between the ages of 12 and 16 from The Jazz Yard Academy to be part of the show. The Jazz Yard Academy is a non-profit organisation that offers free lessons to children from the area and surrounds.

Rubain says, “I have often been asked by audience members who have previous performances to play some more of my original compositions and this is what I am looking forward to do onstage this time around. There will be several songs dedicated to musical influencers in my life and, of course, being back to perform at the Baxter Theatre Centre, an iconic venue is always quite special to me.”

I’m in love with a Guitarist is on at the Baxter Concert Hall from 3 to 5 August at 20:15 nightly.

Tickets cost R140 and bookings can be made through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or at any Shoprite or Checkers outlet. For corporate, block or school bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, or e-mail

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