SAJE Jazz Conference: The SA Sound in Jazz Today

Mike Rossi - by Francesco Coppari
Mike Rossi – by Francesco Coppari

The 14th SAJE Jazz Conference takes place from 27 to 29 April 2018 in Cape Town and is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as JAM), which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. The Conference will be hosted by the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town and SAJE.

The South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) is a section 21 non-profit organisation and for the past 26 years its mission has been to assure the growth of jazz in Southern Africa, the development of jazz and jazz education in urban and rural areas, building the jazz arts community by advancing education and research, promoting skills development and performance, and developing new audiences.

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Mandisi Dyantyis
Mandisi Dyantyis

The biennial SAJE Jazz Conference is the only conference of its kind in Africa and offers a unique forum for musicians, educators, students, jazz fans, and those in the media and arts, to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz. Along with paper presentations, workshops, performances and industry displays, there are opportunities for discussion, networking, information exchange and professional development. The theme of the 2018 Conference is ‘The South African Sound in Jazz Today’.

This year the Conference offers an impressive line-up of South African jazz educators and musicians – Mageshen Naidoo, Mike Rossi, Melanie Scholtz, Nduduzo Makhathini, Sibusiso Mashiloane, Alvin Dyers, Benjamin Jephta, Amanda Tiffin and Mandisi Dyantyis; arts journalists Gwen Ansell and Carol Martin; local jazz and jazz venue promoters; and master craftsman Johannes Gerber (handmade saxophone mouthpieces) among others.

Johannes Gerber
Johannes Gerber

The Conference is open to everyone. Daily events run from 09h30 till late over the three days. Evening concerts will take place in the Chisholm Recital Room at the SA College of Music at UCT on Friday 27 April and Saturday 28 April. SAJE members receive a substantial discount.

On Sunday 29 April SAJE will present a concert at KwaSec in Gugulethu in conjunction with Jazz in the Native Yards and Concerts SA featuring Benjamin Jephta Elektrik. This performance will celebrate International Jazz Day (30 April) which brings together communities and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on 30 April, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change. Visit:

Melanie Scholtz
Melanie Scholtz

Visit the SAJE Conference website for more information about the Conference schedule and concerts

One day and two day passes available plus entry to individual sessions.

Concert tickets will be available through or at the door – UCT concerts. Ranging from R100 to R120 adults, R50 to R60 students and pensioners.

Concert tickets will be available at the door for the Jazz in the Native Yards venue in Gugulethu. R80 adults/R50 students

Benjamin Jephta
Benjamin Jephta

Venues: South African College of Music, Lower Campus, University of Cape Town and Jazz in the Native Yards, Gugulethu.

The 14th SAJE Jazz Conference receives funding support from the SAMRO Foundation, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), the Cape Tercentenary Foundation and University of Cape Town.

Please visit the SAJE website, 2018 Conference website and facebook page for more information.


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