Crypt Gig Guide

Jazz on The Kraal

Nestled in the heart of Cape Town is a jazz club that every jazz musician worth his salt will have played. Not only is it a testing ground for young up and comers, but it’s a spot all the veteran return to on a regular basis.

The Crypt in St George’s Cathedral is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the Cape. It is known for two things; the weekly jam session, and booking some of the hottest acts around. And for February, the club delivers on the latter in spades.

Cover: R150 per person
Time: Most shows are 20H00 until 23H00, but be sure to check the time of the show you’re going to watch, just in case.

Reservations: info@thecryptjazz.co.za
Address: St George’s Cathedral, 1 Wale St & Adderley Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
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The Crypt Gig Guide

  • Tuesday 4 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Justin Bellaris Trio
    Justin Bellairs is a Cape Town-based jazz saxophonist, who has quickly become one of the most frequently-booked jazz musicians.
    Justin graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinction in 2011, under the tutelage of the internationally-renowned saxophonist, Mike Rossi.
  • Wednesday 5 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Soisoi Gqeza Trio
    Soisoi was born in Cape-town. Her singing started at the very young age. The band consists of a pianist, bassist, & Soisoi on vocals. She’s performed for former president Nelson Mandela, former president Thabo Mbeki. Performing various genres- light jazz standards to Afro-jazz & old-school favorites
  • Thursday 6 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Ensemble Tropicale
    Ensemble Tropicale performs a colorful mix of standards from Brazil, the Caribbean and South Africa, featuring Spanish, Portuguese and Sotho lyrics, as well as their own compositions.
  • Friday 7 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Out of Town
    Out of Town features Tich Jean Pierre on guitar and vocals, Camillo Lombard on keys and vocals, Lionel Beukes on bass and vocals and Denver Furness on drums. They will perform all the R&B and Jazz hits from the seventies and eighties.
  • Saturday 8 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Afro Fiesta
    Afro Fiesta, meaning “Party the African Way”, describes both the music and philosophy of these Congolese musicians. Incorporating influences of Reggae, Makossa, Afro Jazz and Congolese Rumba, the party is guaranteed to get your feet stomping!
  • Monday 10 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Future Legends (Quartet)
    The Future Legends are ready to take you on a sound odyssey through jazz, pop and nu-jazz. From brilliantly reimagined classics, to their very own originals, this young group will have your ears begging for.
  • Tuesday 11 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Sonik Citizen AKA Mark Fransman
    “I’m yet to discover my place in this world (of objects)… From a very young I found solitude and refuge in the world of sounds. I have since taken citizenship of that world. I am Sonik Citizen.” – Sonik Citizen (aka Mark Fransman)
  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Darren English Quartet
    South African born and raised trumpeter Darren English, is a 2018 honoree of the Atlanta Georgia GSU 40-UNDER-40 Most Influential & Innovative Award. Performed & recorded with Grammy® Nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn (Maxwell, Brandford/Wynton Marsalis). He released his debut album Imagine Nation.
  • Thursday 13 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Buddy Wells Quartet
    Buddy Wells is a world-class saxophonist who has performed and recorded with many well-known local and international music legends. Cape Town’s International Jazz Festival has seen Buddy each year from 2000 to 2016 and his international career has taken him to the Netherlands, Sweden, India & Paris
  • Friday 14 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Sammy Webber Quintet
    Sammy Webber is a true son of Cape Town, He was born in the Bo-Kaap and his love of music began in his teens, when he developed a passion for pop and rock – Beatles & the Rolling Stones were his favorite bands. However, as Webber grew older, his tastes matured & he started digging deeper into jazz.
  • Saturday 15 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Afro Fiesta
    Afro Fiesta, meaning “Party the African Way”, describes both the music and philosophy of these Congolese musicians. Incorporating influences of Reggae, Makossa, Afro Jazz and Congolese Rumba, the party is guaranteed to get your feet stomping!
  • Monday 17 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Future Legends (Quartet)
    The Future Legends are ready to take you on a sound odyssey through jazz, pop and nu-jazz. From brilliantly reimagined classics, to their very own originals, this young group will have your ears begging for.
  • Tuesday 18 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Darren English Quartet
    South African born and raised trumpeter Darren English, is a 2018 honoree of the Atlanta Georgia GSU 40-UNDER-40 Most Influential & Innovative Award. Performed & recorded with Grammy® Nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn (Maxwell, Brandford/Wynton Marsalis). He released his debut album Imagine Nation.
  • Wednesday 19 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    CLASSICS IN JAZZ
    CLASSICS IN JAZZ, the Fusion-Ensemble led by Cape Town composer, arranger and pianist Adolf Thelen, takes the audience on to a thrilling musical journey of improvised music based on compositions by JS Bach, J Rodrigo, O Peterson and GF Handle, among others.
  • Thursday 20 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Ida Gormsen Quartet
    Ida Gormsen V plays original music composed by the band members. They take the listener on a musical journey and at one moment. You’ll find yourself taken through moods of the African pulsating city
    Through to the feel of the peaceful Scandinavian forest.
    Ida Gormsen V is Afro-Nordic world fusion.
  • Friday 21 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Out of Town
    Out of Town features Tich Jean Pierre on guitar and vocals, Camillo Lombard on keys and vocals, Lionel Beukes on bass and vocals and Denver Furness on drums. They will perform all the R&B and Jazz hits from the seventies and eighties.
  • Saturday 22 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Cape Dutch Connection (Sixtet)
    Smooth, “easy on the ear” Jazz by this 6 piece band, led by pianist, Derk Blaisse, together with virtuoso Willie van Zyl on Sax, Prof William Haubrich on Trombone/Trumpet, the ever-versatile Ivan Bell on Drums, Wesley Rustin on Double Bass and Erika “Ella Fitzgerald” Lundi. A “must-go” show!
  • Monday 24 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Future Legends (Quartet)
    The Future Legends are ready to take you on a sound odyssey through jazz, pop and nu-jazz. From brilliantly reimagined classics, to their very own originals, this young group will have your ears begging for.
  • Tuesday 25 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Sonik Citizen AKA Mark Fransman
    “I’m yet to discover my place in this world (of objects)… From a very young I found solitude and refuge in the world of sounds. I have since taken citizenship of that world. I am Sonik Citizen.” – Sonik Citizen (aka Mark Fransman)
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Per Thornberg Quartet
    Swedish jazz musician, tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, teacher, art critic, Per Thornberg, has produced 11 CD’s in his own name, including two new releases in 2019!
  • Thursday 27 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    Leslie Kleinsmith Quartet
    Leslie Kleinsmith treats the audience with the voice and charisma of performers like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr. Smooth, Easy Jazz.
  • Friday 28 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    AJ Brown Quintet (UK)
    AJ Brown is fast becoming recognized as one of the most exciting new musical talents to hail from the UK. An incredible vocalist, pianist, saxophonist and entertainer, AJ Brown is not to be missed when he visits South Africa in February 2020!
  • Saturday 29 February 2020 (8pm to 11pm)
    John Hassan’ Adas Quintet
    Under the leadership of John Hassan (Perc Vocals) who has played with the late Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba as well as Toto, Simply Red and many more come a well-seasoned jazz band consisting of Kevin Gibson on Drums, Lucas Khumalo on Bass, Pianist Trevino Isaacs and Buddy Wells on Saxophone.