There’s nothing like a little jazz to warm the cockles of your heart. So, get your fix this winter at Delheim wine estate’s popular Jazz & Fondue that runs from June 23 to August 25.
If you’re a jazz nut, this is an event for you. The event again takes place in Delheim’s cosy, Downstairs wine tasting cellar – an intimate and snug venue that’s as perfect as any mellow jazz club.
The bonus at the intimate lunchtime concerts is a symphony of cheese and wine from the celebrated Stellenbosch winery served alongside a musical programme of the Cape Town Music Academy NPC and Jazz in the Native Yards.
On the meal-side of the occasion, tickets give you access to a sizzling pot of melted cheese, along with fresh bread and vegetables for dipping. Optional extras available to order include starters, meats, dessert and coffee, along with wines that will also be on sale by the glass or bottle.
This is a special opportunity to taste Delheim’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – a wine that is not only exclusively available from the estate, but which is also a perfect match when paired with cheese.
All wrapped up, the occasion promises a splendid afternoon best enjoyed with a group of friends.
“The Cape Town Music Academy is proud to once again partner with Delheim and Jazz in the Native Yards to bring an exciting line up of some of the freshest and most talented jazz artists to the winelands,” says Cape Town Music Academy programme manager Vicky Davis. “The Jazz & Fondue series is a wonderful initiative that not only gives our jazz musicians a platform to perform but also exposes local and international guests to recognise and enjoy the great local music talent that South Africa has to offer.”
Jazz in the Native Yards is a traveling live jazz gig that promotes jazz performance and listenership across the Western Cape including townships, cultural centres and festivals.
The fat sounds of jazz giants like Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen and Chris McGregor will be relived through a spectrum of jazz musicians. In the mix will be some “pata pata” from Sima Mashazi who with Schalk Joubert wowed the crowds at the most recent Woordfees festival in Stellenbosch.
Also in the line-up is Thembelihle Dunjana, a young Jazz pianist hailing from Gugulethu who started playing the piano at the age of 11. Her passion for jazz grew during her high school years at Bergvliet High and she ultimately ended up at the UCT College of Music where she graduated with a B. Music degree.
Thembelihle has found that the sounds of Mccoy Tyner, John Coltrane and Bheki Mseleku resonate with her, and is strongly influenced by the sounds of these legends and her band has an easily recognisable swing feel, and a strong African influence.
The line-up for the Delheim Jazz & Fondue events features:
George Weiner and the Little Giants Alumni (saxophone, trumpet, guitar) June 23;
Darren English Trio (trumpet) June 30;
Mike Rossi Quartet (saxophone) July 7;
Thembelihle Dunjana Quartet (piano) July 14;
Tumi Pheto Quintet (trumpet) July 21;
Buddy Wells Quartet (saxophone) July 28;
John Hassan (percussions) August 4;
Ramon Alexander August 11;
Schalk Joubert August 18;
Bongani Sotshononda and Babalwa Meintjies August 25
Reservations are required and can be done online through Quicket. Tickets are R350 per person. Entry includes glühwein on arrival, the music entertainment (band cover charge) and the fondue (with bread and vegetables). Note that all starters, meats and desserts will be charged extra. Wines will be on sale by the bottle or glass. Each lunchtime show runs from noon to 15:00.