Ulla Gosebrink enjoyed visiting the jazz clubs in Cape Town. About 12 years ago she went to a jazz event in Muizenberg when Kyle Shepherd and Reza Khota were performing. On this occasion, Ulla says that it was the best jazz she ever heard, and this planted the seed for a jazz festival in Muizenberg. Over the next decade, Ulla gained a lot of insight into the South African jazz scene by organizing numerous jazz events. For example, the Museum Concerts at the Slave Church in Long Street which have been running since 2011, and the Foyer Sessions at the Masque Theatre which she started in 2013.
So often in life there are detours and distractions, but eventually Ulla found the perfect partner to help her to realize her idea of a jazz festival. In 2016 she met Muriel Marco, jazz musician, singer, pianist and composer, and they worked together on some projects. The collaboration grew, and they began to discuss how to bring the idea of a jazz festival in Muizenberg to life. Muriel was scheduled to leave South Africa to return to Argentina, where she has been for the past 10 months, but before she left the pair approached the Muizenberg Festival and the Masque Theatre to explore the idea.
The Muizenberg Festival is a 2-week-long celebration of festivities and activities which takes place in Muizenberg from the 1st to the 15th of October 2017.
For the past four years Ulla has collaborated with the Muizenberg Festival on various events. In 2016, she was approached by Friends of Muizenberg Park who engaged her to organize the programme for the Concert in the Park, which is the culminating highlight of the Muizenberg Festival.
Ulla and Muriel introduced the idea of a Jazz Festival to be included into the Muizenberg Festival in 2017. The idea was well-received by the organizers of the Muizenberg Festival and the Masque Theatre was booked for 13th and 14th October 2017 to host the event.
About the Masque Theatre
Tucked in between iconic Surfers’ Corner and Muizenberg Mountain Peak, the Masque Theatre’s proximity to main roads, highways, and public transport makes world-class entertainment easily accessible to all people coming from anywhere and by any means.
The Masque Theatre comfortably seats an audience of 165 and is built and equipped to provide a high-fidelity, uninterrupted listening and viewing experience, making the Muizenberg Jazz Festival a formidable festival for listeners, musicians and spectators alike.
About the Muizenberg Jazz Festival
The vision for the Jazz Festival is threefold:
- To provide a place for the artist and art form to thrive,
- To thoroughly entertain the audience, and
- To leave the surrounding community and audience enlightened, engaged and enriched.
The line-up for 2017 will feature 10 acts each performing an hour long set over the course of two evenings, as well as a Jazz photography exhibition in the foyer of the theatre.
This will be the first Jazz Festival to be held in Muizenberg and it promises to be a fantastic event! We are excited to bring world-class musicians to the audience in Cape Town, and look forward to welcoming you to the shows.
Ulla Gosebrink, congratulations and thank you for pursuing your dream and putting on the Muizenberg Jazz Festival 2017 #MJF2017 It was a jazz festival where artists performed original music or the music of other South African musicians. Thank you to the artists who continue to play their own original music. May radio stations begin to see the light and play more SA music. Congratulations and well done to the support team and sponsors who believed in this event and those who implemented and did the work so that we could have a fantastic time. It was worth every Rand I paid. I am certainly looking forward to next year’s #MJF Well done to you and your team!
I went to the second night of the Muizenberg Jazz Festival at the Masque Theatre yesterday. What a pleasure! Beautiful music from MSMF, McCoy Mrubata and Buddy Wells. And if the Ella tribute lacked energy, trumpeter Marco Maritz certainly made up for it. I couldn’t stay for Ramon Alexander but I’m sure that was a great set too. Congrats to Ulla Gosebrink and Muriel Marco for staging this quality event. May they receive some serious (as in financial) support for the Muizenberg Jazz Festival 2018.
Just got back from the Jazz Festival in Muizenberg and heard Muriel Marco and her band, whom I knew from the time she lived as a student together with a friend of mine. In all these years I haven’t seen or heard her, and she’s a great musician! She manages her own band and the backstage of the Jazz Festival. I think she outdid herself and I’m thankful that I was able to be part of this evening. It was great! I got really spoiled and I got a CD of the music we heard this evening. Thanks, Thanks!!!
This weekend the first ever Muizenberg Jazz festival takes place, please do your part and get those tickets now!! to ensure we keep this great event on the annual calendar. I’ve had the privilege of getting to witness all the behind the scenes hard work by an amazing super-human team, Ulla Gosebrink, Muriel Marco, and Karen Jordi since earlier this year.
Congratulations and well done on helping to make the Muizenberg Jazz Festival a reality. It is wonderful to see the admirable work that has gone into this – much respect to you Ulla, Muriel, and the rest of the team. I sit in envy seeing the publicity and so wish I could attend – I’m unfortunately away from Cape Town (in France) at this time and will only be back in town briefly sometime next year. All the very best and most of all I trust that audiences will give back by attending to help make this festival a permanent fixture on the annual calendar. I will be encouraging my friends to attend.
Master of Ceremonies
Our master of ceremony for the two day festival will be Koko Kalashe, owner and promoter at of the jazz venue “Jazz in the Native Yards”. He was born in Nyanga and grew up in Guguletu. His mission is to bring back jazz to where it belongs, to the townships.
Koko has worked in South Africa and traveled extensively here and abroad. He presently lives in Muizenberg and brings an interesting flavor to it with his elegant and distinctive style.
Gregory Franz has a keen interest in live music photography. His passion for music photography started out as a hobby to capture his own images of musicians.
Mostly self-taught, Gregory attended photographic courses and workshops presented by photographic equipment outlets and distributors, and photography groups. He also attended the photographic workshops presented by well-known photographer Peter McKenzie as part of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Sustainable Training and Development Programme.
For the past three years, since 2015, Gregory has been one of the official photographers for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.