Cape Town’s very own Jonathan Butler will kick off JazzFix – the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s (CTIJF) new online series – with his 2019 homecoming show. The Grammy-nominated guitarist will join singer and TV host, Unathi Africa, in conversation as he relives the momentous occasion on Saturday, February 27.

The festival’s organisers announced the online streaming event shortly after it cancelled the 2020 edition of CTIJF in December 2020. Festival Director Billy Domingo said JazzFix would utilise footage of the festival’s greatest moments and allow jazz lovers to experience classic concert’s from its 20-year archive as well as interviews with the artists.

CTIJF promises the first JazzFix event – a blend of Butler’s sultry sounds and in-depth conversation with host, Unathi – will be “an online experience of a lifetime.” The two artists will discuss Butler’s iconic homecoming performance at the 2019 Jazz Festival and his life in the “new normal.”

Butler moved to the United Kingdom in the 1980s and stayed in the United States briefly. His genre-spanning catalogue – from R&B, jazz fusion, adult contemporary and worship music – has earned him many awards and a loyal fanbase in South Africa and abroad. Prior to his 2019 performance, the last time he graced the CTIJF stage was in 2009.

Tickets can be purchased for R80 from Computicket. The stream starts at 8pm on February 27.

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