Local Jazz Festival celebrates 5th anniversary

PP Arnold

JAZZ ON THE ROCKS – Tietie’s Bay, celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2015 and  promises a line-up like never before. The international contingent is expanded in 2015 and features, world class bassist Gerald Veasley (USA), award winning New Zealand Poly-fonk band Ardijah; American diva PP Arnold (Angel of the Morning, The First Cut is the Deepest),and  new jazz./blues singing sensation from London, Angela Ricci.  Combine the international contribution with Habaneros featuring Minel from Cuba, and Afro-Fiesta comprising musicians from Angola and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and we have an exciting melting pot of talent. Despite an expanded international contribution, Jazz On the Rocks is a celebration of ‘local’ – be it the musicians, the people who provide the food, the audience and, more importantly the beauty of this West Coast venue…Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, just outside of the charming fishing village of Paternoster. The line-up of artists proposes an eclectic music festival solidly rooted in the the jazz genre - Pacific Express; Sugar Daddy; Alistair Izobell; Allou April; Wilmot Fredericks. Boy Basson; N2, The Rockets;; Pedestrians; Jonathan Rubain; Steyn Fourie; Santana Tribute by Brent Kus;  Richard Ceaser who will be playing with Ardijah; Public Opinion; Afro Fiesta; Zami Mdingi; Habaneros; and Vernon Castle.
Gerald Veasley
The festival thrives on nostalgia and the selection of  DJ’s who fill up the time between “live” music will bring to life the parties of the 70’s and 80’s. Uncle Cal; Stan ‘the Jazz Man’ Engelbrecht; Dr. Beat and Russell Love Muscle will remind the audiences of times gone by. For 4 days, from Thursday February 26 to Sunday March 1 2015, Tietiesbaai is where it is all happening. And there are few places in the world where you can you swim, kayak, sunbathe or fish while watching and listening to some of the coolest jazz and music in the world? Clarence Ford, founder and Executive Producer of Jazz on the Rocks, says that the Tietiesbaai camp site within the Nature Reserve was sold out in one hour. ‘We are sold out.  And the entire West Coast from Yzerfontein to Velddrift will be teeming with Jazz and Nature lovers on the weekend of the festival. We have delivered on our objective of bolstering the regional economy, we have empowered the local host community, we have educated around important environmental issues, we have created a quality space for families to interact and detach from a frenetic world. These remain forever at the heart of all our endeavours.’ Check out Jazz on the Rocks Tietie's Bay on Face Book for the more information, accommodation specials and purchase details. ‘Jazz On The Rocks is a reality because the Saldahna Bay Municipality had vision’ said Ford. ‘They saw the potential for employment and for substantially increasing tourism in the area. A special treat for young and old is a nature trail conducted by the Government of the Western Cape. Kids are the VIP’s and there is a dedicated pay and play area that is manned by professional child minders where parents can ‘drop’ their children for a few hours. The local community will provide delectable West Coast food, specializing in sea food like fresh fish and rock lobster which are caught in the area and visitors are encouraged to buy food from these vendors for a holistic West Coast experience, and to help the local economy. The event would not have achieved the desired objectives without the stalwart support of sponsors. Old Mutual, The Saldahna Bay Municipality, NEDBANK, The Western Cape Government, Coke and the Department of Fisheries, who have enabled a tangible economic impact on the impoverished host community of Paternoster.