Family friendly


Wed May 1, 09:00 - Sun May 5, 12:00




All roads point to Prince Albert in the first week of May with the second annual Journey to Jazz Festival set to be a feast for the soul.  6 confirmed venues, multiple local and international artists including a rousing tribute to the piano, masterclasses, workshops, fabulous food and conversation and other lifestyle events, it’s time to book your seat at the table and experience the heartbeat of the Karoo.

Festival Founders: Prince Albert Community Trust

Artistic Director: Kyle Shepherd

Creative Director: Brenda Sisane

Confirmed Venues:

The Showroom Theatre

Gay's Barn - No kids under 12 

NG Church

African Relish (Excluding food)

Prince Albert Community Trust Center

Kritikom Koppie Amphitheatre



Afrika Mkhize Quartet SA - known for a style known as the dancing piano, a virtuoso

Giovanni Guidi Trio Italy’s leading young avant Garde pianist composer and ECM star

Adam Zanolini  USA - The Heliacal Sothis is a group of Chicago’s finest multi talented quintet to ever hit our stages 

Cameron Ward SA - a protege of Hugh Masekela and one of the most versatile guitarists of his generation

Jonathan Rubain en die Koortjies Band SA - an experience of the vibrant Cape Jazz and its spirited Gospel music

Darren English Quartet SA - SBYA Jazz winner 2024, trumpet player and drummer with edge

Karoo Jazz Project - SA - Karoo’s definitive Jazz experiment germinating a new wave of jazz musicians 

UCT Little Big Band SA - from one of the leading Jazz Studies Programme in Africa

Women of the World - USA/Japan/Haiti/India created at Berklee to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform

Roman Alexander Trio SA - pianist and a leading exponent of Cape Jazz

A Million O' Clock - Female led SA Swiss Collab with award winning SA pianist composer Thandi Ntuli,

Guilliette Price Band SA - the much talented UCT music student-vocalist-songwriter leads her own band this year

Community Philharmonic Orchestra SA - when amateur musicians play alongside and share a stage with professional musicians 

Kyle Shepherd forms part of this formidable funk band called Skyjack, an SA Swiss Collaboration

Cycling and walking to events are encouraged to prevent traffic congestion in our beautiful town.


Afrika Mkhize Quartet (SA)
Afrika Mkhize is a renowned South African pianist, producer, music director, film score writer and music arranger who has worked with notable artists such as Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.  Whilst predominantly known for his jazz works, Mkhize versatility and creative genius also embraces such genres as classical, Hip Hop and House. He has received numerous awards, including the “Standard Bank Young Artist Award” in 2012. On 14 October 2015, he released his debut album, Raindancer, and tours extensively with “The Afrika Mkhize Quartet” and “The Rainmakers”.

Adam Zanolini’s Heliacal Rising of Sothis (USA)
Adam Zanolini is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, ethnomusicologist, writer, and arts organiser based in Chicago. Zanolini's project, "The Heliacal Rising of Sothis," is a tribute to legendary jazz trumpeter and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Kelan Phil Cohran. The ensemble formed in 2022, performs works composed by Zanolini while studying with Bro. Phil, or inspired by his teachings, and comprises Zanolini, Ben Lamar Gay (cornetist), Fred Jackson Jr. (saxophonist), Sharon Udoh (pianist), and Naydja Bruton (drummer).  
Zanolini’s highest ambition is to be a community musician: to cultivate and share knowledge through music to help heal, strengthen, and empower the Black community, and his tour to Prince Albert marks Zanoli and ensemble’s first visit to South Africa. 

Cameron Ward (SA)
Internationally acclaimed South African Afro-jazz guitarist and solo artist, Cameron Ward, is hailed as one of the most versatile guitarists of his generation, counting such legends as Jonathan Butler and Jimmy Dludlu who bought him his first guitar, as heroes and influences. Ward played with Hugh Masekela, who had been looking for a new sound, for almost a decade and who called him one of his “favourite musicians”. Ward has headlined performances at prestigious venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, with his sound guaranteed to get people dancing to his unique African beat. He is also the founder of the CW Music Foundation, which provides free music lessons to underprivileged children in Cape Town.

Darren English Quarter (SA and USA)
South African born but US-based jazz trumpeter, and internationally recognised visual artist, Darren English is a multi-award-winning musician in much demand by audiences and artists alike.  His long list of awards include the 2023 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz, as well as the 2020 and 2018 Global Peace Song Award in the Jazz category. He has also received several other awards, including the 2012 SAMRO Overseas Award and the JAZZIZ Magazine Critics' Pick for BEST-OF-THE-YEAR 2016 and the HUFFINGTON POST BEST-of-2016. English is also a brand ambassador, and lecturer at the University of Cape Town. He has performed with renowned artists such as Grammy Award winning artists such as saxophonist Kebbi Williams, drummer Marcus Gilmore, and PJ Morton among others.
Giovanni Guidi Trio (Italy/USA)
The Giovanni Guidi Trio is a renowned musical group known for their unique sound and style, combining elements of jazz, classical music, and improvisation. The group comprises three highly skilled members, namely multi-award-winning Giovanni Guidi on piano, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Joao Lobo on drums. They have released several albums and collaborations, including "This is the Day," which was nominated for a prestigious award. They have performed at various venues and festivals worldwide, receiving critical acclaim for their live performances.

Kyle Shepherd (SA)
One of South Africa’s leading pianists, film, and theatre music composers of his generation, Kyle Shepherd is internationally recognized for his distinctive compositional style and performances.  Shepherd has released seven jazz albums and several film, TV, and theatre scores. He has won several awards, including the 2018 South African Humanities and Social Sciences Award, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and the UNISA Piano Award 2015. His talent has taken him to 26 countries on four continents, where he has performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues. He holds a master’s degree in music from Stellenbosch University and is also the co-creator of the popular Afrikaans TV series, Koortjies Met Jonathan Rubain.

UCT Little Big Band (SA)
For decades, the University of Cape Town Music School has produced some of the finest young jazz musicians in the country. Presented here is a selection of UCT’s top jazz vocal and Big Band music co-ordinated by Amanda Tiffin, the highly experienced Head of Jazz at UCT. Tiffin in her own right, is an accomplished and much-loved pianist-vocalist and musician, composer, and arranger and under her expert direction, the UCT Little Big Band is set to thrill audiences of all ages.

The Karoo Jazz Project – Directed by Ramon Alexander (SA)
Ramon Alexander is an “extraordinary” Jazz musician, pianist and composer who is considered a leading exponent of ‘Cape Jazz’ and is currently training Prince Albert’s very own, Karoo Jazz Project, a youth development band from Noodeinde. He has worked with various artists, including Robbie Jansen, McCoy Mrubata, and Terumasa Hino, and has performed at numerous local and international music festivals. He has two albums to his credit and has produced several recording projects. Alexander is also a lecturer in jazz piano and ensemble at the University of Stellenbosch and conducts jazz ensemble workshops with youth bands across the Western Cape.

Jonathan Rubain en die Koortjies Band (SA)
Born in Hanover Park, gospel and jazz musician, Jonathan Rubain, walked away with the Best Male Artist Award at the Victory Gospel Music Awards in 2016. He also has hosted and organised several shows in Hanover Park, such as the Hanover Park Jazz Festival. He is best known for his gospel music, and TV series called Koortjies on kykNET and KIE. Rubain’s love for music has afforded him the opportunity to travel and he has performed in the US, Norway, France, Malaysia, Zimbabwe as well as South Africa. He will perform with his 11-piece band at Journey to Jazz.

SKYJACK (South Africa/Switzerland)
Skyjack is what happens when a heavyweight South African jazz trio meets a pair of Swiss reed and brass masters. Over the course of a decade, this all-star quintet has forged a reputation as an innovative and adventurous force in contemporary African and European jazz. Combining deep grooves with thrilling rides and avant-garde experimentation, Skyjack is a powerhouse both on stage and in the studio. 
Light Cycle, released 2 February 2024, is the band's third recorded outing and documents a seasoned outfit at its most ambitious and accomplished. Featuring compositions from all members of the group, the album is a multidimensional creature with a big heart and a powerful imagination. Part science fiction adventure, part sentimental journey, ‘Light Cycle’ reconciles expansive cosmic soundscapes with a solid grounding in memory and folklore and will make its African debut at the Prince Albert Journey to Jazz festival. 
Issued as a double-LP on the As-Shams/The Sun label, Skyjack joins both a catalogue and tradition of ground-breaking South African jazz dating back to the 1970s. The album's cover features the work of esteemed Cape Town artist Igshaan Adams.
Skyjack members: MARC STUCKI (saxophone), Andreas Tschopp (Trombone, Kudu Horn), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums). 
Thandi Ntuli Presents Swiss/SA Collab Band: "A Million O Clock" (South Africa/Switzerland)
Thandi Ntuli negotiates a wide palette of sound and genre which embraces her family lore - a classical singer aunt, after whom she is named; her uncle (Selby Ntuli) who was a member of Afro-rock band Harari; and her grandfather Levi Godlib Ntuli, who fostered among his children a tradition of composing, playing, and singing music together.  That tradition lives on and can be experienced in Thandi’s music.
Spanning a 13-year career, Thandi has carved a unique space for herself with her frank-yet-empathetic and vulnerable self-introspection and that of the world, that has birthed a body of work that facilitates our access to our histories, presents and futures.  For Thandi, music is community, and community care.  Her work is an unapologetic ownership and celebration of all that we are.
Being accustomed to presenting her craft in different formats, the much loved and highly respected South African jazz vocalist, pianist, and composer, will present a special ensemble comprising of some of the artists she met whilst on her studio residency in Switzerland in 2019. Thandi will be putting together a set of compositions and arrangements curated exclusively for the Journey to Jazz programme – “A Million O’Clock”.  Thandi’s appearance at Journey to Jazz is supported by Pro Helvetia.
Women of the World (India, USA, Turkey, Japan)
A five member, all women group of the Berklee Indian Ensemble, performing as Women of the World, under the leadership of Annette Phillip. Founded in 2011 by Annette, the first Indian musician appointed as a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, the Berklee Indian Ensemble is a world renowned collective, known for its global Indian sound that honours traditions while boldly experimenting with a cross pollination of genres, cultures, and multidisciplinary art forms.
A viral sensation with over 300 million views (accounting for 76% of Berklee’s total YouTube views), the Ensemble was in such high demand globally that it organically transitioned into a professional band in 2021, marking the Ensemble’s ten-year anniversary. This pro entity is led by 11 full-time members representing India, Jordan, Iraq, Is Israel, Nigeria, Indonesia, Norway, the USA, and other regions across the globe.
In a world that is highly divided, Philip sees the band’s function as one of bridge-building; a free-wheeling approach to musical cultures that prioritises the people who make them, rather than the restrictions of genre or form.
Women of the World band members are Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Stacy Rene Erenberg (USA) Heiraza (Turkey) and pianist/keyboardist and her name is Hinako Sato (Japan).
Giuliette Price (South Africa)
Originally from Johannesburg, Giuliette Price wasted no time in making her mark in Cape Town's jazz scene since her 2021 relocation. Currently in her final year at UCT's South African College of Music, she's not only frequently gigging but also fostering community through her role as founder of the ii V I Jazz Jam at Barleycorn Music Club. Giuliette's performances at esteemed venues like The Blue Room, UCT Jazz Festival at The Baxter Theatre, and Makhanda Standard Bank Jazz Festival have solidified her reputation as a rising jazz star.
As a soloist at the inaugural Journey to Jazz Festival in 2023, Giuliette captivated audiences with the UCT Little Big Band. Now, she's poised to bring her original project to the Journey to Jazz line-up, aiming to blend jazz harmony with popular music to broaden jazz's appeal. With her solo project featuring young jazz talents, Giuliette is set to breathe new life into the genre, making it accessible to a wider audience. She's thrilled to be part of the festival's line-up and looks forward to sharing her passion for jazz with audiences.



Our local Market days and times have been extended to show off Prince Albert and all it has to offer – the market space will be the spot to soak up the more rustic festival vibe! You can grab a quick, light bite, shop local produce and arts & craft. Our high school chess club will make an appearance as well as the Dominoes group and our very own Riel Dancers will kick up some dust!
Address: Church Street, next to the museum (42 Church Street)
A woven, textile fabrication for the walls, doors, blooms and everyday happenings on Botterblom Straat. Made by women artisans for the front doors of the homes of friends, family, a distant cousin and that friend-of-a-friend you greet, but who has never invited you to ‘stoep sit’. This collection celebrates everyday life - her moods, the off days and the on, the cracks and the repairs, but mostly the humour, collective spirit and roadside chat that gets stuck to the pavements and clings to the gutters when the rains fail to come.
This work weaves together curtains that hover over the gap in the wall that makes space for the ‘Voordeur’, the door we use as a physical divide for who and what we let in and that which we would rather keep out. 
Every stitch, woven line, gap, thread, and tassel of these works have been deliberately placed by the team of women that make up Frances V.H Mohair Textile Studio.
There will be a rare opportunity to join the FVH artisans in the studio for a walk through of the making space and collection on Friday and Saturday morning. Tickets are limited so make sure you book!

Contact for address/ info: Lina on +27 71 154 3587 
Launch Day Wednesday, 01 May 08H00: meet at the PACT Centre for a cup of Oom Rick and biskuit on the house! After refreshments walk with us to the Krittikom Koppie for the official opening of Journey to Jazz. This event is free but booking is essential.
Thurs – Saturday 08H00 – 10H00: Koffie en Biskuit will be on sale at the Hope Warrior Coffee Shop - a fabulous coffee shop run by Prince Albert’s young people at the PACT centre. Our customers say it the best… “The best coffee in town!”
“Great coffee, great service, as well as making a broader social impact in providing work and a platform for connecting the different parts of this beautiful town. Do support this inspirational initiative.”
“This an excellent little coffee shop with delicious coffee, friendly service and even a little book store too. We’ll worth the visit!”
Hope Warrior Coffee Shop: 023 541 1066
Address: PACT Centre, 42B Botterblom Street, Romdomskrik, Prince Albert
Experience the magic of the cosmos come to life with our Night Sky Tours. Join us under the blanket of stars as we unravel the mysteries of the universe. Our tours offer an unforgettable journey through the celestial wonders above. From dazzling constellations to elusive planets, embark on an adventure that will leave you awestruck and inspired. Join us and discover the boundless beauty of the night sky.
Bring warm clothes, and some water/ flask of tea/ coffee 
Contact: Leonardo +27 82 862 6135
Meeting Point: Wolvekraal - Guest Farm and Self-Catering Accommodation

The Fransie Pienaar Museum opens its door for a magical evening - an Outa Lappies welcome awaits! This evening is rustic and quintessentially Karoo. After enjoying a roosterkoek and witblitz (our very own stook) you will hear more about the philosopher and artist, Outa Lappies by the fire!
Contact: 023 541 1172
Address: 42 Church Street, Prince Albert
Join Mary Ann Botha on a walk through the gallery with special focus on the current exhibitions:
Wehrner Lemmer's sculptures "The Glistening Earth"
The works, in their bold metal structure and striking colours, mimic the perfect balance found in nature, albeit much simplified. The shapes one sees continuously evolve, moving forward forcing itself upward, outward into life – whether invited or not. Wehrner wants to portray the intense calmness that nature affords him. “The tubular curves present in many works are representative of the cycles of life around us, especially those at work in the natural world. The continuous changing of the seasons, the season of life that I find myself in right now, underlie the expectation and the reward of what lies ahead.”
Johan Bloom's abstract landscapes "Landscape of Awe - The Swartberg Series"
Abstract paintings that draw its inspiration from Nature and our relation to it, or rather In it. The arid, dry and dramatic landscapes of The Karoo with unexpected Green oasis with rich biodiversity, teeming with life. We all stand in Awe.
Contact: 023 541 1057 
Address: 55 Church Street, Prince Albert
Kickstart your Journey to Jazz Festival mornings with a fabulous mat Pilates session, to the tune of Jazz Music, in the Karoo Pilates Studio.  Includes a short relaxation session and herbal tea.
Contact Yvette: +27 82 853 6661
Address: 1 de Beer Street (Tall Trees), Prince Albert
Simply Saffron is a family business operating from our home that includes Wellness therapies (yoga, holistic massage, reflexology, mono-chord sessions and reiki). Join us for Forrest, Yin or Kundalini yoga Weds at 17:00 or Friday at 7am or 16:30 (classes limited to 10). We also offer massage, reflexology, reiki and RIFE therapies in our refurbished treatment rondavel and studio. 
Contact: Hermon 082 873 9985 or Ridwaan 071 932 8382
Address: 10 Church Street, Prince Albert
Albert. Our mission is to present wines to the wine lover, that are unique to this town and its terroir. Our new tasting room and winery is situated on Church street in Prince Albert.      
Contact Diederik: 083 709 6462
Address: 20 Church Street, Prince Albert
The Ghost Walk is a light-hearted 90 minute evening’s entertainment with stories about characters who lived here in the past and the ghosts who don’t want to leave! Guests wander round the streets past well-preserved 19th and early 20th century houses and shops and visit a most unusual graveyard.  Ailsa, the Story Weaver, has been telling Prince Albert’s tales for more than twenty years and publishes a monthly newsletter with stories and news about the town.
Contact Ailsa: 084 673 1710 
Meeting point: outside African Relish Chef’s Café in Kerkstraat (at the carved trees) and ends there at about 7.30pm.  
Sue Milton-Dean guides walkers on a 2 km trail with spectacular Karoo desert scenery and fascinating endemic succulent plants. As you walk across rocks of various ages and origins, you will discover patterns in vegetation, find out how plants and animals (including people) survive and thrive in harsh environments. Archaeological, historic and current impacts on the landscape are revealed.
Contact Sue: 082 770 0206
Meeting places: (Please meet Sue at the dedicated spots below in your car and follow her to the walk starting points)
Wolwekraal: Outside Police Station on Church Street
Swartberg Pass: Outside Fransie Pienaar Museum
Connect with clay and connect with yourself in the meditative practice of making pinch pots. Price includes all materials and 2 firings as well as morning tea/ coffee.
Contact Sue: +27 72 434 1845
Address: please contact Sue
Embodied Drawing Workshop
How can we use our other senses to draw? And how can we use drawing to explore and expand our other senses? 
In an age dominated by screens, where looking has become not only cursory but perpetual – drawing is a refuge of contemplation. Drawing with Mindfulness teacher Rebecca Haysom wants to help you reclaim drawing as a part of your life, to reconnect you with something that is slow, and present, ancient. These are workshops with an emphasis on play and process, and suitable for anyone with a bit of curiosity. All materials provided. 
Contact: Rebecca +27 79 885 3187
Address: 57 Church Street, Prince Albert
For the more energetic adventure seeker, join us on a social ride with our young developmental cyclists and explore 42km on back roads and across private farms. Please note this is not technical – please bring your own bike and helmet. Duration: approx. 2.5 hours and all proceeds go to Prince Albert cycling development project.
Meeting place: 7am at Lazy Lizard for coffee and rusks 
Contact Arno: +27 83 395 9038
Meeting Place: Lazy Lizard, 9 Church Street Prince Albert
Chester Meyer (SA)
Chester Meyer, a full-time church organist for the past 26 years, completed his Unisa Grade 8 piano exam under Ada Malherbe in 1999. He holds a BMus degree in piano and organ, a BMus Honours degree in choral direction, and a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology. He will perform improvised hymns at the People's concert on Sunday, 5, May 2024. 
Address: NG Kerk: 26 Church Street, Prince Albert

The parkrun will be taking place as usual on Saturday morning starting 08H00 at the Odendaal Stadium, Odendaal Street. Pack your running shoes!
Contact: 023 541 1066
Address: Odendaal Stadium, Odendaal Street, Prince Albert


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