Sorely need additions to Joburg’s jazz scene
And more good news for the jazz lovers is that the Market Theatre is also planning to bring back more jazz to Joburg’s musical menu. Market Theatre CEO Annabell Lebethe has looked at various spaces that could accommodate a jazz venue. It seems there are now plans to create a bar that wraps around from the former Gramadoelas restaurant into the existing Market Theatre foyer.
In this way there is the potential to reactivate a Kippies in the Market space. The Market Theatre has bought most of the block a opposite the theatre on the other side of Bree St to house new theatre and photo workshops. She feels that this student population, along with those who will work in and visit the new Newtown Junction mixed-use development, will help to guarantee people to sustain the jazz club. So hopefully this will revitalize the Jozi’s jazz scene and will offer musicians a wider choice of venues so enabling them to work for a season, rather than one or two nights.
We will all be winners.