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23 March 2011


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Hey John!

Great blog! Thanks for spreading the word about the Swingers Jam Session! It was great to have you in Cape Town for the week. Interestingly, Swingers has been running for 17 years on a Monday night (if I'm not mistaken). Quite an institution indeed!

I also blog on my site, www.danshout.co.za so check it out if you get a chance.

Warm Regards,

Dan Shout

Dear John,
Thank you for spreading the word about SWINGERS and about SAJE - your photographs are wonderful. It was great to finally meet you and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Safe travels and thank you for an excellent blog.
Kind regards,
Diane Rossi

Very heartening to see that the music scene is alive and well in Cape Town.
Hopefully I will be invited back to my home town to do something soon. My best to all the musicians I know, and the ones I don't, regards, Morris Goldberg

Great work John! Thank you for this writing and your photos. You are really contributing to positive change here.

Dan, Diane, Morris, and Niklas,

Thanks very much for the comments. Writing about (and photographing) Cape Town musicians is a real joy.

Morris, it's a shame that you are invited back to Cape Town more often. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival did a reasonably good job of including local musicians, this year. But, as you know, the few slots available hardly make a dent in the list of people who deserve to be on stage.

By the way, Morris, I'm still working on the book on Cape Town jazz. It was on the back burner, while I finished "One Love, Ghoema Beat: Inside the Cape Town Carnival." But it's now my number one priority.

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