“IT’S NOT every lifetime you get the opportunity to experience four world acts on one stage in one night. But if Saturday night’s Winter Jazz Festival at Carnival City – aka Jonathan Butler & Friends – is the last show I ever get to see, in any of my lifetimes, I will consider my world-act must-see boxes pretty well ticked.
Any show that starts off with Judith Sephuma as the supporting act is going to be pure class, and it was. The diva dazzled with a few jazz numbers, and then “something ragga”, in her own words, with the upbeat and catchy Try – all from her new album One Word. Of course the evergreen A Cry, A Smile, A Dance had everyone singing in their seats. Her voice is in phenomenal form – if Sephuma had been the only act we’d seen that night, the audience would have gone home satisfied.
I have loved Jonathan Butler since I was a teenager, and he hosted the show with such etiquette – showing off his massive talent while at the same time standing back for his guests to glow, first introducing Sephuma and then after an interval, the fiercely funky Euge Groove. The man cannot keep still, and neither can his audience. He’s a wizard on the sax.“