Finding the perfect venue to recapture this popular event was the first task in relaunching the legendary “Jazz Fridays” and Café des Arts ticked all the boxes. Situated in the Main Road opposite Woolworths you will find the alley to this breathtakingly beautiful venue under a canvas of massive trees. It is the place where the Franschhoekers can come together after a busy week every Friday at 17h30 and where the Franschhoek mainstays have their regular tables booked every week. Entrance is R250 per couple which includes a bottle of wine and awesome jazz.
The last Jazz on Fridays was held 7 years ago at La Fromagerie restaurant La Grange, before it closed due to redevelopment. For many years it was one of the best attended events Franschhoek has ever seen and it has created great excitement in the town due to its return.
Great jazz performed by the very popular Cape Dutch Connection with Franschhoek’s very own legend Derk Blaisse on piano. Joined by virtuoso Willie van Zyl on saxophone and double bass player Wesley Rustin who were there from the very beginning. Erika “Ella Fitxgerald” Lundi vocalist and Professor William Haubrich of UCT plays trumpet and trombone. The versatile Ivan Bell is on drums.
A diverse menu has been created for Jazz on Fridays to cater for everyone, including stands with oysters and other delicious offerings. Franschhoek is extremely excited to welcome Derk and The Cape Dutch Connection band back!