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Jazz it up at beachside jazz festival

 Marion Meadows is just one of the artists who will be playing at Jazz on the Rocks at the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve from 25 to 28 February.  PHOTO: Supplied

Marion Meadows is just one of the artists who will be playing at Jazz on the Rocks at the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve from 25 to 28 February. PHOTO: Supplied

Jazz enthusiasts are in for a treat as Jazz on the Rocks, the sixth annual beachside jazz festival, at Tieties Bay in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, outside Paternoster takes place from 25 to 28 February. Local and international artists including Jay Beckenstein, Marion Meadows, Afrotouch, Emo Adams and Public Attention will play at the festival, which celebrates local musicians and the natural beauty of the area.

Clarence Ford, founder of the festival, says Jazz on the Rocks combines the finest elements of outdoor living such as the sun and sea with jazz in a pristine setting off the west coast of the Cape. He says the stage for the festival is built on the rocks of the beach overlooking the sea with the best vantage points from the water itself.

According to Ford, a wide selection of food stalls selling local cuisine specialising in sea food such as fresh fish and rock lobster as well as a range of activities including beach games will take place at the festival. He says a special treat for young and old will be to go on the nature trail conducted by one of the reserve rangers.

“DJ’s playing between the performances will bring to life parties of the 70’s and 80’s and festival goers will be able to pitch their tents in the camp area. Jazz on the Rocks is an opportunity for friends and families to bond with nature and music in a quality space where they can detach from their busy lives to enjoy the pleasures of the great outdoors,” says Ford.