Inevitably the “numero uno” spot goes to the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Winchester Mansions in Sea Point.
As always, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and the Sunday Times awaits.
As always the food is as important as the music and there can be no gripes about this banquet of a brunch to which excellent sushi and a pasta dish have now been added. As for the desserts… keep space!
The music is always swinging and filled with great standards. Drummer Maurice Gawronsky books different musicians and vocalists each week and he also sets a nice groove from behind his kit.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… soooo civilised sitting in the Winchester’s New Orleans-like courtyard sipping a glass of bubbly and listening to beautiful renditions of the “Great American Songbook“. The sense of contentment is palpable.
All in all it’s as solid as one of the fully deserved newly named seven wonders of nature, Table Mountain.
PS: Booking For Winchester Mansions Jazz Brunch is essential.
Don Albert’s Jazzaholic column is posted on Artslink.co.za every Thursday.
He is a saxophonist and jazz journalist who spent 12 years with The Star Newspaper on the Tonight! Section writing about jazz. Currently he writes jazz CD and book reviews for Financial Mail and is the South African Correspondent for Downbeat (USA) and Jazz Journal International (UK). He has presented radio programmes on jazz and served as judge at prestigious competitions. He has also won numerous awards.