ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL
THE MEETING OF
CHURCH & JAZZ
THE CRYPT Jazz Club is a famous historic meeting place beneath St. George's Cathedral where African and International jazz, cultures and cuisine fuse. The St George's Cathedral Crypt, built-in 1898, is an important Cape Town landmark and museum. Now a premier live jazz club, The Crypt serves dinner in a setting that retains a sense of its history and charm. Known as 'the people's Cathedral' for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George's Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. It was here that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, after he led a mass demonstration of 300 000 people to the Grand Parade in 1989, spoke of ‘the rainbow people’ to describe South Africa’s rich racial and cultural diversity - another reason why jazz lovers the world over flock to The Crypt because of our diverse talent and offering of Classic Jazz, Swing Jazz, Bepop and very uniquely, Cape Jazz. We invite you to visit the Memory and Witness Centre located at the entrance to The Crypt before the show begins...
St George's hosts one of the country’s few labyrinths. Its stained glass windows include the work of Gabriel Loire, the celebrated French stained glass artist. The central panel of the Great West Window is dominated by the figure of the triumphant Christ. This Christ is black - a visual counter to the European-influenced depiction of the Christ of Calvary above the High Altar - a reminder that the person of Christ embodied the fullness of humanity.
In closing, it's not surprising that most of the best jazz musicians and singers of all time began their love for music in the church. And because cathedrals and the Church at large exist also for those who are not members, it consciously strives to be a place of hope and healing where the pilgrim, the visitor and the curious may – in varying degrees - feel “this is home!” Quite apt then that the crypt of the St George's Cathedral, now The Crypt Jazz Club, is exactly that - The Home of Jazz!