Anyone who listens to jazz or even loves going out to live music spots can tell you that Joburg is slowly losing its kick for live jazz music. Being a lover of jazz myself, I can most certainly tell you - it's breaking the hearts of many.

Don't you worry though, there are still a few places that are keeping the hope alive for an amazing jazz experience. Now, let's take a look at these amazing gems that still breath life into Jozi.


Untitled Basement

Situated in the busy and bustling Braamfontein sits the Untitled Basement. Many say, "never heard of it" but the music hunters know all about. If you know where Artivist is, then surely you have heard about this pot of gold.

This is where some of the best musicians in the country come to showcase their art and experiment with the soothing sultry sounds of jazz and other awesome music. An alternative live entertainment space is something that the listener does not expect. It is unique and very artistic - showcasing character that music brings to the table.

Just keep an eye out for "We Got The Jazz" which can either be on a Thursday or Friday on their Instagram.



The Marabi Club

If you are looking for a new spot where jazz still lives on with its immaculate and smooth sounds, the unexpected New Doornfontein opens its small door of mystery to The Marabi Club.

Inspired by the significant Jazz culture that New Yorks' Harlem has been known for, "Marabi" brings an electric and addictive vibe, not forgetting creativity at it's best. This mysterious spot is absolutely beautiful, the decor gives you a whiff of nostalgia.

Not only do they have good live music, their food and service is of absolute quality.

Niki's Oasis

Just for exaggeration effect, Niki's Oasis has been around since the AD's. Niki's has to be the most nostalgic environment to be in, as soon as you walk in.

This is one of the best spots to find Jazz and many other genres and performances such as spoken word. Their culture of word of mouth has kept this establishment up and running ever since and it has become a slip off the tongue name for many.

Some would call it rusty, I call it an "old soul's heaven" type of place where you just feel at home - a must visit.


The Good Luck Bar

The Good Luck Bar is situated at the 1 Fox Precinct and has become the most sought for venue for events and of course, to feed your live jazz craving.

Encouraged by the creative surrounding that The Sheds has, this space has become one that many outgoing people appreciate and creatives can relate to. If you want to find out when the next jazz sesh is, check out their social pages or just simply contact them.

Last Strum...

Right when you thought Live Jazz was done for, and Joburg comes to the rescue, let's go out and enjoy!

{Featured Image By The Marabi Club}

Joburg people are privileged with a flood of the best entertainment in the country, however it can be hard finding spots where you can jam and participate in open mic experimentals. That's why we had to give you a taste of the open mic spots that are keeping the jamming culture alive.

Open mics really allow artists to get into their zone and experiment, try something new and really create an experience for the person rendering the art or enjoying the entertainment. A lot of artists can really attest to the fact that one can really grow through partaking in jam sessions and live entertainment in general.

A quick low down in case you not familiar with the Open Mic scene

What is an Open Mic?

An open mic is an open platform for anyone who wants to perform, ranging from anything between music, spoken work (poetry) and even comedy if you are lucky.

How it works?

Ideally, you would find spots like the ones we will be checking out, get there on open mic day/night, register your name and await your performance. (However registration process can differ depending on spot).

Note: Some spots can be specific to theme or genre i.e. Acoustic night however don't let that put you off, you could bump into a guitarist you can collaborate with. That is what jamming is about right?

Why Open Mic?

This is an opportunity to have fun, build confidence, meet other performers and just learn from the idea of creating a moment.

And here are some spots you can find open mic sessions...

Open Mic

Rustic Cafe

Rustic Cafe is situated at the Old Parktonian Sports Club in Bordeaux, neighbour to Blairgowrie. Many who are not from the area have not heard about Rustic but it has been around and has become quite the spot for foodies, sports fans, artists and students of course - the cafe is across the road from Vega School Johannesburg.

The cafe hosts open mics on the 1st Thursday of the month (Acoustic Nite) and on the 2nd and last Thursday (Open Mic Nite) so if you want a cool night out, this is the spot.

Open Mic

Outie Bakery + Cafe

Better known as "Outie", this amazing cafe is situated in one of the most artistic hubs in Joburg - Newtown, right in front of The Market Theatre so you definitely won't miss it.

They collaborated with Word N Sound to bring poetry to this amazing crowd that love poetry every Wednesday and just an extra mention - they also host Jazzy Sundays. Outie has become thee spot for some famous faces, we are pretty sure this also has to do with their food. LOL! Swing by sometime!

Open Mic

Niki's Oasis

Niki's Oasis, also situated in Newtown; is one of the oldest jazz lounges in Joburg. Rooted to the raw element of music and has hosted ample international and local artists, Niki's is known for its good reputation.

As a very Word of Mouth driven spot, performing here might require you to pay the spot a visit to confirm when the next open mic or event is - this is what I call spontaneity. Don't let that discourage you because when you do get there, you won't want to leave. The people are warm including the owner, Niki.

Let's start creating moments peeps!