The Orbit Jazz Culture

Joburg Today – April 2018
#InFocus – The Orbit Jazz Culture
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The Orbit: the 209 great clubs strong – live Jazz in 2018

Downbeat Magazine – February 2018
“Featuring Live Music nearly every night of the week, The Orbit is a welcoming, regional Jazz spot. The owners have been presenting jazz in the area for more than a decade”
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8 Coolest Things to Do in Johannesburg Now

Jetsetter – 27 November 2017 
While all eyes are on Cape Town and the splashy new Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa, Johannesburg, the city’s gritty, sprawling big sister, has a newfound sophistication that might surprise you. Here are our top things to do in Joburg now.
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Top 5 Johannesburg eating & drinking experiences

JHB Live – October 2017 
JHBLive list of places that not only offer a good meal, but that can unexpectedly turn into a bloody good time.
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The Orbit Bistro

In Your Pocket – 27 July 2017 
Braamfontein’s The Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro is a Joburg institution, having built a reputation as a home for local jazz music lovers and Joburg visitors in search of South African sounds.
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The Orbit: the 195 places around the world to hear live Jazz in 2017

Downbeat  Magazine – February 2017  
“Featuring Live Music nearly every night of the week, The Orbit is a welcoming, regional Jazz spot. The owners have been presenting jazz in the area for more than a decade”
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Progenitors roaming in the NEWS realms

Consciousness – 14th February 2017 | by Xolani Mthombeni  
Artistry is a faculty that requires dexterity and variables, that will perfect and extend its complexity. During the continuous harnessing, finding a path….
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Celebrating Miriam Makeba – a Legendary SA Jazz Songstress

City Buzz – 23rd February 2017 | by Tshepiso Mametela
Braamfontein – The Orbit Jazz Bar and Bistro in Braamfontein is set to host the mercurial talent of Zenzile Makeba, granddaughter of Miriam Makeba on 2 March….
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Remembering Bheki Mseleku – a Jazz icon

City Press – 11th September 2016 | by Lloyd Geyde
Cape Town – South African jazz and American jazz have always had a close relationship. From Hugh Masekela inheriting Louis Armstrong’s old trumpet…
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Estelle Kokot: Looking for her own voice – Jazzaholic – 9th September 2016 | by Don Albert
Tired of just singing the standards and having backing musicians, she delivered a lesson in taking such songs as “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, “Both Sides Now” and “Honeysuckle Rose” among others…
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Prince Lengoasa´s Soul Shower

Global Rhythms – June 8, 2016 | by John Wilpers
Performing exquisitely is one thing; performing exquisitely while also inspiring is another, very special thing altogether…
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Bomb shelter Beast

Mail and Guardian – 18 April 2016 | by Lloyd Gedye
A gypsy family of maverick musicians…
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Reedman Salim Washington blows fire and tears

Mail and Guardian – January 2016 | by Gwen Ansell
Violence and murder – of Marikana miners and foreigners – inspired works by saxophonist Salim Washington.
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Science and Cocktails with Jazz Johannesburg

Africa business website of KLM/AirFrance | February 2016
Listening to a scientific lecture in an ambient-lit nightclub while drinking a cocktail. In South Africa they do it.
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Science & Cocktails: E = My Cosmo x two 

Ufrieda Ho | 02 March, 2016 –Times
Science isn’t all stuffy and inaccessible all of the time, sometimes it can be uncomplicated, fun even.
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Concerts SA | Supporting Live Music | March 2016

Published on Feb 29, 2016
The music industry is taking a bashing and many artists are seeing their revenues and opportunities decline – an especially sad state of affairs in South Africa where the struggle for freedom was driven by the arts.
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Jazz It Up At The Orbit  – 23rd of February 2016
I don’t know why it took me so long to get myself to The Orbit but now that I’ve finally been, I’m kicking myself for not going sooner!
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Bell le Pere plays at Jo’burg’s The Orbit 

Mail and Guardian  – 5th of February 2016
Bell le Pere is a helluva name but so is the music he played at Jo’burg’s The Orbit
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The Orbit Featured by Downbeat Magazine 

Downbeat Magazine  – February 2016
The Orbit listing among 193 Best Jazz Venues in Downbeat Magazine February 2016
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Something to Shout about – 29 August 2015
Jazzaholic By Don Albert

Jazz in Johannesburg

Downbeats – July 2015
Chords & Discords
By Don Albert

Jazz and Cocktails send SA scientists into Orbit

Mail & Guardian – 21at of August 2015
by Sarah Wild

Jazz in Johannesburg

Downbeats – July 2015
Chords & Discords
By Don Albert

Jazz in Johannesburg

Voice of America – October 2014
By Heather Maxwell

Hello Joburg – Arts & Culture

Q&A with Aymeric Peguillan – Co-owner & Manager of the Orbit
June 2015
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The Orbit & SANYO (South Africa National Youth Orchestra)

Classic Lifestyle – Classic FM
June 30th, 2015
Dan Sermand Co-Owner/Partner – The Orbit & Sophia Weltz MD of the SANYO

Orbit Jazz Club: A place for all to play

Financial Mail – June 11, 2015
By Gwen Ansell

The Orbit does it again

By Don Albert – Artlink
April 2015

The Orbit Anniversary Edition

By JazzE Magazine – April 14, 2015
By Etienne Shardlow

The Orbit is Johannesburg’s newest jazz club, it opened its doors in March 2014…
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Jazz is Without Borders

Johannesburg, 13 March 2015
By eNCA – E.News–-birthday-celebrations-orbit

The Orbit hits the right note

Sunday World – March 2015
By Boitumelo TLHOAELE

Black Comedians in South Africa Put Power in the Punch Lines

The New York Times, March6 , 2015

The Orbit – Home of Jazz

Hello Magazine, March 2015

Food for Thought: Jazz goes into Orbit

By Justice Malala, February 5, 2015

Five great Restaurants with Live Music in Johannesburg

January 16th, 2015
by Tamsin Green

Jazz goes into Orbit

Sunday world – September 28, 2014 by Boitumelo Tlhoaele
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South African Jazz in Orbit

Jazz Life – Spring 2014/Summer 2015 by Sam Mathe
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The Orbit Jazz Club & Bistro in Braamfontein

October 7th, 2014 By Leila Saffarian

What it takes to open a Jazz Club In Joburg

JHB Live – August 2014
By Percy Mabandu

THE ORBIT – LIVE MUSIC & BISTRO By Ngqiliyomzi Mqalo

Way Magazine
22 April 2014

The Orbit – Joburg’s New Home Of Jazz! By Crystal Espin Joburg’s

Darling – July 2014

Nightlife : For those sleepless night The Orbit – Music without borders From Alexia Leitich

Hello Johannesburg – July 2014

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All you need to know about The Orbit jazz club

By Ayanda Sitole Drum – July 7, 2014

The Orbit Jazz Club & Bistro

Vuvuonstyle – May 2014
From Bathabile Lekhuleni

Jazz spun into an ideal orbit

Mail & Guardian – June 2014
From Chris Roper

Jazz Club holds fundraiser for the family of striking mineworkers

From Mining news
May 2014

Maria João – unique and breathtaking!

Artlink – May 2014
From Don Albert

A taste of Portuguese Jazz

May 2014 –
By Don Albert

The Orbit Jazz Club & Bistro

Jazz Life – April 2014
By Sam Mathe.

The Orbit Live Music & Bistro

Way Magazine – April 22, 2014
By Either Way

Jazz: The Crypt & The Orbit

Business Day Live – April 16th 2014
From Gwen Ansell.

New Jazz joint “The Orbit” opens in Braamfontein

Aymeric Peguillan Owner-Partner/MD & Feya Faku – SABC News (sabcdigitalnews) – March 15th 2014

The Orbit – A new hangout for Joburg Jazz Lovers

By Sbonokhule Magcaba – Enca – March 2014

Jazz: The Pulse of the City

From Tendai Dube – 24th of March 2014

Two nights at The orbit

From Don Albert

Bringing Jazz back to Jozi

Review from Johannesburg Live – March 2014

The Orbit makes space for Jazz in Joburg

From Ntombenhle Shezi – 16th of March 2014

Jazz: The Orbit promises to be a treat for Joburg Jazz lovers

From Gwen Ansell – Business Day – BD Live – 12th of March 2014


The Orbit: Jazzing up Joburg

From Craig Wilson – writer – 12th of March 2014


Re-birth of live jazz in Africa’s music capital as The Orbit club opens in Johannesburg

  • Braamfontein venue offers a new home for musicians and lovers of the life of jazz
  • Feya Faku Quintet to headline Friday 14th March launch, programme highlights to include Uhadi with Sibongile Khumalo Estelle Kokott and Concorde Nkabinde

JOHANNESBURG [February 28th 2014]: On Friday 14th March, new Jazz Club and Bistro The Orbit opens it’s doors at 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, marking a new chapter in the life of the South African jazz movement.

Despite a rich jazz heritage, Joburg has seen much-loved clubs shutting down across the city over the last decade. Musicians, aficionados and visitors to Joburg have spent years searching for one-off performances and relying on annual festivals.

Now, finally, The Orbit offers a permanent space where Joburg’s jazz community can be sure of the highest quality live music, warm hospitality, fresh bistro food (and free Wi-fi), Tuesday to Sunday from 11.30 am each day until the music ends. The club will provide a stage for South Africa’s established and up-coming musicians as well as visiting international stars, to jam, collaborate and play special one–off shows.

Aymeric Péguillan Manager and MD of The Orbit says the ethos is simple, “the music and the vibe are everything and the musicians are the real VIPs, so we’ve spent a lot of time listening to what they think makes a great jazz club. The vision is to fuse the spirit of legendary Jozi clubs like Kippie’s and Bassline, with places like the New Morning in Paris, the Blue Note in New York and the Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott’s in London.

“The name comes from a 1958 Clark Terry album ‘In Orbit’,” explains Péguillan, “because it’s the creative high of live jazz that will make the atmosphere in an intimate spot like The Orbit absolutely electric. We humbly invite lovers of the life of jazz to help create a new home, where the art form is respected and legendary nights can happen”.

The March / April 2014 launch programme features among others the Feya Faku Quintet, Estelle Kokott and the Uhadi project lead by Sibongile Khumalo, as well as live Salsa, blues, Afrobeat and the all new Orbit Big Band.

With two stages split over a two level converted warehouse in the Braamfontein District, the club is part of the next wave of the city’s creative revival, surrounded by a daytime scene of coffee shops, record stores and start-up businesses web and by a bustling nightlife of hotels, restaurants and other clubs.

Back to Péguillan. “The Orbit will be 100% behind talented young South African musicians”, he enthuses, “the next generation of South African jazz greats will have a stage to hone their craft and learn from the stage veterans.”

Lunchtime gigs for up to 100 guests will be hosted downstairs with students from jazz schools invited to play. The project has been worked in conjunction with the Wits Jazz studies department.

Evening performances will play to up to 200 seated guests on the main stage upstairs which has a permanent grand piano (Yamaha C3) and back line, part of the club’s meticulous approach to sound design to ensure the best live and recorded sound. Toms Music is the main partner of The Orbit and has secured a quality backline and sound system for the club.

Péguillan had long dreamed of creating a home for jazz in the city, having run Peg’s Cosy Corner, a tight little jazz club in Troyeville between 2000 and 2002. Together with fellow owners Dan Sermand and Kevin Naidoo, the team has considered every detail, to ensure that musicians have the perfect space to perform in and guests can relax and enjoy the hospitality, with the freshest bistro food and the finest wines and liquors served by attentive staff.

Sermand, who splits his time between Joburg and another great jazz capital, Stockholm in Sweden, is Executive Producer for musicians including Nils Landgren and Magnus Lindgren and worked with Quincy Jones to stage the ‘Quincy Jones Celebration’ at the annual Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival in 2012.

Sermand says, “We’re jazz fanatics who’ve lived in Joburg and hung out in some of the world’s great clubs, so we are passionate about creating a home the South African jazz movement deserves”.

Memberships will soon be available offering a range of benefits to loyal lovers of jazz.

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