One of South Africa’s biggest jazz events, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival promises to be thrilling gig. Featuring artists from South Africa, the US, France and the Netherlands, the 2017 edition will be held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 28 to 30 September.
Show lovers will have a ‘life-time’ experience as they will witnesses 30 performances from a number of jazz idioms who will be performing during this three day festival on four different stages.
This year’s edition features Hugh Masekela (SA), Abdullah Ibrahim (SA), Caiphus Semenya (SA), Jonas Gwangwa (SA), Branford Marsalis (US), The Clayton Brothers (US), Musiq Soulchild (US), Christian McBride (US), Nnenna Freelon (US) and the Joshua Redman Quartet (US). Dutch pianist Peter Beets will join them alongside French singer Elisabeth Kontomanou.
Local artists are not to be let out and adding are Tutu Puoane, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, Thandiswa Mazwai, Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikade, Brenda Mtambo, Mthunzi Mvubu, Phinda Matlala Mtya, Sisonke Xonthi, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers and Selaelo Selota.
The event will also be graced by young musicians namely 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for jazz Benjamin Jephta, SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winner Zoe Modiga, Brenda Mtambo and the Madiba Bay Jazz Orchestra.
In a press release, Joy of Jazz executive producer Peter Tladi, said this year’s line-up ensembles the input they made on this event. “We, as festival producers, spend a great deal of time both here and overseas seeking out artists who we believe will appeal to a wide spectrum of music fans. We want to present a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young lions,” said Tladi.
He added: “There is something for everyone in this year’s line-up, which we believe is international and truly inspirational. The event reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to our stellar line-up of musicians.”
Tickets to event are available via Computicket.