Standard Bank Joy of Jazz performance on a stage
A new home, a new look and a smokin’ hot
line-up of 70+ global jazz icons, performing over 3 days. What are we talking
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival, of course. 2014 has seen Africa’s biggest
jazz festival move from Newtown into Sandton – it will take place from Thursday
the 25th to Saturday the 27th of September, at the
Sandton Convention Centre.
3 Days, 4 stages, 70+
Jazz legends from around the world – including
four-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves; National
Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis; and homegrown
musical sensations Sibongile Khumalo and Jonas Gwangwa – are part of the
line-up for this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz extravaganza,
as jazz fans come together to celebrate the genre.
Award winners that will be taking the stage at Africa’s premiere jazz
festival include none other than British R&B legend Billy Ocean; the Best Jazz Vocal recipient Gregory Porter
and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
If that doesn’t get your groove thang going already, just think about Tony
Award-nominated composer and multi-platinum-selling singer, Ann Hampton
Callaway. There’s Filipino recording artist and cultural trailblazer, Charmaine
Clamor and New Orleans trumpeter, Christian Scott.
forward to Independent Music Award winner, Omar Sosa from Cuba and
are flat-out thrilled to hear Italian jazz singer and Grammy nominee,
Roberta Gambarini. We can’t stop thinking about Cameroon’s Richard Bona; Dwele
from the US and trumpeter/composer Tomasz Stanko who is considered to be
Poland’s most important jazz ambassador. He’ll be performing with some of top
young jazz performers from Finland and Denmark. Whew!
Performers from South African home soil include Feya Faku and his quintet; the
Mike Rossi Project; Herbie Tsoaeli and Carlos Mombelli, both of whom will deliver
unmissable performances with their respective quartets.
We’re delighted to see a number of Standard Bank Young Artist winners also
sharing thebill including Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane, Kesivan Naidoo, Melanie
Scholtz, Shane Cooper and Kyle Shepherd.
Germany’s Hessian State Youth Jazz Orchestra (aka Kicks & Sticks) will
bring their big bad big band sound and Delfeayo Marsalis will take the stage
with the much-loved Uptown Jazz Orchestra (UJO) who play everything from
traditional New Orleans music, swing and bebop to modern-day brass band funk –
all for our aural pleasure!
festival’s move to Sandton is a result of the incredible growth and
appreciation for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. For the first time ever, due to
the size of the new venue, attendees will be able to buy a full festival pass
providing access to all four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala – in
line with international jazz festivals.
Looking for accommodation this weekend? The
move to Sandton Convention Centre also means that the Maslow is the place to be. We're having a Heritage Week accomodation special to celebrate. Priced from R999, you’ll get luxury twin accommodation and
breakfast for two and all that jazz. The complimentary shuttle every 15mins to Sandton City and
Sandton Gautrain means you’ll be well-connected and centrally-located to enjoy
a fantastic weekend of musical performances!>
Tickets for the Joy of Jazz festival are on sale at Computicket. A 1-day pass costs R750, giving access to 16
acts. A 2-day pass is R1250.