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  • Joy of Jazz – From Newtown to Sandton
    Enjoy jazzy sounds in style
    Posted by: Sun International
    10 July 2014
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    Standard Bank Joy of Jazz performance on a stage​​

    Photography Skhumbuzo Tuswa
  • ​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 about?

    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+ performances:

    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 celebrat​e the genre.

    Other Grammy 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.

    We look 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!

    Hello, Sandton!

    The 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.​

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