Johannesburg: Six of the world’s most illustrious names in jazz, who are also part of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival line-up, Christian McBride, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, The Clayton Brothers, Peter Beets and Roy Ayers – will be sharing their knowledge and expertise when they conduct a series of workshops around Gauteng at the end of September.
These workshops with International musicians are part of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz journey. They come after successful Geleza Kleva workshops facilitated by Concord Nkabinde in July this year. The annual festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and is aptly themed “Experience the Magic of Jazz” judging by the line-up of talented jazz artist participating in this year’s 3-day event.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 28 to 30 of September, and it is not only about music. “The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz journey involves empowerment and upliftment. Our commitment to the industry is beyond just entertainment. We know how important knowledge is in this industry, and while we have the privilege of working with the renowned artists who have been through the process, we impart that skill and knowledge to young aspiring artists,’ says T-Music Man’s Mantwa Chinoamadi, executive producer of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.
The workshops are scheduled to take place on Thursday, 28 September and Friday, 29 September in the following areas:
- 28 September – Moses Molelekwa Foundation, 28 corner Andrew Mapheto and Star Streets, Tembisa, with Christian McBride
- 28 September – Music Academy of Gauteng, corner Putfontein and Noord Avenue, Cloverdene, Benoni with Branford Marselis
- 28 September – Tshwane School of Music, Eererust, Tshwane with Joshua Redman
- 28 September – Wits School of the Arts, Braamfontein, with The Clayton Brothers
- 28 September – Vusi Mahlasela Foundation with Peter Beets
- 29 September – Funda Centre, Immink Drive, Diepkloof with Roy Ayers
“We are overjoyed and proud of this year’s artist line-up and overall festival offering” says Chinoamadi, “it’s a line-up befitting as Standard Bank Joy of Jazz celebrates 20 years of creating magical experiences and will project the meaning of the hard work and passion that went into building one of Africa’s most important jazz festivals.”
The event will be hosted on four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala – and there will be well over 30 performances.
Audiences will be able to buy a two-day festival pass providing access for Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are on sale at Computicket at R795 for a Day Pass and R1 350 for a two-day pass.