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Bob James, José James, Houston Person, Kendrick Scott and Kahil El’Zabar join SA luminaries Jonathan Butler and Sibongile Khumalo in three days of not-to-be missed

performances and collaborations

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – now in its19thyear –  reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.

American jazz giant Gerald Albright and South Africa’s Jonathan Butler join forces at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and kick-start  South Africa’s premier jazz festival which runs at the Sandton Convention Centre for three days from September 15 to 17.

Renowned American musician Bob James will join the galaxy of stars at the event. James is  two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognised as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the dcomplexity of his arrangements and instrumentals.The line up includes Grammy® Award winner Bill Champlin who co-founded the legendary Bay Area band the Sons of Champlin but who is perhaps best known for his nearly three decades as a member of Chicago. He joins forces with four time Grammy® Award winning vocalist Deniece Williams;Brenda Russell(the co-creator of the music and lyrics for the Tony Award winning Broadway hit The Color Purple) and drummer Paul Peress in a not-to-be-missed collaboration called Sounds of Love.

Other big international names in the jazz world include the award winning José James,tenor saxophonist Houston Person, known for his legendary partnership with the great vocalist Etta Jones. Canadian based vocalist Ranee Lee, popular for her ability to channel the grand dames ofjazz.

South African greats billed for this year’s eddition, are legends Barney Rachabane, Sibongile Khumalo,  2015 Grammy® Award winning flautistWouter Kellerman; The Voice South Africacoach Lira and perennial favouritesSipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Ringo.

There are some exciting collaborations at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. The Graz Roots Projectcelebrates past South African composers and musicians who gave future generations the sound of mbaqanga, mgqashiyo, maskandi and African jazz and features a powerhouse of musicians including Billy Monama, Concord Nkabinde, McCoy Mrubata, Lwanda Gogwana, Mduduzi Mtshali, Paki Peloeole and Themba Mokoena.

The inimitable firebrand percussionist and leader of the legendary Ritual Trio,KahilEl’Zabarbrings an outfit that features jazz tenor saxophonist Teodross Avery and the incredible vocalist Dwight Tribble who makes his second return to the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz stage. El’Zabar comes out of the resilience of Chicago’s pro Africanist avant-garde jazz tradition. His music is as intense as it is swinging.

Senegalese bass player and vocalist Alune Wade brings the Havana-Paris-Dakar project to this year’s festival. The project is an eclectic celebration of the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition with musical sojourns into Wade’s Franco-Phone Senegalese heritage. It featuresArgentinean piano maestroLeonardo Genovese.

US born vocalist Deborah J Carter teams up with Paul van Kessel from The Netherlands forNew York Round Midnight which involvesa rhythm section, horns, and vocalists from the cream of the Dutch jazz scene to take listeners back to the heyday of jazz in the ’50s and ’60s. It includes everybody’s favourite jazz hits from My Funny Valentine to I Love You Porgy.

Trumpeter Feya Faku presents The Swiss Unit Project– featuring music from his album Le Ngoma (The Song) – with Swiss musicians Domenic Landolf (tenor sax, alto flute), Jean-Paul Brodbeck (piano), Fabian Gisler (acoustic bass) and Dominic Egli (drums). The concept includes tribute songs such as : Miss Benjamin ( for Sathima Bee) and Dirge (for Zim Ngqawana): “I created this concept to celebrate legends that came before me. I am what I am  because of them. My quest is to recognise them and keep them alive,” he says.

The star-studded line-up will also feature the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for JazzSiya  Makuzeni; Nonfunda Xaluva; America’s Kendrick Scott; Max-Hoba; Israel’s Ester Rada; Lindiwe Maxolo; Mozambique’s Moreira Chonguica; Judith Sephuma; Ntjam Rosieaccompanied by the Dutch All Stars Orchestra in a programme titled Jazz Roots, the Music Academy of Gautengand the National Youth Jazz Band.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, three days four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala and Thirty Eight perfomances.

Audiences will be able to buy a DAY PASS with access for either Friday/ or Saturday and 2 DAYS FESTIVAL PASS providing access for Friday and Saturday.

Event executive producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman is delighted with this year’s artists: “As festival promoters we spend a great deal of time searching for artists who will appeal to a broad base of music fans. We want to present a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young lions. There is something for everyone with this year’s line-up which is truly international and inspirational. We are particularly delighted to bring  audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.”

Commented Jenny Pheiffer, Executive Head, Group Brand and Sponsorship at Standard Bank Group: “We are delighted that Standard Bank has become synonymous with jazz in South Africa. Our continued support for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz has seen this prominent social music fixture become one of the continent’s premier jazz festivals.  We once again look forward to celebrating a rich and warm blend of African and international jazz in the heart of Johannesburg, bringing jazz lovers together in a truly united and global celebration of jazz and its heritage.”

The 2016 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; Gauteng Province and the City of Joburg.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket. A one-day pass costs R750 with a two-day pass at R1250.

Discounted tickets are available for all Standard Bank card holders. There is a 10% discount when tickets are bought using a valid Standard Bank debit and cheque card. The discount is 15% when payment is made with a valid Standard Bank credit card at a Compu ticket outlet and online. The offer is limited to two tickets per person who meet the criteria. Terms and conditions apply.

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