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The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival remains South Africa’s most authentic annual international jazz festival with a dazzling programme from opening to closing night. 

It’s that time of the year again when we pull out those dancing shoes as The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is around the corner. 

The jazz festival will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 26 to 28 September 2019. 

This spectacular event filled with good, quality music from some of the best musicians in the country and abroad promises to be even better this year with the diversity and the level of artistry that they will bring on stage. 

Thulani Sibeko, Standard Bank chief marketing officer, spoke during the lineup reveal earlier this year. 

“We are excited about what the 2019 lineup holds for us. Of joy for us is many Standard Bank Young Artist Jazz alumni performing this year – including the opening night once off an all-star band of previous winners,”

he said. 

Mantwa Chinoamadi, Executive Producer at TMusicman said, “Music lovers are in for a treat. We are excited about this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. We want our festival patrons to not only experience the music, but to also live it.  

“The battle of big bands night will have extraordinary musicians share a stage, showcasing their swing prowess, while entertaining audiences. We assure jazz and music lovers an extraordinary experience, that will remain in their memories for many  years to come.” 

A fun-filled couple of nights 

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival remains South Africa’s most authentic annual international jazz festival with a dazzling programme from opening to closing night. 

The lineup includes multi-award-winning Mozambican composer and saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça, who is one of the finest creators of the innovative and original African jazz form.  

Cuban born pianist Roberto Fonseca draws on classical influences, rock influence and hip-hop. Drummer Manu Katché will bring his rhythmic charm to the SBJOJ stage. 

The festival will open with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra led by trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, who is, to many, the public face of jazz music. His ability to draw on history to point to a dignified future has been central to the global jazz tradition since he emerged on the scene.  

His band will share honours with the ZAR Orchestra led by Mzansi’s own eclectic horns-man Marcus Wyatt.  

The South African trumpeter was specifically chosen by Marsalis for the gig to celebrate jazz as a shared value in the struggle to perfect freedom and democracy in South Africa and the United States. 

Another trumpeter not be missed is Nigerian-born Etuk Ubong – he is fast becoming a notable voice in jazz. Ubong’s music draws inspiration from jazz great trumpeters that stretch from Hugh Masekela to Miles Davis. 

The historic band Stimela, the iconic Sipho Mabuse, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, singer and songwriter Siphokazi and The Soil will underscore the diversity that makes up South African jazz. Mzansi’s own rising star, vocalist and pianist Nomfundo Xaluva will explore local traditions for global tastes along with Nokukhanya Dlamini. 

There are many more artists on the line up so get your tickets now! 

When Is It? 

Thursday – Saturday, 26 – 28 September 2019 at 19:00 

Where Is It? 

Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg. 

How Much Is It? 

Tickets are R595 – R600 per person, get your tickets at Computicket. 

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