Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival

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Country and Region South AfricaGauteng
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival
Fax: (27) 11-636 1858

Festival Description

A gathering of world-class international and South African award-winning jazz musicians are presentedin Johannesburg at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Jo’burg International Festival. As the premier jazz event for the city of Jo'burg, it has always gone beyond just music and entertainment, and has become an ideal family outing that encompasses music in every form but with a clear and strong emphasis on jazz. Over 210 local and international artists and bands take to the stage at the different venues across the city of Johannesburg.

Festival Dates August 22 - 24, 2013
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Lineup 2013:
  • Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Adam Glasser
  • Afrotraction
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Carmen Lundy
  • Charl Du Plessis Trio
  • Donald Harrison with Christian Scott/Lwanda Gogwana
  • Eddie Daniels
  • Ivan Mazuze
  • Jeff Maluleke
  • Kabomo
  • Lenore Raphael
  • Marie De Barros
  • Mbuso Khoza
  • Mlungisi Gegana paying tribute to Johnny Dyani
  • Peter Auret Trio
  • Peter White
  • Ray Lema Quintet
  • Rene Marie
  • Selaelo Selota
  • Shane Cooper Quartet
  • Sibongile Mngoma
  • Sipho Mabuse paying tribute to Zim Ngqawana
  • Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band (SBNYJB)
  • Stimela
  • Tango Jazz Quartet
  • Terence Blanchard
  • The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards
  • Themba Mkhize
  • Tia Fuller
  • Tsuyoshi I Yamamoto
  • Zonke


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  • Joy of Jazz article written by Moira de Swart
    • Ahmad Jamal (USA), who is now 84, could not make it at the last minute (reason unspecified, but he also appears on the official Joy of Jazz 2013 CD) and Amina Figarova, born in Azerbaijan (former USSR), and her band replaced the legend. What a fabulous time Amina Figarova and her musicians gave South African audiences. Figarova is a classically trained concert pianist and she certainly brings everything she has to her performance. She will be playing on the Dinaledi stage again on Saturday 24 August 2013.
      Finally we got to hear the great Terence Blanchard, trumpeter, composer, band-leader with his band. I was blown away. Some people moved forward to sit on the floor in the front. The Terence Blanchard Quintet comprises Brice Winston (sax), Fabian Almazan (pianist from Cuba), Joshua Crumbly (bass), Kendrick Scott (percussion) and Lionel Loueke from Benin (guitar and vocals). It was the latter who quickly grabbed the hearts of the African audience. I cannot wait to have another opportunity to hear Terence Blanchard and his musicians on the Friday night again on the Dinaledi stage. Terence Blanchard hails from New Orleans and surely has jazz in his blood. Carmen Lundy from the USA has a lovely rich voice.  She is also featured on the Joy of Jazz 2013 CD with her rendition of Too Late for Love.
    • The second night of the Festival sees all nine stages being used and the whole of Newtown throbs will conviviality as every venue is full. Parking is at a premium and while we park free we tip the guards R50 as we leave which seems to be the going rate for parking in the area on the second and third nights – last night we gave only half of that.  The guards are on duty in bitterly cold weather (August being winter in the southern hemisphere) and this is one of the few times in the year where they make a “killing”.  They might as well enjoy it. The second night I settle down at the Dinaledi stage for the duration, but my friend heads off to sample some of the sounds on other stages, catching a few minutes of Tsuyoshi Yanamoto from Japan (who appears on the official Joy of Jazz 2013 CD playing It Could Happen to You) down at the Bassline and a larger slice of the Tango Jazz Quartet from Argentina on the Conga Stage.   He’s particularly impressed by the latter. That must have been something to beat what I heard on the CD. South Africa’s own Peter Auret was up next.  The Peter Auret Trio features Roland Moses (piano) and James Sunney (bass) with Peter Auret (drums) as band leader, composer and producer of this energetic and dynamic South African Jazz trio.


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