Some of the world’s top jazz exponents will be gathering in Johannesburg this week for the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz event, and these include Marcus Miller, The Yellow Jackets, Peabo Bryson, Larry Carlton and Dee Alexander. For the second year, the event will be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre and it will take place from Thursday to Saturday, September 24 to 26.
This year the organisers have not only selected a mix of popular artists alongside some of the classical greats, but have also sought to stretch audiences’ imaginations with new musical concepts and collaborations.
The festival also boasts an historic collaboration between two giants of song, Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe. The performance promises to blend kindred musical styles from Zimbabwe and South Africa, which have fed into each other for generations.
A significant signing this year is that of American jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant who at 28 has been lauded as a major star of the genre. Salvant won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010 and won four categories in the 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll: Jazz Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Rising Star – Jazz Artist and Rising Star – Female Vocalist. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014 for her album ‘WomanChild’.
The exciting line-up also includes Mozambican Wanda Baloyi, who will be performing with her father Jaco Maria. There is also New York based vocalist Dwight Trible, vocalist Dee Alexander who is equally at home with blues, soul and gospel music, and elder jazz bassist, William Parker, whose work with the late Zim Ngqawana’s New York outfit, The Collective Quartet, has made him an honorary local and this makes his visit a musical homecoming.
* For booking information, visit www.computicket.com.
For the full lineup of acts, visit www.joyofjazz.co.za.