The Joy of Jazz Festival 2016

image courtesy of JOJ
image courtesy of JOJ

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz officially kicks off today, 15 September, 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The festival will see over 35 acts by various famous jazz musicians take on the 4  stages to entertain jazz enthusiasts  over three days.

This year’s lineup has been described as ‘steller’,  and will feature the likes of Grammy award winner Bill Champlin, America jazz giant Gerald Albright and South Africa’s much loved artist, Jonathan Butler. Also, the much talented US pianist Bob James, the boss of tenor sax, Houston Person, talented drummer, Kendrick Scott, Spain based musician Deborah Carter, South African favorites like Judy Siphuma, Sibongile Khumalo, Lira and Ringo Madlingozi are among those who will perform.

The different music acts will spread across the 4 stages: Dinaledi, Diphala, Conga and Mbira with some artists performing on two days.

Sounds of Love Group (Image courtesy of JOJ)
Sounds of Love Group (Image courtesy of JOJ)

Sounds of Love (SOL) is a group made up of friends and they are 4 time Grammy Award winners. They hope to bring together a “unique blend of joy, excitement and love” to the stage.  Their love long  ‘I’ve Got the Next Dance’ topped the Billboard charts and you can listen to it here.

Watch Kendrick Scott’s drumming skills here. BLAZING!!

Ester Rada is a young singer and songwriter with with Ethiopian roots. Her heritage is reflected in her unique blend of music and musical instruments that she uses and her sound.

Watch Ester Rada ‘Life Happens’ Official video here

Alune Wade is a Senegalese jazz musician that is a must watch. This virtuous bass player and singer sounds a lot  like Youssou N’Dour. He grew up in a musical family and shuttles between Africa and Cuba which is reflected in music. Listen to ‘Sago’.

Tickets are still on sale and their priced from R500. A weekend pass goes for R1,250 while a day act goes for R750. Visit the website for more details.

 

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