Standard Bank Joy of Jazz always brings a stellar line-up to Johannesburg for the country’s premier jazz festival. This year, the 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz moves from Newtown to the Sandton Convention Centre where it will take place from September 25 to 27. This will allow for the expected 30 000 people in 2014 and also for future growth. The biggest benefit of this (other than convenient parking) is that, for the first time, audiences will be able to buy a full festival providing access to all four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala – in line with jazz festivals around the globe.
The media attended a glittering jazz function at The Orbit – Home of Jazz in De Korte Street Braamfontein, a new jazz venue and a very classy one, at which the 2014 line-up was announced. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Nduduzo Makhathini and his superb band. Sello Maake Ka Ncube performed a monologue.
Four-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves who is regarded as one of the greatest jazz vocalists in the world, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis (yes, from the world famous Marsalis family), Best Jazz Vocal recipient Gregory Porter, R&B legend Billy Ocean who has the distinction of being Britain’s biggest black recording star ever, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, multiplatinum-selling vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, Jazzipino recording artist Charmaine Clamor, New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott, Cuban Independent Music Award winner – bandleader and pianist Omar Sosa, Italian jazz singer Roberta Gambarini, Cameroon’s jazz bassist Richard Bona, American soul singer Dwele, Polish trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stanko will be playing across the four stages. Big band sounds will be made by Germany’s Wolfgang Diefenbach, founder and artistic director of the Hessian State Youth Jazz Orchestra also known as Kicks & Sticks. Delfeayo Marsalis will be appearing with acclaimed Uptown Jazz Orchestra (UJO) who play everything from traditional New Orleans music, swing and bebop to modern-day brass band funk.
Home grown artists include Standard Bank Young Artist winners Gloria Bosman (2000), Tutu Puoane (2004), Kesivan Naidoo (2009), Melanie Scholtz (2010), Shane Cooper (2013) and Kyle Shepherd (2014), and, of course, Sibongile Khumalo. Also local are Feya Faku and his quintet, Mike Rossi Project, Herbie Tsoaeli and his quartet, Carlo Mombelli with his quartet. Jonas Gwangwa will also be performing.
The 2014 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; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.
Tickets are on sale at Computicket. A one-day pass costs R750 giving access to 16 acts. A two-day pass is R1250. Tickets are available at a 15 percent discount for all Standard Bank customers subject to availability and on presentation and usage of a valid Standard Bank debit, cheque and/or credit card at a Computicket outlet. The offer is limited to two tickets per person who meet the criteria. The offer is not available for online bookings. This discount will be available until August 31, 2014.