I’m just a novice to the world of jazz, learning about it slowly. The various jazz genres still confuse me, but the Standard Bank Jazz Festival 2014 is incorporating some of these genres into their jazz festival programme. There is mainstream jazz, where the great jazz standards are part of the programme. But there is also blues, funk, world music, Afro-jazz, modern jazz and youth jazz.
I am not sure where Norwegian Maria Schneider fits in, or where Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz (Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane and Melanie Scholtz on vocals accompanied by pianist Bokani Dyer) place themselves but I want to hear those concerts.
Gary Keller, USA, brings his Saxophone Quartet to the Festival. Melanie Scholtz has a solo programme, accompanied by Bokani Dyer on piano, Justin Bellairs on sax, Lee Thomson on trumpet, Siya Charles on trombone, Shane Cooper on bass and Marlon Witbooi on drums with Jitsvinger (MC/rap).
Capetonian pianist, saxophonist, composer and band leader Kyle Shepherd is the Standard Bank Young Artist for 2014. He will be playing in a Quintet with Buddy Wells (sax), Feya Faku (trumpet), Shane Cooper (bass) and Claude Cozens (drums) as well as in a Trio with Shane Cooper (bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums).
Shanno Mowday (sax), Mark Fransman (sax), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Kesivan Naidoo (drums) and Shane Cooper (bass) team up for SBYA Fire.
Louis Moholo-Moholo will also be performing with Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, and the Austrian saxophonist will be at the festival to thrill jazz fundis.
A new jazz venue is opening, the Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Cafe at St Aidans which will offer a jazz show every night at 21:30.
I will be at some of these concerts. I will keep you advised.