Standard Bank, the headline sponsor of South Africa’s only pure jazz festival, Joy of Jazz, has agreed to sponsor the event for a further three years. This announcement was made at the media launch of the 2015 Joy of Jazz Festival at their Baker Street, Rosebank, offices on 19 May 2015.
Last year Joy of Jazz moved from Newtown to the Sandton Convention Centre, allowing for many more patrons to attend. Over 20 000 jazz lovers flocked there over the three days.
The 2015 Joy of Jazz Festival kicks off with Prince Lengoasa leading a band of eighteen women performers. Prince Lengoasa is no stranger to equality for women. He grew up in The Salvation Army which was the first denomination to ordain women (150 years ago) and his mother was a Salvation Army Officer (clergy person). Not surprisingly, Prince Lengoasa plays a brass instrument, the trumpet.
Some of the other fifty artists who will be performing on four stages over three days are African Dreamtime, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Dee Alexander, Dwight Trible, Estelle Kokot, Hugh Masekela, Pops Mahomed, Oliver Mtukudzi, Jaco Maria, Wanda Baloyi, Jimmy Dludlu, Larry Carlton, Lee Oskar, Marcus Miller, Matthew Halsall, the National Youth Band, Nduduzo Makhathini, Omar Sosa, Paulo Fresu, Steve Dyer, The 3 Cohens, William Parker, Yellow Jackets and Simphiwe Dana.
The Joy of Jazz Festival will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 24 to 26 September 2015. For more information go to http://www.joyofjazz.co.za.