Preview: Joy of Jazz, South Africa

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz returns to Johannesburg for the 19th time, bringing a host of South African and international performers to the city

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz - which bills itself as "South Africa's foremost jazz festival and one of the best on the African continent" - takes place from 15-17 September 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This will be the 19th Joy of Jazz and once again it features leading performers from South Africa alongside major stars from the USA, Canada and Europe.

Star performers for the 2016 event include saxophonist Houston Person (pictured right by Bruce Lindsay), singers José James and Ester Rada, smooth jazz star Bob James and Standard Bank's Young Artist of the Year for Jazz, Siya Makuzeni. There's also an appearance by Sounds of Love, a group featuring singers Deniece Williams and Brenda Russell, singer/guitarist Bill Champlin (a member of jazz-rockers Chicago for almost 30 years) and drummer Paul Peress.

Thursday evening's star concert features American saxophonist Gerald Albright and Cape Town born guitarist Jonathan Butler. Other concerts include Senegalese bass player and vocalist Alune Wade's Havana-Paris-Dakar project featuring Argentinean pianist Leonardo Genovese; trumpeter Feya Faku's Swiss Unit Project– featuring music from his album Le Ngoma (The Song); vocalist and bandleader Lindiwe Maxolo; and Afro-soul singer Lira (pictured left).

The event's executive producer, Peter Tladi of T-Musicman, says: “As festival promoters we spend a great deal of time searching for artists who will appeal to a broad base of music fans. We want to present a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young lions. There is something for everyone with this year’s line-up which is truly international and inspirational. We are particularly delighted to bring audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.”

For more information go to the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz website.

Tickets for the festival - day passes and weekend passes are available - can be bought here.

Bruce Lindsay

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