Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2023

The Standard Bank Joy of Festival is Africa's premier jazz festival.

Jazz lovers will be reintroduced to the music, while novices discover the magic of jazz. This year's Jazz event returns with the promise of exhilarating experiences for music lovers to Feel the Jazz, Everywhere.

Over two fun-filled days, across the four main stages, the producers of the festival have curated a show for music lovers to reconnect and feel the jazz everywhere.

The Dinaledi Stage is headlined by the most successful cross-over musician of his generation, Grammy Award winner Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider and Friends Ayanda Nhlangothi, Vusi Nhlapo and Vuyo Tshuma on Vocals who will represent the Mzansi version of the grand doowop tradition with inimitable style. The Grand Stage will also feature the marvellous trumpeter, multi-band leader and composer, Marcus Wyatt; and Kwa Zulu Natal bred guitar maestro, Ernie Smith.

Another Grammy Award winner, pianist and composer Robert Glasper will headline The Conga Stage, alongside a league of contemporary jazz giants respected in straight ahead jazz and their foray into other genres.

Casuals and connoisseurs will be wowed by leading reedman Alexander Beets’ Quintet with pianist Miguel Rodriguez, bassist Marius Beets, drummer Sven Rozier and tenor man Lucas Santana.
As part of a series of specially curated tribute performances, guitarist Billy Monama will pay tribute to Allen Kwela. He will be joined by special guests Titi Luzipo and Mimi Mtshali.

In another special tribute, The Hugh Masekela Band, with Leeroy Sauls, Godfrey Mgcina, Fana Zulu, Cameron Ward Johan Mthethwa, Sydney Mavundla, Percy Mbonani, Mluleki Chuma and Selema Mokgothi on vocals will honour the late great trumpeter.

Music lovers can also look forward to a not-to-be-missed offering by the amazingly gifted vocalist and song-stylist, Zoe Modiga. The imaginative composer and bassist, Carlo Mombelli also returns to thrill fans with his unique angular brand of jazz.

In what is to be the most high-powered tribute on the bill, bassist and composer Herbie Tsoaeli will present Baseline: a project in tribute to the late legendary bassist and jazz pioneer Johnny Dyani. The tribute features contemporary bass kings, Viwe Mkizwana and Dalusi Ndlazi. The instrumental tribute will have warm counter point with Titi Lozipho paying tribute to Gloria Bosman; a timely ode to the recently departed singer and composer.

Sagacious reedman McCoy Mrubata and Brasskap ascend the Joy of Jazz stage which includes Hlubi Kwebulana, Lwanda Gogwana, Jabu Magubane, Gareth Harvey, Wandile Molefe, Nhlanhla Radebe, Bernice Boikanyo.

Jazz lovers can also look forward to multi-award-winning pianist and Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz award alumnus Nduduzo Makhathini Trio with Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell Le Pere featuring Omagugu Makhathini.

The Mbira Stage will feature an exciting selection of musical entertainers with an appeal to a broad sonic taste spectrum, Zonke, Buhle Bendalo of the soil fame, Max-Hoba will present a tribute to Jabu Khanyile; other soulful singers on the bill include Ami Faku, Langa Mavuso, Samthing Soweto along with the voice of our contemporary political conscience Simphiwe Dana.

Date: 29 & 30 September 2023

Time: From 7pm

Price: From R857

Venue address: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng

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Wheelchair accessibility: Yes

Accessibility details: Venue is wheelchair accessible with disabled toilets, parking and ramp entrances


Tel: +27 11 326 0141