Joy of Jazz 2013 line-up announced

2013-05-22 11:47
Cape Town – The line-up for the 2013 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival was announced on Tuesday at a gala launch event held in Sandton, Johannesburg.

South African jazz giant Abdullah Ibrahim will be joining Grammy award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and pianist Ahmad Jamal at the opening night of the Joy of Jazz festival, which will take place on eight stages in Newtown from 22-24 August.

The line-up, which features more than 50 artists, includes international artists such as Carmen Lundy, a jazz vocalist from the US, acclaimed "Big Chief" of the sax Donald Harrison who will be performing with his nephew the New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott as well as South African trumpeter Lwanda Gogwana; Grammy award-winning tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels; Japanese jazz pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and American saxophonist Tia Fuller who was a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé.

Dennis Edwards, a former lead singer for the Motown act The Temptations will be appearing in The Temptations Review which features Paul Williams Jnr, son of original Temptations member Paul Williams.

SA artists

South African artists to look forward to include Ray Phiri and Stimela; Mlungisi Gegana who will be paying tribute to the late South African jazz double bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani; Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse who pays homage to Zim Ngqawana; Sibongile Mngoma (a former Standard Bank Young Artist); Afrotraction; Kabomo, Selaelo Selota, Mbuso Khoza, Ivan Mazuze, Jeff Maluleke and Themba Mkhize.

South African composer and keyboardist Adam Glasser, who is recognised as one of the world's leading jazz harmonica players, has also put together a unique jazz collaboration for the festival comprising Australia's Carl Orr, South Africa's Concord Nkabinde (former Standard Bank Young Artist winner for jazz) and Nduduzo Makhathini as well as Ghana's Frank Tontoh.
Shane Cooper, the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, will also be performing together with Bokani Dyer, Kesivan Naidoo (another former Standard Bank Young Artist winner for jazz), Reza Khota and Justin Bellairs.

There will also be a performance from the Peter Auret Trio comprising Auret, Roland Moses and James Sunney of Watershed fame with special guest Joe Penn on saxophone.

Tickets are on sale through Computicket with a 15% discount for all Standard Bank customers valid from from 21 May until 30 June (terms and conditions apply).