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SOUTH AFRICA: Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival September 28-30, 2017

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Sept 28-30

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For the 7th consecutive year JazzCorner.com is proud to be the U.S. partner for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival 
Johannesburg, South Africa
Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary
September 28-30, 2016

Branford Marsalis, The Clayton Brothers, Christian McBride,  Joshua Redman Quartet, Nneena Freelon, 
Ramsey Lewis vs. Roy Ayers join South African luminaries Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, 
Caiphus Semenya and Jonas Gwangwa 
in a three-day spectacle not to be missed
Three days, four stages and more than 40 performances!

The 2017 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz marks the 20th Anniversary of a leading brand on South Africa's jazz calendar. While the festival itself celebrates two decades of brilliance, the dynamic team that makes it possible, 
T-Musicman, will be celebrating 30th years of excellence in the industry.

Event executive producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman is overjoyed and proud of this year's artist line up and overall festival offering. He believes it's a line up befitting the unique occasion; and will project the meaning of the hard work and passion that went into building one of Africa's most important jazz festivals. Tladi said: "We, as festival producers, spend a great deal of time both here and overseas seeking out artists whom we believe will appeal to a wide spectrum 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 in this year's line-up which, we believe, is international and truly inspirational. The event reinforces its status as South Africa's foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to our stellar line-up of musicians."

Six-time Grammy® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon, who has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer, will be one of the stars on the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. She will share the honors with celebrated South African jazz vocalist Tutu Puoane, Thandiswa Mazwai Belede Jazz Project which features Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikade, Mthunzi Mvubu, and an interesting musical concept, Ramsey Lewis versus Roy Ayers

The line up includes three-time Grammy Award® winner Branford Marsalis, who has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, sax maestro Joshua Redman, The Clayton Brothers, and the MAC Power Trio with David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington. 

Included in the line-up is five time Grammy award winning American virtuoso bassist Christian McBride, one of the most recorded musicians of his generation, appearing on more than 300 recordings as a sideman, and we include, the popular Mali superstar Salif Keita, Somi, Lesotho's Tsepo Tshola, Maleh and Bhudaza Mapefane.

South African greats billed for this year's edition are legends Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa and Caiphus Semenya, while younger generation artists such as Zoe Modiga the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Winner, Benjamin Jephta, the Standard Bank Jazz Award winner, Brenda Mtambo and the Madiba Bay Jazz Orchestra with special appearances of Phinda Matlala Mtya and Sisonke Xonthi will also be featured.

Dutch superstar Peter Beets will be performing with his trio (Marius Beets and Gijs Dijkhuizen), featuring saxophonist and vocalist Alexander Beets
American singer and songwriter Musiq Soulchild (Taalib Johnson) will also feature prominently dispensing his own brand of music that blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz and gospel fused with hip hop. He has received a number of awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. He has also earned award nominations from MTV, the American Music Awards, the NAACP, and 11 Grammy nominations.

French-born Elisabeth Kontomanou is a vocalist with seven albums to her credit has performed around the globe with some of the biggest names in music, including Michel Legrand, Darryl Hall and Toots Thielemans. Other highlights will include performances by the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band and Selaelo Selota, the noted South African guitarist, composer, producer and teacher.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, three days, four stages and more than 40 performances!

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