The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz promises to be one of the greatest musical events this country has seen.
The event’s headline acts include Grammy-Award winner Kurt Elling who has been hailed as the jazz male vocalist of his generation; trombone master Wycliffe Gordon; Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh as well as an appearance by the world famous Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Luminaries from the African continent include Caiphus Semenya, one of South Africa’s most celebrated arts and culture ambassadors and revered and respected worldwide for his musical genius; Bakithi Kumalo who made his name internationally thanks to his performance on Paul Simon’s Graceland; Manu Dibango from Cameroon and Mory Kante from Guinea whose hit song Yé ké yé ké, was one of the first African singles to sell over one million copies on the European market.
Sax Summit has five of the world’s top female saxophonists playing the music of Kippie Moeketsi. They are American rising star Grace Kelly, Holland’s acclaimed Tineke Postma, British tenor Rosemary Quaye as well as Shannon Mowday (a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz) and Nthabiseng Mokoena. The Tribute to Miles Davis features two former Crusader players’ trombonist Wayne Henderson and drummer Ndugu Chancler, trumpeter Tom Browne, saxophonist Everette Harp, pianist Bobby Lyle and bassist Edwin Livingston.
The event runs from August 23 to 25 and will be held at Precinct, Newtown Johannesburg.