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Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz

It’s that time of the year again… South Africa’s premiere Jazz Festival is back and this year’s line-up promises to be bigger and better than ever. With over 50 local and international artists, festival goers have plenty to look forward to this year with what promises to be a stellar line-up. SA jazz giant Abdullah Ibrahim joins Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and pianist Amina Figarova at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. Also performing is American trumpeter James Andrews, American vocalist Carmen Lundy, 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 R&B superstar Beyoncé. And if all of that isn’t enough to whet your musical appetite, organisers have also secured appearances by world-class New Orleans jazz superstars who will form part of a Johannesburg/New Orleans exchange, performing at The Dance Factory in Newtown. The South African contingent includes Ray Phiri and Stimela; Mlungisi Gegana, Sipho Mabuse, Afrotraction and Themba Mkhize, amongst others. The festival takes place on nine stages in Newtown including the Dinaledi Stage, the Conga, Mbira, Bassline, the Dance Factory and The Market Theatre. Other venues include free concerts at Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis. Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman says,‘Our 2013 line-up is our gift to our friends and festivalgoers who insist on the most interesting, the out of the ordinary, the push the boundaries type of artist, and most importantly the best of class. This is a line-up for the discerning jazz lover.’ The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival runs from 22 to 24 August 2013. For more information, visit and for ticket prices, go to Text Katharyn Williams-Jaftha