Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2019 #JazzUnleashed, a thrilling Showcase for fans

Event: 26 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019

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The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival remains South Africa’s most authentic annual international jazz festival. This year was no exception as it had a dazzling programme from the opening to the closing night. The impressive line-up included international jazz giants and luminaries of the jazz world, as well as our local leading lights of South African jazz.

The magic line-up included multi-award winning Mozambican composer and saxophonist, Moreira Chonguiça who without a doubt is one of the finest creators of the innovative and original African jazz form. The sound was youthful and energetic, borrowing from the Latin world but rooted in the modern African palette. Roberto Fonseca, a Cuban born pianist, with Cuba as one of the influential jazz centres of the world, he draws from classical influences, rock influence, and hip-hop.

Also on the line-up was Incredible drummer, Manu Katché bringing his unrelenting and rhythmic charm to the SBJOJ stage, having worked with everyone from Sting, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Jan Garbarek, and YoussouN’Dour to name but a few. The audience was also gifted a rare treat with Ken Peplowski on the stage, who’s been described as the greatest living clarinettist in jazz, and his performance was absolutely sensational with his amazing trademark technical fluency. He was in complete command of the instrument at every tempo and a rock-solid sense of rhythmic drive in his sound full, rich and warm in all registers and up-tempo traditional jazz tunes.

The 2019 SBJOJ also featured a never-to-be repeated all-star band performance celebrating 35 Years of the Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) Awards. The performance featured previous award winners like Norwegian based and South African born saxophonist, Shannon Mowday (2007), who joined the elder stateswoman of South African jazz, Sibongile Khumalo (1993), inimitable composer-pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini (2015), singular bassist, Concord Nkabinde (2006), and others like Gloria Bosman(2000), Bokani Dyer (2011) and Mark Fransman (2008).  The line-up featured soul singer Rahsaan Patterson on the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz stage, alongside other soul jewels like RJ Benjamin to name but a few.

Apart from South Africa, a variety of acts from France, Thailand, Netherlands, Cuba, USA, Indonesia, Norway, Mozambique, Ghana and Nigeria added to the global feel and energy at the musical showcase that is the Joy of Jazz.