The 22nd edition of South Africa’s not to be missed Jazz Festival – Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, is set to premier with a remarkable big band performance on 26 September 2019, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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The one-night only spectacle will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – JLCO (a 15-piece band made up of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arranger in the jazz music) with the internationally acclaimed musician, trumpeter, composer and band leader Wynton Marsalis, and ZAR Jazz Orchestra boasting a 17-piece band led by trumpeter Marcus Wyatt. They will look to redefine swing when the two big bands battle it out on Dinaledi Stage.

Mantwa Chinoamadi, Executive Producer at TMusicman says, “Music lovers are in for a treat. We are excited about this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. We want our festival patrons to not only experience the music, but to also live it. The battle of big bands night will have extraordinary musicians share a stage, showcasing their swing prowess, while entertaining audiences. We assure jazz and music lovers an extraordinary experience, that will remain in their memories for many years to come.”

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival remains South Africa’s most authentic annual international jazz festival with a dazzling programme from opening to closing night.

For 35 years Standard Bank has supported the arts with one of the most recognisable prizes in the country – the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, given to the nation’s most promising creatives in theatre, dance, music, art, film, performance art and jazz. The list of SBYA winners for Jazz reads as a who’s who of the most interesting directions our country’s jazz has taken in the past three decades and the Standard Bank Young Artist 35th Year Celebration thus reminds Standard Bank Joy of Jazz audiences of some of those winners, such as Sibongile Khumalo, Concord Nkabinde, Shannon Mowday, Kesivan Naidoo and Bokani Dyer who will be part of the band that will also perform on Dinaledi Stage on opening night of this year’s festival.

“Our support of the arts in general and jazz in particular, reaches new heights this year as we not only celebrate 21 years of partnership with the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, but also 35 years of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards (SBYA). At this year’s festival, the two milestones collide with incredible performances by leading SBYA alumni on multiple festival stages. We look forward to how we will come together to share our #AfricanheART with the world” Desiree Pooe – Head of Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank.

To be part of this night of dazzle, strings and horns, jazz and music devotees can purchase their tickets at Computicket or Shoprite / Checkers outlets. Standard Bank Cardholders qualify for a discount. All debit and cheque card holders get a 10% discount, and a 15% discount if using a Standard Bank credit card. The offer is limited to two tickets per person, and only on usage of a valid Standard Bank debit and/or credit card.

This offer is subject to availability and is valid from 10 April – 31 August 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

Check out the website: joyofjazz.co.za

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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.

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