This winter why not head down to Grahamstown, South Africa, and take in the Standard Bank Jazz Festival at the National Arts Festival? We have 5 reasons why you should add ‘take a trip to Standard Bank’s #Jazztown’ to your 2016 bucket list!
It’s one of the continent’s premier jazz festivals. Many people don’t know about this world-class jazz festival that takes place on their doorstep. As South Africa’s longest running jazz festival, it’s Africa’s best-kept jazz secret that plays host to some of the world’s best musicians like tenor sax duo Dave O’Higgins and Per Thornberg.
Unique collaborations. The festival director strives to put together collaborations between local and international artists that will delight and inspire you! This year, among others, you can see Cape to Calais, a collaboration between the French duo of Daniel Mille and Stéphane Chausse, joined by Dutch master bassist Hein van de Geyn and South African guitarist Dave Ledbetter.
See the work of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards winners. Visit the National Art Festival and you can see the work of these up and coming artists. These prestigious awards recognise established young South African artists who show exceptional talent but haven’t yet received national exposure and acclaim. These prestigious awards play a vital role in nurturing South African artistic talent
Raw talent in the making. One of the most inspiring features of the Jazz Festival is the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival. This festival brings together 250 talented young jazz musicians for one of the most significant jazz development programmes on the continent, and you get to see the country’s future jazz maestros performing live.
International and local legends. One of the great joys of music festivals is rediscovering some of your old favourites. The Standard Bank Jazz Festival has a stellar line-up of local legends including: Caiphus Semenya, Simphiwe Dana, Afrika Mkhize, Ringo Madlingozi and international stars Trio Corrente, Petter Wettre, Michaela Rabitsch, Robert Pawlick and Toon Roos.