People in Johannesburg, South Africa, have a reason to smile in rush hour traffic. That reason is jazz, and it’s coming to you live from a billboard.
On Tuesday 1 September from 5-7pm motorists will be treated to a live jazz performance on a billboard. If you’re driving past in your car you’ll get to see a jazz performance from the comfort of your seat. As you get closer to the jazz billboard, you will be directed to tune into a specially opened frequency – 100.0Mhz.
Once tuned in you’ll be greeted with the sweet melodies of jazz from the live performance of the jazz band on the billboard. You’ll be able to see the performance and hear it.
The two-hour live gig features some of the best young jazz musicians in South Africa who make up the 2016 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band and will be conducted by celebrated bass guitarist Concord Nkabinde.
If you don’t happen to live in Johannesburg or drive that route you will be able to watch a live stream of the performance here.
This is the very first live stream performance of a band on a billboard in South Africa.
The 8-piece band was selected from hundreds of jazz musicians from around the country at this year’s Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. Previous alumni of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band include internationally acclaimed drummer Kesivan Naidoo, and Matthew Field from Beatenberg amongst others.
The live jazz billboard marks the start of the countdown to the country’s premier jazz event -the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz which features more than 20 artists from across the world and takes place over 3 days in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 24-26 September.
This is the first living jazz billboard and we believe that the closer you are, the more you feel when it comes to jazz.