The 2016 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz runs at the Sandton Convention Centre for three days from September 15 to 17. It once again reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.
American jazz giant Gerald Albright and South Africa’s Jonathan Butler lead the bill. Others include Grammy® Award winner Bill Champlin , ex-Chicago member and co-founder of the legendary Bay Area band the Sons of Champlin.
He joins forces with four time Grammy® Award winning vocalist Deniece Williams; Brenda Russell (the co-creator of the music and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit The Color Purple) and drummer Paul Peress in a not-to- be-missed collaboration called Sounds of Love.
South African greats include musical legends Barney Rachabane and Sibongile Khumalo as well as 2015 Grammy® Award-winning flautist Wouter Kellerman; The Voice South Africa coach Lira and perennial favourites Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Ringo.
Other big international names include the award-winning vocalist José James, often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation thanks to his combination of jazz, soul, drum, bass and spoken word; tenor saxophonist Houston Person, known for his legendary partnership with the great vocalist, Etta Jones; and Canadian based vocalist Ranee Lee.