The 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Joy of Jazz programme is easily a monument to the bank’s unparalleled commitment to the development of contemporary jazz music in South Africa and the continent at large.
For the first time in its 21 year history, the festival will feature the highest number of Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award recipients.
This year, eight SBYA alumni will perform in varying capacities on the four stages of Africa’s most authentic jazz festival.
We look forward to seeing the following SBYA for jazz taking to the stages; 2018 winner Thandi Ntuli, 2015 winner Nduduzo Makhathini, 2014 winner Kyle Shepherd, 2011 winner Bokani Dyer, 2008 winner Mark Fransman, 2006 winner Concord Nkabinde and Gloria Bosman, who received the award in 2000.
Bokani Dyer and Kyle Shepherd will collaborate with Manhattan based pianist and composer, Amina Figorova. The three will present what is arguably the most musically imaginative item on the 2018 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz programme. It’s a three way piano performance by three individuals with very strong voices and identities on the instruments. They will each be challenged to interchangeably be in charge of the rhythm section, melody and sustain harmony as they chart through the repertoire.
In what also promises to be a powerhouse performance, pianist Nduduzo Makhathini will present a collaborative project featuring Americans, Azar Lawrenceon saxophone and Michael Bowie on bass alongside Makhathini’s long time partner, Ayanda Sikade on drums. The performance will bring together jazz traditions from two of the main jazz centres of the world, South Africa and the United States.
So when we gather to enjoy performances at the festival this September. We will be witnesses to much more than virtuoso performances and music excellence, but a testament to the meaning of the bank’s support to the creation of our shared jazz heritage.