Dianne Reeves to perform at Joy of Jazz

Billy Ocean and Dianne Reeves. Picture: Supplied
Billy Ocean and Dianne Reeves. Picture: Supplied

Dianne Reeves, Sibongile Khumalo, Gregory Porter, Delfeayo Marsalis and Jonas Gwangwa are among the jazz giants appearing this year

The new-look 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.

Jazz giants from across the globe – including four-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves; National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and South African musical legends Sibongile Khumalo and Jonas Gwangwa – are part of the line-up for this year’s star-studded Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

Other Grammy Award winners at Africa’s premiere jazz festival  include British R&B legend Billy Ocean; this year’s Best Jazz Vocal recipient Gregory Porter and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Other huge draw cards include Tony-nominated composer and multiplatinum-selling singer Ann Hampton Callaway; Filipino recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor; New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott; Independent Music Award winner Omar Sosa from Cuba; Italian jazz singer and Grammy nominee Roberta Gambarini; Cameroon’s Richard Bona; Dwele from the US and trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stańko, regarded as Poland’s most important jazz ambassador, who will be performing with some of top young jazz performers from Finland and Denmark.

Performers from South Africa include Feya Faku and his quintet; the Mike Rossi Project; Herbie Tsoaeli and Carlos Mombelli, both of whom will be performing with their quartets as well as a  number of Standard Bank Young Artist winners including Gloria Bosman (2000), Tutu Puoane (2004), Kesivan Naidoo (2009), Melanie Scholtz (2010), Shane Cooper (2013) and Kyle Shepherd (2014),

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz’s move to Sandton allows the festival to continue its spectacular growth and also means that, for the first time, audiences will be able to buy a full festival providing access to all four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala – in line with jazz festivals around the globe.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket. A one-day pass costs R750 giving access to 16 acts. A two-day pass is R1250. Standard Bank customers will receive special discounts (terms and conditions apply).