Joy of Jazz Festival will revive big band era

Gugu Sibiya

Gugu Sibiya

The Count Basie Orchestra will be among the main attractions at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival next month.

Taking place between August 23 and 25, the festival will revisit the tradition of big bands.

Equally riveting will be Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, Letta Mbuli and Thandie Klaasen together.

The legendary musicians, whose careers span over 40 years, will show the youngsters what has kept them sizzling hot over the years.

Clearly not to be outdone, Sipho Mabuse, Caiphus Semenya, Jonas Gwangwa and Stimela intend to prove the girls wrong. They insist they are the giants of music. The only way to get the answer is to go to the festival and decide for yourselves.

Aficionados will be thrilled at the double header of Stanley Clarke and George Duke. They feature on the same lineup as Delfeayo Marsalis, Common Bond, No Jazz and Pieces of a Dream.

Also set to get jazz lovers' hearts fluttering are Siphokazi, Nombulelo Maqetuka, Nokukhanya and Shannon Mowday. Adding to the excitement will be the 2007 Standard Bank Jazz Band.

Development bands will by no means be forgotten. Vusi Mahlasela's music school, TUT Music School, Julia Lamberti and Signature and Black Monk will show their mettle.

With the exception of the Standard Bank Arena performances on Thursday, all the acts will be spread across Newtown venues such as Kippies, the specially designed Jazz Dome at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Bassline, Niki's Oasis, Sophiatown and Dance Factory.

Tickets are already available at Computicket.