Joyous Musical times in Jozi

caiphusGrammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh, Caiphus Semenya (pictured), Marcus Wyatt, Bakithi Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Thandiswa Mazwai, as well as an appearance by the world famous Duke Ellington Orchestra are set for this year's Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

Staged in Newtown, Johannesburg, from August 23 - 25 headline acts also include Grammy-Award winner Kurt Elling, trombone master Wycliffe Gordon; Earl Klugh as well as an appearance by the world famous Duke Ellington Orchestra. Luminaries from the African continent include Manu Dibango from Cameroon and Mory Kante from Guinea whose hit song "Yé ké yé ké", was one of the first African singles to sell over one million copies on the European market.

Two not-to-be-missed concerts include the opening night spectacular Sax Summit and the unforgettable Tribute to Miles Davis.

Sax Summit has five of the world's top female saxophonists playing the music of Kippie Moeketsi. They are American rising star Grace Kelly, Holland's acclaimed Tineke Postma, British tenor Rosemary Quaye as well as Shannon Mowday (a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz) and Nthabiseng Mokoena. The Tribute to Miles Davis features two former Crusader players' trombonist Wayne Henderson and drummer Ndugu Chancler, trumpeter Tom Browne, saxophonist Everette Harp, pianist Bobby Lyle and bassist Edwin Livingston.

A powerhouse of female vocalists will also be performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. They are Jane Monheit (US) who has worked with Michael Buble; Maysa (US) the voice behind Incognito "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing"; the multi-Grammy nominated Ledisi (US) fresh off a headlining tour with Eric Benet and Cécile Verny (France). Other performers in the impressive line-up include Afrika Mkhize, the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz; Jimmy Dludlu; saxophonist Bhudaza Mapefane from Lesotho; Musa Manzini; vocalist Melanie Scholtz and violinist Samson Diamond, Standard Bank Young Artist for Music 2010; Botswana's Shanti Lo who performs with the Swedish Ensemble; Swazi Dlamini and Vusi Khumalo who will be playing the music of Winston Makunku, Zakes Nkosi and Joe Malinga.

Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman says: "Once again, we have endeavoured to provide a diverse range of jazz styles. The artists performing this year are all highly respected, heavyweight musicians, whether newcomers or those who are icons of the global jazz scene. We have gone for a mix of the contemporary and the classic for this year's event and have something exciting and unmissable for everyone."

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The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will take place on eight stages in Newtown including the Dinaledi Stage, the Conga, Mbira, Bassline and The Market Theatre. Other venues include free concerts at Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki's Oasis. Tickets are on sale at Computicket with a 15% discount for all Standard Bank customers (terms and conditions apply).