Two Grammy Award winning artists are part of the stellar line-up for the 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz which sees the country’s premiere jazz festival move to a new venue and a new date. The new-look 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will take place this year, and for the next five years, at the Sandton Convention Centre and on a new date – from September 25 to 27. The new move 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 pass to the three main stages – Dinaledi, Conga and Mbira – in line with jazz festivals around the globe. Making their debut in the festival’s new home will be two top flight Grammy award winning artists, one of whom walked away with a Grammy earlier this year. American jazz vocalist Gregory Porter – who has been called “the brilliant new voice of jazz” – won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his recording Liquid Spirit. He’ll be joined at the new look festival by two time Grammy award winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove. The move from Newtown to Sandton has been necessitated thanks to the festival’s overwhelming and continuing popularity with Newtown having reached its full capacity and unable to expand to accommodate the growing audience numbers. In its first year at the Sandton Conven-tion centre the festival will run over four stages – The Dinaledi, Mbira, Conga, and newly named Diphala (which replaces the Bassline stage). In addition, extensive corporate hospitality options will be now be avail-able given the extra venue capacity. Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman explains: “Given the expo-nential growth of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, the Convention Centre allows us almost unlimited numbers. We are projecting nearly 30 000 people attending this year and we will be taking the festival to greater heights at its new home for the next five years. The move to the Con-vention Centre has multiple benefits. It allows us to grow, to sell a full festival pass as well as to improve sound, staging, security and parking. We are also no longer at the mercy of the weather.”
Minister Of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile has given his full support to the festival: “Thanks to the ability to grow the festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will contribute more to the economic growth of both the country and the Gauteng province and boost economic tourism by at-tracting a higher influx of domestic, African and international travel-lers.”
Says Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Parks Tau: “The festival is moving north but it is still firmly part of the City of Johannesburg. It was held in the CBD for 16 years and put Newtown on the entertain-ment map. However, it grew too large for the available infrastructure hence the move. It will continue to promote Johannesburg as a world class city and bring visitors to our city.” Commented Hazel Chimhandamba, Head of Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank: “The continuing growth of this world-class music festi-val is a cause for celebration and a tribute to the city. Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will continue to present top-flight musicians, not only to the peo-ple of Johannesburg but visitors from around the country, Africa and the globe.” The decision to change the date was made as weather was a contrib-uting factor and pushing the festival out by a month brings it into the beginning of summer. It also now means that the festival takes place during Heritage month celebrations. Added Peter Tladi: “South African musicians have always, and will continue to, feature prominently at the festival – from the new young stars coming through the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards right through to the legends.” Says Dr Mati Nyazema, executive director of Sandton Convention Centre, “As South Africa celebrates 20 years of economic freedom, Sandton is enjoying a growing reputation as Africa’s economic hub and ‘hot spot’, representing one our country’s success stories. The Sandton Convention Centre is pleased to host this prestigious International Jazz event at our Venue, we are delighted to be chosen as the new Home of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.”
The first Joy of Jazz took place at the State Theatre in Pretoria in 1997 and moved to the Newtown precinct in the Johannesburg CBD in 2000 when 1 800 people took part. A record audience of 24 178 attended Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in 2013. The full line for this year’s festival will be announced in May when tickets will go on sale at Computicket. The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to you by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism. Go to: www.joyofjazz.co.za
Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2014 – March 21-23 2014
For the fourth year in a row, the hills around the little village of Wak-kerstroom will come alive to the sound of classical music, during the Wakkerstroom Music Festival which will take place from 21st to 23rd March 2014. Usually a place of birdsong, quiet and solitude for visitors who come to this internationally renowned wetland birding centre to “twitch”, the festival has become well known in the classical music world, and has become the highlight of the social and cultural life of the village, and a draw card for the many visitors who attend annually.
The Classic Jazz masters are featured. They were invited to attend the 40th Annual Zlotatarka Jazz festival and competition held in Ilawa, Po-land (August 13th, 14th and 15th 2010). This is one of the biggest festi-vals of its kind in Europe, hosting 35 traditional jazz groups from all over the World.
The Classic Jazz Masters did South Africa proud by receiving the run-ners up prize in a closely-contested competition held at the beautiful Louis Armstrong Stadium on the lake. The group went on to entertain a dancing audience at the Jazz Band Ball the following evening.
The Classic Jazz Masters were interviewed by local media as well as broadcast on National television as runners-up.
Classic Jazz Masters
Roy Burrows- Clarinet and alto Saxophone
Bob Wade – Cornet and Trumpet
Zbigniew Kobak – Trombone
Cecil Ferreira – Double Bass
Sasha Sonnbichler- Banjo and Guitar
Steven Wade- Drums
“LENORE RAPHAEL’S JAZZ SPOT” added to Louis Armstrong Archives
Famed jazz pianist/Steinway artist Lenore Raphael’s radio show “Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot” interview with Stephen Maitland-Lewis with Louis Armstrong music performed by Lenore and Howard Alden has been added to the Louis Armstrong archives at Queens College, New York City.
Stephen Maitland-Lewis is a trustee of the Louis Armstrong house and museum.
For More information www.louisarmstronghouse.org
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Show recorded at Steinway Hall, NYC John Cantrell, engineer – Cantrell Sound Recording.
Legendary jazz artist Abdullah Ibrahim will provide unforgettable mu-sic at the Wynand Mouton Theatre in Bloemfontein on Saturday, March 22 at 8:00pm. His music reflects many of the musical influences of his childhood in the multicultural port areas of Cape Town, ranging from traditional African songs to the gospel of the AME Church and ragas, to more modern jazz and other Western styles. Ibrahim is considered the leading figure in the sub-genre Cape jazz. Within jazz, his music partic-ularly reflects the influence of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Tickets R180.00
Robert J. Appel Pledges Unprecedented $20 Million Gift To Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY (January 6, 2014) – Jazz at Lincoln Center announced an unprecedented gift of $20 million from Robert J. Appel, the organi-zation’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Appel’s gift is the largest single private philanthropic contribution to date in support of jazz, and will benefit the thousands of perfor-mance, education and broadcast events Jazz at Lincoln Center produces each year. The gift also advances the organization’s global objectives in audience development, engagement and jazz advocacy.
“Bob Appel’s gift to the organization is transformative,” said Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director. “His expressed commitment to jazz and Jazz at Lincoln Center establishes a new standard of philanthropy for this great American art. The magni-tude of this affirmation from our Chairman invigorates our en-tire institution, and encourages us to an even deeper and more pro-found engagement with our Mission.” Mr. Appel was appointed Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2012. He be-came a member of the Board of Directors in 2008 and has actively served on various committees. He has been a private investor since 2003 and was formerly a partner of Neuberger Berman, an investment and securities brokerage firm. Mr. Appel has been recognized for his philanthropic work with his alma mater, Cornell University, The Weill Cornell Medical College and many other organizations. As Jazz at Lin-coln Center’s Chairman, Mr. Appel works closely with the Board and Marsalis, on fundraising to maintain and further develop a myriad of national and international curatorial, educational and archival initia-tives.
Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) announces Betty Carter, Fletcher Hen-derson, Elvin Jones, and Wes Montgomery as the 2014 inductees into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame (EJHF). After gaining the majority popu-lar vote cast by jazz fans around the world, the newest EJHF class with be inducted on June 9, 2013, in a private induction ceremony at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, at JALC’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY. Viewers can tune in via live webcast at jalc.org/live.
Congratulations to 2014 GRAMMY® Award winner Maria Schneider!
Congratulations to composer and conductor Maria Schneider on win-ning three GRAMMY® Awards for her album Winter Morning Walks. These are Schneider’s third, fourth, and fifth GRAMMY® wins and the first in the classical category. Join Maria Schneider and her Orchestra in The Allen Room, March 14-15.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall Broadway at 60th Street, New York City CenterCharge: 212-721-6500
Once you clear that first hurdle of jazz knowledge, the rewards that the music can provide are almost limitless.
The past 100 years have been labeled the “Jazz Century” (we’d defi-nitely agree with that), and over the course of this time distinct musical periods have emerged. By creating this jazz primer, we want to help you understand where and how certain movements originated, what the mu-sic sounds like—such as the difference between Bebop and Fusion—and the key musicians involved with each movement. We also provide links to our page on each artist mentioned in this primer as well, which will lead to further exploration of the music.
One other thing to remember is that this guide is a work in progress. Jazz refuses to stagnate, but rather with each new generation comes new sounds and feelings in the music. And as we continue to progress into the tradition, this primer will continue to grow.
Once you get bitten by the jazz bug, there’s no turning back. Enjoy your explorations!