The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival has gained a reputation for being one of the musical highlights on the country’s social calendar. This year, Johannesburg’s festival runs from 25 to 27 September and promises to be just as, if not, even more spectacular as the previous ones. With a sensational line-up, jazz workshop events and more than enough hospitality-related big wigs all close to the Sandton Convention Centre where the festival is held, 2014’s event is sure to please avid jazz enthusiasts and supporters. Take a look at some of the aforementioned highlights and catch a glimpse of just how magical this festival promises to be:
Big local and international artists
No music festival would be complete without a strong line-up of only the best artists. This year, the Joy of Jazz festivals feature both local and international heavyweights including Billy Ocean (USA), Christian Scott (USA), Dwele with the Joy of Jazz Ensemble (USA & SA), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Richard Bona (Cameroon) and the South African Air Force Band. There are plenty more talented musicians on the line-up as well, ensuring a lovely mix of only the best music makers from around the world.
Phenomenal hospitality options
Johannesburg is a hub of activity, which means that the city is fully equipped to handle an influx of tourists from far and wide. Its hospitality industry is one of South Africa’s finest, with restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café located at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square, and the EAH group offering tourists and business people a range of accommodation options to choose from. Johannesburg is truly the perfect host city for this type of event.
An initiative that started in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, these workshops are held as a lead-up to the main festival. They were created to encourage aspiring jazz musicians to enrich their skills and keep working on nurturing their craft. Not only do these workshops provide a platform for learners to improve their musical skills, they also motivate them and give them something to aspire to under the tutelage of professional jazz maestros.
Tickets for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival are available from Computicket from R750.