Joy of Jazz 2023!

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – Feel the Jazz. Everywhere!


The 2023 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz returns with the promise of exhilarating experiences for music lovers to Feel the Jazz, Everywhere!

Africa’s premier jazz festival takes place on 29 and 30 September 2023 at the Sandton International Convention Central, with an exciting line-up of headlining jazz stars from across the world.

Over two fun-filled days, across the four main stages, the producers of the 2023 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz have curated a show for music lovers to reconnect and feel the jazz everywhere.

The Dinaledi Stage will be headlined by the most successful cross-over musician of his generation, Grammy Award winner Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider and Friends Ayanda Nhlangothi, Vusi Nhlapo and Vuyo Tshuma on Vocals who will represent the Mzansi version of the grand doowop tradition with inimitable style. The Grand Stage will also feature the marvellous trumpeter, multi-band leader and composer, Marcus Wyatt; and Kwa Zulu Natal bred guitar maestro, Ernie Smith.

Another Grammy Award winner, pianist and composer Robert Glasper will headline The Conga Stage, alongside a league of contemporary jazz giants respected in straight ahead jazz and their foray into other genres. Both casuals and connoisseurs will be wowed by leading reedman Alexander Beets’ Quintet with pianist Miguel Rodriguez, bassist Marius Beets, drummer Sven Rozier and tenor man Lucas Santana. They will present a perfect blend of swing, ballads, standards and originals, drenched in verve of contemporary jazz. As part of a series of specially curated tribute performances, guitarist Billy Monama will pay tribute to Allen Kwela. He will be joined by special guests Titi Luzipo and Mimi Mtshali.

In another special tribute, The Hugh Masekela Band, with Leeroy Sauls, Godfrey Mgcina, Fana Zulu, Cameron Ward Johan Mthethwa, Sydney Mavundla, Percy Mbonani, Mluleki Chuma and Selema Mokgothi on vocals will honour the late great trumpeter. Music lovers can also look forward to a not-to-be-missed offering by the amazingly gifted vocalist and song-stylist, Zoe Modiga. The imaginative composer and bassist, Carlo Mombelli also returns to thrill fans with his unique angular brand of jazz. In what is to be the most high-powered tribute on the bill, bassist and composer Herbie Tsoaeli will present BASSLINE: a project in tribute to the late legendary bassist and jazz pioneer Johnny Dyani. The tribute will feature contemporary bass kings, Viwe Mkizwana and Dalusi Ndlazi. The instrumental tribute will have warm counter point with Titi Lozipho paying tribute to Gloria Bosman; a timely ode to the recently departed singer and composer.

Sagacious reedman McCoy Mrubata and Brasskap will ascend the Joy of Jazz stage which includes Hlubi Kwebulana, Lwanda Gogwana, Jabu Magubane, Gareth Harvey, Wandile Molefe, Nhlanhla Radebe, Bernice Boikanyo. Jazz lovers can also look forward to multi-award-winning pianist and Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz (SBYA) award alumnus Nduduzo Makhathini Trio with Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell Le Pere featuring Omagugu Makhathini.  The Mbira Stage will feature an exciting selection of musical entertainers with an appeal to a broad sonic taste spectrum, Zonke, Buhle Bendalo of the soil fame, Max-Hoba will present a tribute to Jabu Khanyile; other soulful singers on the bill include Ami Faku, Langa Mavuso, Samthing Soweto along with the voice of our contemporary political conscience Simphiwe Dana.

There’s also iNkabi Zezwe Reframed, an exciting outfit that features SAMA award- wining trumpeter Ndabo Zulu and the current Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz (SBYA), Linda Sikhakhane Music lovers with a lighter and more adventurous palette will love the Lounge Jazz Market. 4EVERJAZZ hosted by Nothemba Madumo will feature percussionist, Thomas Dyani., along with MARUMO FEMME with Mammello and Kopano.

The slick sonic selectors on the decks, DJ HAPPY J as well as Di Castro, along with the inimitable maestro DJ KENZHERO EXPERIENCE featuring Melo B Jones on vocals and Drum Machine and Me-Ko on Keys and Trumpet. Lounge and house heads can also look forward to a uniquely delicious musical experience with the return of BREAKFAST AT KHUJOS to the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. “We feel very excited about this year’s festival offering. It allows us to reconnect with our patrons and jazz lovers everywhere with the same passion and excitement they are used to. This is year feels like we are really back and have turned the page on the interruption of the pandemic years, much more than last year” says Festival Producer, Mantwa Chinoamadi.

“We have been a sponsor and partner to the Joy of Jazz for over 20 years, and we are immensely proud to be affiliated with an event of such high quality. We’re excited about this world-class festival’s future and our continued association with Johannesburg’s premier jazz event – it is cause for celebration and a tribute to the city. Since its inception in 1997, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival has provided a platform for African artists to join the world stage along with global icons,” says Yolisa Koza Head of Brand Experience at Standard Bank.

She adds: “Bringing international artists to local audiences is as important to us as nurturing and growing local jazz talent: The 2023 Joy of Jazz will bring jazz enthusiasts the best of both. Standard Bank is committed to supporting the arts as we recognise the importance of encouraging creative expression, engagement and social interaction. We have seen the role that the arts plays in meaningfully growing and transforming people and communities.”