Joy of Jazz Festival

Every year in August, some of the world's most talented jazz performers come together in Joburg for the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival. This year, over 10 incredibly talented artists will grace seven stages in Johannesburg's vibrant Newtown Precinct. Performing across just about every genre of jazz, from mainstream and afro to R&B and world music, this premier event is sure to get any jazz lover's feet tapping.

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Abdullah Ibrahim, formerly known as Dollar Brand, has international recognition as a pianist and composer. His music reflects many of the musical influences of his childhood in Cape Town, ranging from traditional African songs to the gospel of the AME Church and ragas, to more modern jazz and other western styles. Within jazz, his music reflects the influence of the lonious Monk and Duke Ellington. With his wife, the jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, he is father to the New York underground rapper Jean Grae, as well as to a son, Tsakwe.

In the '70s, Ibrahim made a series of recordings with noted Cape Town players (including Basil Coetzee and Robbie Jansen) which gave impetus to a new sound, Cape Jazz. These included the masterpiece, Mannenberg....

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From his roots growing up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South African composer and keyboardist Adam Glasser is now recognised as one of the world's leading jazz harmonica players. He has forged a unique identity as an improviser on this rare and difficult instrument while always maintaining a soul connection to the township jazz of the country his heart and soul never left.

He is now one of the UK's leading chromatic harmonica players and has appeared with Joe Zawinul, Sting, The Eurythmics, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Glasser's Mzansi Project performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival was listed by John Kelman as one the 25 Best Live Shows of the Year....

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Originally from Australia and educated at Berklee College of Music, Carl Orr is one of the very top jazz fusion guitarists playing on the London scene, where he leads his own quartet and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott's.

Carl shot to fame with drum legend Billy Cobham with whom he toured and recorded regularly in a line up which included the likes of Randy Brecker and George Duke. Carl is a first call session guitarist and can be heard on tracks like Nathan HainesSquire for Hirewhere he is featured extensively on FM...

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Concord is a singer, bass guitarist, composer and music educator. Concord's cross-cultural sound is a blend of musical styles including jazz, South African pop, reggae, Latin and Chinese. He also sings in English, Zulu, Sotho and Spanish. In addition to being a performer, Concord is passionate about development in the music industry. He conducts workshops on music business, composing, arranging and ensemble playing. He has performed with musicians such as Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masakela, the late Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, Arno Carstens and Darius Brubeck. Concord is the winner of the 2006 Standard Bank Young Artist Award (Jazz).

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Born in Ghana and based in the UK, drummer Frank comes from a remarkable musical lineage: his father and his uncle formed the original Osibisa with whom Frank toured the world for four years.  Frank is one of the UK's top session drummers and has played with Level 42, Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris, Incognito and Frank McComb. He has also been the musical director for George Michael, Craig David and in 2007 toured for a year with Amy Winehouse and more recently Jack Bruce.

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Born and raised in Maritzburg and graduated from the Durban University of Technology, pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini is now based in Johannesburg where he is proving to be jazz force.

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Afrotraction, often mistaken as group, is actually a solo act by Wandile Moya, a vocalist who also plays a number of instruments. He has worked with artists such as HHP, Teargas, Kabelo, Denim, Jamali and Thembi Seete. His sound is described as 'Mzansi Soul', where he incorporates different languages like isiZulu, isiXhosa and SeSwati to create a blend of soulful R&B.

Afrotraction performs on the Mbira Stage on Friday, August 23....

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Celebrated pianist-composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. He is known for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist. The hallmarks of his style are rhythmic innovations, colourful harmonic perceptions, especially left hand harmonic and melodic figures.

In 1994, Jamal received the American Jazz Masters fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The same year he was named a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University, where he performed commissioned works with the Assai String Quartet. In 2007 the French Government inducted him into the prestigious order of the arts and...

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Carmen Lundy began her professional career as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Three decades later, Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. Her contribution of over 60 self-penned compositions now comprises theNew Jazz Songbook. Lundy attended

The University of Miami as an opera major but soon discovered that jazz was where her talent really shined. While working steadily in the Miami Jazz scene, she graduated with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz - one of the first singers to do so. Lundy then moved to New York City in...

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Charl du Plessis has been called an "edu-tainer" and a "cult pianist with an X-factor" due to his popular following. Du Plessis' music ranges from baroque to pop and he is renowned for his interpretations of classical and jazz piano repertoire, both in the concert hall and as a recording artist.

He has illuminated the music of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Billie Joel for a new generation of listeners.  For the past six years he has toured to China for recitals with his jazz trio featuring Werner Spies and Hugo Radyn. European engagements include performances at major festivals in Switzerland and the...

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Werner Spies completed his B.Tech Music degree at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2007. He plays double-bass and bass guitar and is a sought after free-lance musician working with the likes of Nataniël, Charl du Plessis, the Phat Brass.

Big Band, Jannie du Toit & Christa Steyn (Belgium tour 2008), Anna Davel, Albert Frost, Jak de Priester, Frank Opperman and the radio Kalahari Orkes. He can be heard on albums of various prominent South African artists. Recent highlights are the Ghoema award winning and SAMA nominated album Shanghai Brunchby the Charl du Plessis Trio, as...

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Hugo Radyn is one of South Africa's most respected jazz and cross-over drummers. After studying music at the Tshwane University of Technology Hugo has performed and recorded with various South African artists such as Nataniël, Jak de Priester, Rocco de Villiers, Anna Davel, Andre Swartz, Cassette and Gang of Instrumentals. He is also part of the Charl du Plessis Trio that tour China, Switzerland and the Netherlands on a regular basis. He is one of the founding members of the band Float Parade who have recently returned from a successful tour of America. Hugo is a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria.

Charl du Plessis performs with Werner Spies and Hugo Radyn at The Market Theatre on Friday, August 23....

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Saxophonist Donald Harrison studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Berklee College of Music. He played with Roy Haynes, Jack McDuff, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard and Don Pullen in the 1980s. He also played with the re-formed Headhunters band in the 1990s.

In 1991 he recorded Indian Blues, which captured the sound and culture of Congo Square in a jazz context. In 1994 Harrison created the Nouveau Swing style of jazz, which merges the swing beat with many of today's popular dance styles of music, as well as styles that are prominent from his cultural experiences...

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New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott, also known as Christian aTunde Adjuah, is the 2010 and 2012 Edison Award winner for Best International Jazz Artist and a Grammy Award-nominated jazz trumpeter, composer, producer and actor. He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as "the architect of a new commercially viable fusion" and "Jazz's young style God". He is the nephew of jazz alto saxophonist Donald Harrison and has released four studio albums and one live recording. The trumpeter is noted for his use of an unvoiced tone, which he calls his "whisper technique".

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Born in East London, Lwanda Gogwana started his music career by singing in his school choir at the age of nine, then started the piano at age 10 and the trumpet at age 11 under the tutorship of Frank Burton in 1996. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town in 2005 for a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and arrangement under Prof Peter Klatzow and Prof Mike Campbell, and played for the UCT big band from 2005 to 2008. In 2006 he received a scholarship to study in Norway on exchange at the Norges Musikkhogskole based at the University of Oslo. In 2008 he launched his own project, The Lwanda Gogwana Songbook.

Donald Harrison appears with Christian Scott at The Market Theatre on Friday, August 23 and with Lwanda Gogwana on Saturday, August 24....

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Eddie Daniels first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. A single clarinet solo recorded with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra,Live at the Village Vanguard, garnered sufficient attention in 1968 for him to win Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on Clarinet award.

Jack Elliot, musical director of the New American Orchestra, was so impressed with Eddie's playing on an early CBS recording that he commissioned Jorge Calandrelli to compose a major work for him. The result was Concerto for Jazz Clarinet and Orchestra which Eddie premiered in Los Angeles in 1984. This work became the centrepiece of...

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Saxophonist and composer Ivan Mazuze studied music in Mozambique before continuing with his studies at the Department of Jazz and Ethnomusicology at the University of Cape Town where he graduated with a Master's Degree. As a performing and recording artist, Mazuze has received various awards and recognition for his work. 

His albumMagandais a reflection of Ivan's musical journey and experiences in jazz and African "worlds" of music. Ivan has performed with internationally acclaimed artists and been featured at numerous international music festivals in Southern Africa, South America as well as in Europe. Ivan also writes ethno-musicological articles about music and trance in ritual practices. Ivan...

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Jeff Maluleke's solo musical career began in September of 1995 when Jeff approached the CCP record company with a rough four-track demo containing what was to become the starting point for Hagonya. Gone was the township pop of Papa Jeff which had already earned him a gold record (with sales upwards of 30 000 units) and in its place was a new sound that Jeff saw as the future direction of his music. The threads that were sewn so early in his life, attempting to create a universally appealing African sound, are reflected in his music. Jeff has performed alongside greats such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Salif Keita, Femi Kuti, Andy Narell, Richard Bona, Jonas Gwangwa and Tsepo Tshola. He is the recipient of SAMA and Kora awards.

Jeff Maluleke performs on the Conga Stage on Friday, August 23....

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After 10 years working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Kabomo (singer, emcee, poet, producer, writer, filmmaker, actor and public speaker) released his debut album All Things Grey which features some of the best musicians in SA like, RJ Benjamin; HHP; Nothende; Max-Hoba, Dineo Moeketsi, Khuli Chana, Samthing Soweto of The Fridge and MXO. Kabomo has been the opening act for international artists Louie Vega, Vikter Duplaix, Josh Milan and Bilal. As a producer/songwriter he has made songs for artists such as Tshepo Tshola, Unathi, Aya, Kelly Khumalo, Thiwe, Nothende, Flabba, The Fridge, Flatoe, Pebbles, Zubz, Dineo Moeketsi, Sound&Experience, RB collective and many others. 

Kabomo performs on The Mbira Stage on Saturday, August 24....

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A Steinway artist, Lenore Raphael performs at major international jazz festivals and jazz clubs such as the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, The S.S. Oosterdam Floating Jazz Festival, The International Association for Jazz Convention (Toronto), Ronnie Scott's in London, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more.

She is also busy with jazz workshops and master classes around the world.  In addition, she has her own radio show Lenore Raphael's Jazz Spotthat features guest artists chatting and performing with her in an hour-long show on www.purejazzradio.org. Jazz writer John Gilbert has called Lenore "Simply one of the best pianists in our art...

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Maria de Barros' music transcends taste, preference and even language.  It travels through countries dense with culture, picking up pieces of each along the way, combining distinct inflections of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, France and Spain, while allowing the tradition and culture of Cape Verde (the land of her parents) to permeate. Melodies melt off her tongue with the same richness and maturity of a contemporary Cape Verde club singing Ella Fitzgerald, except that this songstress's club is bursting with a taste of Latin spice, serving Portuguese and African cuisine with dancers to match and audiences swinging their hips to Maria's sensual Morna and Coladeira beats.

Maria de Barros performs on the Conga Stage on Saturday, August 24....

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Mbuso Khoza, a vocalist and songwriter with a rich and unique sound, has come a long way since boarding a taxi to Johannesburg from KZN armed with R120 and a desire to meet his icon, late gospel legend Vuyo Mokoena. He built up a reputation for himself as a top back-up vocalist and songwriter and developed his sound by opening himself up to different types of musical influences.

He lists Salief Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Jabu Khanyile, and Sibongile Khumalo as some of the artists who have influenced his sound. His vocal skills have seen Khoza working as a backing vocalist for some of South Africa's most sought after musicians, including Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi and Sibongile Khumalo. He has performed at stages across the...

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In 1972, 11-year old Mlungisi Gegana picked up a tin guitar in Queenstown. His journey progressed to playing on a bass guitar in Cape Town until he made the move to Johannesburg. With nearly two decades of experience playing South African jazz, Gegana has carved out a successful career on the upright bass with performances on the big jazz stages of South Africa and with many of its top exponents. Gegana will be paying tribute to the late South African jazz double bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani who died in Germany in 1986.

Mlungisi Gegana pays tribute to Johnny Dyani at The Market Theatre on Friday, August 23....

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Peter Auret (drums) is a versatile musician who has performed and toured with many of South Africa's top groups and musicians. He also works as a producer, recording engineer and composer at his Sumo Sound recording facility. His distinctive performances and musical ideas can be heard on his, and many other artists' records. Peter worked with Tsunami from 2001 to 2004, whilst working more and more with local jazz outfits.

As a studio owner/producer Peter has had the opportunity to be involved with various South African artists including Themba Mkhize, Concord Nkabinde, Sydney Mnisi, Sbongile Khumalo, Charl du Plessis, Riku Latti, Zim Ngqawana and Wessel van Rensburg. As a performing artist Peter has worked with many South African Artists both locally and abroad including Absolute...

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Roland Moses (piano) completed his M.Mus (cum laude) in jazz performance, composition and arranging at the University of Natal in 2001. He attended Goteborg University in Sweden as part of a student exchange programme in the same year. After his studies Roland immersed himself in various music lecturing positions at University of Natal; Durban Institute of Technology and the Tshwane University of Technology specialising in Instrumental, Performance, and Improvisation teaching.

During this time he also developed and facilitated several community music projects and conducts music literacy workshops in underprivileged areas in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng. He is engaged in Doctoral studies on a music literacy programme for church musicians. Most recently, Roland has recorded an album featuring his own compositions to be released later this...

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Joe Penn (saxophone) was exposed to a wide range of music from an early age - from jazz, soul, classical and rock to the traditional klezmer and middle-eastern music associated with his parents' heritage. Upon completion of his studies, Joe relocated to Johannesburg where he became highly involved in the rock scene as a founding member of the celebrated contemporary group New Academics.

Whilst a member of this band, Joe performed on every major club and festival stage across South Africa, releasing two albums - both of which were nominated for SAMA awards. However, the call of jazz became stronger with every passing year and eventually Joe made the inevitable return to his primary music of choice,...

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James Sunney (double bass) started his music career while studying at Tshwane University of Technology under the tutelage of some of South Africa's most influential and prominent jazz musicians and educators. In late 2007 James took the role as bass player for South African band Watershed to record their last two albums and with whom he has toured extensively across Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, and is currently still a member. When not on tour as a sideman for various South African artists, James is a regular fixture as a double bassist in various jazz ensembles in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The Peter Auret Trio performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 23....

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Born in Luton, England Peter White first gained fame with his distinctive guitar style as accompanist to Al Stewart. During a 20-year tenure with Stewart, White played on Stewart's landmark year of the catalbum and co-wrote many songs; including Stewart's 1978 top 10 hit Time Passages. In the late 1980s, White accompanied Basia on a series of acclaimed albums.

In 1996, Basia was featured on White's albumCaravan of Dreams, with vocals on the single Just Another Day. White began recording his own albums in 1990. His songs -What Does It Take (To Win Your Love), recorded by Jr. Walker & The All Stars (2006),Midnight In Manhattan, recorded by Grover Washington, Jr. (1998), andBright(2009) -...

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Ray Lema is a pianist, guitarist, and songwriter. He worked for the National Ballet of Zaire, as it was then called, and in 1979 was invited to the United States by the Rockefeller Foundation. By 1989 he had international success signing with Island Records. His initial training had been European classical music at a Catholic seminary in the Congo where he had been planning to become a priest.

His concert debut was Moonlight Sonata, but later he left the seminary and became interested in popular music from outside Africa. He became a performer in clubs and was a fan of musicians like Jimi Hendrix. This was not entirely approved of in Congolese music of that time. He later went to the United...

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René Marie, the award winning singer whose style incorporates elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel, has quickly become a heroine to many; a woman of great strength exuding stamina and compassion; often explaining how finding her voice and self through singing gave her the courage to leave an abusive marriage.

It is hard to believe that Marie didn't sing professionally until after she turned 40, but in fact, the Virginia native - married at 18, mother of two by 23 and a member of a strict religious group with her then husband - only occasionally sang in public while she was focused on raising...

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Mining heydays - a young man determined to defy deprivation by joining the throngs of men that converged in the many mining towns all over the country in search of a better tomorrow. Like many young people in the mid‐80's, Selaelo Selota's dream of furthering his studies was shattered when he did not have financial resources to go to tertiary, instead he went on to find employment in mining.

Undeterred, he found his passion in the strangest of ways, which ironically is also the luminous career that it is today. It was during the time spent living amongst the migrant workers in the mines that Selaelo was exposed to traditional songs and dances from many other South African tribal groups and - this...

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2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz. He will be performing with his quartet featuring himself, Justin Bellairs (alto sax), Bokani Dyer (piano), Reza Khota (guitar) and Kesivan Naidoo (drums).

Shane Cooper is a member of the groups Babu (SAMA nominee), Closet Snare, the Kyle Shepherd Trio (SAMA nominee) and the Reza Khota Quartet and has also worked with artists like Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Marcus Wyatt, Melanie Scholtz, Bokani Dyer, Nicky Schrire and Afrika Mkhize. As a composer Shane has written music...

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Jazz pianist Bokani Dyer comes from a strong musical family and was the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz. Dyer graduated from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) first class in June 2008. After graduating, Dyer's trio became a regular fixture at the popular Green Dolphin restaurant in Cape Town and he played at the Cape Town International Jazz festival with Jimmy Dludlu and toured with the band in and around South Africa. They were also a backing band for high profile jazz artists, including Jonas Gwangwa and Judith Sephuma. Dyer then joined the Moreira project led by Mozambique saxophonist, Moreira Chonguica for the launch of his second album in Namibia, Mozambique and Cape Town.

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Reza Khota was born in Johannesburg in 1977 and was introduced to the guitar by his father. He began his formal training with Jeremy Karodia at the age of 10, studying rock and classical guitar as well as chord theory. He later studied classical guitar and improvisation with Faizel Boorany, who fired his enthusiasm for experimental jazz, the classical avant-garde and progressive guitar music.

After enrolling for his B.mus degree at Wits University, he furthered his classical guitar studies under David Hewitt. Reza has since received master-classes from Norwegian guitarist Vegard Lund and the Austrian crossover guitarist/composer Helmut Jasbar. He has been a recipient of several important awards, including numerous Samro bursaries and merit awards. In 1998 Reza was...

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Kesivan Naidoo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz 2009, "caught the beat" at the tender age of 11, falling in love with percussion when he heard his aunt's boyfriend playing the drums over a song on the radio. Naidoo grew up in East London and studied music at the University of Cape Town. In 1999, he became the youngest person to win the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, and used this opportunity to study at the prestigious Rhabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, studying under sitar guru Sanjay Bandophadyah.

He has shared the stage with an impressive string of leading South African musicians, including Miriam Makeba, Selaelo Selota, Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Jimmi Dludlu, Marcus Wyatt, Zim Ngqawana, Judith Sephuma, Errol Dyers, Abdullah Ibhrahim, Hotep Galeta and Steve Newman....

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Sibongile Mngoma was at very young age described as "a natural diva". Schooled in KwaZulu-Natal, she started by studying law at the University of Zululand. The call of the creative arts was, however, too strong. She moved to the University of Cape Town, where she studied for a BA degree. She then studied for an honours degree in educational drama at the UCT Drama School.

In 1993 Mngoma started her opera training at South African College of Music. Mngoma has had the opportunity to further her musical studies at the prestigious Accademia musicale Chigiana in Sienna, Italy, where she did a specialist course for advanced singers. She has been taught by some of the world's premier opera divas including Shirley...

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Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse is one South Africa's musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing. Having played his rich catalogue of music in New York all the way home to Newtown and back again, the Soweto born-and-raised master is about to celebrate another highlight in his already decorated career when he plays at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in August.

2012 was a busy year for the 61-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and philanthropist. Besides enjoying a busy touring schedule, Mabuse wrote and passed his matric examinations: "I did it for me, but also to show that age and circumstance are boundaries to be beaten," he says. "That and the fact that one is clearly never...

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Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band (SBNYJB) is a product of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, which takes place in Grahamstown in July each year as part of the National Arts Festival. It is the most significant youth development initiative in jazz in South Africa, and attracts the very best young players in the country, the cream of who are selected for the SBNYJB each year. The band members are chosen from the 320 young musicians from around South African who come to the festival, and each is a highly competent musician, normally with a budding professional pedigree already, with an average age in the band of 20.

The SBNYJB perform at The Bassline on Friday, August 23....

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Stimela, the Zulu word for "locomotive", is a South African Afro-fusion band, founded by Ray Phiri in 1982.  Stimela have since become little short of an institution in South Africa. Born and raised in Mpumalanga Phiri used to dance to his troubadour father's puppet shows and had his first break in 1962 when he managed to dance for the legendary Dark City Sisters when they performed in Mpumalanga.

From this performance he made enough money giving him a chance to travel to Johannesburg and start his own band. Phiri, along with Jabu Sibume on bass, Isaac Mtshali on drums, and Lloyd Lelosa on keyboards were The Cannibals and during this time the group supplied instrumental accompaniment on recordings of other artists including Irene...

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Tango Jazz Quartet plays a uniquely beautiful blend of music that incorporates the melodies and rhythms of the tango with the harmony and the improvisation of jazz, creating a fusion of sound that has been enjoyed and appreciated by audiences from Buenos Aires to Europe.

Tango Jazz Quartet takes some of its inspiration from the 1940s and 50s when tango and jazz bands used to share stages in Buenos Aires clubs, playing to audiences that could enjoy their two very different sounds.  Through years of research and experimentation, playing with maestros from the golden age of tango, listening to old...

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Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has become a prominent brass player, band leader, recording artist, orchestrator of film scores, and leader in the mainstream post-bop community. In 1982 Blanchard replaced Wynton Marsalis under his recommendation in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, working in that band up to 1986 as lead soloist and musical director.

He then co-led a prominent quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison, recording seven albums for the Concord, Columbia, and evidence record labels in five years, including a stirring in-concert tribute to the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little ensemble. In the '90s, Blanchard became a leader in his own right, recording for the Columbia label, performing on the soundtracks...

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Dennis Edwards is an American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of Motown act The Temptations' lead singers. Edwards first joined the Temptations in 1968, replacing David Ruffin, and sung with the group until 1976, returning from 1980 to 1984 and 1987 to 1989. In the mid-1980s, he began a solo career, scoring a hit in 1984 withDon't Look Any Further(featuring Siedah Garrett). Today, he is the lead singer of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, a Temptations splinter group. He will be accompanied by tenor David Sea, Mike Pattillo, Chris Arnold and Paul Williams Jnr, son of original Temptations member Paul Williams.

The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards performs on the Mbira Stage on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24....

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This gifted pianist, producer and composer was born in KwaZulu-Natal and was encouraged by his father to take up piano playing as a career. Themba Mkhize's professional career began with Sakhile in 1981, later joining Bayete for a 10-year stint. As director and producer he worked with Hugh Masekela, Bayete, Miriam Makeba, Ouma Sangare, Sibongile Khumalo and Busi Mhlongo.

His first album won two SA Music Awards for Best South African Traditional Jazz Album and Best Producer and the Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Jazz. His second album was nominated four times in the 2002 SAMA awards (and won three of them). Themba's album hands on won two major awards in South...

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Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé.

As part of theI AM ... Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé experience world tour promoting the superstar's CD's, Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I) and also appeared on number of major television shows,...

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Jazz pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto was born in 1948 and began to play the piano while still in primary school. He saw a live performance of Art Blakey and decided to teach himself how to play jazz. After attending Nippon University he became a professional musician and began with concert tours in the UK and Europe. He has appeared at jazz festivals around the world including the Monterey Jazz Festival in the US. He has played with American musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen MacRae, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins and Elvin Jones.

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto performs at The Bassline on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24....

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Zonke is a South African musician and songwriter. She was born in Port Elizabeth (Kwazakhele) in the Eastern Cape. Her father was the drummer for Black Slave and the Flamingo and her late stepmother, Anneline Malebo, sang for the famous Joy outfit of Paradise Roadfame. In 1996, she travelled to Johannesburg where she met music greats such as Chicco Twala and Caiphus Semenya.

She was then introduced to Jazzkantine - a previously all-white German band which later became known as Culture Clan with the inclusion of Zonke and rappers Mandla and Mzo in 2003. Her first solo album,Solotary, was recorded and released in Europe in 2004. She has collaborated with many South African artists. Her latest album isIna...

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