10 May 2012

Top Artists Headline Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz once again reinforces its status as South Africa's premier jazz festival, thanks to a stellar line up of international and local giants on the jazz scene.

Standard Bank Group has been involved in the Arts for over 100 years and its commitment to Africa and African Arts, is wide ranging.

Appearing in Newtown, Johannesburg, from August 23 to 25 headline acts include Grammy-Award winner Kurt Elling who has been hailed as the jazz male vocalist of his generation; trombone master Wycliffe Gordon; Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh as well as an appearance by the world famous Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Luminaries from the African continent include Caiphus Semenya, one of South Africa's most celebrated arts and culture ambassadors and revered and respected worldwide for his musical genius; Bakithi Kumalo who made his name internationally thanks to his performance on Paul Simon's Graceland; 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.

For more information on the line-up and venues go to www.standardbankarts.com.

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