Good news for jazz cats

By Drum Digital
12 February 2014

Grammy award winning artists Gregory Porter and Roy Hargrove will play at the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz later this year.

Grammy award winning artists Gregory Porter and Roy Hargrove will play at the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz later this year.

This year’s jazz festival will take place for the first time at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.

Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman says the new venue will allow the festival to continue its “spectacular growth.”

He says 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.

In its first year at the Sandton Convention centre (for the next five years), the festival will run over four stages – The Dinaledi, Mbira, Conga, and newly named Diphala (which replaces the Bassline stage).

Tladi says the decision to change the date was made as weather was a contributing 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.

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 entertainment 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.”

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