Joy of Jazz line-up includes maestros Feya Faku, Roy Hargrove

2014-09-21 15:00

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is upon us and offers three particularly strong streams of talent: trumpeters, vocalist and pianists.

As far as trumpets go, it would be unforgivable to miss South Africa’s Feya Faku.

The jazz man has just recorded a new album with a bigband and has a quartet recording on the way. American headliner Roy Hargrove appears as a rare treat.

Of the vocalists, Sibongile Khumalo needs no introduction. Don’t miss her! Her American contemporary, Dianne Reeves, brings her penchant for storytelling and a rare capacity for complex singing to the stage. Nomfundo Xaluva, along with Melanie Scholtz, will raise the flag for a new generation of South African songstresses.

Everyone knows that a singer is often only as good as her accompanying pianist.

This is why Kyle Shepherd is a must-see.

The same can be said about Nduduzo Makhathini, who is South Africa’s most quietly respected pianist of his generation. Cuban eclectic maestro Omar Sosa is perhaps the instrument’s loftiest representative on the bill.

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