Earl Klugh, Kurt Elling to headline at Joy of Jazz

Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh, Grammy-Award winner Kurt Elling, trombone master Wycliffe Gordon and the world famous Duke Ellington Orchestra will be the headline stars at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival, slated for August.


The line-up of international and South African giants will keep jazz fans entertained, says Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman.


“The artists performing this year are all highly respected, heavyweight musicians, whether newcomers or those who are icons of the global jazz scene. We have gone for a mix of the contemporary and the classic for this year’s event and have something exciting and unmissable for everyone,” he said.


Running from August 23 to 25, the festival will take place on eight stages in Newtown, Johannesburg including the Dinaledi Stage, the Conga, Mbira, Bassline and The Market Theatre.


Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman says: “As the festival promoter we spend a great deal of time searching for artists that will appeal to a broad base of music fans. Once again, we have endeavoured to provide a diverse range of jazz styles.”


Others performers include Afrika Mkhize, Gloria Bosman; Jimmy Dludlu; saxophonist Bhudaza Mapefane; Erik Truffaz; Johnny Mekoa; Botswana’s Shanti Lo who performs with the Swedish Ensemble; Thandiswa Mazwai; Swazi Dlamini and Vusi Khumalo who will be playing the music of Winston Makunku, Zakes Nkosi and Joe Malinga.

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