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Monday, July 3, 2017


The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown (SBJF) will celebrate the spirit of creative collaboration in jazz this winter, June 29 to July 8 so be sure to get your tickets.

Lauded as the country’s oldest jazz festival, the SBJF takes place alongside the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown which is renamed #Jazztown for the duration of the yearly jazz jamboree.

The Standard Bank Jazz festival will feature over 100 musicians from 12 countries set to share not-to-be-missed collaborative performances over a magical 10 days. The lush gathering of world class local jazz players, international top billing stars and young upstarts is curated as a unique jazz exchange across cultures, nationalities and styles.

Among the headline jazz musicians are the sagacious Swiss pianist and composer, Malcolm Braff billed to collaborate with the prodigious young Brazilian Bass player, Michael Pipoquinha on July 7 at 17h00 in the DSG Hall. Braff will also perform alongside other singular talents, South African drummer, Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba’s collaborative project, Sanctum Sanctorium, on July 4 at 17h00 in the DSG Hall.

The Wizards, a magically collaborative band made up of two Dutch musicians: pianist Jeroen van Vliet and guitarist Anton Goudsmit with a trio of leading South African jazz men are on July 2 at 17h00 at DSG Hall. The South African artists are two former Standard Bank Young Artist winners, saxophonist, Mark Fransman and drummer, Kesivan Naidoo who is now based in New York, along with the imaginative bassist and composer, Carlo Mombelli.

The great trumpeter, Feya Faku will share a charged exchange with Swiss drummer, Dominic Egli’s PLURISM.  Their project is titled More FUFU after the west African staple food. It’s a collaborative celebration of African lush cultural heritages on July 5 at 19h00 and July 7 at 19h00 in the DSG Auditorium.

A highlight collaboration will undoubtedly be the opportunity for a full Big Band of alumni of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band to play with the world’s leading multi-instrumentalist, Australian James Morrison.
There will be rare musical treats including the incomparable Neo Muyanga performing with his trio on July 2 at 12h00 at DSG Hall. Muyanga will perform in various styles and other settings across the broader National Arts Festival, too.

The imaginatively refreshing doo-wop trio, The Soil, American steelpan genius, Andy Narell and singer songwriter, Judith Sephuma will all be there as well.

To download the full programme for the 2017 Standard Bank Jazz Festival and for booking details go to

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