Joy of Jazz to thrill with local and international sounds

Thandiswa Mazwai celebrated her 40th birthday and 21 years in the music industry at Bassline.

This September, one of the country’s biggest jazz celebrations, then Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival will make its return to the Sandton Convention Centre in what looks like a scintillating celebration of the festival’s two decades of local and international jazz heritage.

On the line-up are some of the country’s leading jazz musicians, among them Tutu Puoane, Thandiswa Mazwai and the Belede Jazz Project, which features Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikade, Mthunzi Mvubu and an interesting musical concept, Ramsey Lewis versus Roy Ayers and Zoe Modiga.

The international delegation of musicians earmarked for the 20th edition of the festival includes, among others, American saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, sax maestro Joshua Redman and his quartet the Clayton Brothers Jeff and John and the power trio of David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Corrington, all representing the US.

Ahead of the three-day celebration, which kicks off on September 28 to September 30 and with less than two months before the jazz showdown, The New Age caught up with Modiga, who is excited to about being part of the festival’s 20th-anniversary celebrations.

“I am so honoured by the opportunity to share a stage with people with so many accolades.

“They have done a lot in the music industry. I have learned a lot from them and they are really beautiful people,” Modiga said.

The singer born Palesa Nomthandazo Phumelele Modiga in Overport, Durban said her fans were the ones who categorised her sound under the jazz umbrella.

Her debut album, Yellow Novel was realised early this year, and she said she was pumped up about her inclusion in the star-studded jazz line up featuring some of the country ‘stop jazz luminaries alongside their international counterparts.