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Creative collaborations at this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival

 Creative collaborations at this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown (SBJF) will celebrate the spirit of creative collaboration in jazz this winter, 29 June – 8 July 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 Friday 7 July 17:00 DSG Hall. Braff will also perform alongside other singular talents, South African drummer, Tumi Mogorosi & Gabi Motuba’s collaborative project, Sanctum Sanctorium on Tuesday 4 July 17:00 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 Sunday 2 July 17:00 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 Wednesday, 5 July 19:00 and Friday 7 July 19:00 at DSG Auditorium.

Image of Feya Faku
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 Sunday 2 July 12:00 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 too.

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