The Standard Bank Jazz Festival – now in its 33rd year - is a special jazz festival, produced as a barometer of South African jazz, and is a place where artists meet and challenge audiences to expand their expectations of the art form

Celebration of South African Jazz

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For an art form that depends by its very nature on human contact – between musicians improvising on stage, and by their interaction with their audience – the Covid-19 pandemic has posed unusual and unique challenges. We are very pleased to be able to offer a virtual version of the festival we have planned over the past year, trimmed to the bands that could record under the strict Covid-19 regulations, and beamed around the world as part of the virtual National Arts Festival. What a way to sell the world our jazz culture! Our programme is predominantly South African, ensuring that local musicians get an opportunity to present their work. The performers represent much of the hippest new jazz coming out of South Africa at the moment. And we are proud of how young the musicians on the programme are! Headlining this is the spectacular young British multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, who is transforming the nature of music in real time as the world watches on the internet. We trust that you will find the programme provocative, exciting and enjoyable – Welcome to a celebration of the past and future of our nation’s jazz! – Alan Webster, Festival Director

Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz – Sisonke Xonti

This year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, Sisonke Xonti, represents the new face of South African jazz ......

Sakhile Simani: People of My Community

‘My instrument is my voice, ’ says Mdantsane trumpeter Sakhile Simani, ‘and my project is called People of My Community, ......

Spha Mdlalose

Born in Umlazi, vocalist Spha Mdlalose has carved a successful musical career for herself, having worked with the likes of ......

Swing City

Swing City features three of South Africa’s best-loved singers backed by a thunderous jazz band. Their sound is hip and ......

Ramon Alexander

Ramon Alexander grew up in the small community of Mamre, surrounded by the brassy sounds of Moravian hymns and the ......

Thandiswa Mazwai

Thandiswa Mazwai – ‘King Tha’ – began her career in 1998 with the pioneering Kwaito band Bongo Maffin, and after ......

Mete Erker & Jeroen van Vliet

Saxophonist Mete Erker and pianist Jeroen van Vliet first met as students in 1991 and have decades of musical partnership ......

Mi Casa

Since their inception Mi Casa has taken South African audiences by storm. The live soulful dance trio combines live horns, ......

Late-Night Album Launch – Lana Crowster

Lana Crowster is a singer, song-writer, producer, band leader and music educator based in Cape Town. She started singing at ......

Michael Bester

Michael Bester studied jazz at UCT and holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Music Performance and Production from Berklee, Valencia, ......

Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz – Sisonke Xonti (II)

This year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, Sisonke Xonti, represents the new face of South African jazz ......

Ziza Muftic: Shining hour

“Ziza is a storyteller, rather than a predictable, by-the-numbers ‘jazz’ singer, ” writes esteemed jazz journalist Gwen Ansell. Raised in ......

Ami Faku

Supernova Ami Faku is one of South Africa’s fastest rising stars. Her music, which she calls “modern Afro soul, ” ......

Linda Sikhakhane’s IsaMbulo

Saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane was born in Umlazi and began his musical studies with Brian Thusi and Khulekani Bhengu at Siyakhula, ......

Vuma Levin – Antique Spoons

According to the Mail & Guardian, “Vuma Levin is destined to be one of South Africa’s greatest musicians”. Levin has ......

Gloria Bosman – Beyond Talent Ensemble

With a long list of accolades, including Standard Bank Young Artist Award, two SAMAs, two KORA nominations and eleven SAMA ......

Jacob Collier

If Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had been born in 1994, with the full range of the modern world’s musical styles, instruments ......