I was enthralled last night at the final performances of the three day long Joy of Jazz at the Sandton Convention Centre. With four different venues and some of the worlds greatest jazz legends gracing them, the quality of performances was beyond compare.

We really enjoyed Ester Rada and Judith Sephuma’s sets, and Sibongile Khumalo was on top form.

For 18 years the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival has been at the apex of international jazz entertainment on the Mother Continent, and this year was no different

Featuring Kwela and Marabi, avant-garde jazz, R & B, Acid Jazz, World Music and everything in between and around.
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As the most prestigious arena for live, musical excellence and a landmark occasion for musicians to display their performance skills, Joy of Jazz has hosted most of the world’s exceptionally gifted jazz practitioners – from swing and bebop grandmasters to the hottest prospects of Afro-jazz and avant-garde.The diversity of the festival’s line-up has seen its stages being graced by some of the biggest names in secular music – from the sultriest sirens of soul to the continent’s World Music superstars.

Joy of Jazz has not only acted as a draw-card for some of the illustrious names in the jazz iconography, it has also become a magnet and nursery for rising stars whose experiences in front of big crowds have given them the confidence to aspire for lofty achievements.

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