STANDARD BANK JAZZ FESTIVAL

Some of the world’s most interesting jazz innovators from 12 different countries will be on the bill at this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival, which runs in Grahamstown as part of the National Arts Festival from 30 June to 9 July 2016.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll send you features on the jazz stars in our line up. Excited? So are we. Here’s a preview of some of the hot talent you will enjoy at this year’s festival:

SIMPHIWE DANA
A renegade of note. Friday 8 July at 9pm and Saturday 9 July at 9pm. Simphiwe Dana (vocals), Themba Mokoena (guitar), Butana Ngubeni (keyboard), Masoja Nhlengethwa (bass) and Simphiwe Shiburi (drums).

Soulful South African vocalist, Simphiwe Dana blends traditional African music and contemporary soul with hints of gospel and blues. Hailed by the media as ‘the best thing to happen to Afro-Soul music since Miriam Makeba’, Dana is active in the World Music scene in Europe, and is listened to and loved both locally and abroad.

TRIO CORRENTE
Ascending stars. Thursday 30 June at 7.30pm and Friday 1 July at 5pm. Fabio Torres (piano), Paulo Paulelli (bass) and Edu Ribeiro (drums).

Catch Brazilian music at its best! Trio Corrente is an all-star cast from the highest ranks of Brazil’s jazz scene. In 2014, Trio Corrente won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, Maura, featuring Paquito D’Rivera. Their music is said to boldly recast the high watermarks of composers that reflect the breadth and depth of Brazilian jazz at its best.

TSCHOPP/MOMBELLI
Unconventional brilliance. Sunday 3 July at 7.30pm and Tuesday 5 July at 7.30pm. Carlo Mombelli (bass, SA), Andreas Tschopp (trombone, CH), Florian Egli (sax, CH), Florian Favre (piano, CH) and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums, SA).

Catch Brazilian music at its best! Trio Corrente is an all-star cast from the highest ranks of Brazil’s jazz scene. In 2014, Trio Corrente won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, Maura, featuring Paquito D’Rivera. Their music is said to boldly recast the high watermarks of composers that reflect the breadth and depth of Brazilian jazz at its best.

THE TOUGH TENORS
A classic with a twist. Friday 1 July at 10pm. Dave O’Higgins (sax, UK), Per Thornberg (sax, SE), Andrew Lilley (piano, SA), Romy Brauteseth (bass, SA) and Kevin Gibson (drums, SA).

The powerhouse tenor sax duo of Dave O’Higgins (UK) and Per Thornberg (Sweden) are guaranteed to inspire. Together, with South African pianist Andrew Lilley, bass-player Romy Brauteseth and drummer Kevin Gibson, the duo bring to the stage a hard bop, modern rendition of the 1960s classic ‘Tough Tenors’ collaboration between legends Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.

THE KIFFNESS
Cape Town groove meets cheerful house. Saturday 2 July at 10pm. David Scott (production, keyboard, trumpet), Clement Carr (saxophone, keyboard, synths).

Nominated for two South African Music Awards in 2015, this live electronic duo from Cape Town compose jazzy, groovy and uplifting house music appealing to anyone of any age. Comprised of David Scott on trumpet and Clem Carr playing the saxophone, The Kiffness have had great success on local radio stations with all their songs reaching Top 10 status in the Top 40 charts.

More information is available on our website at www.standardbank.com/naf – let the rhythm move you forward!