Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival, with a French touch

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival is one of the most attractive and important gatherings on the South African music scene. Its programme extends beyond jazz in its strictest sense to include genres such as world music and R&B. Every year the festival features an interesting mix of established and new artists, as well as a selection of performers from the local and international music scenes. In the frame of the 2012 season of France in South Africa, Joy of Jazz will accord an important place to French artists. The South African public will have an opportunity to discover the best of the French jazz through the performances of several artists.

Jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz will display his characteristic elements of Hip Hop and Rock ‘n Roll. The Cécile Verny Quartet, whose individual sound is defined by Ivorian-born singer Cécile Verny and her love of jazz classics, African sounds, Gospel and the French chanson. Manu Katché, who blossomed as a contemporary jazz drummer and band leader, emerging in the mid-2000s after having played with his share of popular musicians. And the Orchestre National de Jazz: an orchestra born out of an initiative of the French Ministry of Culture, with the aim to unearth new talent in Jazz. Enjoy!

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival - 23-25 August 2012 - Full program here