“The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz promises to be a dynamic mix of new and old ranging from the popular Yellowjackets to the new vocal sensation, Cécile McLorin Savant, who won four categories including Female Vocalist and CD of the Year in the Down Beat Critic’s Poll. Talking about the Critic’s Poll, the 3 Cohens (Anat, Avishai and Yuval) won the Rising Star Jazz Group and Anat walked away with the No 1 slot as the Clarinetist of the Year.
The adventurous line-up includes what looks like an exciting musical experience with a trio of Italian trumpeter Paulo Fresu, who captures the haunting harmon mute sound of Miles Davis, the Indian master of percussion including tablas, and from Cuba, the renowned pianist, Omar Sosa.
For the avant-garde and free jazz enthusiasts there’s the bassist William Parker whose group includes the acclaimed drummer Hamid Drake. Staying with modern music is Dwight Trible from Los Angeles who has sung with Bobby Hutcherson, Pharaoh Sanders and Charles Lloyd and has a vocal style that incorporates gospel and free jazz while trying to bridge the gap between races.“