Some of the world’s most celebrated jazz musicians – including Grammy Award-winning performers Clarence Carter and Eddie Palmieri, Jamaican legend Monty Alexander and France’s celebrated Manu Katche – join the line-up of artists already announced for this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.
Also coming to the jazztravaganza – which takes place in Newtown, Joburg, from Thursday to Saturday – are the UK’s Lizz Wright; Ken Philmore from Trinidad and Tobago, who is one of the top steel-drum soloists in the world; and France’s innovative Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ).
Palmieri and Katche join an already impressive opening night line-up, which includes Sax Summit and the unforgettable Tribute to Miles Davis.
Sax Summit has five of the world’s top female saxophonists playing the music of Kippie Moeketsi. They are American rising star Grace Kelly, Holland’s acclaimed Tineke Postma, British tenor Rosemary Quaye as well as Cape Town’s Shannon Mowday (a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz) and Nthabiseng Mokoena.
The Tribute to Miles Davis features two former Crusader players – trombonist Wayne Henderson and drummer Ndugu Chancler – trumpeter Tom Browne, saxophonist Everette Harp, pianist Bobby Lyle and bassist Edwin Livingston.
Palmieri is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists of the 21st century, blessed with a technique that fuses jazz influences from the styles of Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner into a Latin context. He is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards.
Katche blossomed as a contemporary jazz drummer and band leader thanks to his involvement with the touring and recording projects of Peter Gabriel and Sting. He has performed with some of the world’s best-known musicians, including Joni Mitchell, Gloria Estefan, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, Dire Straits, Youssou N’Dour, the Bee Gees and Black Eyed Peas.
In a career that spans more than four decades, pianist Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, to name just a few.
Alexander was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for outstanding services to Jamaica in his capacity as worldwide music ambassador.