Each year, this premium music festival strives to bring new audiences of young and old revellers closer to their idols while growing the festival.
Music lovers who flocked to the Sandton Convention Centre when the festival kicked off on Thursday night got value for their money.
Local giants Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Nduduzo Makhathini and Marcus Wyatt flew the rainbow flag high with their mesmerising performances, proving that local is indeed lekker.
One of the most anticipated performances of opening night was American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, he performed Jonas Gwangwa’s Emaxhoseni. Gwangwa was also honoured with an art installation at this year’s event.
The festival featured a never-to-be-repeated all-star band performance to celebrate 35 years of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners.
It also featured previous award winners such as Norway-based South African-born saxophonist Shannon Mowday (2007), who joined South African jazz artists Sibongile Khumalo (1993), composer-pianist Nduduzo Makhathini (2015), bassist, Concord Nkabinde (2006), and others such as Gloria Bosman (2000), Bokani Dyer (2011) and Mark Fransman (2008).
The 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, also performed at the festival. The gifted artist showcased his eclectic music style, swiftly switching from classical to jazz and infusing his set with indigenous African beats.