Standard Bank Joy of Jazz moves to new venue and new date

Roy Hargrove

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz moves to new venue and new date – 
Grammy Award winning artists booked for new look festival 2014

Two Grammy Award winning artists are part of the stellar line-up for the 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz which sees the country’s premiere jazz festival move to a new venue and a new date.

The new-look 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will take place this year, and for the next five years, at the Sandton Convention Centre and on a new date - from September 25 to 27. The new move allows the
festival to continue its spectacular growth and also means that, for the first time, audiences will be able to buy a full festival pass to the three main stages – Dinaledi, Conga and Mbira – in line with jazz festivals around the globe.

Making their debut in the festival’s new home will be two top flight Grammy award winning artists, one of whom walked away with a Grammy earlier this year. American jazz vocalist Gregory Porter – who has been called “the brilliant new voice of jazz” – won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his recording Liquid Spirit. He’ll be joined at the new look festival by two time Grammy award winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

The move from Newtown to Sandton has been necessitated thanks to the festival’s overwhelming and continuing popularity with Newtown having reached its full capacity and unable to expand to accommodate the growing audience numbers.

In its first year at the Sandton Convention centre the festival will run over four stages – The Dinaledi, Mbira, Conga, and newly named Diphala (which replaces the Bassline stage). In addition, extensive corporate hospitality options will be now be available given the extra venue capacity.

Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman explains: “Given the exponential growth of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, the Convention Centre allows us almost unlimited numbers. We are projecting nearly 30 000 people attending this year and we will be taking the festival to greater heights at its new home for the next five years. The move to the Convention Centre has multiple benefits. It allows us to grow, to sell a full festival pass as well as to improve sound, staging, security and parking. We are also no longer at the mercy of the weather.”

Minister Of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile has given his full support to the festival: “Thanks to the ability to grow the festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will contribute more to the economic growth of both the country and the Gauteng province and boost economic tourism by attracting a higher influx of domestic, African and international travellers.”

Says Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Parks Tau: “The festival is moving north but it is still firmly part of the City of Johannesburg. It was held in the CBD for 16 years and put Newtown on the entertainment map. However, it grew too large for the available infrastructure hence the move. It will continue to promote Johannesburg as a world class city and bring visitors to our city.”

Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter

Commented Hazel Chimhandamba, Head of Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank: “The continuing growth of this world-class music festival is a cause for celebration and a tribute to the city. Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will continue to present top-flight musicians, not only to the people of Johannesburg but visitors from around the country, Africa and the globe.”

The decision to change the date was made as weather was a contributing factor and pushing the festival out by a month brings it into the beginning of summer. It also now means that the festival takes place during Heritage month celebrations.

Added Peter Tladi: “South African musicians have always, and will continue to, feature prominently at the festival – from the new young stars coming through the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards right through to the legends.”

Says Dr Mati Nyazema, executive director of Sandton Convention Centre, “As South Africa celebrates 20 years of economic freedom, Sandton is enjoying a growing reputation as Africa’s economic hub and ‘hot spot’, representing one our country’s success stories. The Sandton Convention Centre is pleased to host this prestigious International Jazz event at our Venue, we are delighted to be chosen as the new Home of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.”

The first Joy of Jazz took place at the State Theatre in Pretoria in 1997 and moved to the Newtown precinct in the Johannesburg CBD in 2000 when 1 800 people took part. A record audience of 24 178 attended Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in 2013.

The full line for this year’s festival will be announced in May when tickets will go on sale at Computicket.

The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to you by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.

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  • 2010 Water
  • 2012 Be Good
  • 2013 Liquid Spirit

American jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will come to South Africa as the 2014 Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his recording Liquid Spirit. He has been called “The brilliant new voice of jazz.” Porter, described by Downbeat magazine as “a major jazz talent”, was a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and is a frequent guest performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The California native, now living in New York City, appears regularly at Smoke Jazz in the Big Apple. Porter always wears a modified flat cap for public appearances. The reason for this is not entirely clear, but he has mentioned its role as a security blanket and refers to it as his “jazz hat”.


  • 1989: Diamond in the Rough (Novus)
  • 1990: Public Eye (Novus)
  • 1992: Tokyo Sessions, Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart (Novus)
  • 1992: The Vibe (Novus)
  • 1993: Jazz Futures: Live in Concert (Novus)
  • 1993: Of Kindred Souls: The Roy Hargrove Quintet Live, Various Concerts (Novus)
  • 1993: Beauty and the Beast, The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1994: Blues 'n Ballads, The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1994/1995: Approaching Standards, Compilation of tracks from 4 Albums(1994 BMG Music/1995 Jazz Heritage)
  • 1994: With the Tenors of Our Time, The Roy Hargrove Quintet (Verve)
  • 1995: Family (Verve)
  • 1995: Parker's Mood – with Christian McBride (bass), and Stephen Scott (piano) (Verve)
  • 1996: Oscar Peterson meets Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore [With Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass) and Lewish Nash (drums)]
  • 1997: Habana, – Roy Hargrove's Crisol (Verve), Latin Jazz Grammy Winner
  • 2000: Moment to Moment Roy Hargrove with Strings (Verve)
  • 2002: Directions In Music with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove (Verve), Grammy Winner
  • 2003: Hard Groove, – The RH Factor (Verve)
  • 2004: Strength, – The RH Factor (Verve)
  • 2006: Distractions, – The RH Factor (Verve)
  • 2006: Nothing Serious (Verve)
  • 2008: Earfood, – The Roy Hargrove Quintet (Emarcy)
  • 2009: Emergence, – The Roy Hargrove Big Band (Groovin' High)
  • 2010 Water

Roy Hargrove is an American jazz trumpeter. He won worldwide notice after winning two Grammy Awards for differing types of music, in 1997 and in 2002. Hargrove has played primarily with jazz musicians with stellar careers, from Wynton Marsalis to Herbie Hancock. Hargrove is the bandleader of the progressive group the RH Factor, which combines elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music. Its members have included Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Jonathan Batiste and Bernard Wright.

Hargrove has established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colourful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. In 1997, Roy’s Cuban-based band Crisol (including piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and wonder drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez) won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy for the album Habana. And in 2002, Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group, for their three-way collaboration Directions in Music.