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Wynton Marsalis joins Joy of Jazz 2019 line-up

American jazz giant Wynton Marsalis will unleash his magic at the upcoming 22nd edition of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2019 festival with three different performances. These will ensnare his many jazz-loving fans who will be flocking to the much-anticipated event at the Sandton Convention Centre from 26 – 28 September 2019 for #SBJOJ22.

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Wynton Marsalis

One of the most exciting aspects of Marsalis’ performance will be his appearance on opening night, September 26, on the Dinaledi stage with his 15-piece jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra. This incredibly talented assemblage of international musicians will share the stage in a dazzling one-night-only spectacle with Marcus Wyatt and his ZAR Jazz Orchestra.
     Many people view trumpeter Marsalis as the public face of jazz music. His innate ability to draw on history to point to a dignified future has been at the core of his being. Marsalis specifically chose South Africa’s eclectic horns-man Marcus Wyatt for the concert to celebrate jazz as a shared value in the struggle to perfect freedom and democracy in both South Africa and the United States. These two jazz perfectionists will help showcase the jazz traditions from these two countries.
     The second night of the festival, September 27, will see Wynton Marsalis give a South African theme performed with compositions made famous by the country’s own illustrious band of jazz musicians.
     On the third and final night, September 28, Marsalis will delve into the classic works of Louis Armstrong and also feature a number of other compositions by renowned names. Wynton Marsalis’ success story spans over a period of almost 40 years in the music industry and he remains bigger than ever. In 2010, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz brought him to African shores for the first time and he is no longer considered a stranger here.

Marsalis has been instrumental in promoting classical and jazz music to young audiences in America and it is planned that he undertakes workshops at music schools in Johannesburg while here. He believes in the development and support of young talent and encourages this wherever he performs. He firmly believes music education is a great way to enhance reading comprehension abilities in young people.
     Over the years, he has been awarded no fewer than nine Grammy Awards and his “Blood on the Fields” was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The son of jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr and grandson of Ellis Marsalis Sr, he has three famous brothers, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason.
     Five stages will be used where jazz lovers will be treated to a diverse range of musical genres.  At its best, jazz is free, fun, and unleashed.
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     Tickets can also be obtained from Computicket and Checkers.
     Prices are: Opening night: R750 | 1-Day Pass Friday or Saturday: R795 | 2-Day Pass: R1 350

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