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Some of the world’s top artists will be providing a global mélange of sound at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz joining an already impressive line-up at the country?s top jazz-travaganza.

Running from 26 to 28 August in Newtown, Johannesburg, the 2010 line-up features artists from America, Japan and Israel who will share billing with top performers from South Africa and the African Diaspora.

America’s Ravi Coltrane, Kim Waters, Stacey Kent, violinist Michael Ward, percussionist Poncho Sanchez and jazz quartet Fourplay comprising Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Chuck Loeb will be joined by Japan’s Sadao Watanabe and Israel’s award-winning clarinettist Anat Cohen.
Performers from the African continent include Mali?s acclaimed Oumou Sangare and a strong South African line-up of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Wanda Baloyi, Kyle Shepherd, Putuma, Nhlanhla Nciza, Wouter Kellerman,Tsepo Tshola and Melanie Scholtz, the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz for 2010.

Already announced for the festival are critically acclaimed soul singer Rahsaan Patterson, London based guitarist and vocalist Brian Temba and the phenomenal Cape Town jazz singer Auriol Hays who share the bill on the opening night of the festival on the Dinaledi stage. Headlining day two, on the Dinaledi stage, are trumpeter Chris Botti and celebrated jazz singer Lalah Hathaway.

Oumou Sangare, known as “The Songbird of Wassoulou”, is regarded as one of the greatest female African stars of her generation. Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed and Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer who founded the prominent independent record label, RKM.
Japanese saxophonist and flutist Sadao Watanabe has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for his contribution to the arts. Stacey Kent was voted best jazz vocalist at the 2001 British Jazz Awards and the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards and was also a 2009 Grammy nominee. Her greatest success came with the release of her debut album Breakfast On the Morning Tram.

Prolific saxman and composer Kim Waters, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary in the business, juggles such diverse projects as The Sax Pack (with fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole) and his Streetwize and Tha’ Hot Club CDs that are known for their reworkings of the hottest hip hop, R&B and reggae hits. Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet. The Jazz Journalists Association named her Clarinetist of the Year by in both 2007 and 2008 – the first time in the history of the awards that an artist has earned top clarinet honours two years running.

Says festival producer, Mantwa Odutayo of T-Musicman: “We have gone to great lengths to secure the finest artists and we believe we have a heavyweight line up befitting 2010?s stature.”

Commented Mandie van der Spuy, head Art & Jazz Sponsorships Standard Bank: “Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz 2010 will be a year to remember. Not only will we have successfully hosted one of the world?s greatest sporting events but we will be showcasing some of world?s best musical talent at the 11th Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz.”

The 2010 Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz will take place at six venues in the city’s Newtown precinct. The Dinaledi Stage and the Mbira Stage will be erected on Mary Fitzgerald Square, creating two purpose-built venues to showcase this year?s line-up. Other venues include The Market Theatre and The Bassline, Sophiatown and Nikki?s Oasis.

For more information on the line-up, venues go to www.standardbankarts.com and www.joyofjazz.co.za

Tickets are on sale at Computicket with a 15% discount for all Standard Bank customers.
The 2010 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and presented by Standard Bank.

Artists’ biographies

ANAT COHEN (Israel/US)
An established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999. In September 2008, Anat Cohen released Notes From The Village, her fourth album as leader. Notes From The Village finds Anat leading a quartet of some of the most sought-after, engaging young performers in New York, including pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital, and drummer Daniel Freedman, with accompaniment from guitarist Gilad Hekselman on three tracks. Anat has performed for audiences in New York?s Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, Iridium, The Jazz Gallery, and the JVC Jazz Festival. She has also appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Washington DC?s Kennedy Center, San Francisco?s Yoshi’s, Boston?s Regattabar, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Cohen?s accomplishments have been recognised in a flurry of awards and distinctions from critics and fans alike. She topped the Rising Star-Clarinet category in DownBeat Magazine?s critics? poll in both 2007 and 2008, and placed prominently in a total of four categories including Rising Star Jazz Artist – where she ranked second and was the only female artist to make the list. Anat was also mentioned on DownBeat?s readers? poll in 2007 and 2008. The Jazz Journalists Association named Anat Cohen Clarinetist of the Year by in both 2007 and 2008 – the first time in the history of the awards that an artist has earned top clarinet honours two years running.
· Anat Cohen performs at the Bassline on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28.

AURIOL HAYS (South Africa)

Auriol Hays was born and raised in the Western Cape. She grew up listening to classical and jazz music in a family of musicians. However, she kept her vocal talent and songwriting very much disguised. A chance meeting with songwriter/producer Andre Scheepers changed that and led to a Top 10 hit on 5fm’s Top Forty called Take It Slow as well as a record deal. Auriol is influenced by acts as varied as Radiohead and System of A Down, or Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. Auriol writes about darker emotions and admits that she never writes happy love songs. That she leaves all to Andre. Brendon Ou-Tim accompanies the pair on bass and double bass to complete the sexy alternative pop style of Auriol Hays and her band.
· Auriol Hays performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Thursday, August 26.

BRIAN TEMBA (South Africa)

Brian Temba hails originally from Soshanguve, Tshwane. He began his music career as a backing singer for different artists including Hugh Masekela, Jonathan Butler and Vicky Vilakazi. He was part of trailblazing groups Joyous Celebration, Family Factory and IV U (For You). He was part of Lion and the Lamb, a musical play directed by John Kani. He has been involved in various soundtracks locally and internationally for movies such as Pride (starring Terrance Howard and Bernie Mac), Tears of the Sun (starring Bruce Willis) and an Ireland production called Highway Freedom. He has been based in the UK recently where he was the star of the West End Musical The Lion King, performing the role of Simba to packed audiences six nights a week at the Lyceum Theatre in London. He is a seasoned singer and guitar player and his album Something Better displays classic guitar riffs and haunting strings while delivering emotive lyrics.
· Brian Temba performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Thursday, August 26.

CHRIS BOTTI (US)

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become one of the largest selling American jazz instrumental artists. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four No 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple gold, platinum & Grammy Awards. Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith?s Steven Tyler. Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. People Magazine voted Chris one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 2004. Botti plays a Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet made in 1939, and uses a three silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece. He uses a Leblanc Vacchiano Harmon mute from the 1950s.
· Chris Botti performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28

FOURPLAY (US)

Fourplay is a contemporary jazz quartet. The original members of the group were Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass) and Harvey Mason (drums). In 1997, Ritenour left the group and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb. The Grammy-nominated group has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop to their unwavering jazz foundations. During two decades and 11 albums, the quartet has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. Fourplay received a Congressional Record from the United States Congress, House of Representatives recognising them as distinguished members of the music industry. The award was presented by A. Robert Brown, Sr., Advisor to Congressman Ed Towns of New York at a Fourplay performance in Philadelphia. Fourplay is the only musical group in history to be recognised by the U.S. Congress.
· Fourplay perform on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28

KIM WATERS (US)

Prolific saxman and composer Kim Waters, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary in the business, maintains a hectic schedule juggling such diverse projects as The Sax Pack (with fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole) and his Streetwize and Tha’ Hot Club CDs that are known for their clever reworkings of the hottest hip hop, R&B and reggae hits on the radio. His recent release is Love Stories, a collection of love inspired anthems that explore the deep range of emotions love can evoke. A special highlight on the CD is his version of Michael Jackson?s This is It, which was Waters? way of paying homage to the King of Pop. “I’m a Michael Jackson fan,” he confesses. “Most of his songs are well covered by other artists and when I heard this one I knew I wanted to record it.” Inspired by such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Cannonball and Grover Washington, Waters was born into a musical family. Over the years, Waters has been called on to perform with or open shows for Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Riley and Guy, and Gerald Albright to name a few.
· Kim Waters performs at the Market on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28.

KYLE SHEPHERD (South Africa)

Cape Town born Kyle Shepherd is regarded as one of South Africa’s most accomplished jazz pianists, composers and band leaders. Shepherd has performed at concerts and festivals in South Africa and abroad with some of South Africa’s greatest musicians, including the likes of Zim Ngqawana, Louis Moholo, McCoy Mrubata, Hilton Schilder, Errol Dyers and Robbie Jansen. Shepherd draws his musical influences from the traditional rhythms, melodies and harmonies of Cape Town as well as jazz music: “My music is a direct representation of my traditions and the lineage of artists that came before me, and I am merely a portrait of their mastery.” At the 2010 South African Music Awards, Shepherd received two nominations for Best Traditional Jazz Album for his debut album fineART including that of Best Newcomer.
· Kyle Shepherd performs at Bassline on Saturday, August 28.

LALAH HATHAWAY (US)

Lalah Hathaway is a contemporary R&B and jazz singer. She is the daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and classically trained vocalist Eulaulah. In 1990, Hathaway released her self-titled album, Lalah Hathaway. A Moment was released in 1994, debuting at No 34 on the Top R&B albums chart. In 1999, Lalah Hathaway collaborated with Joe Sample and released her third album The Song Lives On. After a five year hiatus, Hathaway returned with her fourth album Outrun the Sky. The single Forever, For Always, For Love peaked at No 1 on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay. In 2007, Hathaway signed to Stax Records and in 2008 released her fifth album Self Portrait. Lalah received a Grammy Award nomination for That Was Then as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from the Self Portrait album. Between album projects, Hathaway – who’s recorded collaborations with Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndegéocello and Mary J. Blige, among them – keeps her creativity nourished by taking to the global stage and contributing her voice to Daughters of Soul, a musical mélange founded by Sandra St. Victor, and featuring Nona Hendryx, Joyce Kennedy as well as Indira and Simone, daughters of Chaka Khan and Nina Simone, respectively.
· Lalah Hathaway performs on the Dineledi Stage on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28

MELANIE SCHOLTZ (South Africa)

Melanie Scholtz was born to sing. Coming from a musical family, she learnt to play the piano at the age of five and at 16 went to study singing with The Eoan group. In 1997, Melanie enrolled at the SA College of Music at UCT and graduated in 2000 Cum Laude with a Performers? Diploma in Opera. In 2002, Melanie was named Best Jazz Vocalist in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters and in 2006 released her debut album entitled Zillion Miles. She has been invited to perform in Spain, Portugal, Holland, Morocco, Norway, Sweden and Austria and collaborates with numerous artists both nationally and internationally. Melanie is also an accomplished composer/lyricist/writer and director and in February 2009 recorded her second album with Norwegian trumpeter and producer, Ole Jorn Myklebust. Apart from her own compositions and recordings, Melanie collaborated and was featured with guitarist Jimmy Dludlu on Peaceful Moment and on Which way to Go with Electronic DJ’s Iridium Project. She has also featured on albums by Mark Fransman, Ivan Masuze, Goldfish and Breakfast Included. Melanie has performed at numerous music festivals nationally and internationally and in August 2009 recorded a live album with Inkala in Vadso at the Varanger Jazz Festival in Norway. In February 2010, Melanie has been invited to perform in Murmansk, Russia as well as in Norway in March 2010. Scholtz is the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz for 2010.
· Melanie Scholtz performs at the Market Theatre on Friday, August 27.

MICHAEL WARD (US)

As one of the premier jazz violinist in the business Michael Ward has taken the violin to another level in jazz, funk and R&B. Performing around the world at some of the most esteemed festivals and venues Ward continues to stay in high demand as a performer and an educator. With five CDs to his credit and over 100 recordings with various artists ranging in diverse styles of music, Michael has emerged as one of the leading studio violinist in the business.
· Michael Ward performs at The Bassline on August 27 and 28

NHLANHLA NCIZA (South Africa)

The name Nhlanhla Nciza is synonymous with the name Mafikizolo in the music industry. They released seven albums and later made a trend for the formation of other Afro-pop groups in South Africa. Now Nhlanhla, who has made the big shades not only a fashion statement but a fashion trend for herself, has shown signs of maturity and growth. Nhlanhla has released her second solo album titled My Thoughts, through TS Records. She is also responsible for the fashion brand and clothing range called NN Vintage. She regularly showcases her range at various fashion shows. She is an ambassador for both Mogale City and the 2010 LOC Fifa World Cup.
· Nhlanhla Nciza performs at the Market Theatre on Saturday, August 28

OUMOU SANGARE (Mali)

Oumou Sangare was born in Bamako, Mali in 1969. A struggle to keep the family
afloat was the backdrop to Oumou?s childhood. Oumou’s mother was a singer and her main source of income were “sumu” (wedding and baptism) celebrations. Oumou accompanied her mother to the sumus from the age of five, and very soon was in demand in her own right. Oumou’s vision from the outset was to bring the power and charm of Wassoulou music into her own songs. She released her first album Moussoulou (Women) in 1990 to international acclaim. Oumou has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, touring internationally and becoming recognised as one of the greatest female African stars of her generation. Oumou continues the battle to encourage equality between men and women and sings about universal themes in life such as love, death, destiny, respect for each other, hope and harmony, not forgetting a couple of light-hearted tunes about the fun things in life. An icon and role model for modern women she is both keen to encourage and embrace new ideas through her music whilst at the time she holds a deep respect for tradition and those who came before her.
· Oumou Sangare performs on the Mbira Stage on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28

PONCHO SANCHEZ (US)

If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colours and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. At 24, after working his way around the local club scene for several years, he landed a permanent spot in Cal Tjader’s band in 1975. Sanchez remained with Tjader until the bandleader’s death in 1982. That same year, he signed with Concord for the release of Sonando!, an album that marked the beginning of a prolific musical partnership that has spanned more than 25 years and has yielded two dozen recordings. The same line-up that has backed Sanchez on several records and countless live shows are keyboardist/arranger David Torres; saxophonist Javíer Vergara; trumpeter/flugelhornist Ron Blake; trombonist/arranger Francisco Torres; bassist/vocalist Tony Banda; timbalero George Ortiz; and percussionist/vocalist Joey De León.
· Poncho Sanchez performs on the Mbira Stage on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28

PUTUMA (South Africa)

Key words describe Putuma’s vocal prowess: earthy, afro-soulful, ethno-trendy, afro-jazzy and spiritual. Since appearing on the Joburg performance circuit as a backing vocalist behind some of the most established and accomplished artists in the afro-soul, jazz and gospel genres, Putuma has commanded a presence on stage that already exhibits an artist of a particular stature, classy, with distinct artistic sophistication. Having had the opportunity of being behind the success of most leading artists in South Africa, Putuma is surely going to stand the test of time. Putuma will release her debut album in July 2010.
· Putuma performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 27

RAHSAAN PATTERSON (US)

Inspired by Prince, Rufus, Miles Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donny Hathaway, Sarah Vaughn, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, young Rahsaan Patterson was performing in his Pentecostal church choir by the age of six. His talent and precociousness led his family to relocate to California, where he started a TV career. But music was in his soul, and Patterson began honing his craft and reaching out to other musicians in the Los Angeles area. His unique sense of melody and lyric soon netted him songwriting placements, with hit songs for Tevin Campbell, Chico DeBarge, Christopher Williams, and Jody Watley. Together with producer Keith Crouch, he wrote the triple-platinum selling Baby, which reached Number One on the national charts in 1994 and helped launch Brandy’s multi-faceted career. MCA came calling soon after, and Patterson released his self-titled debut in 1997, helping to fuel what was then the nascent neo-soul movement. The album included what has become his signature tune, Where You Are, as well as the funky Stop By, immediately putting him on the radar with R&B fans. The artist followed that effort with 1999’s critically praised album, Love In Stereo. After Hours, his long-awaited 2004 follow-up, was released on the independent Artistry Music label, and only cemented Patterson’s reputation as a deeply thoughtful, adventurous artist with a unique point of view. Combining Rahsaan’s three solo releases – with songs he has written and performed on soundtracks and songs written and recorded by outside artists, Patterson has contributed music to more than 10 million CDs sold to date.
· Rahsaan Patterson performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Thursday, August 26 and appears with Lalah Hathaway on Saturday, August 28

RAVI COLTRANE (US)

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed and Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. Since 1991, Coltrane has worked as a sideman with many jazz luminaries, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others, overseen important jazz reissues, and founded the prominent independent record label, RKM. In 1991, his father’s renowned drummer, Elvin Jones, saw in Ravi an emergent authentic performer, and hired Ravi to play with his band. After his tenure with Elvin, Ravi found himself working alongside a list of names that reads like the Who’s Who of American Jazz and Pop, including McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker, George Duke, Stanley Clarke Jeff “Tain” Watts, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Jacky Terrasson, Jack DeJohnnette, Rashied Ali, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen, Gerry Gibbs, Graham Haynes, and Steve Coleman for whom he appears on several albums. In 1997 Ravi recorded his first album as a leader, Moving Pictures (RCA Victor). Critical acclaim arrived with the release of his second release, From The Round Box (2000). Ravi’s third album, MAD 6 (Columbia) gathered even more worldwide interest and recognition for now assured artist. February of 2005 saw the release of Ravi’s fourth album, In Flux (Savoy), which was voted the #3 top albums in The New York Times’ prestigious 2005 year-end list. Blending Times (Savoy), Ravi’s fifth release was released in 2009. He frequently tours the world with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, a dynamic band whose members include pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland.
· Ravi Coltrane performs at Bassline on Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28

SADAO WATANABE (Japan)

Born in 1933, SadaoWatanabe began playing the alto sax at the age of 18. He made a name for himself in the jazz scene participating in Toshiko Akiyoshi’s Cozy Quartet He studied at the Berklee Music of College and enriched his musical style by performing with big acts such as Chico Hamilton and Gary McFarland. Forming his own band after returning to Japan in 1965, he became more active in the national music scene and played a major role in creating in the big “Bossa Nova” boom in Japan in the „60s. Appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1968 marked the beginning of his international career. In 2001, he was appointed as the Executive Producer of the Japanese Government Exhibition Project for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. He culminated in the events in which he performed with youth percussion and chorus groups who gathered from five continents in an extraordinary cross-cultural blend of rhythm & song. This project has spread to foreign countries. His 70th album is Into Tomorrow.
· Sadao Watanabe performs on the Mbira Stage on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28

SIPHO MABUSE (South Africa)

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse was born in Johannesburg in 1951. Mabuse got his start in the African soul group the Beaters in the mid-1970s. After a successful tour of Zimbabwe they changed the group’s name to Harari. When they returned to their homeland in South Africa they began to draw almost exclusively on American-style funk, soul, and pop music, sung in Zulu and Sotho as well as English. He has also recorded and produced for, amongst others, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo. Mabuse is responsible for Burn Out in the early 1980s which sold over 500,000 copies, and the giant mbaqanga (traditional Zulu) hit of the late 1980s, Jive Soweto. Mabuse has mastered many instruments: the drums, flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and African drums.
· Sipho Mabuse performs on the Mbira Stage on Friday, August 27

STACEY KENT (US)

The ability to tell a story, capture an emotion, a mood, hone it and share it like a secret with her audience; these are the qualities that make Stacey Kent so special. Happy at home in a variety of genres, she casts wide her net in search of inspiration. As a graduate in comparative literature from New York’s Sarah Lawrence College, Kent met her future husband and producer, the saxophonist, Jim Tomlinson where they were both auditioning at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. With the release of her first solo album, Close Your Eyes, in 1997, the critics saluted the birth of a new jazz star with impeccable phrasing, a clear, bewitching voice, and a singular style blending sensitivity and sophistication. Her covers of standards from the Great American Songbook and Brazilian repertories, including classics by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim, are always imbued with her inimitable contemporary sensibility. She was voted best jazz
vocalist at the 2001 British Jazz Awards, and the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards. She was also a 2009 Grammy nominee. Her greatest success came with the release of her 2007 Blue Note debut album Breakfast On the Morning Tram which clocked up worldwide sales of over 300,000.
· Stacey Kent performs at The Market Theatre on Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28 STANDARD BANK NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ BAND (SBNYJB) WITH

CONDUCTOR MIKE CAMPBELL (South Africa)

The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band (SBNYJB) is a product of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, which takes place in Grahamstown in July each year as part of the National Arts Festival. It is the most significant youth development initiative in jazz in South Africa, and attracts the very best young players in the country, the cream of whom are selected for the SBNYJB each year. The band members are chosen from the 320 young musicians from around South African who come to the festival, and each is a highly competent musician, normally with a budding professional pedigree already, with an average age in the band of 20. The band is a vibrant reflection of the cosmopolitan nature of South African society, and has an interesting mix of gender and race, from quite different backgrounds and parts of the country. Some have formal postgraduate university jazz degrees; others have risen to the top through their extraordinary natural talent, despite their lack of opportunity. This year the conductor is Mike Campbell, one of South Africa?s leading jazz educators, composers and performers with extensive international experience and recording and performance credentials that include most of the top jazz players in the country. The SBNYJB will be performing his compositions and arrangements.

Band members in 2010: Lou-Anne Stone (alto sax) Stellenbosch University; Sakhile Simani (trumpet) UKZN; Siya Charles (trombone) UCT; Monique van Willingh UCT; Gerrit Strydom (guitar) Tshwane University of Technology; Stephen Bell (piano) UCT; Romy Brauteseth (bass); Annemie Nel (drums) Stellenbosch University and Sandile Gontsana (voice) UCT
· The SBNYJB performs at Bassline on August 27 and 28.

TSEPO TSHOLA (South Africa)

Tsepo Tshola started in the music industry as a front man for the group Sankomota from Lesotho with Frank Leepa. He went on to become a solo artist and recorded hits such as Madambadamba, Holokile, Akobutle and many more.
· Tshepo Tshola performs on the Mbira Stage on Saturday, August 28

WANDA BALOYI (South Africa)

Following in the footsteps of her father Jaco Maria, Wanda Baloyi has released a solo soulful release, Colours. The female artist proved her worth when she burst into the industry as lead singer for the all girls group, Ghetto Luv. Wanda began her professional career while still in high school in Johannesburg. After leaving the hugely popular all-girl group Ghetto Luv in 2001, she went on to collaborate with Thembi Seete from the well known group Boom Shaka on a track called Sure Ntombazana for the hit series Yizi Yizo 2 sound track CD. She was then offered an opportunity to record her first solo project voices in 2003 produced by SAMA Award winner, guitar maestro Jimmy Dludlu. The resulting Voices landed her a KORA Award for Best African Arrangement 2004 along with two SAMA nominations and a Channel O music video nomination 2005 and 2006. Wanda has had the opportunity to work with and share stages with many great musicians and bands such as Jimmy Dludlu (with whom was invited to perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert Jo’burg as well as Cape Town 2003, as well as the Jazzathon 2004), M Connection, The Moreira Project, Straight and Narrow, Loading Zone, Hugh Masekela, Mama Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize, Mark Fransman, Jaco Maria and many others.
· Wanda Baloyi performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Saturday, August 28

WOUTER KELLERMAN (South Africa)

Musician Wouter Kellerman is widely considered to be South Africa’s foremost flautist. His album Colour debuted to rave reviews and topped the charts, and was nominated for a 2008 South African Music Award for Best Instrumental Album. Kellerman Colour Live won the 2010 SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD. Wouter has a vibrant show and has been travelling extensively over the last two years, performing all over the world in places like Berlin, New York and Sydney.
· Wouter Kellerman performs on the Mbira Stage on August 27 and 28.
PUISANO BANDS
• 4 SEASONS (Puisano Band)
• JUXTAPOSED VIRTUE (Puisano Band)
• MEDUMO ART ENSEMBLE (Puisano Band)
• QUITE STORM (Puisano Band)
• SOPHIA SISTAS (Puisano Band)
• UP BEAT (Puisano Band)
• WAFA WAFA SOUND SYSTEM (Puisano Band)

Issued by Standard Bank Group.
Contacts: Erik Larsen, or call +27 11 636 7520 Ross Linstrom, or call on +27 11 636 3629

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