The 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown presents a programme of exciting performances to mark key milestones for iconic jazz legacies.
Savvy jazz lovers are in for exciting musical treats, with performances marking the impact of The Blue Notes, led by trumpeter Marcus Wyatt; 50 years of Yakhal’inkomo, the historic record by Winston Mankunku Ngozi; 30 years of the collaborative relationship between McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer; 30 years of Mike Campbell at the helm as founding head of the UCT Jazz School; and an imaginative memorial to Michael Brecker, the American saxophonist and composer by Norwegian saxophonist Petter Wettre.
Taking place during the National Arts Festival, this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival (SBJF) – the longest-running jazz festival on the African continent – will live up to its reputation with an imaginative set of performances that pay homage to historic jazz projects, iconic records, and groundbreaking musicians, all presented with a youthful energy.
Celebrating 30 years of a continuing collaborative relationship, McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer will ascend the stage to share the magic that has kept them going for three decades as mainstays of the jazz world. The saxophonist and pianist have respectively presided over some of the groundbreaking projects in contemporary jazz, in their own albums or broader collaborations. They will perform what is promising to be a historic duet set at the festival.
Marcus Wyatt has established the Blue Note Tribute Orkestra with the intention of reminding musicians and South African audiences of the immense impact made by the