Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown

The 26th Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown (SBJF) packs a programme of performances that celebrate great jazz legacies by a league of world-class musicians reimagining them with a youthful verve. Audiences will be treated to incredible tributes, celebrations of key musical milestones and youthful takes on jazz jewels by a new generation. Legacies of giants like the Blue Notes, Winston Mankunku’s Yakhal’inkomo, the music of Michael Brecker, Miles Davis and more, all get a new shake with a focus on the future of the jazz.

In keeping with tradition, the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Thandi Ntuli, will lead two incredible bands to showcase her genre stretching brand of jazz. She will lead her imaginative outfit, the Rebirth of Cool with DJ Kenzhero then return to the stage to present songs from her sophomore record, Exile. In a showcase of durability in friendship and creative collaboration, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata and pianist Paul Hanmer will give a performance of their lives to celebrate 30 years of CollaborationRead more

The SBJF is on from 28 June to 7 July at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Bookings now open and tickets are available from

Discount:  Standard Bank cardholders qualify for a discount of 20% when using a valid Standard Bank debit, cheque or credit card.  The discount is applicable to purchases online or at the box office.  The offer is limited to six tickets per person, and only on presentation and usage of a valid Standard Bank debit, cheque and/or credit card. This offer will be available for a limited time only. Terms and conditions apply.

SnapScan will be available throughout the festival.  Download the app to your mobile for your convenience.


The full National Arts Festival programme is available to browse online.

If you prefer a printed copy of the programme, it will be available at selected Standard Bank and Exclusive Books branches in due course. As always, it will take a week or two for the delivery trucks to complete the distribution, and some branches will get them sooner than others, but it will be worth the wait!  LIST OF BRANCHES 

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