The 2019 Standard Bank Jazz Festival (SBJF)
May 3, 2019

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The sounds of award-winning jazz from South Africa’s musical past and present head to Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) this 27 June – 7 July for the 32nd edition of the celebrated Standard Bank Jazz Festival.

Kicking off this year’s jazz festival is a four-night programme showcasing a host of Big Band ensembles. Taking the stage will be The Massive Funk Big Band featuring top South African and European musicians, led this time around by Swedish jazz legend Nils Landgren. South African trumpeter and composer Marcus Wyatt’s 17-piece ZAR Orchestra will also be bringing their SAMA-award-winning, genre-defying take on jazz music’s Big Band sound. As always, audiences can expect breathtaking performances from the talented student musicians of the Standard Bank National Schools Big Band, conducted this year by renowned trombonist and educator Justin Sasman.

● The SBJF is on from 27 June to 9 July at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda and includes one of the biggest jazz development programmes on the continent, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival.


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.

Amanzi Yimpilo Project (Water is Life)

Help keep the water flowing

You have the power to help secure water tanks for the Amanzi Yimpilo Project. The project is responsible for about 1200 children between the ages of 0-5 years old. We are looking to provide a sustainable source of clean water for drinking, basic hygiene (washing hands and brushing teeth) and cooking in Day Care Centres in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown).

How you can donate
1. Show your #AfricanheART by Downloading and Using the Snapscan app[link name] to make a donation
2. Join the conversation on our Arts social communities using #SnapforWater

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


The eclectic American band, Too Many Zooz (US) brings their uniquely energetic brand of jazz to the festival.

Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Mandla Mlangeni provides festival-goers with a much-anticipated glimpse into his explorations of avant-garde African jazz, through performances with the African jazz fusion ensemble, Tune Recreation Committee, as well as a revisiting of Amandla Freedom Ensemble’s 12-track odyssey, Born to Be Black.

The 2013 SBYA, bassist and composer, Shane Cooper brings his exciting band, Mabuta to showcase their new record, Welcome to this World. The iconic and award winning band Freshlyground will be there alongside Mafikizolo and the Grammy award winning Scathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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