Info below comes from Peter Feldman’s Top performers for Joy of Jazz 06/08/2011
Legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is due to perform at this year’s Joy of Jazz Festival in Newtown at the end of August. The amazing line up includes America’s Dee Dee Bridgewater, McCoy Tyner, Gerald Veasley, Jeff Lorber, Alexander O’Neal and Frank McComb who will be joined by Brazil’s Tania Maria, Croatia’s HGM Jazz Messengers and Belgium’s Brussels Jazz Orchestra who perform with our own Tutu Puoane. … A number of top South Africans are also in the line-up; jazz greats Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo, as well as Mango Groove, Simphiwe Dana, the African Jazz Pioneers, Tu Nokwe, Kwela Tebza, Victor Ntoni, McCoy Mrubatha, Ringo, Julius Schultz and pianist Bokani Dyer, who was the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz. They join performers from the African continent including Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, Angola’s Bonga and Nigeria’s Olufemi.
The Joy of Jazz will be on seven stages including a brand new venue The Conga Stage, which is being specially built between Bassline and Newtown’s Turbine Hall. The Dinaledi Stage and the Mbira Stage will once again be erected on Newtown Park (formerly Mary Fitzgerald Square), creating three purpose-built venues to showcase this year’s line-up. Other venues include The Bassline, Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis.