Motorists are being treated to a live jazz performance on a billboard, corner of William Nicol and Republic roads in Sandton this afternoon.
The two-hour live gig features the best young jazz musicians in South Africa who make up the 2016 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band conducted by celebrated bass guitarist Concord Nkabinde.
If you don’t happen to live in Johannesburg or drive that route you will be able to watch a live stream of the performance below from 5pm.
A live audio stream will also be available on the 702 app. Get the app for your iPhone here -https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/702/id789681541?mt=8
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This is the first ever live stream performance of a band on a billboard in South Africa!
The live jazz billboard marks the start of the countdown to the country’s premier jazz event - the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz which features more than 20 artists from across the world and takes place over 3 days in Sandton from the 24-26th September.
Those listening via the 702 app are enjoying popular tracks like Paul Simon's BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS, Pharrel Williams & Nile Rodgers' GET LUCKY and Sipho Mabuse's classic BURNOUT in and among the other more jazzy works.
It’s exciting to bring live music to unexpected places; and this live billboard is breathing life into the most mundane of situations - afternoon traffic in Johannesburg- but live music has the ability to change the mundane.— Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank said
About Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band – 2015
The 8-piece band was selected from hundreds of jazz musicians from around the country at this year’s Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. Previous alumni of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band include internationally acclaimed drummer Kesivan Naidoo, and Matthew Field from Beatenberg amongst others.
Dalisu Ndlazi (20) started music at the very young age of 12, singing choral music and later started playing the bass guitar when he was in high school. He received training from church at the Salvation Army and continued playing for his school band at ' Umlazi Comtech' till this present time.
Bradley Prince (20) is jazz guitarist who was born and raised in Cape Town. He is currently studying music education specializing in jazz studies at the University of Cape Town. He is currently in his 2nd year of study. He started playing music in church at the age of 10 where he started on piano.
Keorapetse Kolwane(23) is a performer and session vocalist, composer and songwriter. She is currently a student in the Jazz and Popular Music Department of Tshwane University of Technology.
“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision” Keorapetse Kolwane aspires to instill vision in young artists.
Lorenzo Blignaut(24) started playing the trumpet at the age of nine in their family Christmas choir. He later joined the Delft Big Band conducted by Ian Smith in 2008 where he further developed his music literacy. After he matriculated, Lorenzo went on to study music at UCT South African College of Music. He currently teaches music at Steenburg High School and Wellington Big band while still playing in the Delft Big Band. The future only looks bright for this young man.
Marcelle Adams (19), born in Cape Town, raised in a community called Delft. He is in his second year at the University of Cape Town where he is studying jazz trumpet and doing a BMus performance degree. He plays lead trumpet in the UCT big band.
Phuti Sepuru (26) completed her honours in Bachelor of Music at the University of Pretoria in 2011, majoring in Jazz Piano Performance, Music Education, and Music Technology. She completed her Masters degree in Musicolog in February 2015 at the University of Pretoria, where she is employed as a jazz vocal accompanist, and as a lecturer in world music, research methodology, jazz history, and jazz chamber music. Phuti founded her own jazz quintet in 2013, providing high quality music performances/entertainment for corporate functions.
Born in Thembisa, Thami Peace Mahlangu (23) started playing music at church where he played trumpet at age 12 and later on was taught clarinet and saxophone at the Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Art Foundation, where his talent was discovered and nurtured. He is currently a student at Tshwane University of Technology studying jazz and popular music.
Tshiamo Nkoane (21),started playing drums at 4 and continued playing at church. He is studying music at Tshwane University of Technology. Tshiamo has opened up for artists like saxophonist, Mercio Parker. he attended Unisa Jazz Workshop in 2012 and was selected to play in the John Davies ensemble.