Jazz great, Wynton Marsalis invites hundreds of youths to his masterclass in Soweto, 24th September 2019
Written by Kgaogelo Mahlangu on September 11, 2019
American Jazz giant Wynton Marsalis is not just headlining the 22nd annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz this month at the Sandton Convention Center, however he will be conducting a massive master class with hundreds of young people at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on the 24th September.
The Lincoln Center musical experience is coming to Johannesburg and Wynton is thrilled to share a music sermon with South African youngsters. He will be conducting a workshop on music and inviting these youngsters who will be coming from various schools to a jam session. Marsalis will be performing with the Standard Bank National Schools Big Band.
This heritage day, 24 September, The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will host a show for young people from different music schools and backgrounds. JLCO with Wynton Marsalis will be presenting interactive performance for Gauteng youth and presenting interactive lessons.
The Jazz for Young People program consists of narrated hour-long concerts. These hour-long narrated concerts use warmth and humor to introduce key musical concepts and other jazz fundamentals. Based on the US model, Jazz for Young People Concerts are offered each year specifically for school groups in Rose Theater at Fredrick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Some of the invited schools and ensembles include the Music Academy of Gauteng, Morris Issacson Music Centre, Tshwane School of Music, Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, Thaba Jabula Secondary School, Central Joburg College and Wits School of Arts among many others.
The youth is encouraged to bring their easy to carry instruments to participate in the performance that is paired as workshop.
“We are inviting schools and various young people to register to be part of this groundbreaking workshop and get to experience the legendary Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra live sharing knowledge on music. This is a rare opportunity and we would like to thank Mr Marsalis for availing himself for this before their 3 performances at the main festival on the 26th, 27th and 28th September , to interact and engage with our youth. The registration process has begun and we would like to encourage everyone to go to our website and be a part of history!” commented Ms Mantwa Chinoamadi – Festival Producer.
Register for the Jazz for Young People here: http://www.joyofjazz.co.za/home