UJ launches Weekend of Jazz focused on intergenerational jamming

The University of Johanneburg’s Auckland Park Campus will come alive with the sounds of jazz later this week.

Launching the inaugural annual UJ Weekend of Jazz, the festival’s programme curator Christine Msibi says, “We have adopted an intergenerational approach to programming the live jazz experience; pairing living legends with up-and-coming talent in order to diversify both the experiences we offer and the audiences they attract.”

Drumming talent Tlale Makhene will be opening the festival on Friday 25 May with the help of UJ’s Soweto Campus Jazz Band, and The Sun Xa Experiment taking to the stage on Friday evening. Bombshelter Beast will continue the party into the evening.

Audiences can also enjoy the sounds of Mandla Mlangeni (Amandla Freedom Ensemble), the Jazz Cats and Zoe Modiga on Saturday and on Sunday, and a Jazz jam picnic will be hosted on the UJ Arts Centre piazza where Steve Dyer Quartet will be entertaining the crowd.

All performances take place at the UJ Arts Centre on the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park. Tickets are R200 for a Day Pass (R120 for students), or R400 for a Weekend Pass (R200 for students), and are available here or at the door.

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