Kaya 959 The Jazz Standard

The Jazz Standard

The adventure of rich storytelling about the world of Jazz continues with Brenda Sisane on Kaya 959's The Jazz Standard.
English South Africa Music History · Music Commentary
11 Episodes

Kyle Shepherd

On The Blueprint this week we present Kyle Shepherd, award winning jazz pianist and theatre and film score composer. He talks about his role as appointed Artist Director for the Journey to Jazz Festival 2024 and his experience on touring Waiting for the Sibyl, a chamber opera piece by renowned…
Season 1 / Episode 2 8 min

Yonela Mnana

Yonela is authentic and true to his calling. As a pianist composer and educator, he talks about why listening is a superior sense, through which he navigates the world and gives his thoughts on music education.
Season 1 / Episode 2 25 min

Mark Fransman

Multi-instrumentalist and award winner Mark Fransman pays homage and thanksgiving to some of South Africa's iconic musicians through his latest album 'Solo'. He shares his experiences as the recipient of the Transatlantic Jazz Exchange residency in the United States and how it forged cultural connections and musical bonds between South…
Season 1 / Episode 4 34 min

Nat Birchall

We thought that the ideal gift for any jazz lover would be an articulate conversation with Nat Birchall about playing from a place of honesty, his love for the drum, and what he admires about John Coltrane; the leading tenor player from the UK graces our Blueprint feature on The…
Season 1 / Episode 4 15 min

Chantal Willie Peterson

What does the professional field of jazz look like? In terms of artists, archives, festivals, award and incentives: the kind of HR machine? What are needs, processes, an ideal ecosystem to maximise productivity and connectivity? What pragmatic conversations are we not having? We weigh in on your favourite genre and…
Season 1 / Episode 6 45 min

Nasheet Waits

On January 2024, revolutionary jazz drummer Max Roach would have turned 100 years and in honor of his centennial, a celebration concert has been commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (NJPAC). This will feature the re-imagining of the 1960 'Freedom Now Suite' which Max co-wrote with Oscar Brown…
Season 1 / Episode 7 10 min

Dr Lindelwa Dalamba

Dr Lindelwa Dalamba Senior Lecturer Wits School of Arts pays tribute to Jazz stalwart Mam Vuyiswa Mbambisa. What does the world look like with women represented as they should in our jazz research and studies.
Season 1 / Episode 8 42 min

Steve Kwena Mokwena

Cultural activist, artist, curator, and award-winning filmmaker with a passion for youth development Steve Kwena Mokwena speaks of the unforgettable history of Sophiatown, the relocated African Freedom Station and its cultural exchange programs.
Season 1 / Episode 9 34 min

Deelee Dube

The Jazz Standard invites Deelee Dube, a recepient of the The Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition, she gives us a breakdown of the 2024 Jazz Grammy winners and talks about the legacy of her grandfather Zacks Nkosi.
Season 1 / Episode 10 32 min


The South African Pavilion is readying for the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale do Venezia (20 April- 24 November 2024), where the country will present an exhibition with a bold message for the world today. WE SPOKE TO CURATOR PORTIA MALATJI senior lecturer in Art History and Discourse of…
Season 1 / Episode 10 29 min