In the view of vocalist Ranee Lee, "Jazz is like a tree going through the seasons: there are times in which the leaves die and fall away and the tree goes to sleep and times when it flourishes and grows."Lee, born in New York and resident in Canada, is one of the final names to be added to the roster for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 15-17.The concerts are spread across stages in the venue; it’s worth consulting the lineup information in advance and plan, to maximise the music you hear and minimise the trips up and down the centre’s often crowded escalators.This is a golden year for vocalists at Joy of Jazz. As well as Lee, other transatlantic voices include Deborah J Carter, Dwight Trible (who made a powerful impression last year) and José James. James, already an established name in hip-hop and R&B, built a new audience in 2015 with his classic Billie Holiday tribute for Blue Note: Yesterday I Had the Blues.From SA, the lis...

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