Oscar Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel swapped his legal gown for his golf shirt and headed for the fairways at the Killarney Country Club to show off his golfing skills during the Joy of Jazz Golf Day on Tuesday – ahead of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert to be staged at the Sandton International Convention Centre from tonight.
The man nicknamed “Pitbull” for his tenacity in the courtroom was one of about 130 well-known personalities who took part in the fourball challenge at this iconic Johannesburg golf venue.
They ranged from chief executive officers of leading JSE-listed companies to celebrities such as SABC’s soccer host Thomas Mlambo and Metro FM’s Tbo Touch, whose battle on the fairways on the day matched the rising Johannesburg temperature.
The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank in association with the City of Johannesburg, Department of Arts and Culture, Gauteng Provincial Government and South African Tourism.
Multi-talented saxophonist Ayo was also roped in to ensure that the players’ sumptuous lunch – boasting the best of local cuisine in keeping with Heritage Month – went down well.
He also let his instrument serenade the guests during a networking session.
Jazz guitarist and vocalist Ernie Smith took over from where Ayo left off and gave a five-star performance for the tired golf players during the prize-giving dinner.
Prizes ranged from Joy of Jazz VIP tickets and accommodation vouchers to golf bags.
rom tonight, jazz lovers will be in seventh heaven when the Joy of Jazz concerts starts at the Sandton venue – the first time this three-day annual musical experience is held there after moving from the Newtown Precinct.
Grammy Award-winners Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves and Roy Hargrove, as well as Billy Ocean, Delfeayo Marsalis, Sibongile Khumalo and Jonas Gwangwa will enthrall the throngs of jazzophiles and jazz connoisseurs who will be in attendance at the three stages – Dinaledi, Conga and Mbira.
Flying the South African flag proudly will be Tutu Puoane, Feya Faku and his quintet; the Mike Rossi Project; Herbie Tsoaeli and Carlos Mombelli.
More than 30 000 jazz fanatics from all parts of South Africa are expected to attend this annual musical showpiece this year.
The concert, organised by Peter Tladi’s T-Musicman, is now in its 17th year.