Jazz trumpeter Darren English imagines hope in debut album “Imagine Nation”, with tributes to Nelson Mandela

Capetownian trumpeter, Darren English, kicks off his debut album by Hot Shoe Records (2016) with an original, “Imagine Nation”, a call to youth to make a better day! The first of a three part suite, it’s a melodic song mostly in the minor keys, and shows Darren’s wide range of tones on his trumpet.


Nostalgically, I still  ‘imagine’ those Monday night jazz jam sessions at Cape Town’s Swingers when 15 year old Darren, wearing his Beatles hairdo, and always accompanied by his indefatigably supportive father, Trevor,  would silence the packed crowd by his trumpet wizardry. We knew we had another South African catch of a musician who would go places. Indeed he has, 11 years later, cutting this debut album, after having finished his Master’s degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he continues to teach jazz studies and perform with various groups in USA. Hence, my affectionate ‘Darren’ reference.

“Body and Soul” presents a rather interesting start with a duo between a bowed double bass and Darren’s muted trumpet. It seems he has deliberately made his trumpet sound flat, confident, no frills technique, no vibratos. A simple rendition of an ole classic.

Smooth runs characterize Darren’s offerings as he faultlessly scales his instrument’s prowess with dignity and pureness. You’d think he’s been playing for decades!

The faster paced “Bebop”, a Dizzy Gillespie classic, displays a fluid trumpet with clean runs and boppish attitude. Drums and bass click away, heralding Darren’s pace, with a lovely solo by bassist Billy Thorton. The even faster paced “What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ introduces Grammy song lark, Atlanta-based Carmen Bradford, who shows off her impressive credentials behind her bebop vocals. I hesitate to compare such uniqueness with other greats, but I must say, her scat, tonation, and jazzy pitch brings about memories of Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson for me. Her mood control in “Skylark” excelled.


The album mellows its pace with a moving and emotional presentation of Nelson Mandela’s wise words from radio interviews, as he brought South Africa’s democracy forward, with advice. ‘Pledge for Peace’, a second Darren original as part of the ‘Imagine Nation’ theme, supports imagining a nation leading a peaceful parade towards responsible freedoms. This song carefully mixes interviews with interplays between trumpet and tenor sax, all which fill the sound space with sunshine and hope, but with caution.

Midway in the album is the third song of the ‘Imagine Nation’ theme, “The Birth” which appropriately describes Darren’s longing for a new nation free of the apartheid past. A long piece, almost 12 minutes, it contains impressive trumpet runs, syncopation with rhythmic gaps of sound, off beats, behind beats, etc. Greg Tardy’s tenor sax is electric. This piece is full of conversation, dipping a lot into fast bebop, then softer slower ballad moods punctuated with horn dialogues….signifying no births are ‘easy’ or smooth. A very ambitious original.

Kenny Banks, Jr’s piano in the Frank Loesser song, “I’ve Never Been in Love Before”, provides classic bebop thrills along side Darren’s muted and even accompaniment . This duo piece is a real hit in the album!

“Bullet in the Gunn”, another original and a tribute to another trumpet mentor, Russsell Gunn, features blistering trade-offs between Darren’s trumpet and the wailing sax of Greg Tardy in occasionally frantic conversations.

The last track, “Cherokee”, presents fast runs by each musician, feasting on and sparring with each other’s energies, but they tended to blend into one men-otanous sound piece for me. I’m not one for blaring horns, but I felt these frantic snorts turned a reputable classic into a blah blah race run. On the other hand, having heard Joe Gransden’s trumpet at jazz jams in Atlanta several years ago, which the younger Darren also attended, it is obvious that Gransden’s style and wit has firmly rubbed off onto Darren’s technique. The two men simply gel and Darren knows it, and is proud to have such a mentor.


Darren English remains a formidable ‘young gun’ far beyond just South Africa’s jazz scene, and has been blessed with craft and skills to carry him holistically into a successful future. I am also very proud to say that Darren’s success carries with it a notable humility, yet adventure, in learning to be better. Just better! Watch his space!

See my December 2014 blurb: http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/2014/12/04/carol-martin-chat-with-cape-jazz-trumpeter-darren-english/
The album features: Darren English (tpt); Kenny Banks Jr. (pno); Billy Thornton (bs); Chris Burroughs (dms) + Carmen Bradford (vcl); Greg Tardy (tenor sax); Russell Gunn (tpt); Joe Gransden (tpt).

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“Come Play with Us”: Deep South’s attitude towards artistry; an Interview with songwriter Dave Ledbetter and arranger/producer Ronan Skillan

Deep South, a South African duo who spreads wings wide, travels to the deep northern territories of Europe to harvest fiordic acoustic sounds from Swiss, Swedish, and Norwegian colleagues. “We love what you do and we want your voices to grace our stuff,” invites this duo. Their time is limited, but their zest for inclusiveness is great, with eagerness to explore with fellow artists. “Here’s my composition and you know my sound. What can you add, please?” is the ticket for networking longevity. Guitarist/pianist Dave Ledbetter and percussionist/tabla/didgeridoo maestro Ronan Skillan have been CapeTown friends for long, and meld into each other’s works like happy jelly. They play regularly at Capetown’s popular jazz club, Straight No Chaser, (next gig on Wednesday, 10 February – not to be missed!) and include a handful of illustrious local musicians who add their South African and Cape voice to Deep South, particularly in their first album, “A Waiting Land” (2013).

Deep South’s recent launches of their second album, “Heartland” (2015), have spiralled these innovative acoustic wonders into depths of tonality and expression that cut across ethnic, regional, and even spiritual identities. I lamely attempted a review of this eclectic CD: http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/2015/11/04/acoustically-tripping-with-deep-souths-skillan-and-ledbetter-in-heartland/ and was sorry to miss their November 2015 launch in Cape Town with fellow European collaborators: ECM artist and co-producer of Heartland, bassist Bjorn Meyer from Sweden, bass clarinettist Jan Galega Bronnimann, trumpeter Samuel Wurgler and percussionist Fredrik Gille.

But even better was to chat with the deep souls of Deep South, while overlooking Kalk Bay’s wistful harbour, and find out what makes them tick!

Dave Ledbedder loves dogs

Dave Ledbetter loves dogs

CM: How have you attracted foreign artists to migrate towards you, as in your recent album?
Dave Ledbetter (DL): At the moment, the music has taken its natural course. I think the fact that our music is out there allows people to have access to it. Our first album was more home-grown here because we wanted a sound that was acoustically Capetonian and South African with local musicians like Mark Fransman (clarinet/flute), Shaun Yohannes (electric bass), and Shane Cooper (acoustic bass) adding their particular voices. When we branched out to the northern hemisphere, to our networks in Switzerland and Sweden, we had a more collaborative relationship. Compositions which I and Ronan had worked on over a period of time received a ringing blessing from fellow Hearts.

Ronan Skillan (RS): In Europe, we got a different sound to our songs, with intonation and precision. With our local musicians, we got more heart and feeling and intimacy, because we all grew up together. I think it’s also the way Dave and I relate that builds our networks. I’ve always loved Dave’s music – he brings the compositions, I don’t. I help orchestrate and engineer the physical hands-on process, and offer arrangements and ideas about sound and production. I have visions of specific people I know who will resonate with the compositions, and approach them, like our good friend and co-producer Bjorn Meyer who loved our first album.

DL: When we went to Europe, and I remember this very well, we had no idea of how or what it was going to sound like – this collaboration – before we got there. Suddenly, we’re sitting down together, and things started just rolling. Here it is! It went forward from there. In comparison, our first album was a laborious process over a long period of time, but we managed to capture all the nuances of my playing and could spend time rolling them out. This couldn’t happen with our second album recorded in Europe with limited time and budget. But the organic and free flow of spirit and innovation allowed the guys to bring us what they could add.

CM: You are eclectic musicians with Arabic, Asian, and other influences. What stimulates you to be like this? For instance, to play an Australian shamanic didgeridoo?
DL: I think it’s the open hearted spirit of generosity, when we say, “come play with us”, wherever we are, and with whomever we meet. This same open hearted interaction underpins everything we do. And that, essentially, is what we’re all about.
RS: I’ve been travelling to India and studying tabla regularly with one leading Indian percussionist. This has exposed me to a variety of methods and meanings of Asian and Arabic instruments, including the healing qualities of the didgeridoo sounds.

CM: Would you compose or take somebody else’s compositions?
DL: I would write for whoever we book to play on the album, like my good friend, trumpeter Marcus Wyatt. I know his stuff and the way he plays, so would include his voice in what we do, and write specifically for that voice. Same for a bass clarinet or sousaphone player. This is a way to enhance your vision. Just invite them.
RS: Regarding who to involve, thankfully the composition are always very strong. A good song is a good song. Period. It doesn’t really matter who plays it.

CM: Take your song, ‘Forest Road’, written about a road in Nairobi, Kenya. What’s that all about?
DL: My parents and their parents were Salvation Army missionaries, and my grandfather died in Nairobi. My own mother was born in China, and has just turned 89 years old. My grandfather died very young from an allergic reaction to bees. One day, he was walking down Forest Road in Nairobi and collapsed from a bee sting and died on the spot. My grandmother would take walks along Forest Road where he was buried in the cemetery, and would allow herself to be attacked by bees until the ripe ole age of 92. That was in 1942. My mother was traumatized by this loss of her young father as she was only 14 years old then. So the event of his sudden death stood out for me, and I tried to imagine what the reaction might have been to his death, given the environment they were living in, being war-time and in Nairobi. In this song, I imagined the Forest Road funeral cortege carrying the coffin with the brass band wailing. The song just came to me, very easily. I was chatting a while back with Mike Meyer’s guitarist who is a white sangoma, and he told me, “Somebody is looking after you. I can see it; he’s an elderly gentleman with red hair and glasses.” I replied that that must be my grandfather. “He’s looking after you,” the sangoma repeated. “He’s making sure you don’t mess up….too badly!”

Ronan Skillen live

Ronan Skillen live

RS: This story was also touching for me. As I was preparing to visit Nairobi for performances with our local band, Babu, I told Dave I would like to visit the gravesite. Dave gave me a rose quartz crystal and said, “Please put this on the grave for me.” I wasn’t sure I would have time in our busy schedule, but one free afternoon allowed me time at the grave. I asked a taxi if he knew where the Forest Road cemetery was. He looked confusedly at me, a white guy with an accent, and asked “Why??” I said I would tell him the story along the way. The grave was hard to find with all the vegetation growth over the decades (from 1942), but I found it. It was a very touching experience for me.

CM: Another song on your Heartland album that moved me considerably was ‘Awagawan’. What influenced this composition?
DL: I was deeply saddened when my good friend and guitarist with Tenanas, Gito Baloyi, was shot and killed in cross fire in Johannesburg. That’s when I wrote this song which has a spiritual bent to it. Ronan and I sat with it, reworked it, and put it aside. When our European trip was being planned, I took the song out again, Ronan and I added some sections, like the didg section, and the oud section. It was good in hindsight that I left those sections to bring them back at a later stage.
RS: I remember thinking that bassist Bjorn would probably find something in the song to resonate with. Sure enough, there’s an additive in there which was written for him. The same for percussionist Fredrik Gille.
DL: That bass clarinet is not suppose to sound like it does on the album in this song. But clarinettist Jan asked if we wanted that breathy sound. We said, YES! For me, such a sound was more pranic, from the inside, and that is what I wanted. I was delighted when Jan broke out of that mold of what some people consider the ‘proper’ sound of the clarinet.

CM: What you’re talking about is the architecture of composition. You start with an idea, a composition, but it’s fused by others.
DL: Well, the composition is already written. How I want it to sound is going to depend on people able to voice that idea. So whoever is contributing, I’ll be hearing their voices to enhance what’s already there. The music sounds must perpetuate an intention from a conscious place, music that makes the light in people’s heads flash, that makes them feel they have stumbled onto a fundamental truth here. It’s about feeling in life, from a very conscious perspective.

These two multi-talented musicians, while displaying their undeniably rich consciousness and pursuit of truth, are flagging other creatives out there to ‘come play with us’. This, in itself, is a great honour.

Deep South perform weekly now in and around Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Catch Dave Sunday 7 February 2016 at the Jazz at the Nassau concert (Bookings at 076 401 0008) as he plays piano and guitar with others. Also, Deep South et al play Wednesday 10 February at Straight No Chaser (Bookings at 076 679 2697).

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Four Blokes, Four Band Leaders highlight free jazz improv

Overflowing crowds packed CapeTown’s venerable jazz venue, Straight No Chaser, this January to imbibe a new year dose of jazz improvisation from four distinguished musicians across several age ranges. Quirky free jazz Capetownian pianist, Kyle Shepherd, elder drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, and bassist Byron Bolton, brought together British/Caribbean tenor saxophonist, Shabaka Hutchings, for several evenings of unusual performances during the hot week of 13-16 January 2016.

South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo

South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo

I walk in late. Moholo’s frantic drums are spitting away. Kyle taps away on piano keys influenced by various objects strewn across the piano strings, like wooden sticks and cardboard. Nice harpsichord effect amidst an intense melody-absent improvisation. This foursome chatters, talks about important things, expresses emotion through various thumps, instrumental grunts, plucks and wails.

Now, what are they all talking about? Pianist Kyle then picks up a drum mallet, and starts hitting the piano strings, with purpose, not randomly, it seems. Double bassist Bolton eyes drummer Moholo as they share secret things behind their tapping, bow strumming, and pitter patters. They dance together, not necessarily in rhythmic harmony. There is no ¾ time. There is no time, just presence, the now! Shabaka’s sax offers undertones and subtle nods as a wrestling match ensues. Who’s refereeing this road race? All four of them! It’s intense, and after 25 minutes, I’m exhausted. Time for applause as one watches the two ceiling fans seriously pushing warm breezes in this packed venue. We are all seeking relief from a January heat wave.

This cozy venue of Cape Town’s Straight No Chaser needs to be five times bigger to hold offerings by, simply put, The 4Blokes, who performed additional nights due to popular demand. And still the music fans keep coming to these sold-out shows. The band simply advertise themselves as: “A pioneering free jazz drummer. An award-winning British saxophonist. A virtuoso young pianist. A bowing bass maverick. Four band leaders. 4 Blokes” .

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings

The visiting tall lean Londoner saxophonist, Shabaka Hutchings (http://www.shabakahutchings.com/) has a number of impressive awards and experiences with notable bands. His second Sons of Kemet album was released in September 2015 as he continues his research on the musical influences amongst the Caribbean diaspora in Britain. Back to his Cape Town concerts, he survived the ring matches with drummer extraordinaire, 77 year old Louis Moholo, who has absorbed every worldly influence on jazz improvisation since his early beginnings with Chris McGregor’s The Blue Notes, and then the Brotherhood of Breath in the 1960s/70s. Moholo doesn’t age; he just gets better. One doesn’t just ‘listen’ to him; one watches him. He’s very much engaged with his percussive instrument which becomes an extension of his own humanoid discussive personality.

Likewise, the enigmatic bowing bassman, Brydon Bolton, shows prowess when his bowed strings wrestle with the group’s improvisational quackery. He’s another watchable performer bordering on the classical traditions and jazz improve, as manifested in his electro-acoustic band, Benguela.

All four ‘blokes’ are composers with propensities for ‘free jazz’, the experimental, and home ethnics. Theirs is hardly conventional, even though several songs in their recent gigs were traditional bebop jazz of another era. There lies their inexorably creative improvisational talents!

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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews

Klutz in the Kitchen

The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews

Restaurant Review

Pescarne, Main Road, Hout Bay

Late last week there I was beavering away at the keyboard and the phone goes, breaking all thoughts of what I was doing. To my pleasant surprise it was the sultry voice of a very dear friend whom I had not seen for quite sometime saying they had arrived for their regular holiday in Cape Town. She asked me to join her hubby and his sister to join them for lunch, which I gladly agreed to. They had lived in Hout Bay some twenty and then some years ago and had returned to Europe after a number of very happy years of living here. Now I have not been on that side of the mountain for a really long time, so was excited at the prospect of visiting the area again.



Yesterday, Tuesday, I headed for the Republic of Hout Bay, remembering how bad the traffic and access was I made sure I left with plenty of time to of arriving with a little time in hand to pick them up. On arrival at the Beach Club and joined them for a cup of coffee and catch up before heading out for lunch. The chosen venue was discarded due to the extreme windy conditions, and went on a search of Cheyne’s in the old village, which had been recommended by a friend of my lunch hosts. Finding parking and getting ready to walk to the restaurant, we were asked by the friendly manager of the close by Pescarne, if he could assist, and we told him we were looking for Cheyne’s and he pointed us in the right direction, quickly looking up the info on Zomato found they weren’t open for lunch. Never having been there before, we were invited by the manager to check out Pecarne.



There is a large outside deck area, again due to the wind we elected to sit inside the large dining area. The waiter introduced himself, Jimmy was his name, and presented with a number of laminated menu’s. After looking through and discussing the options, we ordered our drinks, a glass of red for my mate and myself, which we later found out to be Spier Signature Shiraz at R35 per glass, My host had to glasses and I had one. The ladies opted for a couple of glasses of Spier Brut Sparkling at R59 per glass and a small bottle of sparkling water at R15. I though good chance after all the fuss about water in restaurant to ask for a glass of tap water, Jimmy immediately asked if I would like ice and lemon to which I said yes please. Good start not so?



The menu was quite extensive and covered all bases, breakfast, burgers, steak, , Seafood, Shellfish, Greek Cuisine, Salads all pretty reasonably priced. My companions decided on the seafood option with my host and his sister opting for the Baby Calamari he with Chips and his siter with Baked Potato at R79, my host’s wife on finding out the line fish option was either Cape Yellowtail or Dorado, decided on the latter at R99 with salad instead of chips stating she’d not had it in a long while. Both of the fishes are on the SASSI Green list. I decided to go the Carne route and ordered the Beef Trinchado at R79, a favourite of mine. I then asked Jimmy if the chips were fresh or frozen, he was unsure and hesitant, but said fresh, being the sceptic with that answer decided on the baked starch instead.



The food arrived, with the Calamari looking reasonably good but the chips were the frozen variety, The line fish, was not Dorado at all but a couple of fish fillets of indiscriminate type and totally dry, fried and not grilled as requested. The Trinchado was not much better swimming in some sort of spicy pinkish orange liquid with the meat tough really awful, BTW it came with a bowl of those frozen “chips” instead of the baked potato as requested. I tasted and immediately sent it back and eventually the “Dorado” was also returned. I was not asked is I would like anything else but saw the kitchen was fussing over another portion of Trinchado and said I was not willing to have the dish again and again not asked if I wanted something else from the menu, to late I said my friends had already finished their meal.



Coffee and Espresso at R18 each, sent mine back as the cup was chipped and the crema was almost black, second cup was much better with the crema the right colour.



A very disappointing lunch at Pescarne and I asked for the owner to voice our complaints. He eventually arrived at our table apologising profusely laying blame at the feet of his new Malawian Chef who came with good references. I asked if this new Chef had cooked his signature dish and a dish from the current menu, you’ve guessed right, no he had not. That’s not the way one hires a Chef, on paper and telephonic references at all. A few other excuses were used by this time I was so over the discussion. They also had an extensive. Sushi menu and there was a Sushi Chef on duty as well. Jimmy had tried his best, but was lacking in training, not his fault, and he did not know what the food was like on the menu. When I chatted to him a little earlier. When I was in the trade I made sure all of my staff tasted everything on the menu over a period. When a new dish was due to be added to the menu the entire staff, from waiters/waitresses right through to dishwashers all tasted and gave their opinion and that opinion was highly regarded. Will I go back to Pescarne after the abortive disgusting lunch, the answer is yes as I always promise to do.



The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating

★ = Really bad, horrible, unpleasant, and abysmal, blerry awful



The Klutz in the Kitchen always revisits establishments whether the review is good or bad because nobody has a good day everyday. Looking forward to a return visit.


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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews


Klutz in the Kitchen

Klutz in the Kitchen

The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews

The Avenue Restaurant and Grill

It was one of those day’s, students doing their #Tag thing, a muggy Thursday and whilst beavering away at the listening to newly arrived music which were to be added to our playlist I had some fat finger trouble and suddenly there was this beautiful, mouth watering picture of a thick juicy steak all over my computer screen. Were the food gods being crazy to lead me off the work path, ‘cause this revelation led me to think what the Klutz was going to prepare for dinner. Quickly casting aside all thoughts ot the Klutz getting behind the hot stove and mostly because there was no steak fixings in the apartment at all. Then it happened, yep the word Avenue popped into my mind, eureka, The Avenue Restaurant and Grill. It was a total random spur of the moment choice, so hopped into the mechanical chariot and headed over the bridge to 2nd Avenue.


Once parked entered the emporium and greeted by smiling friendly wait staff and was led to our table the charming waitress Perpetua and left with the menu after placing a drink order. Not being in an alcohol frame of mind opted for a soft drink instead. Looking through the wine menu an was very happily surprised to see that all wines on the list were well under R200 per bottle. At last a restaurant where the wine costs more than the food one is to consume. Timer to start a #tag restaurant wine prices must fall movement, eh!


The food menu was also very reasonably priced and was informed by the affable waitress that the chips were hand cut from real potato’s, so on the advice of Perpetua and being quite hungry, decided on the 350gm sirloin medium rare (R145) with chips and also came with “roast” veg which I turned down, can’t stand them see, never had a good experience with “roasted veg” We were immediately offered a side salad instead which was gratefully accepted and also ordered a side of onions (R28) as well.


My order duly arrived in good time and looked good on the plate with the chips, onion and salad in side dishes, so far so good. Cutting into my steak was like using a blunt butter knife, tender as a ripe avocado. The first mouthful was juicy and very tasty, the basting sauce used was flavourful and did not detract from the meats flavour but enhance the taste experience. A truly wonderful piece of steak, best I’d had in a very long while. The salad was fresh and very tasty with their homemade salad dressing.


Now for the sad part of this tale, the chips were very oily and horribly verlep. This is often due to the raw chips not being rinsed off under fresh water and dried before being thrown into the fryer or the oil was used one time to many or not hot enough. Not much good can be said about the onions either, the batter was cooked hard, and one could if not careful chip a tooth on the horrid things. Nuff said if that.


The coffee was very good and rounded out a pleasing steak and salad meal, The Klutz in the Kitchen was satisfied with the friendly service and will be back in the near future.


The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating

★★★ = Middling, tolerable, almost acceptable to adequate, still could be much better


The Klutz in the Kitchen always revisits establishments whether the review is good or bad because nobody has a good day everyday. Looking forward to a return visit.


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Klutz in the Kitchen Confessions


August – Coffee and Deli Harfield Village Kenilworth


Sjoe feeling quite industrious at the moment this is the second review I’m writing today, now as one may gather I love living in the Southern Suburbs and going to discover some of the food emporia in Claremont and those radiating outwards from our home base. Now listening to the new album by Cape Town Chartreuse Amanda Tiffin Consideration currently just a six track promo EP with the full album due next week prior to the her launch concerts on Friday 13 at the Nassau Centre (Groote Schuur High School) at 20.00 and on Sunday 15 November 2015 at 19.0at The Reeler Centre Theatre (Rondebosch Boys High School) South African Jazz is really in a good place now.


Ok back at the G & GA again (Gin & Ginger Ale my Late Dad’s Favourite tipple) so refreshing on a muggy day in Ol’ Cape Town, hey theres a song in them that words somewhere. :)


This is a review of a new little place that opened in 2nd Avenue’s famous restaurant row about a month and a bit ago. The August Coffee and Deli is a little emporium that wishes it could I guess. My first visit was to reconnoiter the place and being a deli had a look at the meat and veg products on offer. So far so good, neh! While browsing around and asking questions about their expectations and philosophy for the place which was simply to provide residents in the area with the best produce they could find so I ordered a coffee and also got myself a nice piece of Rib eye and a half a kilo of mince. Both items were cooked by the Klutz over the ensuing days and were really very good and of great quality, best of all reasonably priced far better than Frankie Fenner Meats that has recently opened in the area.


On the strength of my first small meat order I ordered a couple of Lamb Shanks and a few day later popped in once again to check on my order that sadly have not yet arrived. I was there, and again fell under the aroma of their coffee and decided to order their much-touted burger. The restaurant side of the business is tiny as is the blackboard menu they have some pasta’s and salads on the menu as well, all reasonably priced. They however didn’t serve any chips on the day of my visit.


The burger came and was the same size as the bun, which they get from Knead just up the road and mixed salad greens underneath the burger patty, but no tomato or onion. The first bite was delicious the meat was perfectly cooked medium rare and very tender. The basting sauce was tasty but I’m not to sure if it that was homemade? Had a commercial flavour to it. I also asked what spices were used in the burger and was told coriander, paprika, cumin and salt and pepper all of which were extremely subtle and hardly there, could be the BBQ sauce overpowering the flavours. Sadly the ubiquitous wooden board was once again, like so many other places used, as a serving vehicle for the meal, shame about that and hope that chuck the things into their next braai fire and get proper crockery to serve on. At 30 bucks for the burger, was a treat.


As to my Lamb Shanks, after being assured that they would have then in a few days and would called to let me know of their arrival. Still waiting for a call as this this little issue is now well over a month old. Guess I’ll just have to go give them a real bollocking.


The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating System

★★★ = Middling, tolerable, almost acceptable to adequate, still could be much better


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Klutz in the Kitchen

Klutz in the Kitchen


Truth Coffee – Cape Town


The Klutz made a Haddock Mornay for dinner last night, which was very good by the way and had a nice little Chateau De La Doos Sauvignon Blanc from the Robertson Winery to accompany the meal, yummoloicious it was too. I took a portion of it to Mum and dropped it off a wee bit earlier for her lunch. On arriving home decided it was time for a lunchtime G & GA (Gin & Ginger Ale) before sitting down to write this review and listen to the brand new sophomore album by the group Deep South called Heartland and get to write this review of Truth Coffee which was visited some si to seven weeks ago. Pleasant way to kill two birds with on stone, neh! The talented twosome of David Ledbetter and Ronan Skillen are to launch the album next week, Saturday 14th Nov 2015 at The Reeler Theatre in Rondebosch from 19:30 – 22:30.


It’s not often The Klutz in the Kitchen ventures out of the suburbs but was forced to due to a technical problem with his Lap Top. So decided to continue the quest of finding the best coffee in the Cape and headed to Steampunk HQ, Truth Coffee shop, after finding street side parking ambled over to the packed joint’ I was greeted by the cheerful smiling and very affable floor manager Haley who showed me to a table. I was offered the breakfast menu having arrived a half hour or so before the menu change and being a first time visit I asked for the lunchtime menu to peruse too. I asked about the coffee and what her recommendation was and she suggested the Resurrection blend, which was agreed and ordered with cold milk on the side. The cold milk was a safety measure, just in case the beverage turned out awful.


Looking through the very grubby and dirty photo copied menus; hands feeling quite dirty after handling the clipboard things. Got to carry some wet wipes for occasions such as this. Besides, what’s it with this grubby method of presenting menu’s these days. It certainly ain’t trendy at all and is very off putting.


Jovial waitress Neli brought my coffee after a long wait and told her I couldn’t make up my mind between The Croque Monsieur or the Steampunk Benedict could she make a suggestion, she immediately stated she enjoyed both so was difficult for her to choose. Mmmm, not much help I said with a smile. It all boiled down the difficult choice of the Bayonne Ham or the crispy bacon. Ok, so you guessed which won out eh, the bacon naturally. So Steampunk Benedict was ordered along with another cuppa nice java.


When the food arrived it looked really good and tasty but my expectation was lowered drastically on seeing the blerry wooden board, which was bedecked with some greaseproof paper on which the Sourdough toast with two softly poached eggs, crispy bacon and hollandaise sandwich and topped assorted greens was placed. First bite was quite lekkerlicious so cast my misgivings about the wooden board to the back of my mind, though not to easy must say. It was a pleasant meal with very nice coffee with good service in an interestingly decorated space with a pleasant bustling old world atmosphere, but still the search continues for that perfect cup of coffee.


Will be back again sometime in the future.

The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating System

★★★★ = Enjoyable, pleasant and satisfactory, worthy of a visit from time to time.


The final track of the album ha started, timing could not be better so far so good very enjoyable album. Well done Dave and Ronan.

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Acoustically tripping with Deep South’s Skillan and Ledbetter in Heartland

Skillan and Ledbetter’s Deep South brings “acoustic ‘trip folk’ with a hint of jazz, African groove and Nordic precision” to their latest Heartland album. And what a treat, just released on 1 October 2015 !! Multi-instrumentalist Dave Ledbetter and the percussive talents of Ronan Skillan (table, udu, percussion, didgeridoo, and hybrid kit) are adequately supported by several Swedish artists, with whom the two South Africans have worked over the years. Heartland offers hauntingly melodic compositions by guitarist Dave Ledbetter, all with a nordic acoustic twist of musical imagination.

Skillan, Ledbetter with Björn Meyer in Bern

Skillan, Ledbetter with Björn Meyer in Bern

Recorded and co-produced in Bern, Switzerland, thanks to Swiss Arts Council (Pro Helvetia) supports, the artists include: Fredrik Gille on riq, frame drum, and percussion. He specialises in flamenco and Arabic percussion. Watch a wonderful display of his frame drum solo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wREUu1U_hs.   Jan Galega Brönnimann on bass clarinet and Samuel Würgler on trumpet and flugelhorn and co-producer bassist Björn Meyer make up this stellar artist line-up.

This album starts off with an engaging one-note strum in ‘Little Dan’ and moves with different rhythms from Ledbetter’s piano which becomes copied by his guitar. Ripples and waves of sounds ooze from flamenco castanets, Ronen’s percussions, back to that one note addiction, muted strings…. And that’s just the beginning!

Those of us who have listened to Ledbetter over the ages will hear his familiar tunes, always performed differently depending on the ‘Spaces Between Places’, as this tune suggests.

Deep South Heartland CD cover

Deep South Heartland CD cover


In ‘Harbour Intro’, I hear echoes of several depths of Ledbetter’s guitar which, for me, symbolizes looking at the calm ripples of sea waters at the shore, looking southwards. Sounds reverberate as they swing into ‘Harbour’ with Ledbetter’s joyful guitar. Percussions add that folksy element and move into poppish 4/4 beats. Ledbetter’s harmonic chords are rarely jarring.

‘Forest Road’ is named after a major road leading into central Nairobi. This sleepy ballad brings out the breathy bass clarinet of Jan Gelega Brönnimann which harmonizes with Ledbetter’s soft rhythmic scenes. How often do you hear a bass clarinet in folk/jazz? This is a favourite piece!

Now that the listener has settled back and become very relaxed, the ear starts its journey towards realizing nirvana. The next tracks on this eclectic, soothing album, present soundscapes reminiscent of ‘nordic’ meditation, like in ‘Moonchild’, with a clear and crisp trumpet of Samuel Würgler. We move on to an Indian groove, ‘Awagawan’, which has a most unusual collaboration between Skillan’s didgeridoo with tabla overtones and Brönnimann’s whispering bass clarinet. This is just a whopping super treat on the album, plain and simple ! This Indian spiritual belief of Awagawan says that only good Karma can liberate us from The Wheel of Eighty-Four, or the cycle of ‘Awagawan’. The song is a tribute to the late, greatly missed Gito Baloyi who was murdered on the streets on Johannesburg, and was a stunning guitarist team member of Tenanas. It connotes the karmic birth and rebirth of style, form and sound, as well as deed, in our lives. Beware: don’t repeat actions which produce recurring sufferings in your lives!

‘Gone but Not Forgotten’ follows as the karmic journey continues. This is the longest song on the album, has lots to say, so one can easily meditate on the soft, slow nuances. Sometimes funereal, the wistful conversations between all four instruments hold attention and purpose. Listen carefully because towards the end, there’s a wonderful trumpet surprise. All is not forgotten!

‘Clovelly’ offers a bluesy jazz twist to this delightful song led by Ledbetter’s piano. Just when I thought my mind and spirit would have been cleansed of all evil karmic intentions, after the previous meditative offerings, along comes ‘Time Out’. Yes, I need that! This one’s for the body, I guess. Another slow, stereophonic tone poem which tunes the ear, certainly relaxes muscles, and celebrates with a higher registered bass clarinet, unique in all ways.

This is acoustic at its best, a blend of jazz, folk, funk and blues across global spectrums!

Don’t miss the South African launch of Heartland on 14 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Where: The Reeler Theatre at Rondebosch Boys’ High School
– Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch, Cape Town
How much: R100 on Quicket or R120 at the door

Highly reputable South African musicians join, like regular Deep South bassist, Shaun Yohannes, and JHB-based trumpeter Marcus Wyatt of ‘Language 12’.    What could be better?

Heartland CD Launch

Heartland CD Launch

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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews

Loco Lounge Harfield Village Claremont

My 86 year old Mom had a really bad fall late last week, her being a fanatical gardener, she was heading inside to answer the phone (landline) when she attacked by the garden hose, you know the problem with these pesky garden hoses, they get quite ornery from time to time when neglected. I took her to her quackter on Friday for a check up. Mom’s quite ok but looks like she’s been through a round or two with Laila Ali, she’s is quite a trooper. So the Klutz in the Kitchen made a huge pot of Aunty Sarah’s Truly Excellent Pea and Bacon Stoup, her favourite, last night and delivered it to her this morning. Hope she’s going to enjoy it and will relieve her of cooking duties while she convalesces. Aunty Sarah’s Stoup somehow works better than any amount of chicken soup see.

After stopping off at the supermarket to get a few much-needed victuals, it was a total spur of the moment decision to head to the Loco Lounge in Harfield Village to have a bite. Having read and heard so many great reviews and reports about the little place.

On walking in I was greeted by Dexter, the very affable and charming waiter on duty and led upstairs to the dining area. Impressive and inviting simple, clean lined décor with interesting denim tablecloths decking the tables. I was the only soul in the place at the early lunchtime. The menus were somewhat tired and grubby raw cardboard with a few grease spots and someone had written something intelligible at the bottom of one of the clipboard presented menus. I felt the urge to wash my hands after touching them.

On being handed the Lunch/Dinner menu I was told the Steak and Line Fish was not available at lunchtime and only available at dinnertime. Ok then so why have it on the menu then, huh? I then asked the big question, fresh or fake frozen chips, the answer, fake frozen. Blerry hell I thought, that really spoilt my first impression of the place. I also had a good look at the very tacky and overpriced photo copied wine list, really atrocious. The cocktail list was just as boring and plain, nothing jumping out saying try me try me. The list of cocktail’s can be got at any average cocktail bar anywhere in Cape Town. The one surprising thing was the beer list, mundane though it is. The Amstel price of 20 bucks was the cheapest of all other beers on the list. Having been put off by the drinks menu I ordered a cup of coffee and the Loco Burger to munch. There was no indication that the meal came with any starch or salad at all, they did however have a separate sides and extras section, which included “Skinny Fries”. After being asked if I wanted any extras and enquiring if anything else came with the burger I was told that “skinny fries” came with the burger. Mmm, makes me wonder is it a ploy used by restaurants at large to get punters to order the paid for extras and are only told if enquiring whether the meal comes with anything at all. A little dishonest don’t you think?

The coffee arrived on an interesting saucer, more like a tray and rather unique, the beverage was hot and not too bad at all. My burger arrived looking a little anaemic and flattop fried as opposed to grilled. Before chowing down I cut a piece of the burger patty off to taste, there was a total lack of seasoning but there was also a strange sourish taste to the damn thing. Can’t describe the flavour and it also left an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth, which a gulp of the coffee could not remove. The much bragged about bun was toasted and tough, seemed like a day or two old. Not a good lunch at all, damn still got that hellish taste in my mouth as I write this despite rinsing with a couple of glasses of water once I got home.

There was no ownership on duty at the time of this visit, so told Dexter of my concerns and disappointing experience.

The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating

★★¼ = Just ok but really needs to be so much better, a little off putting but has potential for improvement.

The Klutz in the Kitchen always revisits establishments whether the review is good or bad because nobody has a good day everyday. Looking forward to a return visit.

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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews 

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good curry, huh! Some say the best Durb’s curry can only be found in, well, er, um Durban. Well, got to say the Klutz is one of those quirky grub nutters who just doesn’t like curry; he just has a weakness for a really good one, it’s Klutz Kryptonite, see. All right then, I know this is Cape Town, the Gatsby and false tooth Kingdom of Afrika, and don’t we all know there is a whopping difference between the Kaapse and Durbs curry varietals, all ‘n all.


It was with great glee that I discovered a new little place, to me, a couple of months ago in my home range of Claremont, Belvedere Road to be precise, called Nice ‘n Spicy. On entering the tiny space the aroma’s engulphed warmly and rapping one in a blanket of gorgeous flavours, immediately my mouth began salivating in anticipation of what was to come. It was a surprise to see a well-known face, apron bedecked somewhat rotund character behind the counter. Hey I’m rotund too, so no slight intended, comes with age see. Former Cape Town radio DJ, Lee Downs, yes and somewhat surprised, as I did not know he had any cooking aspirations or credentials at all.


We started chatting, catching up on occurrences of the past few years, then the inevitable question arose, what does a former radio personality do after the glitz and glamour of commercial fades? Easy answer, he said, he is a food lover and has been for years, so what better than to open a place that features homemade nosh from his childhood. Bunny Chow, a multiplicity of Curry’s, Solomes, Samoosa’s, Hamburgers, Homemade Pickles and what has become a firm favourite of mine, the Pulled Beef Marsala Sarmie, totally morish, but beware it’s highly addictive, though I’m a large fella could not finish two in one sitting. There is a small seating area, very small, being a take away, so I sat down to enjoy the Sandwich, yummolicious, mouth tingling, telling me it was enjoying the spicy concoction. I promptly ordered another to take home for dinner later.


Been back a couple of times and eventually tried the Bunny, which was large, tasty, spicy like a good curry should be. I couldn’t finish off the container, the contents however did not last long, full of flavour it was, the only drawback was the lack of potato in the heady spicy mutton stew, only a small piece of the starch was included. Not to serious an infringement in the Klutzes eyes but will make sure to ask for extra potato’s on the next visit.


I highly recommend curries and specially that wonderful Pulled Beef Marsala sarmie, but I will have to have a good strong talk and boxing match with myself when next visiting, ‘cause I’ve got to try some of the other menu items.

The Klutzes Grub Rating for Nice ‘n Spicy is ★★★★ = Enjoyable, pleasant and satisfactory, worthy of a visit from time to time.

Contact Nice N Spicy, Belvedere Road, Claremont, Cape Town on 0837703024

Email The Klutz In The Kitchen at klutzinthekitchen@alljazzradio.co.za

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A Blog Supreme – All Jazz Radio – Monday 05 October 2015


All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1An AJR Blog Supreme1Still the winter gods persist with the cold, overcast weather in the African Jazz Capital, but we remain very upbeat despite the drought conditions in our area of paradise. Summer is coming that we are sure of and are really looking forward to. It the exchange rate that is a major problem now, I mean very favourable for visitors to our fair shore and crazy fur us to travel out of the country, so I’d like to welcome all would are planning their vacations to include South Africa, moreover to The City of Cape Town, the Mother City, make your plans today, it’s going to bed a good holiday.

Took Mom and Uncle Jimmy to the country cousins on Sunday, invited for lunch we were twas a prelude to Moms 89th birthday on Wednesday, Pilotage and beer flowing, rugby and foody things discussed around the table lots of fun was had by all. The Kluze in the Kitchen really enjoyed the meal, mainly ‘cause he had a cooking day off, a lekkerlicious salad starter followed by a delicious Venison meatloaf with vegetables and rice and mushroom sauce with a creamy pie for dessert then relaxing on the patio with a cheese platter and finishing off homemade Limoncello. Must say Mom enjoyed very much now the pressure is on to find a suitable place to take her for lunch on Wednesday in the Rondebosch, Claremont, Kenilworth area. Got any suggestions?


It’s not only is South Africa where journalists screw up the word Jazz, check this headline from The Observer (Kampala) 2 October 2015

Uganda: Karyn White Here to Jazz Up Ugandans

By John Vianney Nsimbe And Felix Eupal

It is the Nile Gold Jazz Safari and it is happening this evening at Kampala Serena hotel’s Victoria hall……….

Read the whole story on the All Africa News Website

Karyn White a jazz artist, huh?


Here’s some great new and always exciting to here about a new release by a great vocalist.

Giacomo Gates Celebrates The Release of His New CD “Everything is Cool”

Gates approaches jazz singing with a showman’s poise and an aficionado’s zeal. With his deep, cognac baritone and his vintage-hipster lexicon, his phrasing and his bearing, he upholds a distinctly masculine ideal of deceptively easy nonchalance. Gates is known as the modern day heir to Eddie Jefferson, the godfather of vocalese. Here he uses the style sparingly, but to great advantage. never showboating by using the challenging technique. Backed by his go-to pianist, John di Martino and guitarist Tony Lombardozzi leading the rhythm section and Grant Stewart out in front on saxophone, Giacomo sings and swings his way through a dozen tunes – some familiar favourites, some rarely heard gems. He may be soft and subtle or he may be hip and humorous but one thing Giacomo Gates is not, is predictable.

Giacomo Gates Celebrates The Release of His New CD

“Everything is Cool”

Thursday, October 1st

Jazz at Kitano

Shows 8 & 10 pm

Giacomo Gates – vocals

John diMartino – piano

Ed Howard – bass

Jazz At Kitano

66 Park Ave @38th St




Giacomo Gates – Everything is Cool

Savant Records SCD 2146

Giacomo Gates, vocals

John di Martino, piano

Grant Stewart, saxophone

Tony Lombardozzi, guitar

Ed Howard, bass

Willard Dyson, drums

Tracks: Everything is Cool • If I Were You, Baby, I’d Love Me • When Lovers, They Lose • Social Call • Hazel’s Hips • Almost Blue • Take Five • Who Threw the Glue? • Here Today and Gone Tomorrow • Please Don’t Bug Me • All Alone • Well, You Needn’t / It’s Over Now

TT = 48:23

This story from Nestor Jazz News


So you’re a Hummus and a beer fan are you? Well now the good news is that you can indulge in both all at one time, in a glasss. An Israeli brewery, the Meadan Craft Brewing is now making Meadan Chickpea Malt Ale. Why you may ask? They wanted to make a kosher-for-Passover gluten-free beer, and did, so now hummus fans can rejoice by raising a glass of the favourite food.


Today is National Apple Betty Day in America!

Celebrate today, hey any apple pie is good any day, but The Klutz In The Kitchen thinks that the date should be changed to the 7th October, why you ask, it’s the head hocho’s Moms birthday on that day and here name happens to ne Betty see. Any how the Betty is a crustless apple pie seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. An apple brown betty is a common variation, which includes layers of sweetened breadcrumbs.

This classic American dessert dates back to the colonial period and probably evolved from the traditional English bread pudding. The name “brown betty” first appeared in print in 1864 when it was mentioned in a Yale Literary Magazine article.

In honour of National Apple Betty Day, bake your own version of this scrumptious dessert and top it with lemon sauce, ice cream, or whip cream. Yum!

October 5, 2015 is also Simchat Torah, World Habitat Day

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chili Month, Dessert Month, Pasta Month, Roller Skating Month, and Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

This week is Walk Your Dog Week, World Space Week, and Fire Prevention Week




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Compiled, presented & produced by Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
(Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz)

14:00 to 16:00- Take 5 & Then Some ……
Compiled, produced & presented by Clifford Graham in Cape Town, SA
(A Mix of Mainstream, Vocal, Contemporary and Smooth jazz)

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Compiled, presented & produced by Wolfgang König in Berlin, Germany
(All genre styles of jazz from around the world)

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Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

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Compiled, presented & produced by by Ray Porter in London, UK

(Historic & Nostalgic Jazz)

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Compiled, presented & produced by by Andy Hardy in Ngongotaha, New Zealand

(Groove, Fusion & Funk Jazz)

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“Love Letter to Cape Town” draws out the indigenous bloodheart of Tony Cedras, a CD Review

This album, full of harmonies, draws us into a world not of fantasy or fancy lyrics, but of soundscapes echoing the joyous resonations of originality from the ancient language of a First Peoples, the Khoisan.

The indigenous bloodheart of multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras, born in CapeTown in 1952, an early mover in the Cape jazz scene, then long exiled overseas and active in the anti-apartheid activities, is also known for his arrangements with the early band of Paul Simon. Cedras announces his return to his Cape homeland in this beautifully organized album recorded in Cape Town at Milestone studios and published in 2015 by Zurich Sessions Featured Artists.

Tony Cedras on accordion at Straight No Chaser, CapeTown

Tony Cedras on accordion at Straight No Chaser, CapeTown

A block buster array of musicians matching the spirit of this Khoisan soul make up this exceptional album. The promo video on his website doesn’t show Cedras playing accordion for some reason, but gives a good feel about the other musicians that make up this album. Deeply anchored in his heart is the preservation and recognition of the Aboriginal Khoisan peoples of Southern Africa, and his album certainly raises awareness of their dwindling, yet vibrant, heritage and culture.

Appropriately, his ancestral soil is felt in the opening track, //Hui !Goeb, with Cedras’ flugelhorn and Khoisan chanted clicks presenting soundscapes of the Ancient Nation’s Sacred Sites “where rainclouds gather”. Cedras says,
“As a descendant of an Ancient Nation, I am inspired by the significance of our Sacred Sites and it is central to my creativity.”

The next track, ‘Genesis’, offers a melodic tour through our original peoples of Africa, from South Africa to Tanzania to Zambia and beyond. Typical South African beats with congas are heard, absorbed with horn harmonies. Three energetic strumming guitars of Cedras, Errol Dyers on acoustic, and the notable Steve Newman on Soprano, along with backing vocals, explain Cedras’ life journey: “My life’s journey is one that exposed me to a myriad of cultures; I have always been curious about individual life stories and relocation. Irrespective of the motivation of movement, it brings about a new beginning that ultimately defines who we are.”

Probably the most beautiful, but not a Cedras original, song on this album is his unique arrangement of ‘Yakal Nkomo’ of the late great saxophonist, Winston Ngozi Mankunku, with rhythmic mbaqanga beats dancing nicely out of Cedras’ accordion. Cedras also plays guitars, keyboards, drums, and synth bass in this rendition, the latter which skilfully produce the off-colour sound of protesting bellowing bulls. Cedras says

“Reflecting on my musical career is to acknowledge those who inspired me. This was a favourite composition of the late Mankunku, a legendary tenor saxophone player whom I met in the early 70’s. He had an encouraging spirit and was an inspiration to my musical career.”

Tony Cedras at Straight No Chaser

Tony Cedras at Straight No Chaser

‘Horizons’ was written by Cedras in Botswana and recorded during his 1989 Graceland Tour with Paul Simon. It’s a song about Africa’s gift to world humanity, rapidly strummed on the guitars of Cedras and Dyers, with entrancing backing vocals.

Other songs convincingly present the sounds and feel of journeying through Africa dragging South African origins along, from Elsie’s River outside of Cape Town to a Congolese ballad sung crisply by Freshly Ground vocalist, Zolani Mahola, and back to South African folkish strings of Rayelle Goodman’s violin and Cedras’ guitar in ‘Autshumao Suite,’ a stunningly joyful upbeat piece. Cedras songs move between a very danceable masqanda beat of ‘Black Brown Cheri White’ to Mahola’s crystal clear ballad voice in the churchy ‘Mother Song’.

The album ends with a melodic middle eastern flair, ‘Journey to Alkebulan’, thanks to Rustin’s double bass stringing. It seemed a bit dour after the previous joyful uplifting songs, but the album’s presentations resonate long after the headphones come off.

If there was ever an album to pick up your spirits and move on, this is it! Transformative. This is not background music. You sing and hum along, and can’t keep yourself from dancing! Soundcloud sources mention genres of his album as ‘African jazz, jazz, klopse, goema’. It fits into no category – I could venture to say the album is ‘traditional but contemporary South African folk’. Or better still, just plain ‘music’ that draws out the emotions, hopes and dreams!

To Learn more about the South Africans performing on the album, go to Cedras’ website: http://www.zurichsessions.com/featured-artists/tony-cedras/. The Zurich Sessions is a musical get-together of some of the finest international and Swiss musicians and promotes collaboration with others.

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A Blog Supreme – All Jazz Radio – 02 October 2015

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The weather gods are really very fickle, gorgeous cloudless sky in the African Jazz Capital, The Mother City of Cape Town, though chilly morning, but a shorts and flip-flops day for sure. At least the washing will get dry too.

The second day of October, sjoe, and is birthday celebration month of my Mom and Late sister Jenny would have be 62 and Mom turns 88 this month. Now starting to plan where we going to celebrate, Last year I took her and her Brother to the Hussar for lunch. Both enjoyed the meal and celebration there. Now, here’s the question do we return there again this year or find a new place to go to. Got any suggestions?

This year has been a really storming year so far, musically speaking, we received so many great new album by a veritable galaxy of Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz stars it’s going to be very difficult to choose my Top 50 album releases of 2015, and there’s still another three months left to make the right choices, but there are still many more to be released.

Jazz Music LogoI must acknowledge the people who have kept us up to date with all those new albums also introducing us the so many new artists and important bio information over the past years. In alphabetical order big thanks go to the following;

Ann Braithwaite, Brian Hurst, Cindy Budd, Dawn De Blaze, Jim Eigo, Joshua Ellman, Kari Gaffney, Kate Smith, Katherine Growdon, Kenny Tlale, Lisa Reedy, Lynda A. Weingartz, Mark Rini, Michael Carlson, Natty Goehring, Richard Anton and Shaunna Machosky, plus all of the independent musicians who have contacted and sent us the albums, both locally and internationally.


Klutz in the Kitchen

Klutz in the Kitchen

The Klutz In The Kitchen is gearing up to fire up his old slow cooker, which he has finally reclaimed from his Mom, who he discovered has never used it since he loaned it to her 30 or so years ago, been gathering dust in the back of one of her kitchen cupboards, see and saves buying a new one. Now cleaned up and looking like brand new, he is eager to get going, but he is looking for recipes to use and the first is a really good recipe for Lamb Shanks. Now, if you can please help, please send your Slow Cooker recipe to The Klutz In The Kitchen soonest. Looking forward the hearing from you.


I discovered another ex South African who lives in the UK and am trying to get his CD to put on our play list soon. Here is his bio taken from his website;

Philip Clouts Quartet UmoyaPhilip Clouts was born in South Africa and brought to Britain as a baby. His father, the poet Sydney Clouts, was a great fan of South African music and throughout Philip’s childhood the house resounded to the strains of Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and township jazz. It was the pianists who particularly caught Philip’s ear, especially Abdullah Ibrahim and Chris McGregor, and that’s where it all started.

Philip Clouts is founder member, composer and pianist in Zubop ‘that spirited, hugely enjoyable jazz outfit, which takes the whole world of music as its home territory’ (The Observer). 4 CDs have been released on 33 Records and performances have been in a wide variety of venues and festivals in the UK and Europe, including WOMAD, Glastonbury, Berlin Worldbeat Festival, Brewery Arts Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Frankfurt Sinkkasten, and London Vortex.

Zubop developed into ZubopGambia, collaboration with BBC World Music award winner Juldeh Camara and other West African master musicians, which has done two major UK tours and headlined at festivals. A concert at Ronnie Scott’s, London, where they “managed to raise the roof” (Roots magazine) was released as a live album.

Other work has included playing with virtuoso folk fiddler Chris Haigh in Klezmania, a group playing Klezmer music with elements of jazz improvisation, and touring with singer Gary Howard of the Flying Pickets.

Philip has released a trio CD of his compositions entitled “South “which was praised in Jazz UK as “An enormously enjoyable set of accessible but distinctive originals. Like the compositions, Clouts’ solos are thoughtful and persuasively structured”

Since 2007 the Philip Clouts Quartet has been a major focus of his composing and playing.

The new CD Umoya (titled from the Zulu word for life force), features rising star Samuel Eagles on sax and is one of the first wave of releases on the new jazz imprint from prestigious classical label Odradek Records.

On this album, Clouts’ African inspirations extend beyond Cape jazz to Gnawa music and Afrobeat, and further to pan-European folksong, soul-jazz and even drum ‘n’ bass. Joined by saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Alex Keen and Yamaha Jazz Scholarship-winning drummer Dave Ingamells, he brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.

“Eagles’ phrasing lends itself perfectly to the immediacy of Clouts’ melodic writing, and to the conversational nature of the group as a whole…the end result is one of attractiveness with the added headiness of exotic flavours and joyous, dancing rhythms.”  Rob Adams

The album release will coincide with a tour of England and Scotland including dates at Bridport Arts Centre (23 Oct) the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (26 Oct), The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (29 Oct) the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool (30 Oct) and a London album launch at Café Posk on Saturday 17 October.


Fried Scallops DayFried ScallopsA scallop is a type of marine mollusc in the Pectindae family. Scallops are typically two to five inches in size and can swim by rapidly opening and closing their shells. The muscle used for this activity is the only part of the animal that we eat.

Scallops are a highly prized seafood delicacy, known for their delectable taste and the variety of ways in which they can be prepared. In Japan, for example, scallops are served in soups or prepared as sushi. In Western cultures, scallops are usually breaded, deep-fried, or sautéed in butter.

To celebrate Fried Scallop Day, enjoy some delicious fried scallops from your local seafood restaurant. Bon appétit!

National Diversity DayOctober 2, 2015 is also Diversity Day

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chili Month, Dessert Month, Pasta Month, Roller Skating Month, Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

This week is Walk Your Dog Week

Welcome to National Diversity Day. Friday, October 2, 2015, it is the 10th Anniversary of NDD, too! “Embrace Diversity, Embrace Our World!”

NDD Mission: To awaken the world to the wonders of all of our beautiful differences. To spread the awareness that all of us are the same in our desires for a good home, food, safety and the comfort of being accepted regardless of appearance and/or beliefs. With that awareness comes the joy of embracing all that others different from ourselves have to offer us in endless numbers of ways!


Today’s Streaming Broadcast Schedule on All Jazz Radio


10:00 – 13:00 The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show

Compiled & produced by Eric Alan in Cape Town, SA

(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

13:00 – 14:00 The Eurojazz Frontier

Compiled, presented & produced by Peter Slavid in London, UK

(Euro Jazz – Old & New)

14:00 – 16:00 Jazz Mixed Bag

Compiled, presented & produced by Rudy Nadler-Nir in Cape Town, SA

(As the name implies a veritable cornucopia of jazz, blues Latin and world jazz)

16:00 – 18:00 5th Floor Jazz

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

(Contemporary, Fusion, Funk Jazz)

THURSDAY (Repeats)

18:00 to 21:00- The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show

Compiled & produced by Eric Alan in Cape Town, SA

(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

21:00 – 22:00 Todd’s Turntable
Compiled, presented & produced by Todd Gordon in Edinburgh, Scotland
(Vocal Jazz from across the centuries up to today)

22:00 – 24:00 Mzantsi (South) African Jazz
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(Jazz from the African continent, made up of the music by Afro Jazz, Blues and Latin musicians from across all borders)

24:00 – 02:00 Vagabond Blues
Compiled, presented & produced by Brian Currin Cape Town, SA
(Blues from Africa & the Global Village)


02:00 to 05:00- The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show

Compiled & produced by Eric Alan in Cape Town, SA

(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

05:00 – 06:00 The Latin Perspective
Compiled, presented & produced by Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
(Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz)

06:00 – 08:00 The Midweek Music Melange
Compiled, presented & produced by Ndoxy Hadebe in Cape Town, SA
(Afro Jazz, Afro Soul, World Jazz)

08:00 – 10:00 Jazz Beyond
Compiled, presented & produced by Brian Currin in Cape Town, SA
(Progressive, Contemporary and Avant Garde Jazz)

All Jazz Radio streams in the C. A. T. (Central African Time Zone). Please note that Central European Time is one hour behind Central African Time and GMT is 2 hours behind.

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A Blog Supreme – All Jazz Radio – Wednesday 30 September 2015



Winter has returned to Cape Town again today, rain and cold = really miserable day, in fact a stoup sarmie day, but the Klutz can’t make any ‘cause he’s already made a huge port of Bolognese Sauce, which is the best he’s ever made totally lekkerlicious and brings a smile to ones face on the first mouthful, he’s promised to make some Gnocchi to have it with, mmmm promising day today and definitely will have a glass and a half of Pinotage to wash it down with, good huh!

Now to the business of the day, in spite of the annoying building operations continuing daily.

Jazz RendezvousWe’ve go a great musical menu lined up for The Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show today and must not be missed. Here’s wait is going to be played today;

We kick off with a track from the new album, The New Cool by Bob James and Nathan East who play the classic tune How Deep Is The Ocean, that’s followed by The Chris Gall Trio’s Ocean Boulevard from the album Climbing Up after that we continue with, Lisa Hilton’s Perfect Day from her new album Horizons. The following set has Grammy Winner Wouter Kellerman’s rendition of Shenandoah from his new offering, Love Language, then Martin Lubinov’s Jazzta Prasta’s Memorias Do Porto Alegre from the album Impressions, Jeremy Dannemans Lady Boo Boom from the album of the same title, Without You, the vocal version, is the tune we’ve chosen, by the gorgeous saxtress Paula Atherton from her new album Ear Candy. We continue the set with Bernie Mora’s Antigua from the All That Glitters album and Never Too Much by the Shak’s bassist and real gentleman George Anderson from his latest album recorded here, Cape Town To London. The final set in the first hour of our show starts with Lannie Battistini’s Afincando from the album Nomenclatura then the wonderful Patricia Barbers’ Spring Song from her album Smash and Chris Cortez closes out the hour with the classic Stompin’ At The Savoy from the album Top Secret, lovely stuff, eh! Want to see more, ok stay with us I’ll be posting the next hour’s music a wee bit later, so stay with us at All Jazz Radio today

BTW, please do check out The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bisto, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Review of his recent visit to the Italian emporium, Bardelli’s in Kenilworth, just click on the links


Export to the USA from our fair land has growing by leaps and bounds could this be a precedent to bigger things with more S-Afro “products” heading to the States. Yes South African comedians seem to be the next big thing, a human commodity America can’t do without and at that vanguard it Trevor Noah along with writer David Kibuuka who has joined The Daily Shows writing team, well done and we will watch progress both.


Today from 13:00 to 14:00 It’s The Latin Perspective with a show of Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz compiled, presented & produced in Cape Town by a team Latin Jazz nutters, I mean these guy’s really are into the whole thing, they dress the part, bring their own food and drinks. What can one say, I’m there for the Tequila Sunrises.

At 14:00 to 16:00 The Midweek Music Melange hits the AJR steaming wave with a great mix of music for one to enjoy which is compiled, presented & produced by compiled, presented & produced by The Kaapinaars and will be until Ndoxy Hadebe returns to the fold after his intensive training schedule at his place of employment. Afro Jazz, Afro Soul, World Jazz is the mix one can hear weekly.

From16:00 till 18:00 we journey to a place many may have not yet visited with Brian Currin who takes us to Jazz Beyond with an eclectic mix of (Progressive, Contemporary and Avant Garde Jazz music.

All this to enjoy before our unique re-broadcasts click in, below id the schedule for the rest of the day;

TUESDAY (Repeats)

18:00 to 21:00- The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show

Compiled & produced by Eric Alan in Cape Town, SA

(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

21:00 – 21:15 London Jazz New Blog Chat
Weekly talk segment covering the European jazz scene from London, UK
(Latest jazz news from Europe with the influential weekly London Jazz News Blog editor Sebastian Scotney)

21:15 to 22:00- The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

22:00 – 24:00 Mzantsi (South) African Jazz
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(100% South African Jazz recordings made up of any number of SAFRO musicians in the band from all corners of the global village)

24:00 – 02:00 A Slice of Jazz
Compiled, presented & produced by Rhys Phillips in Cardiff, Wales, UK
(Interviews, New Album Releases, CD Reviews and an eclectic mix of Jazz)

MONDAY (Repeats)

02:00 to 05:00- The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show

Compiled & produced by Eric Alan in Cape Town, SA

(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

05:00 to 06:00- The Latin Perspective
Compiled, presented & produced by Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
(Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz)

06:00 to 08:00- Take 5 & Then Some ……
Compiled, produced & presented by Clifford Graham in Cape Town, SA
(A Mix of Mainstream, Vocal, Contemporary and Smooth jazz)

08:00 to 10:00- Jazz Around The World
Compiled, presented & produced by Wolfgang König in Berlin, Germany
(All genre styles of jazz from around the world)

All Jazz Radio streams in the C. A. T. (Central African Time Zone). Please note that Central European Time is one hour behind Central African Time and GMT is 2 hours behind.

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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bisto, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta Reviews 


The Klutz decided it was time to gallivant around the neighbourhood again, this time in search of his groovy, celebrated hero’s much loved food, Lasagne. We refer to that goofy cat Garfield naturally, and to find that beautiful baked concoction perfected by the Italians who gave it to the world at large to enjoy with a good bottle or two of wine, Pinotage of course and some freshly baked bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

The search was narrowed to Kenilworth, where we found ourselves sauntering through the doors of Bardelli’s, which we’d not been to before. We were pounced, ok not really, accosted didn’t sound like the right word to use, so pounce it’ll have to stay, by a waitress, who we later found was the manageress and quite fetching she was too. She took us through a number of inter-leading rooms, with tables and an outdoor cover area at the back, bigger than it looks at the storefront.

I decided the we’d like the table I’d spotted in the front room which was quite busy with a sports team and parent celebrating the good season they had. On being seated was asked what we’d like to drink. I said Pinotage, she said yes they had a great house brand bottled for them by Beyerskloof, I said I’ll try a glass. She sauntered off to get the vino while I perused the menu, unnecessary but being a first visit i deemed it was.

When the wine arrived I placed the order for Lasagne and a Garlic Pizza, then found out they had some Beyerskloof Chenin/Pinotage Blend in stock too, and something very rarely found in restaurants. Not being a big white wine drinker, this was one I always make an exception for and ordered a glass of it too. The evening looked very promising.

The Garlic Pizza arrived looked good and was the thinnest I’d ever come across and though, sjoe, too good to be true ‘cause that just how I like my Garlic Pizza, great start and contentedly started munching. The Lasagne arrived steaming hot, good sign, but still had to pass The Klutz In The Kitchen’s famous and exacting great Lasagna Test, oh alright, it’s simply a knife stabbed into the centre of the dish, the tip must be piping hot to the tongue, if not it, fails and is sent back with the promise of not returning to the venue again in a hurry. Pass it did and was one of the most yummolicious Lasagne’s I’d had in a long while.

Good food, wonderful wine, but sadly the only downer was the coffee, nowhere near good at all, in fact blerry awful and horribly bitter. All in all a fantastic evening of really great food and marvellous wine, we’ll just forget about the coffee and have a Kahlua Don Pedro next time. Oh, and Bardelli’s is near the top of my go to Italian food joints. Lasagna rule’s OK.


The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating System

★ = Really bad, horrible, unpleasant, and abysmal, never visit, ever!!!!!!!!

★★ = Better than bad, still not good enough waste of time and money. Visit at ones own peril.

★★★ = Middling, tolerable, almost acceptable to adequate, could be still better

★★★★ = Enjoyable, pleasant and satisfactory, worthy of a visit from time to time.

★★★★★ = Magnificent, really fantastic, truly well worth a visit regularly.


Bardelli’s gets The Klutzes seal of approval with a ★★★★ rating on this visit

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The Klutz In The Kitchen Recipe n’ Foody Goodies, Utensils & Titbits News Blog – Wednesday 23rd September 2015

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The day before National Heritage and Braai Day, what does one do, huh! And with the Rugby World Cup games starting on the goggle box today, well what to do, preps of course, that’s what. It’s all about research. Like any good radio presenter we tackled the braai day Braai the belovedtask, pardon the pun, with gusto and found some great Braai Recipes on a number of websites and decided to put together a few for one to choose from. Have fun and make your choices wisely and be sure to be prepared for the celebrations

What is your favourite meat to slap on a sizzling braai. Here are my personal choices, it’s difficult task to choose, but choose I must so hear goes in order;

T-Bone, because you get the fillet and sirloin together in one go, remember too the they should be at least 5cm thick

Lamb Leg Chops should be at least 3cm thick

Sirloin should be at least 4cm thick

Lamb Cutlets should be at least 3cm thick

Whole Sirloin

Pork Belly Strips

Chicken Thighs

Chicken Legs

Pork Bangers


And finally a Whole Snoek when in season

Grabouw Boerewors

Grabouw Boerewors

You ask why is Boerewors not on the list, well it is and really deserves to be categorised under its own name see, and variety is your choice. The Klutz goes for Grabouw Wors, but who remembers Morris the Butcher in Town, I mean the wors was just the best.

The Klutz in the Kitchen has really been hard at work and found some truly splendid and exciting braai recipes from drinks to starters to main dishes and desserts


Here are some of the Klutzes drinks suggestions;

Well it’s a no brainer really Beer, Heineken or Windhoek are the choice of the Klutz, and Pinotage is the wine of choice. However our first recipe is one that will act as an accompaniment with any dish braaied (barbequed) and alcohol additive on the day; mind you it can also be enjoyed on its own with lots and lots of ice. Thanks to Woolies Taste Mag and Abigail Donnelly for this simple ‘n quick recipe. Please note it only serves 4 so one will have to adjust to make much more to satisfy your thirsty friends and family

Braaied lemonade

Braaied Lemonade

Braaied Lemonade


Prep Time 
5 minutes

Cooking Time
 15 minutes


20 lemons

150 g brown sugar

100 g white sugar

Ice, for serving

500 ml soda water


Halve the lemons and dip the cut side into the brown sugar. Place the lemons, cut side down, on a braai grid over medium heat coals.

Turn when the lemons are charred and almost blackened. Braai for a further 5 minutes, then place in a large bowl

Once the lemons are cool enough to handle, squeeze the juice into a jug. Add the white sugar to the lemon juice and mix until dissolved.

Add lots of ice and top up with soda water.

Tastes take: When life gives you lemons, make braaied lemonade. We love the rich flavour created by charring the lemons. It’s easy to make once your coals are going, but handle with care as those lemons get hot! For a twist, you can add a splash of bourbon.


A non-alcoholic suggestion is for a colourful bright Sunset Cocktail, which is also very moreish and thirst quenching.

Sunset Cocktail

Sunset Cocktail


Lime cordial

Plain water ice-cubes, crushed

Grenadine syrup

Apple juice or Pink Lemonade

Orange juice blend

Pomegranate juice blend


Pour lime cordial into ice-cube trays and freeze.

Spoon crushed ice into each glass (optional).

To mix the cocktail, vigorously combine a handful of lime cubes with orange juice in a shaker. Pour into each glass.

Slowly pour on some pomegranate juice, onto the back of a spoon held just above the orange juice layer.

Do the same with the pink lemonade or apple juice, to fill the glass.

Pour a few drops of Grenadine syrup on top and allow it to slowly sink through the other juices and create a 3-tone sunset effect.

Serve immediately with a stirrer and/or straw.

Hints and Tips

There is no strict proportion of ingredients for this type of cocktail; we used approximately one-third of each of the three juices.

Have all the ingredients, glasses and utensils ready in front of you before starting, for smooth preparation and perfect results.

Don’t deviate from this order of adding ingredients, or the effect of the colours will be lost. Do not mix before serving.

Do not expect the lime cordial to freeze hard and pop out of the mould as water would.


Apricot Crush

Apricot Crush

Apricot Crush


50ml Gin

50ml Fresh Orange Juice

25ml Sugar Syrup

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

2 spoons of Apricot Jam

8 Mint Leaves


Julep Cup or Tumbler


Shake with a couple of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and strain into the glass.


Mint Bouquet and Dehydrated Orange Wheel


Raspberry Sling

Raspberry sling Photo by Mark O'Meara

Raspberry sling Photo by Mark O’Meara

Recipe by Diageo

Serves 2


60ml Gin

1 Tbsp of raspberry cordial

30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

50ml pomegranate juice

Soda water


Lemon slice & cherry, to garnish

Contains 2 standard drinks.


Fill a tall glass with ice

Pour in 60ml Gordon’s Gin

Add raspberry cordial, lemon juice and pomegranate juice

Top with soda and stir

Garnish with a cherry and lemon slice




Chakalaka soup with boerewors balls recipe by Jane Anne Hobbs Rayner

Chakalaka is a highly spiced African vegetable relish usually eaten cold as an accompaniment to braaied meat, but here I’ve transformed it into a chunky soup brimming with punchy flavours. Topped with juicy mini-meatballs made from boerewors filling, this is a dish that will bring tears to the eyes of chakalaka devotees (especially if you increase the quantity of fresh chillies in the recipe).

Chakalaka, said to have been invented by Johannesburg’s migrant mine-workers (although I can’t confirm this) usually includes chillies, peppers and curry spices, plus – depending on who’s making it – carrots, beans, cabbage, and so on.

You may be wondering why I’ve turned a relish into a soup. Well, because I love soup, I really do – to distraction. (And I’m a little annoyed that winter is over in the Southern Hemisphere, because it means the end of soups – at least hot, rib-sticking ones – until next year.) Also, I like turning recipes around to see what happens. This soup is good on its own, but the little meatballs make it really special. (And I’m grateful to my friend Nina Timm of My Easy Cooking for showing me how to make instant boerie balls.)

You can leave the baked beans out of the soup, if you like (as I did in the photographs, because I wasn’t in the mood for beans) but I recommend including them because they help thicken the soup. If you can’t find authentic South African boerewors, use a raw, loose-textured sausage and, before you roll it into balls,  mix in a teaspoon or so of toasted, ground coriander, plus some of the spices listed in this recipe.

Although it’s best on the day you make it, you can prepare soup a day in advance. For best results, though, fry the meatballs just before you serve the dish.  This is also very good with chopped green beans and cauliflower florets. If you don’t have tomato juice, use a tin or two of chopped Italian tomatoes and a little tomato paste instead.

The chickpea flour and spices are used to give the meatballs a nice, toasty crust. Chickpea flour, also known as channa flour, is available from spice shops.

Chakalaka Soup with Little Boerewors Balls

Serves 8

45ml Sunflower oil

4 carrots, peeled

3 small green peppers, finely sliced lengthways

4 onions, peeled and finely chopped

1 stick celery, finely chopped

1 green or red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or more, to taste)

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

30 ml grated fresh ginger

6 large, ripe tomatoes

1 litre tomato juice (the sort you’d use for a tomato cocktail)

750ml water or vegetable stock

2 tins baked beans in tomato sauce

10ml medium-strength curry powder

7.5ml cumin

Salt and milled black pepper to taste

125ml finely chopped fresh parsley or coriander

For the Boerewors balls

500 g slim boerewors, or similar sausage

125ml channa [chickpea] flour

5ml paprika

2.5ml turmeric

Heat the oil in a large pot. Dice two of the carrots and set the others aside. Fry the diced carrots, pepper slices, onions, celery, chilli, ginger and garlic over a medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until softened but not brown. Roughly chop the tomatoes, place in a blender and pulse to form a rough purée. Pour the purée, the tomato juice and the stock into the pot and cook at a brisk bubble for 30 minutes, skimming off any foam as it rises. Stir in the baked beans, curry powder and cumin, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

For the meatballs, squeeze the boerewors filling from its casing and roll into balls the size of a marble. Combine the channa flour, paprika and turmeric on a plate and lightly roll the balls in the mixture. Fry in hot oil over a medium heat for 4 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper. Coarsely grate the remaining two carrots. Serve the soup piping hot, topped with hot frikkadels, grated carrot and a shower of parsley.

This recipe was originally published on Scrumptious SA


Luxury Braaibroodjies by Jan Braai

Luxury Braaibroodjies

Luxury Braaibroodjies


Slices of fresh sourdough bread

French style mayonnaise

Whole grain mustard

Gypsy ham

18 months matured cheddar

Sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil

Spring onions

Olive oil

What to do

Go for a oval shape sourdough bread as opposed to a round one. This way all the slices will be the same size. Slice the bread fairly thin, the same thickness as normal toaster bread. One has a natural tendency to slice these types of bread thicker, so be conscious of avoiding that.

Lay out half of the bread slices on a cutting board and liberally spread with the French style mayonnaise and whole grain mustard.

Add the gypsy ham, slices of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and chopped spring onions. Do not be stingy with any of the ingredients, this is a super luxury braaibroodjie and not only should the quality of ingredients reflect it, but also the quantity.

Add the top layers of bread and drip or spread olive oil on them.

Place in a hinged grid (toeklaprooster)  and braai over medium-low heat coals. After the first turn, also spread olive oil on the other outside, the side which was at the bottom when you assembled the units. Continue to braai over the gentle coals, turning very often, until the cheese is melted and the braaibroodjies are golden brown on the outside.

It goes without saying that you serve these beauties with glasses of ice cold Methode Cap Classique. The South African – vastly superior – version of what the French call Champagne.


Main Dishes


Oxtail Potjie with prune and port with Drostdy-Hof Pinotage

Recipe by Chef Johan van Schalkwyk

Oxtail Potjie with prune and port with Drostdy-Hof Pinotage

Oxtail Potjie with prune and port with Drostdy-Hof Pinotage

Chef Johan van Schalkwyk could not resist teaming this succulent wine with its subtly spicy oak nuances with a potjie of oxtail in prunes and port. Whether you are camping or treating your guests to a three-course dinner, this dish is perfect for any occasion.

The full-bodied Drostdy-Hof Pinotage is available from most liquor outlets for around R40.


2 medium onions, chopped

2 celery stalks, sliced

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 leeks, sliced and well washed to get rid of grit

6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

2 tins (410g) of whole peeled tomatoes

2kg oxtail

10g thyme, chopped

10g parsley, chopped

2 bay leaves

50ml balsamic vinegar

350ml Drostdy-Hof Pinotage

150ml Allesverloren Port

Zest of ½ an orange

50g prunes, pitted

1 tsp juniper berries, crushed

2 cloves, crushed

Olive oil

Flour for dusting

Coarse black pepper to taste


Place a cast-iron potjie over coals and heat well

Season oxtail pieces with salt and pepper and dust with flour by rolling them in a bowl with about a cup of flour in it and shake off the excess flour

Heat the oil in the potjie and seal in all the juices by browning the pieces of oxtail on all sides Do a couple at a time and set aside

Fry all the vegetables in the olive oil until the onions are transparent. Do not brown

Add back the meat and deglaze the potjie by adding the vinegar, wine and port

Allow some of the alcohol to burn off then add the tomatoes and bring to the boil

Scrape some coals away from underneath the potjie and allow the contents to simmer

Add the herbs, prunes, zest, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper and cover with the lid

Place two or three coals under the potjie and simmer for three to four hours. Do not stir the pot. Remove the lid every 30 minutes to check the liquid is at a gentle simmer and add some coals if necessary

The dish is done when the meat comes away from the bone

Enjoy with some creamy mashed potatoes and vegetables of your choice

Serve with a glass of Drostdy-Hof Pinotage.


Leopards Leap Braai Basting Sauce Recipe by Chef Pieter de Jager

Works for red meat and chicken

Leopards Leap Braai Basting Sauce

Leopards Leap Braai Basting Sauce


80g treacle sugar

80ml soy sauce

60ml balsamic vinegar

2 bay leaves

1 Tbsp of paprika

½ tsp peri-peri

1 tsp of garlic flakes

1 tsp of mixed dried herbs

1 Tbsp of tomato paste


In a saucepan, heat the sugar, soy and balsamic vinegar over moderate heat.

Allow the sugar to dissolve before adding the remaining ingredients. Cook the sauce for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Allow to cool down.

Baste meat on the braai regularly.

Turn meat regularly to prevent the basting sauce from scorching.


Beef Wellington by Jan Braai

Beef Wellington on the Braai

Beef Wellington on the Braai


1 tot olive oil

1 onion (finely chopped)

250g mushrooms (finely chopped)

250ml cream

1 sprig fresh thyme

300 to 500 g steak (rump, sirloin, fillet)

400 roll of puff pastry

Grated cheese (optional)

Smoked ham (optional)


Finely chop the onion and mushrooms. Add olive oil and/or butter and the finely chopped onion and mushrooms to a pan and fry until the mushrooms lose their moisture and starts to brown. Then add the thyme.

Add some or all of the cream to the pan and let this mushroom, onion and cream sauce reduce to a fairly thick paste.

Trim the steak of your choice (rump, sirloin or fillet) of all sinews and fat and braai over very hot coals for about 8 minutes until medium rare. Let the steak rest a few minutes and then thinly slice.

Unroll the thawed puff pastry on a cutting board. Spread the mushroom and cream paste on half the surface of the pastry and lay the slices of steak on top of that. Generously season with salt and pepper.

Optional step: finely chop smoked ham and grate some cheese. Add this on top of the current residents of the puff pastry.

Fold the uncovered half of the pastry over the filling and use a fork to press all open sides of the pastry closed and seal it.

Now braai in a hinged grid over medium coals for about 20 minutes until ready. You want the pastry golden brown and crispy and all ingredients heated and melted throughout. As puff pastry braais there will be a moment where it seems to ‘melt’ and sag into the grid. Don’t panic. After this it will firm up again and start to cook.


The Klutz has called this recipe The Poor Mans Beef Wellington, which is really Justin Bonello’s braaied Beef Wellington

Think of this as a giant steak sandwich and definitely something for the boys to enjoy.

The Poor Mans Beef Wellington, which is really Justin Bonello’s braaied Beef Wellingto

The Poor Mans Beef Wellington, which is really Justin Bonello’s braaied Beef Wellingto


A small handful of coriander seeds

A small handful of mustard seeds
Lots and lots of peppercorns

A couple of cloves

About 4 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped

A good pinch of Maldon salt

1 beef fillet

A drizzle of sunflower oil

1 government loaf (this is a whole loaf of bread that you buy from your corner shop)

Plenty of butter


First, you’re going to make a rub using the ingredients. Take equal amounts of coriander and mustard seeds and about double the amount of peppercorns. Put it all in a mortar and pestle and add to that a couple of cloves, garlic and a good pinch of salt. Bash everything together until you have a nice, crumbly rub

Next, take the whole fillet and coat the meat generously with the rub, pressing it into the flesh

Make a fire and when the coals are moderate to hot, put the fillet on a grid and drizzle a bit of sunflower oil over it to get the flames leaping

Cook the meat on all sides for about two minutes a side, drizzling oil and allowing the flames to lick the fillet as you go. Once sealed, remove the fillet and allow to rest

Next, take a whole white bread loaf and put it on a table so that it faces up, and cut out the top rectangle. Keep that rectangle for later then hollow out the rest of the bread

Take butter and smear it generously all over the inside. Stuff the fillet into the bread. Take the bread crust you cut out earlier and use it as a lid where the hole is. Now take tinfoil, wrap about two layers around the bread and braai it on the (hopefully now-ready) coals for about 15 minutes

When you take it off the braai, the bread should be toasty and when you cut it open, the fillet should be medium rare. If the bread isn’t toasty enough, remove the foil and let it bake on the open coals, like you would do with braai broodjies, turning it every now and then until nice and toasty.

This should feed about four relatively hungry men or one Karoo farmer.

If you’re really strapped for cash substitute the fillet with a couple of minute steaks instead, but make sure you don’t overcook the meat!


Easy snoek braai with chili sauce

Easy snoek braai with chili sauce

Easy snoek braai with chili sauce


1 large snoek, cleaned

1 lemon, sliced

1 onion, sliced into half-moons

A handful of coriander

5 tsps of olive oil

2 tsps of butter

Heavy gauge tin foil


If you’re a pansy like me, you’ll have bought your snoek cleaned, gutted, and decapitated. This means that the assembly is simple: roll out a large piece of foil onto a baking sheet or large breadboard (don’t cut it yet) and drizzle some olive oil onto it. Now place your fish on top of the foil, and layer your slices of lemon and onion into its cavity. Sprinkle as much coriander as you dare on top of the slices, drizzle generously with oil, and (carefully) close it up. If you’re particularly worried about it being dry, you can cut slits into the skin (at an angle, so as not to snap any bones) and slide a sliver of butter into each of them.

When it comes to the wrapping, more is more. You don’t want your buttery fish-juice to drip out onto the fire, so be careful to wrap it as water-tight as you can and place it onto a medium-hot fire.

Give each side 10 minutes on the fire, then sneakily check it by prodding a fork into the flesh and twisting. If the flesh flakes, it’s ready. Well done!

Mozambican chilli sauce

This is thick, spreadable, utterly delicious, and goes beautifully with snoek (and most fish, in fact). It’s easily made from ingredients available at any Mozambican market; but it’s not the typical thin peri-peri sauce that you might have met at a roadside stall. If that’s what you’re looking for, have a look out for Jan Braai’s Peri-Peri Sauce.


1 onion, diced

1 red pepper

1 large tomato, diced

8 to 10 bird’s eye chillies, chopped

3 Tbsp of chopped garlic

Juice of one lemon

2 to 3 tsps of honey

A handful of coriander, chopped

Cooking instructions

Fry the onion in a generous amount of olive oil on a medium heat until soft, then add the garlic and chili. After about two minutes, add the tomato and bell pepper and simmer until soft.

After about fifteen minutes, add the lemon juice, honey and coriander, and mix well. Simmer for another five minutes or so, until the honey has caramelised a little.

If this is more than you can finish in one sitting (fair enough: it’s powerfully hot stuff) you can cover it with olive oil and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.




Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad

I love a good, simple Caesar salad , remember that the true Caesar salad is a salad made up of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper and nothing else.

The salad’s creation is generally attributed to restaurateur Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and the United States, Cardini was living in San Diego but also working in Tijuana where he avoided the restrictions of Prohibition. His daughter Rosa (1928–2003) recounted that her father invented the dish when a Fourth of July 1924 rush depleted the kitchen’s supplies. Cardini made do with what he had, adding the dramatic flair of the table-side tossing “by the chef.”

According to Rosa Cardini, the original Caesar salad (unlike his brother Alex’s Aviator’s salad) did not contain pieces of anchovy; the slight anchovy flavour comes from the Worcestershire sauce. Cardini was opposed to using anchovies in his salad.

In the 1970s, Cardini’s daughter said that the original recipe included whole lettuce leaves, which were meant to be lifted by the stem and eaten with the fingers; coddled eggs; and Italian olive oil.

The above was drawn from Wikipedia

Common ingredients in many recipes:

Romaine or cos lettuce

Olive or vegetable oil

Fresh crushed garlic

Salt to taste

Fresh-ground black pepper

Lemon or lime-juice, fresh squeezed

Worcestershire sauce

Raw or coddled egg yolks

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Freshly prepared croutons


The best damn potato salad recipe by Kati Auld

Although a braai is ostensibly about the meat, it’s the quality of the side-dishes that makes a braai into a feast. Everyone’s got their favourite twist on a potato salad recipe: some folks are passionate about the inclusion of hard-boiled eggs (shudder) while others say that the key is roasting the potatoes, not boiling them. This recipe’s secret weapon is nutty, buttery, roasted garlic, and it’s a life-changing addition.

I like to keep this veggie-friendly, especially when it’s just an accompaniment to piles of sticky-sweet pork chops, Garlic-Butter Steak, or Lamb Curry Sosaties: but if the thought of pigless potato salad hurts your soul, you could add bacon. If you want a salad that actually has leaves in it, you must just check out Justin Bonello’s mushroom and potato salad

The best damn potato salad

The best damn potato salad


1 kg of potatoes

1/3 a cup of mayonnaise

1/2 a cup of sour cream

2 tsps of chopped chives

2 heads of garlic

3 tsps of olive oil


Peel the papery outer layers of each garlic head, leaving the individual cloves intact, and slice off the top of each head of garlic, and about a quarter-centimetre of each clove.

Drizzle the garlic with olive oil, trying to ensure that it goes between the cloves.

Wrap the garlic heads in tin-foil and roast them at 180 degrees for 45 – 60 minutes.

While that’s going, cut potatoes into quarters and boil until soft, approximately 30 minutes.

Once your garlic is browned and sticky (like in photo below), let it cool slightly and then carefully remove each clove, add to a bowl, and mash them with a fork.

Add your sour cream, chives and mayonnaise to the roasted garlic paste, and mix well.

Once the potatoes have cooled slightly, pour the roasted garlic mayo-mix over the top and mix well. Season to taste.

Serve in a pretty bowl, with some chives for garnish if you’re fancy.


On the Braai Desserts


Braaied Chocolate Mallow Pud

Braaied Chocolate Mallow Pud

Braaied Chocolate Mallow Pud


An enamel coffee mug/ metal cup/ clean tin can (to put on top of the braai)

A packet of Marie biscuits/Digestive biscuits

A packet of marshmallows

Caramel treat (you could use bar one/mars bar instead of buying a tin of caramel treat AND a chocolate)

A chocolate of your choice



Crumble one or two Marie Biscuits or Digestive Cookies into a metal cup or enamel coffee mug.

Add one or two Marshmallows (one white & one pink), add a few spoons of caramel treat, sprinkle on a few chunks of chocolate bar and top with Custard.

When the coals of your fire are on their last legs, put the cups on a very low heat under a suitable lid like a Weber lid or a box that has been lined with tin foil.

Leave the cups under the lid for about 5 minutes or until the marshmallows have turned mushy and the chunks of Chocolate have melted.

Remove the cups from the fire with a glove, dishcloth or paper napkin (the handles of the metal cups will be hot!) and enjoy by scoffing it down with a big spoon.

Thanks to the My Chef Blog



Braai Roasted Brandied Clemengolds

Braai Roasted Brandied Clemengolds

Braai Roasted Brandied Clemengolds

Recipe by Sarah Graham

Preparation time: 5 min

Cooking time: 10 min


4 Clemengolds, halved, with peel intact

4 tsps of brandy

8 tsp of Muscovado sugar

Vanilla bean ice cream, to serve

You will also need a baking tray lined with a double layer of tinfoil.


Pre-heat your braai grill to med-high. When it’s hot, place each clemengold half cut-side down and grill for about 45seconds – 1 minute. Remove and place the clemengold halves in an ovenproof baking dish, cut side facing up.

Sprinkle each half with a little brandy and muscovado sugar. Place the baking dish on your lined baking sheet and cook for 7-10 minutes until the sugar has melted and the clemengolds are just starting to bubble.

Chef’s tip:

Using a sharp paring knife, slice around the inside of each clemengold skin so that the segments are loose before you cook them, this will make them easier to remove, which means you’ll be able to get to them faster. Believe me, they’re so delicious that things could get messy.

Thanks to Sarah Graham.


Braai Chocolate Mallow Cones

Braai Chocolate Mallow Cones

Braai Chocolate Mallow Cones


Ice Cream Cones


Chocolate chips / broken up pieces of a chocolate


Tin foil

You can add nuts, peanut butter, banana, and anything else that may tickle those taste buds!


Fill the ice cream cones with marshmallows and the other treats.

Wrap it in tinfoil and place on indirect heat on a grill or campfire for about 5-10 minutes or until all of the contents are melted.

Unwrap and enjoy!

Thanks to the My Chef Blog



Braai Bread & Butter Pudding

Braai Bread & Butter Pudding

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 25 min

Recipe by Sarah Graham

Serves 6


8 croissants

3 Tbsp of Butter

150g of Dark chocolate chips or just dark chocolate, roughly chopped

150g of Roughly chopped pecan nuts

2 Tbsp of light brown sugar

4 eggs

of milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Generous pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon

Double thick cream / custard for serving

A baking sheet lined with a double layer of tinfoil


Pre-heat your braai to medium-high heat. Slice the croissants into about 4 parts each on the diagonal and butter each of the cut sides. (Alternatively, just melt the butter and pour over the croissant slices). Layer the slices in a medium-sized ovenproof dish, or individual ramekins. Scatter with the chocolate chips, pecan nuts and then finally the sugar.

In a mixing bowl or measuring jug, lightly whisk the eggs and then add the milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour the liquid over the bread slices. Sprinkle with the sugar, place the baking dish on the lined baking tray and braai with the lid on for 25-30 minutes (or about 20 minutes if using individual ramekins).

Remove from the oven and serve as soon as possible with the cream/custard.

Thanks to Sarah Graham.


Braaied Bourbon/Brandy Bananas

Recipe by Sarah Graham

Preparation time: 5 min

Cooking time: 10 min

Serves 4

Braai Bourbon/Brandy Bananas

Braai Bourbon/Brandy Bananas


4 Ripe Bananas, peels removed

tsp of Bourbon or Brandy

4 tsp of Demerara or light brown sugar

2 tsp of vanilla extract

2 handful’s of walnuts (or pecan nuts), roughly chopped

4 ovenproof ramekins

1 baking tray

1 sheet tinfoil, doubled over, to fit the baking tray

Double thick cream, for serving


Pre-heat your braai to the highest setting and line the baking tray with the tinfoil.

Slice the bananas and put the equivalent of 1 banana into each ramekin. Then divide the remaining ingredients between the ramekins, place on your lined baking tray and then onto your braai grill and cook for about 10 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Serve as soon as possible with the double thick cream (or vanilla ice cream).

If you would prefer not to use brandy, substitute this with about 1 Tbsp of fresh orange juice and a drizzle of honey.

Thanks to Sarah Graham.


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This weeks Smoothjazz.Com Top 50 Chart For September 14, 2015

Smooth Jazz . com logoTop 50 Smooth Jazz Radio Play Charts

Artist/Title/Label Tw Lw Weeks
BONEY JAMES Futuresoul Concord Music Group 1 1 24
NAJEE You, Me and Forever Shanachie Records 2 2 12

Heads Up

3 6 57
DAVE KOZ Collaborations Concord 4 3 8
FOUR80EAST Positraction Boomtang 5 9 10
JONATHAN FRITZEN Fritzenized Nordic Night Records 6 7 35
KEN NAVARRO Unbreakable Heart Positive Music Records 7 13 6
NILS Alley Cat Baja/TSR Records 8 11 5
JEFF GOLUB The Vault eOne Music 9 8 24
VINCENT INGALA Coast To Coast Independent 10 4 20
THE SAX PACK Power Of 3 Shanachie Entertainment 11 5 20
JESSY J My One And Only One Shanachie Records 12 12 17
MAYSA Back 2 Love Shanachie Entertainment 13 10 16
JAZMIN GHENT Boss Independent 14 15 15
BEN TANKARD Full Tank 2.0 ben-jammin’ 15 16 10
WALTER BEASLEY I’m Back Affable 16 19 8
PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Euro Nights (Soul Italiano) Next Age Music 17 14 8
PAUL BROWN Truth B Told Woodward Avenue Records 18 18 19
MICHAEL LINGTON Soul Appeal Copenhagen Music 19 17 80
LEBRON New Era 20 27 7
Lee RITENOUR A Twist Of Rit Concord Music Group 21 22 3
PHIL PERRY A Better Man Shanachie Entertainment 22 39 2
NICK COLIONNE Influences 23 20 19
BYRON MILLER Psycho Bass Byron Lee Miller’s Studio’s LLC 24 31 11
CINDY BRADLEY Bliss 25 30 4
ERIC MARIENTHAL & CHUCK LOEB Bridges Shanachie Entertainment 26 29 3
DAVID BENOIT 2 In Love Concord 27 21 13
THE B. CHRISTOPHER BAND High Tide Independent 28 24 6
NELSON RANGELL Red Independent 29 23 30
NATE HARASIM #ShadesOfNate Woodward Avenue 30 35 14
SOREN REIFF Gratitude daRoof/Gateway Music 31 26 6
MITCHELL COLEMAN, JR. Soul Searching Soul Revelation Music 32 34 12
GREGG KARUKAS Soul Secrets Nightowl 33 25 23
BOB BALDWIN Mellowonder / Songs In The Key Of Stevie City Sketches 34 51 1
ERIC DARIUS Retro Forward Shanachie 35 38 5
EARTH, WIND & FIRE The Promise Kalimba 36 28 12
LARRY CARLTON & DAVID T. WALKER @ Billboard Live Tokyo 335 Records 37 37 4
CECIL RAMIREZ Party In The Back Music Solutions SMG 38 40 2
PAULA ATHERTON Ear Candy Kalimba 39 32 5
KENYA My Own Skin Kenya MJ Music 40 53 1
SUN SOUL ORCHESTRA What Matters Most Independent 41 52 1
U-NAM C’est Le Funk Skytown 42 42 49
SHASHATY Brighter Day A.H.I. Records 43 45 13
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON The Mosaic Project Ajari Music LLC 44 71 1
TERJE LIE Bright Moments TCat Records 45 41 9
JIM ADKINS The Journey Clear Image Records 46 47 2
FABIANA PASSONI Inner Bossa Independent 47 44 11
KENYON CARTER Game On CurvePoint Media 48 55 1
BLAKE AARON Soul Stories Innervision 49 46 21
JAMES LLOYD Here We Go Shanachie Entertainment 50 33 26

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jazzweeklogo2012Top 50 Jazz Radio Play Charts

This weeks Jazz Week Top 50 Jazz Album Chart – September 21, 2015


TW LW 2W Pk Artist Title Label Wks
1 3 5 1 Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orch

Most Reports

Dee Dee’s Feathers OKeh 6
2 5 1 1 Cécile McLorin Salvant

Most Reports

For One To Love Mack Avenue 7
3 4 4 3 Mike LeDonne AwwlRight! Savant 6
4 2 3 1 Heads Of State Search For Peace Smoke Sessions 9
5 1 1 1 George Cables In Good Company HighNote 9
6 10 13 6 Nick Finzer The Chase Origin 8
7 8 16 7 Christian McBride Trio Live At The Village Vanguard Mack Avenue 3
8 21 42 8 Eric Alexander The Real Thing HighNote 3
9 7 6 1 Terell Stafford Brotherlee Love Capri 12
10 9 9 9 Sammy Figueroa Imaginary World Savant 9
11 15 18 11 John Fedchock New York Big Band Like It Is MAMA 5
12 6 7 3 Donald Vega With Respect To Monty Resonance 11
13 14 8 8 Giacomo Gates Everything Is Cool Savant 6
14 12 21 12 Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Cuba | The Conversation Continues Motema 4
15 16 11 4 Bob Mintzer Big Band Get Up! MCG Jazz 12
16 23 19 16 Kait Dunton trioKAIT Real & Imagined Music 6
17 26 40 17 Essiet Okon Essiet Shona Space Time 3
18 11 10 6 Charenee Wade Offering Motema 12
19 23 27 19 Joe Magnarelli Three On Two Posi-Tone 3
20 13 14 1 Steve Davis Say When Smoke Sessions 14
21 19 24 10 George Freeman & Chico Freeman All In The Family Southport 10
22 18 12 10 Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Intercambio Patois 11
23 30 19 19 Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra Primetime H&N 6
24 24 Orrin Evans

Highest Debut / Most Added / Biggest Gainer

The Evolution Of Oneself Smoke Sessions 1
25 28 28 25 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Live In Cuba Blue Engine 3
26 175 287 26 Gerry Gibbs and the Thrasher Dream Trio Live In Studio Whaling City Sounds 1
27 16 15 3 Robert Glasper Trio Covered Blue Note 13
28 57 80 28 Abbey Lincoln Sophisticated Abbey HighNote 1
28 25 44 25 Jeff Benedict Big Band Holmes Tapestry 4
28 27 22 11 Jacques Lesure Camaraderie WJ3 13
31 32 25 25 Lafayette Harris Jr. Bend To The Light Airmen 5
32 119 111 32 London, Meader, Pramuk and Ross The Royal Bopsters Motema 1
33 20 23 11 Lee Smith My Kind Of Blues Vectordisc 9
33 38 52 33 Lee Ritenour A Twist Of Rit Concord 2
33 39 33 1 Joey Alexander My Favorite Things Motema Music 19
33 34 34 1 Cyrus Chestnut A Million Colors In Your Mind HighNote 17
37 30 30 16 Maria Schneider Orchestra The Thompson Fields ArtistShare 13
38 96 38 Pérez, Patitucci & Blade Children Of The Light Mack Avenue 1
38 40 32 32 Jeff Lorber & Chuck Loeb Bop ArtistShare 4
38 22 17 8 Jeb Patton Shades And Tones Cellar Live 13
41 29 34 28 Walt Weiskopf Open Road Posi-Tone 8
42 35 26 26 Mark Winkler Jazz and Other Four Letter Words Cafe Pacific 4
43 60 49 43 Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin God’s Gonna Cut You Down Ropeadope 3
44 36 56 36 Mitchel Forman Puzzle BFM Jazz 5
45 71 106 45 Beegie Adair Trio w/ Don Aliquo Too Marvelous For Words Adair Music Group 1
46 43 29 29 Ramsey Lewis Taking Another Look | Deluxe Edition Ramsey’s House 6
46 37 47 2 Vincent Herring Night And Day Smoke Sessions 18
48 86 48 Mack Avenue Superband Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 Mack Avenue 1
49 66 64 49 Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project: Love And Soul Concord 1
50 48 49 48 Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet 10 Zoho 3


Biggest Gainers

Artist Title Label
Orrin Evans The Evolution Of Oneself Smoke Sessions
Gerry Gibbs and the Thrasher Dream Trio Live In Studio Whaling City Sounds
Chick Corea / Bela Fleck Two Concord
Karrin Allyson Many A New Day Motema
London, Meader, Pramuk and Ross The Royal Bopsters Motema
John Ellis & Double-Wide Charm Parade Light
John Pizzarelli Midnight McCartney Concord
Pérez, Patitucci & Blade Children Of The Light Mack Avenue
Dave Liebman Group The Puzzle Whaling City Sounds
Dan Trudell Trio Dan Trudell Plays The Piano Self Released


Most Added

Artist Title Label
Orrin Evans The Evolution Of Oneself Smoke Sessions
Chick Corea / Bela Fleck Two Concord
Gerry Gibbs and the Thrasher Dream Trio Live In Studio Whaling City Sounds
Yoron Israel And High Standards This Moment Ronja Music Company
Pérez, Patitucci & Blade Children Of The Light Mack Avenue
Ariel Pocock Touchstone Justin Time
John Pizzarelli Midnight McCartney Concord
Dan Trudell Trio Dan Trudell Plays The Piano Self Released
Mack Avenue Superband Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 Mack Avenue
Karrin Allyson Many A New Day Motema
Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz No Limits For Tumbao Alfi



Artist Title Label
Lizz Wright Freedom & Surrender Concord
Karrin Allyson Many A New Day Motema
Josh Maxey Celebration Of Soul Miles High
Chick Corea / Bela Fleck Two Concord
Yelena Eckemoff Quartet Everblue L & H Productions
John Pizzarelli Midnight McCartney Concord
Mike Barone Big Band La Fiesta Rhubarb Recordings
Antonio Hart Blessings Jazz Legacy Productions
Jason Klobnak Quintet New Chapter Jason Klobnak Music, Inc.
John Ellis & Double-Wide Charm Parade Light

Thanks to Jazz Week



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Joy of Jazz 2015: as mega jazz festivals rise, maybe small is beautiful again

Sis Gwen Jazz BlogGwen Ansell micBy Gwen Ansell SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

The final mega-festival of the jazz year, the Johannesburg Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (JoJ), opens on Thursday (24th Sept 2015) (http://www.joyofjazz.co.za/lineup.php).

Cold Castle Jazz 1962

In programming terms, JoJ finally seems to be learning how to balance the tastes of those wanting a good-time jol and familiar tunes, with those of the seekers after fresh and thought-provoking music. Let’s hope the event also sustains last year’s decent timekeeping, and adds rather more respect for conditions of reception – by, for example, eliminating those intrusive in-hall bars, and requesting audiences to turn off phones and postpone noisy conversations until the playing concludes. (Rather than during a contemplative bass solo, as seems to be the South African norm.)

The jazz festival scene in South Africa is clearly maturing: each of the Big Three – Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg – now attracts a comfortable audience and each is developing a distinctive character. That maturation ought to start us thinking about alternatives – because while there is much that a mega-festival can do; there is more that it cannot.

Jazz Festival 1964A mega-festival is about entertainment, audience passivity, and music as commodity. Rarely has a setting been more appropriate than the Sandton Convention Centre hosting JoJ. It is sealed within a glittering fortress of consumerism where fools pay absurd prices for imported luxuries under the wary eye of uniformed flunkies. JoJ patrons must spend R500 (for the Thursday gala); R750 (for one day) or R1250 (for two days), plus whatever they have left for food, drink and memorabilia. If you don’t drive – and I don’t – the Convention Centre can be accessed on foot from the Gautrain, provided you can reach a station and afford a ticket. Leaving after midnight is much harder: the Gautrain has stopped running, and even Uber drivers in fancy cars may have problems running the gauntlet of access barriers. These may seem small irritations but they represent significant added costs. The message is clear: jazz is a brand for the affluent only – those equipped to purchase all the other brands that use the music for piggy-back marketing.

Newtown, the festival’s old home, was never an ideal venue in terms of size, sound or distance between stages. But it was a significantly more egalitarian setting in terms of transport access. Even the lousy, leaking sound contributed, allowing those who could not afford tickets to loiter at the edges and hear something. And by its presence, Joy of Jazz affirmed the inner city and the people who live in it.

All that is old history. Jazz can, like any other art-form, be appropriated easily by the smug and comfortable. That does not negate the music’s power in other settings, and with other audiences. It’s time to consider starting some alternative celebrations.

Smaller events earn smaller revenue – but they also require fewer resources. Take over a club for a couple of days – as the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival will do with the Orbit Jazz Club in November – and you need to attract an audience of 400 each night, as opposed to 40 000. Because you are serving a niche, rather than Brand Generic Jazz, you don’t need “stars” – local or overseas – whose relationship to improvised creativity is tenuous or nonexistent. (But there’s always the option of crowd-funding for a relevant airfare or two.) Contexts can be created where South African players – and perhaps visual artists and dancers too – come together in new combinations, and devise new experiences, live, for an audience. Make some spaces where people can talk about what they’re doing and why – because too often we criticize or interpret without listening to the creators themselves. Teach. Take the whole thing to some location where the dinosaur festivals never venture.

Genre labels are always a burden, even when they serve as convenient shorthand. An “improvised music festival”, for example, might run the gamut from baroque concerti with the cadenzas restored to electronica – but it would certainly have plenty of space for the music many listeners call jazz.

Castle Lager Big Band 1963None of these is a new idea – it is, for heavens’ sake, where JoJ was born, in the living rooms of the Mamelodi jazz appreciators. That festival and others like it have, as the businessmen say, now “gone to scale”. Big ticket prices and big marketing underline their commodification; the money-men are risk-averse, and those who can afford to attend and enjoy don’t worry much about those who can’t.

Those who can’t, meanwhile, are the majority of the population: the communities that historically nurtured the music’s best players and were its most astute listeners. School education is still not spreading access to good music teaching fairly; affordability still keeps many young people out of colleges, while we’ve all but lost the universities of the streets. Important spaces are empty at the small-event end of the spectrum, where creativity should be getting its first chances to flower and take risks.

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A Blog Supreme – All Jazz Radio – Monday 21th September 2015

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1An AJR BLOG SUPREME copyIt was a hell of a game, so the Nation is in mourning at the stupendous loss by the Springboks against the Japanese on Saturday and blame is being cast around by one and all. Enough I say, it was the first game of the Rugby World Cup, other big teams have done the same against the so called minnows of the rugby world. Well done to Japan, they had done their homework. Coach Eddie Jones orchestrated his charges into a giant killing machine. The Japanese team played like world-beaters throughout the entire game totally stunning the Bokke. Earlier in the week in discussions about the Rugby World Cup I had said that we should not underestimate the Japanese with, in my estimation, Eddie Jones is one of the most underestimated coaches in World Rugby today. Once again congratulations to Eddie and his team. I do believe that the Japanese must be watched and will bring bigger surprises during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Does this mean I’m no longer going to support our boy’s in the coming games HELL NO.

The Klutz in the Kitchen is still sulking and looking quite pissed off since the loss, he’s really taken it very badly, so I’ve banished him to the kitchen, again and told him to cook off his disappointment, don’t know what he’s going to come up with today, we’ll see later. Must say the Kramenaatjies he made over the weekend were very yummolicious. At lest he’s also got National Braai Day to preoccupy him too.

Yep, we’ve got National Braai (Barbeque) Day to look forward to on Thursday 24th September, which will sort out all thoughts of rugby doom and gloom, it’s only the start of the campaign.


PREVIEW/ INTERVIEW: Noel Langley (Edentide at Jazz in the Round, 28th September)

Noel Langley at the Edentide recording sessions Photo credit- Deena Ahmed

Noel Langley at the Edentide recording sessions Photo credit- Deena Ahmed

The phrase ‘first-call trumpeter’ could have been invented for Noel Langley. He is a ubiquitous presence and sound in top-flight bands and ensembles (the list is simply vast) Until now, he has never led a group in a live concert in his own name. The first public performance of his composition “Edentide” at the Cockpit is therefore a big occasion. He explained the background to Sebastian Scotney:

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Thanks to London Jazz News


Fred Wesley

Fred Wesley

Fred Wesley and the New JBs in SA for three city tour

After a sold-out performance in 2014, world-renowned American trombonist Fred Wesley, along with his band the New JBs, will return to South Africa.

Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg are in for a unique experience with one of the forefathers of funk who has been sampled by multitudes of artists including Janet Jackson and Nas.

Fred Wesley worked with James Brown from 1968-1975 as music director and trombonist. The primary composer for Brown’s backing band the JBs, Wesley contributed the unique elements that define and make up the enduring musical form that is funk. This respected composer, arranger, musicologist, author and educator is a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra. His impressive list of musicians he has worked with includes heavyweights such as Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, Van Morrison, Usher and his close friends Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker.

Fred Wesley and the New JBs’ South Africa tour is hosted by the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, with the Nu Notes as the supporting band.

Concert Details:

Event: Fred Wesley and the New JBs

Cape Town

Date: 21 November

Venue: Baxter Theatre Concert Hall

Tickets: R150


Date: 25 November

Venue: Sipho Gumede (Bat Hall) Bat Centre

Tickets: R150


Date: 26 November

Venue: The Orbit Jazz Club

Tickets: R180

Sinethemba Dywili

JT Communications Solutions


011 788 7632

083 954 6133

Cape Town Jazz Orchestra


Web site: http://www.jtcomms.co.za

Related Venue:

Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town Western Cape South Africa


Today is Pecan Cookie/Biscuit Day – In America they call then cookies while the rest of the world calls them biscuits, whatever one decides to call then they are yummolicious and it’s their day today. Celebrate the day, therefore it’s a good excuse to make a big batch today and share the bounty with all one is in contact with throughout the day.

Pecan CookieThe Klutz In The Kitchen has searched high and low for an easy ‘n quick recipe for one to bake up a batch of great tasting Pecan Cookie/Biscuits.

Quick pecan biscuits

Cooking time: 25 min


125 g 

250 ml 
self-raising flour

125 ml 
chopped pecan nuts, plus extra half pecan nuts to decorate

2 ml 
vanilla essence

50 ml icing sugar


Preheat oven to 160 ºC. Mix all the ingredients together. Shape into balls and place on a greased baking tray. Press down lightly with a fork, decorate with half pecan nuts and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Have fun in the kitchen, these can be done before heading to work any day.


National Heritage:Braai (Barbeque) DayIt’s National Heritage/Braai (Barbeque) Day on Thursday 24th September. A national holiday in South Africa, so get the meat ready, make sure the wood is dry and all braai utensils are at the ready. Oh! Almost forgot make sure the beer is chilled and that there Pinotage enough in stock, it’s gonna be a good one.

Braaiwords Dictionary

Aai a braai in the summer aka – a braai without the br!

Abbraaiviation a very short braai

aBRAAIço I´m from Brasil! the word abraço is HUG in Portuguese! I love South Africa! A big HUG to you all!! So a ABRAAIço to you all!!! A united country is not only stronger but happier!

Abraaimowitz a Jewish braai

agOne of the most useful South African words. Pronounced “ach” like in the German “achtung”, it can be used to buy you time when having to reply to a tricky question, as in: “Ag, I don’t know.” Or a sense of resignation: “Ag OK, I’ll have some more mieliepap then.” It can stand alone too as a signal of irritation.

anti braai tendencies When the weather is bad i.e raining or extreme cold. This should not stop you from being counter-weatherlutionary and still having a braai.

Asskebab If somebody makes an ass of himself/herself at a braai you call them an Asskebab

Aweh various meanings and can be widely used to express something positive e.g. hello, yes, nice, good

Read the rest of the Braaiwords Dictionary at http://braai.com/braai-words/

Also check out the Braai4Heritage website at http://braai.com and http://www.igniteonline.co.za/c11/Braai4Heritage.aspx

More about the braai at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_variations_of_barbecue#South_Africa


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