Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – Monday 10th November 2014

ALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014A BLOG SUPREMESummer is back after a slight falter and All Jazz Radio continues to grow from strength to strength. A large vote of thanks must go to our hard working volunteer broadcast team in helping create what has now become, as far as I am aware, the worlds first 24/7 global Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz online radio station. We now boast presenters based on 5 continents and from 6 countries. All presenters are passionate music lovers who love sharing their boundless knowledge and music collections with Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz music lovers of the world. The All Jazz Radio Broadcast Team has grown to a total of 17 presenters from all corners of the global village. Here is an alphabetical listing of the presenters, the shows they present and the countries in which they broadcast from;


Brian Currin, Cape Town, SA (Blues)-Vagabond Blues (South Africa)

Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA-Compiles Jazz Rendezvous, Take 5 and then Some, The Eclectic Mix, The No Name Brand Show. The Sundown Show (South Africa)

Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA (100% SAFRO Jazz)-Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz Show (South Africa)

James Kibby, Cape Town, SA-The Kibby Factor (South Africa)

Jennifer Noble, London, UK (Blues)-Junkin’ Jenn’s Bucket of Blues (USA/Chigago)

Dr. Kolade Arogundade, Cape Town, SA-Friday Faaji (Nigeria)

Ndoxy Hadebe, Cape Town, SA-Midweek Jazz Melange (South Africa)

Peter Slavid, London, UK-EuroJazz Frontier (UK)

Ray Porter, London UK-Now and Then (UK)

Rudy Nadlir-Nir, Cape Town, SA (Latin)-The Latin Side (South Africa)

Sebastian Scotney, London, UK (Jazz Talk)-London Jazz News Blog Chat (UK)

Titilayo Adedokun, Cape Town, SA-The J. B. F Show (USA/Nigeria)

Todd Gordon, Edinburgh, Scotland (Vocal)-Todd’s Turntable (Scotland)

Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)-The Latin Perspective (USA)

Wolfgang König, Berlin, Germany-Jazz Around The World (Germany)

Yaacov Harari, Tel Aviv, Israel-Cooking Jazz (Israel)

There is still some airtime available for more broadcasters to become a part of our volunteer team, just contact us to let us know.


The past month or so has been a wee bit tough, not been to well at all, therefore not been quite keeping up with things here at All Jazz Radio. To top it off, being a one person operation controlling and doing all that needs be done is has not that easy. Things may have slipped but it is my fervent hope that as the old health returns we can gat back to normal running speed in the very near future. Thanks for all of the well wishes and patience. Eric


Jeez, the shops a fast filing up with Christmas goodies and Boney M fans will be ecstatic and be virtually living in malls and elevators to catch the sounds of their fav band, which ever gets played on any of the radio stations of the world. Give us a break, please. Let’s hear more South African Christmas tunes which reflect the living conditions in the Southern Hemisphere, you summer stuff and no Snow, Chestnuts Roasting, Frosty Snow men, Winter Wonderland. I mean Chops Braaing over an open fire sounds much better, neh!


Everything was first class by Don Albert

Don Albert

Don Albert

After two weeks in Nice, we took a little 10-day jazz cruise from Monte Carlo to Barcelona on the six-star ship Seabourn.

It was six stars all the way. The food was some of the best I have ever eaten, from the jumbo shrimp to lobster and swordfish to a magnificent beef Filet Mignon rare as ordered. I would go to the restaurant for breakfast, but Chooky would have hers brought to our suite every morning and had it outside on our veranda.

The jazz was supplied by a great trio. I usually avoid the adjective great because it’s used so badly, so when I say great I mean GREAT. Shelley Berg piano, Jeff Hamilton drums and John Clayton bass.  If you enjoy swinging jazz played with taste and emotion this was the bee’s knees. The buzz was even more evident when they accompanied trombonist Wycliffe Gordon who played superbly and sang in his best intimate gravel voice. Anat Cohen is always inventive on clarinet and it spills over into her tenor playing as well. The two front liners were really enjoying themselves and combined beautifully. Trumpeter Randy Brecker played a sculptured duet set with Shelly Berg comprising standards and jazz standards from “Stella by Starlight” to “Blue Bossa”.

Diane Krall was to be the headline act for the last three nights, but she had to cancel because she had pneumonia. Chris Botti (pronounced Boatti) was her replacement. Besides being a superb trumpeter, his act is highly professional and entertaining and his drummer Billy Kilson kicked butt.

Two wonderful hang-out places on the ship were the Observation Bar where John Proulx played a cocktail set and then a late night set in The Club each night. He reminds one of Chet Baker’s intimate approach to singing, but he’s his own man, plus he’s a very fine pianist. His choice of songs from the Great American Songbook is impeccable. What a pleasure it was to listen to him especially while sipping a single malt.

While on the subject of having a drink – when the ship was anchored off Sanary-sur-Mer I was at the pool looking after my tan; within seconds the waiter arrived with a Bloody Mary. I told him I liked mine spicy, he was back in a flash with the perfect spicy Bloody Mary. After a dip I finished it and a minute or two later he arrived with another one. Then he was back again with a pina colada. I thought this is a tough job lying at the pool pouring the odd drink down my throat. I looked up at the sky and thanked my late brother who left me a few bob that helped me pay for this unbelievable trip. I then sauntered over to the Patio Grill for lunch of a crab and avocado cocktail, BBQ beef short ribs and some fresh fruit.

It was sun, excellent food and drinks, and JAZZ.

To top it off we were upgraded to first class on our way home. Thank you, British Airways.

Don Albert is a saxophonist and jazz journalist. He spent 12 years with The Star Newspaper on the Tonight! section writing about jazz. Currently he writes jazz CD and book reviews for Financial Mail and is the South African Correspondent for Downbeat (USA) and Jazz Journal International (UK). He has presented radio programmes on jazz and served awards.as judge at prestigious competitions. He has also won numerous awards.


 Will Perform Songs from Her New Album at EPIC Bar & Lounge in Sherman Oaks

Cheryl Barnes

Cheryl Barnes

A fresh and powerful new voice from the contemporary jazz scene, Cheryl Barnes (www.CherylDBarnes.com), recently released her full-length album Listen To This which has already made it through the first round of submissions for the 2015 Grammy Awards in multiple categories! The album was produced by Rahn Coleman who has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Barry White, Ray Charles and Tom Jones. Barnes’ show will be under the musical direction of the executive producer of Listen To This, Keyboardist Phillip Cabasso. You can see Cheryl perform songs from her new album on Friday November 28, 2014 at EPIC Bar & Lounge in Sherman Oaks, CA. The show starts at 7:30 PM, but it is highly recommended to call 818-380-3180 and make reservations.

Barnes’ mystical soul-jazz ballad “Come With Me” is already receiving spins on more than 60 terrestrial and internet stations in the smooth jazz format. This includes Music Mix USA with its 5 million potential viewers, as well as Video Diversity, IndieMusic.tv, MoviesOnline.im and more. Not only has her song been nominated for a “Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA)” for best jazz song, Cheryl Barnes album, Listen To This, is being considered for the 2015 Grammys including Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album, and Producer of the Year! The Grammy Awards draws top industry elite, press, publicity and a wealth of talent from across the globe. Cheryl will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet alongside celebrities, press, photographers and media outlets that are there to interview artists and help share their story with the world.

Barnes’ multi-format appeal has also earned her significant Triple AAA airplay for her heartfelt, jazzy rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Come In From The Cold” which climbed to position #79 on MediaBase. This week, her album has picked up more spins, is now chart bound on SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50 Album Chart, and is #170 on MediaBase! You can get a free download of “What’s On Your Mind” at http://www.CherylBBarnes.com.

Barnes worked with award-winning videographer David West for her recent music video for “Come With Me” on YouTube. The video features her singing at many of Southern California’s most iconic locations and is being featured on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio and SmoothTravel Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.


Selaelo Selota to play at Kenny G SA concert by Debbi de Souza

Selaelo Selota

Selaelo Selota

South African jazz artist Selaelo Selota will be supporting Grammy Award-winning musician Kenny G on 20 November 2014 at the Coca-Cola Dome for one concert only.

This was announced by SA promoter, Canoc Productions in association with Mzansi Magic Music and 702.

“Selota is a wonderfully gifted artist and we believe his style combined with the smooth jazz sounds of Kenny G will give concert-goers a unique entertainment experience,” says local promoter, Phala Letsoalo of Canoc Productions. “To host one of Africa’s finest musicians on the same bill as the world famous Kenny G is a coup for jazz lovers and we encourage fans of both artists to book now to avoid disappointment.”

With a career in music spanning over 20 years, the multi-talented producer and composer Selaelo Selota has recorded and produced six award-winning albums.

Selota has an association with Kenny G through the title track of Judith Sephuma’s debut album – A Cry, A Smile, A Dance which Selota composed and arranged. Judith Sephuma, has received international acclaim after this track on the album by the same name was featured in Kenny G’s album – At Last… The Duets, which is a mix of instrumental Jazz and romantic ballads sung by well-known divas with a few pop songs sprinkled in between.

Delivering scintillating performances every time he takes to the stage, Selota never disappoints his fans. During his career he has shared the stage with international stars like Jonathan Butler, Bob James, Kirk Whalum, Richard Bona, Deborah Cox and Ronny Jordan and, local stars including Oliver Mtukudzi, Lokua Kanza, Diblo Dibala and Judith Sephuma.

As a producer and composer, Selota has composed and arranged both of Judith Sephuma’s two award winning and bestselling albums – A Cry, A Smile, A Dance (which burst the triple Platinum sales status of more than 160 000 units) and Change is Here.

Catch the smooth jazz playing Kenny G and South Africa’s jazz master, Selaelo Selota at the Coca-Cola Dome on 20 November. It’s a not to be missed one concert only date for every jazz lover.


Jazz capitals unite as Apollo hails Louis Armstrong By Shaun Tandon, AFP

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

NEW YORK–New York’s cold November wind felt a world away but the New Orleans jazz musicians marched like they were at home, dancing under umbrellas to brass and banjo.

The jazz band was working its way to a temple to jazz, Harlem’s 80-year-old Apollo Theater, which sought some flavour from the Big Easy as it inducted New Orleans-born musical pioneer Louis Armstrong into a new Hall of Fame.

With fans waving commemorative handkerchiefs, the band played songs including “When The Saints Go Marching In” — a jazz and gospel staple that was popularized globally by Armstrong — and swayed to a New Orleans-style second line dance.

The dedication of the plaque late Friday launched a weekend of performances that aimed to create some of the atmosphere of New Orleans in New York, bringing together two jazz capitals.

Irvin Mayfield, the Grammy Award-winning New Orleans trumpeter, led the musical procession and curated a weekend of performances he hoped would befit Armstrong’s legacy.

“Louis Armstrong is to America what William Shakespeare was to England,” Mayfield told AFP.

Jazz ‘as a party’

Armstrong, born in 1901 into dire poverty in New Orleans, discovered the cornet after he was thrown into a juvenile jail on a minor offense. He gradually refined the sounds he heard on the New Orleans street as he helped construct jazz as a genre.

Amid an exodus of African Americans from the South, Armstrong moved in 1922 to Chicago which was quickly emerging as jazz’s adopted home. Armstrong later moved to New York, where he died in 1971.

Despite his New Orleans roots, Armstrong — whose trumpet evoked the human voice — arguably represented the shift from the New Orleans roots of ensemble-driven jazz to the Northern style that emphasized solos.

New Orleans jazz embraces the tuba and banjo, which have disappeared from much of Northern jazz which favours guitars and tighter composition.

Read part 2 here


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