A Blog Supreme – All Jazz Radio – Monday 06 April 2015

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1Cape-Town-International-Jazz-Festival16I’m really tired of the jazz police, so called jazz aficionados, narrow minded, blinkered, self appointed, arbitrators of all things jazz who come out of the woodwork around and after jazz festivals. I also must confess I am not, nor will I ever be a member of the jazz police nor be a purist when it comes the music I love and respect. I encourage all jazz lovers to keep open ears when listening to jazz music, there are many forms and sounds to hear.

Call me a grumpy old man or anything else but lets stop accepting half assed uninformed stories. These story writers and commentators make outlandish poorly informed pronouncements about what jazz and jazz festivals are supposed to be, to make matters even worse some ill-informed writers pick up on some of these gripes and write uneducated, unsearched and often stupid stories which get prominence from their editors. A recent story raised my ire completely and occurred after the recent CTIJF.

If one judges the artists performing on the Kiepies stage alone then I can agree totally with the some of the Facebook sentiments as reported in the recent newspaper story, there is little or no jazz at the festival. Sadly many commentators tend focus on Kiepies at the CITJF, which has never been a jazz stage since the start of the Festival 16 years ago. There have been some jazz artists booked to perform on that stage.

I have been involved in the world of Jazz Broadcasting for the past 20 and we know there is little or no jazz on the many terrestrial radio stations of our country. I have further been associated with the CTIJF for the past 16 years having been the host of the media conferences and as an MC on the Rosies stage.

Rosies has been the main Jazz Stage at the festival where over the years we have seen and heard great jazz performers delighting audiences. It is the place where the real jazz lovers congregate each year to listen to those many respected jazz musicians.

This year I was, for the first time, the sole MC on the Rosies stage, on the Friday night where I introduced and experienced performances by Madala Kunene, the only none jazz artist on the stage, but then were entertained by Gerald Clayton, Gavin Minter, Mike Del Ferro with Tony Lakatos who are jazz artists.

On Saturday I introduced Mike Perry who performed a very moving tribute to his late friend, partner and mentor Winston Mankunku Ngozi then came Banz Oester, Victor Masondo with Thembi Mtshali followed with trumpet great Wallace Roney with friends Lenny White and Buster Williams rounded out the evening. The sadness for me is I didn’t see any of the festival detractors and journalists seated in Rosies to listen to the really good jazz being performed.

The second jazz stage is the Molelekwa stage where one will find exciting old and new, up and coming artists, experimental and mainstream jazz performed on the stage. Friday saw rising star vocalist Zoe Modige, Italian teen vocalist and multi instrumentalist, Andrea Motis, the mercurial Melanie Scholtz, Purbayan Chattergee, Talvin Singh and our own Shane Cooper. On Saturday The Claude Cousins Trio, with Kyle Shepherd and Benjamin Jephta, Sons of Kemet, The Brother Moves On and Carlo Mombelli and The Storytellers closed the stage.

Other notable respected jazz musicians included Jason Miles, Courtney Pine as well as The Delft Big Band and The Heathfield High School Band performed on the Basil Manenburg Coetzee Stage. To those who decided not to attend solely because who was on the Kiepies stage, i say  you were shortsighted, uninformed and stupid because there were many wonderful jazz artists who performed to choose from.

I respectfully state those who reported so badly on the state of jazz at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival know little of nothing of jazz, had their heads up their asses, pretending to do their job from the comfort of the journalist hospitality area. There are very few jazz journalists in South Africa, I can count the real jazz/arts journalists on my one hand, therefore any journalist worth their salt would be wise to consult those who know and understand jazz and should go back to school and study arts journalism and at least go read, listen to and find out what jazz is.

I would like to conclude that jazz gets a bad rap when so many do not know or understand what jazz is yet make pronouncements thereby creating a false understanding. Support for jazz is important, get to know and understand jazz. Our jazz musicians deserve respect and support, go buy their CD’s go pay to see them perform and listen to real jazz radio little or none of which is heard on any terrestrial broadcaster in South Africa.

The mediocre state of arts journalistic reviewing and endeavours should really be of concern to editors.

Please note that I am no apologist nor have involvement with the organisers of the festival other than being a volunteer for the tasks I perform each year at the festival.

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Tomorrow’s streaming broadcast schedule on All Jazz Radio Tuesday 07 April 2015

Tuesday

We stream from the Central African Time Zone. Please note that Central European Time is one hour behind Central African Time and GMT is 2 hours behind.

Note too that all programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning.

TUESDAY

10:00 to 11:00- THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB

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)

11:00 – 11:15 LONDON JAZZ NEWS 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)

11:15 – 14:00 THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB

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)

14:00 – 16:00 MZANTZI (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)

16:00 – 18:00 THE CAPITAL JAZZ CLUB

Compiled, presented & produced by by Jack Ojiambo in Nairobi, Kenya

(Eclectic mix of Acid. Funk, Progressive, Fusion Jazz)

MONDAYS SHOWS (Repeats)

18:00 – 21:00 THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB

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)

21:00 – 22:00 THE LATIN PERSPECTIVE

Compiled, presented & produced by Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

(Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz)

22:00 – 24:00 TAKE 5 & THEN SOME…..

Compiled, produced & presented by Clifford Graham in Cape Town, SA

(A Mix of Mainstream, Vocal, Contemporary and Smooth jazz)

24:00 – 02:00 JAZZ AROUND THE WORLD

Compiled, presented & produced by Wolfgang König in Berlin, Germany

(All genre styles of jazz from around the world)

SATURDAYS SHOWS (Repeat)

02:00 – 06:00 THE NO NAME BRAND SHOW

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

(Mainstream, Vocal, Contemporary Smooth, Fusion, Funk & Soul Jazz)

06:00 – 08:00 COOKING JAZZ

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

(Contemporary, Mainstream, Nostalgic, Pop Jazz)

08:00 – 10:00 THE KIBBY FACTOR

Compiled, presented & produced by Guitarist James “Acid Robot” Kibby in Cape Town, SA

(Acid, Avant Garde, Electronic Jazz, Blues)

Please remember should any of our programs be missed we do repeat our broadcasts, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning. Please see the daily program schedule on our website. We stream live from the Central African Time Zone, join us daily at 10am C. A. T. daily. Please note too that Central European Time is one hour behind Central African Time and GMT is 2 hours behind.

Please note: All programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning.

 

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