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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Reviews:- Slug and Lettuce, Newlands

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So there I was, at a loose end one morning and decided to try out the Slug and Lettuce below the Spur in Newlands, having driven past it a number of times. Breakfast was on my mind, which is something I seldom do, and it was early for me on a weekday morning, so thought in for a penny, in for a pound and went if to check the place out. It was previously a French Bistro, which I’d never been to; they weren’t there long enough for me to try. There were only one table inside when I got there, with no one to greet me I found myself a table and plonked my butt down. A very surly dour po-faced waiter came over with the small laminated menu when he noticed I was at a table. Breakfast on one side and the other lunch specials. I said I wanted to see the full menu and the waiter gave me a strange look of incredulity, his face said it all, WTF do you want it for. Dumb ass I’m customer, you waiter, get it.

Slug & Lettuce newlandsAfter having a good look through all the menus, which were quite boring and pedestrian as with so many franchise restaurants. I wonder what the waiter would have said had I wanted a brunch. Being 11:00 am I decided on The Seanie made up of two slices of toast covered with tomato based savoury mince and topped with two fried eggs, sounds good and simple, neh! On giving my order to the sour waiter slinked off to place the order. I was not asked how I wanted the eggs, which pissed me off, but I was reviewing the place did not make waves as I wanted the full service experience. I had a cold drink that I sipped on whilst waiting for the food. When it arrived dropped it in front of me and he skipped quickly away. I was irritated and somewhat unhappy with what was presented on the plate, one perfect egg and the other, broken yolk and overcooked. Big mistake which should never have left the kitchen pass had the and waiter been trained correctly or the kitchen staff taken pride in their work or had the chef/owner been in the kitchen. The mince lacked seasoning, was quite bland and flavourless. I wonder what the rest of the food is like, if the same standards are used even though The Seanie is really a very simple dish to make and prepare, any Klutz in the Kitchen with rudimentary cooking skills could do better.

What the savoury mince on toast with eggs should have looked like.

What the savoury mince on toast with eggs should have looked like.

The Klutz can only rate the venue ★★ = Better than bad, still not good enough, waste of time and money. Visit at ones own peril.

The Klutz in the Kitchen pays for all food and drink consumed when reviewing venues, and all visits are unannounced and never booked at all. The Klutz will visit the Slug again in a few months to see if any improvements have been implemented and will again review the venue.

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Eateries of all Genera Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Reviews

Where does one find the Best Pub Lunch in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town?

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The Village BistroIt wasn’t a good week having learned of the passing of a broadcast colleague and was in Meadowridge to attend the funeral service, I was too early so thought to use my time in the area wisely and not having had breakfast I decided to lunch at Village Bistro, though not a pub or offering pub faire.

The venue had been established way back in 1989, starting off as a small really nice coffee shop, vivid memories come to mind, having a girlfriend living in the area. Over the years the venue transformed into what is now the Village Bistro and run by Chef and Owners Peter and Lindsay Ward whose connections to the place going back years.

The place was busyish with what seemed to be many Meadowridgers filling seats. On being seated I perused the menu, which offered a variety of international style dishes and there were a few specials on offer. These were written, rather badly, on a chalkboard above the open plan cooking area, none appealed to me. Then continuing to read through the small uninspiring menu it hit me, a wonderful dish I’ve not had since my restaurant cooking days years ago, Ossobucco that wonderful traditional Milanese speciality of cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth, but wait this was not the traditional Osso Bucco, this was Lamb Shank Osso Bucco in a tomato herb sauce served with grilled gnocchi romaine and garnished with a traditional cremolata. Not wanting a beer as I was going to a funeral after the meal I stuck to drinking a coke.

The Lamb Shank Osso Bucco arrived and was not looking particularly mouth watering in the bowl it was served but was rather drab. I though oh no, problems, though the meat fell from the bone which was great, but I was disappointed that the flavours were lacking. The lamb was tasteless and bland as were the overcooked mushy vegetables in the dish. This was a modern tack on a traditional Italian dish, which did not work for me at all, sadly.

The Village Bistro is currently not recommended by the Klutz in the Kitchen at all at this juncture, and receives ★★★ = Middling, tolerable, almost acceptable to adequate, could be still better

The Klutz in the Kitchen will not write Village Bistro off as of yet, and will visit again in a few months to see if any changes have been made and will again review the venue.

The Klutz in the Kitchen pays for all food and drink consumed when reviewing venues, and all visits are unannounced and never booked at all.

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Eateries of all Genera Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Reviews

Where does one find the Best Pub Lunch in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town?

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Rascal’s in KenilworthWhat can be said about this neighbourhood joint? Well, er, lots. Picture the scene, Saturday around midday and the Klutz has this fixation to find some more pub grub to checkout, specially a good pot pie, so he heads to a place he’s seen but never visited before, this after careful and painstakingly thorough Interweb research, heads off to Rascal’s in Kenilworth. After finding parking heads into the venue past full tables on the porch, but relatively unfilled interior. One knows that it’s a sports pub, what with all the soccer mostly Man U memorabilia aborning the walls. I thought it prudent to keep my allegiances to myself. After wondering around like a loose football in search of a boot, and no interest shown by the wait staff I realized I’d left my cell in the car so headed out to retrieve it. On returning, again no interest shown by the staff, with peoples names and numbers on bits of paper on the tables I thought were bookings I pulled a waiter aside to ask where I should sit, she said anywhere which I duly did. I was brought the menu and I ordered a “pint”. The beer arrived and she disappeared. I took the first sip and was disappointed, cool beer, not chilled as I was expecting. I started going through the menu and was excited by the choices, which soon turned to disappointment, no pub lunches on the menu. After sitting for almost and hour, menu open by now very warm beer almost finished and no assistance from any of the wait staff although they were bustling past me far to many times to count, I managed to get the attention of a waiter and complain about the warm beer and asked a cold one and asked about the pub lunches, finally I was brought a pub menu and asked for the manager to join me. When he did I started tearing him another one, and after the requisite excuses and stories and the offer of another beer, which I declined after all I was there to review the joint.

I knew what I wanted; I was there for traditional pub lunch faire, the Pie that on being told was homemade and was the clincher. I was actually told the pie dough was made on the premises and the filling made by an outside contractor, huh! Really, homemade? Because they had a pizza oven I decided to get a garlic pizza to start off with, which when it arrived came with some curry sauce, chopped garlic and a chilli oil on the side. The pizza bread was nice and thin with a really nice crunch to it on the first bite, the curry sauce was dead on great and the chilli was killer hot, all in all a great start to the lunch. The beer by this time was on its way to be chilled as it should, so was better than the first and I started enjoying as I waited for the pie and chips to arrive.

When it finally got to my table I was horrified to see the plate with a soggy pie covered with and floating on a sea of gravy, very unappetising it looked. On first bite the sensation of chewing into a wet tea towel came to mind and the taste was awful. Firstly the gravy was out of a packet and the pie filling was a congealed tasteless mess. The meat was like chewing old boot leather, by now I’m not a happy chappy at all. That ended the visit to the pub pretty darn quick, and left a very bad taste on the taste buds.

Rascals is not recommended by the Klutz in the Kitchen at all at this juncture, and receives ★★ = Better than bad, still not good enough, waste of time and money. Visit at ones own peril, however we will not write the place off as yet, we will visit again in a few months to see if any changes have been made and will again review the venue.

The Klutz in the Kitchen pays for all food and drink consumed when reviewing venues, visits are unannounced and not booked.

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Obituary: Founding member of Irakere, guitarist Carlos Emilio Morales has died at the age of 75 – Written by Wolfgang König Presenter, Compiler and producer of Jazz Around The World

Carlos Emilio Morale

Carlos Emilio Morale

On 12 November, the Cuban jazz scene suffered a heavy loss: the death of Carlos Emilio Morales who could be called the father of Cuban jazz guitar playing. As the son of a dentist, Carlos Emilio Morales attended the medical school of Havana’s university and worked as a salesman for medical products. But since he was twelve, he had also played the guitar and received formal training. As his influences he cited Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, Tal Farlow and Wes Montgomery. At the age of 20, he started his professional career in the orchestra of the Teatro Musical de La Habana. Eight years later, Carlos Emilio Morales was a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna where he met people like pianist Chucho Valdés, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. In 1973 they started what was to become the greatest jazz group in Cuban music history: Irakere.

IrakereIn a certain way, Carlos Emilio Morales was Cuba’s equivalent to Freddie Green, the legendary Count Basie guitarist. Morales never recorded an album under his own name and he almost never played a solo, but he was highly valued among musicians for his supporting skills and by music students as a brilliant guitar teacher. Apart from his work with Irakere, he performed with international greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Legrand, Chick Corea, Ronnie Scott and Josephine Baker.

The younger Carlos Emilio Morale

The younger Carlos Emilio Morale

Carlos Emilio Morales died at the age of 75 and was buried on the biggest cemetary of the Americas, the Cementerio Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus Cemetary) in Havana.

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Why pop-turned-jazz stars just ain’t got that swing

Anything doesn’t go … Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform together on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

Anything doesn’t go … Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform together on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

From Rod Stewart to Robbie Williams, and now Lady Gaga and Annie Lennox, pop stars keep hopping on the jazz bandwagon but just can’t ride the rhythm.

Of all those rubbish ideas dreamt up by major-label record honchos frantically trying to balance their ailing books, the pop star – often fading, but not necessarily – sings jazz standards album feels the most desperate. Like sitcom writers who think sending their much-loved characters to Torremolinos for a feature-length “special” is the best way to re-oxygenate a programme whose days are numbered, the success rate of popster jazz is virtually nil.

Jazz is a serious and noble pursuit, with a culture and history of its own, fed by a pool of nuts-and-bolts techniques that can to outsiders feel as obscure and nebulous as the formula for Coca-Cola. And however keenly Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, and now Lady Gaga and Annie Lennox, think kicking it with a zooty big band can varnish their careers in the mystique and musical sophistication of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra or Sarah Vaughan, they are deluding themselves. The context is all wrong; take Mrs Slocombe’s pussy away from Grace Brothers and the joke is lost.

Read the whole story here, with thanks to the Guardain

 

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Tim Hauser, Co-Founder of the Manhattan Transfer, Dead at 72

Tim Hauser

Tim Hauser

Was only original member still with the famed vocal group

By Jeff Tamarkin

Tim Hauser, who co-founded the vocal quartet the Manhattan Transfer in 1969 and was its sole remaining original member, died Oct. 16. Details regarding the cause and place of death are not yet available, but Hauser’s passing was confirmed by the other members of the Manhattan Transfer—Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne—on the group’s Facebook page. That lineup had been undisturbed since 1978 when Bentyne replaced Laurel Massé, injured in a car accident. (Bentyne has been sidelined on occasion during the past few years as she’s undergone treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.)

Schooled in classic jazz vocal harmony, swing and vocalese—they were often compared to Lambert, Hendricks and Ross in their early years—the group, named after a 1925 novel by John Dos Passos, was also immersed in ’50s doo-wop, bebop, pop, Latin and world music and other genres.

Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosali

Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosali

The original lineup—Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosali—released its debut album, Jukin’, on Capitol Records in 1971. That lineup, which leaned as much toward the rocking good-time jug band music of the Lovin’ Spoonful as to jazz, disbanded the following year and Hauser grouped with Massé, Paul and Siegel.

That lineup signed with Atlantic Records and released the self-titled Manhattan Transfer album in 1975. Reaching back to 1940s swing but also to the girl group sound of the ’60s and to New Orleans R&B, the album included guest contributions from saxophonists David Sanborn and Zoot Sims, trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis and other jazz luminaries of the day.

Manhattan Transfer

Manhattan Transfer

The group continued to record for Atlantic until the late 1980s, and although none of their albums rose higher than number 22 on the Billboard album chart (1981’s Mecca for Moderns), they did enjoy one Top 10 single in their cover of the Ad-Libs’ “Boy From New York City,” from the same album. That year the group won Grammys in both the jazz and pop music categories. They won a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group category the following year for their remake of the classic “Route 66.” Ultimately the Manhattan Transfer took home 10 Grammy awards in all.

The Manhattan Transfer was also a consistently popular concert draw and found a foothold on entertainment television.

After leaving Atlantic, the group signed with Columbia Records in 1991 and, in 2003, with Telarc. In 2009 they released The Chick Corea Songbook, a tribute to the keyboardist, on the Four Quarters label. The Manhattan Transfer was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named best vocal group in the JazzTimes readers poll on several occasions.

Born in Troy, N.Y., Dec. 12, 1941, Hauser grew up in towns on the New Jersey shore, and began his singing career in Asbury Park at age 15 with a doo-wop group called the Criterions that once performed for the legendary disc jockey Alan Freed. In college Hauser sang with other vocal outfits, including one folk aggregation that included future hitmaker Jim Croce. Hauser served in the Air Force beginning in 1964 and took jobs in advertising upon his discharge, before starting the Manhattan Transfer in 1969.

Hauser released one solo album, Love Stories, in 2007.

Tim Hauser solo albumHauser underwent spinal surgery in 2013 and was absent from the group’s performances for some time.

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The All Jazz Radio Great Southern Suburbs Best Pub Lunch search is underway. Pub visit #2

Where does one find the Best Pub Lunch in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town?

barristers logoBarristers Newlands

It was Barristers Newlands a warm Thursday when I decided to try the Barristers Pub Lunch menu. Now I have always enjoyed the steaks at this very popular eatery in the heart of Newlands and yet have never tried the Pub Lunch menu. So with The All Jazz Radio Great Southern Suburbs Best Pub Lunch Search underway I thought this would be a great time to test the waters, so to speak. And as the menu invites one to “Come and join us. Pull up a chair. Have a taste. Life is so endlessly delicious.” I did just that. I was welcomed and shown to a table indoors as the patio area was quite full. Being warm I ordered a pint but was a wee bit disappointed that it was not as cold as it should have been, more chilled than icy. I felt like a salad I decided to start with a Caesar Salad, described on the menu as a “Traditional Caesar salad, with cos lettuce, crispy bacon bits, anchovy fillets, capers and quartered boiled egg. Comes with Caesar dressing on the side”. The salad looked truly inviting just the right thing on a balmy warm day. On the first bite, the cos lettuce was not as crispy as described and the end bits were brown and somewhat off-putting. The bacon bits were overcooked and could not be speared by the fork and the egg yoke also way over cooked. All in all not a great start.

The pub menu is quite extensive with a wide selection of pub faire, but no crusty beef or chicken pie instead there was Cottage Pie, which was described as a “delicious savoury mince, covered in creamy mashed potatoes and a side salad”. This sounded quite appealing but as I was there for a pie, so ordered it. Service was quite average and relatively slow. The Cottage Pie arrived on a plate in a rectangular bowl and the side salad resting against the hot pie dish. One thing I dislike more than anything is hot wilted salad leaves and warm soggy tomato. I dug into the Cottage Pie though the mash and hot a forkful of mince and mash and shazam no flavour. The mince was quite watery and unappealing needing a lot of added salt and pepper. The mash topping was equally tasteless again missing seasoning and very watery and not fluffy creamy and buttery as I believe good mash should been sadly.

Overall the meal was a failure and I would not rate it at all. Will I be back, yes because I like to check if the errors I discovered have been fixed and again will report back in the near future.

The Klutz in the Kitchen Rates the venue – ★★

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The Klutz in the Kitchen Rating System

★= Really bad, horrible, unpleasant, and abysmal

★★ = Better than bad, tolerable with a show of promise

★★★ = Middling, acceptable to adequate, not too bad but could be still better

★★★★ = Enjoyable, pleasant and satisfactory, visit at anytime

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

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Jazz Music is the best

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The All Jazz Radio Great Pub Lunch/Grub Search Pub #1

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOWhere does one find the Best Pub Lunch in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town?

Last week I decided to start some research on Pub Fare available in Ward 59 where I reside; the Claremont – Kenilworth – Newlands – Rondebosch areas to start with and may spread our wings further afield over the coming weeks.

I  started with that firm old favourite of so many, The Foresters Arms better known as Forries in Newlands on last week. Established in 1852, Foresters Arms is the oldest pub in South Africa! In fact, it has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the most beer sold in the Southern Hemisphere.

forries newlands logo1 The truth be told I hadn’t been to Forries for well over 30 years. I have many wonderful memories of those heady days at the old Forries. On arrival a waiter greeted me with a pleasant smile of welcome, with the lunchtime rush over I was looking forward to some really excellent service along with some really great pub grub. The wait staff was not as attentive as they should have been, don’t know whether it was because the lunchtime rush was over or what and they had shifted down a couple of gears. The pub itself was practically empty however the garden was still abuzz. Eventually I got my pint and menu and took a good look through the entire thing. I was there for the pub grub, not the Al-La-Carte.

I eventually decided on the Steak and Stout Pie, which according to the menus is “a traditional old English favourite, with a crispy pastry top, and served with chips Freshly prepared to order, takes a little longer, but is well worth the wait!” It looked like it when it finally arrived; the pastry was deep brown and flaky as it should be. The accompanying chips were blerry awful soft and mushy, why is it chefs go the frozen route with chips I don’t know, wake up peeps the only way to go the fresh vege route which always wins, hand cut chips made from fresh potatoes are always the best. I would have preferred the choice either fluffy creamy mash or new potatoes in their jackets on the side. A big bunch of points deducted for those chips.

The pie filling did not live up to my expectations at all, though the meat was quite chunky, I just could not find any stout or beef flavour in the mix, there was also an unexpected pungent herby/spice I couldn’t quite put my taste buds to, still don’t know what it was, it was quite unpleasant. it was something that really killed all the other flavours and spoiled the entire dish for me. At R88.00 for what was plated was not worth the price at all, blerry expensive, either fix flavour or take it off the menu. If it is to be kept on the menu, once the flavours have been fixed serve a side of salad with the dish to add value. It would have been a good idea to have a fresh roll to soak up the gravy too. I will pat another visit in a couple go moths to see if they have fixed the problems.

All in all not a very good start to the 2014 All Jazz Radio Great Southern Suburbs Best Pub Lunch search is it? Ok, you too can be part of the fun. Have a go at writing your own review about you favourite watering hole and the food on their pub menu, all we ask is to be downright straight and tell it like it is, then send it to us at info@alljazzradio.co.za and type in the subject line THE GREAT PUB GRUB SEARCH and we’ll publish it on the All Jazz Radio website

The Klutz in the Kitchen Rates the venue – ★★

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The Klutz in the Kitchen Rating System

★= Really bad, horrible, unpleasant, and abysmal

★★ = Better than bad, tolerable with a show of promise

★★★ = Middling, acceptable to adequate, not too bad but could be still better

★★★★ = Enjoyable, pleasant and satisfactory, visit at anytime

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

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Artist of the Week – FRIDAY 26th September, 2014 Dan Shout – Saxophonist, Band Leader, Composer, Record Company Owner passionate performer.

Dan Shout

Dan Shout

Dan Shout is a respected, sought-after jazz musician based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is most renowned as a session saxophonist and for his seven-year stint with Johnny Clegg.

Dan has performed in over 25 countries across five continents. A few of his career highlights include performing with the South African National Youth Jazz Band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague with Carlo Mombelli (2004), playing with the combined University of Cape Town/University of Kwazulu-Natal Jazz Octet lead by Darius Brubeck and Mike Rossi at the I.A.J.E. in Long Beach, California (2005), a multitude of national and international performances with Johnny Clegg, including the Soccer World Cup in Germany (2006); Rugby World Cup in France (2007); Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007.

Read more about this talented South African Musician on his website at about Dan

Solo Recordings:

“In With a Shout” – Dan Shout, SMC003 (2014)
“Serenading Ghosts” – SHOUT, SMC002 (2012)
“Greetings & Salutations” – Dan Shout, SMC001 (2010)

Recordings as a Sideman:

“In the Red” – The Blues Broers. GR007CD, Guava Records. (2014)
“Tango Dreams” – Cape Town Tango Ensemble. GMW04 (2014)
“Felix – The Movie” Soundtrack (2013)
“Magic Carpet Ride”. Magic Carpet Ride (2011)
“UCT Jazz 2010 – Conceptions”. CD STR 103 (2011)
“Dinosaur”. Jax Panic (2010)
“Lisa Bauer” EP (2008)
“Simplicity” – Bedrock. Criminal Records (2008)
“Mozambique Fashion Week” CD by Dino Moran.
“The Rudimentals LIVE @ Kirstenbosch” CD & DVD (2007)
“Johnny Clegg ONE LIFE live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre” CD & DVD (2007)
“UCT Jazz – Full Spectrum”. (“The Poem” comp. & arr. Mike Campbell)
“Lost in Time” feat. Sakhile Moleshe.
“Cafe d’Afrique 3” Compilation – “New Jazz Nigeria” by Moran Moretti. DGR1650.
“Tattoo Bar” Compilation – “Kickin that Funk” by DJ AK47/feat. Boogieman on vocals, Dan Shout on sax. OGCJM.
“Aunty Trish” by Hog Hoggidy Hog on their album “Oink”. Bowline Music. FI000829.
“Cape of Storms (live)” by Golliwog (Independent Artist). Tassenberg All Stars – Live @ The Tassenberg Wingerdstok. TRIP 017, BOW 014.
“Mattress Mambo” by Golliwog (Independent Artist). SL Magazine Selection 10 Compilation; SL 2003.
“Nasty” by Golliwog (Independent Artist). SL Magazine Selection 4 Compilation: SL August 2002.
“Desperado” by The Eagles. Bedrock “La Cantina”. Criminal Records (2000)

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Tumi Mogorosi’s Project ELO by Mamsie Ntshangase, chairperson of EJazz Appreciation Society

Tumi Mogorosi’s Project ELO 

Tumi Mogorosi’s Project ELO

I have this habit of dozing off after a hard day’s work while the music is playing from one of the playlists I prepare. It happened that the other day I woke up to this most exquisite sound of voices that made me think I was dreaming of heaven or being in some cathedral. From the first note, you are struck by the voices that accompany the booming bass and the drum, elegantly keeping time. By the time the saxophone and guitar entered the “fray”, I knew then that I was on some “celestial journey” through sound…mentally in orbit to somewhere in outer space. This is how I got introduced to Tumi Mogorosi’s “Project ELO”. I took deep breaths, allowed the music in, and boy, did it get under my skin. The tune was “In The Beginning”. How apt. This is Tumi, creating a world through music that his chosen will inhabit.

The musicians are the main man himself on drums, Thembinkosi Mavimbela on double bass, Sibusile Xaba (guitar), Nhlanhla Mahlangu (tenor sax), Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax) and Malcolm Jiyane (trombone). The inclusion of the “celestial voices” of Themba Maseko, Ntombi Sibeko, Mary Moyo and Gabisile Motuba is a masterstroke. The album itself is produced by Tumi himself and the soon-to-be-legend, pianist Nduduzo Makhathini whose body of work already has tongues wagging from here to all corners of the earth. This is no exaggeration.

Tumi Mogorosi with sticksOn to “Inner Emergence”, and what I now call the “celestial voices” carry on opening “clouds” and “bringing in the light”. The guitar solo by Sibusile Xaba, plus trombone play by Malcolm Jiyane are especially haunting. Tumi on drums the ever present director of proceedings. Make no mistake, this is very much this amazing drummer’s album. The percussive sounds are very much the core, as it soars to the heavens, there’s the gravity of the earthly drum that centres it. The young maestro delivers something masterful.

“Princess Gabi” starts with Thembinkosi Mavimbela’s bass slowing my breathing down even further, with Malcolm Jiyane’s trombone has me hypnotized. The voices and the wailing saxophone wake me up from the delicious stupor I’ve been slipping into, such a glorious mesh of voices, Tumi’s drumming, Mthunzi Mvubu’s and Nhlanhla Mahlangu’s horns and young Jiyane’s trombone. It’s almost as if that chorus is paying homage to the Princess – the effect is too exquisite.
“Slaves Emancipation” brings me “down to earth”. Images of years of struggle and hardship play in my head as I listen and feel like I’m one with the oppressed ones experiencing the freedom they’ve been craving probably for hundreds of years. Thembinkosi Mavimbela’s booming contrabass (which he plays with amazing dexterity, you could swear he’s holding it as one would an electric bass guitar) shines through beautifully.

Tumi Mogorosi ponderingOn “Thokozile Queen Mother”, Mavimbela’s bass kicks off slowly, Tumi keeping steady time and Mthunzi’s alto sax and then that angelic voice singing the praises of the Queen Mother. It is clear that Tumi is concerned with the universe, and how everything connects. I get the sense that these are the things that influenced the creation of these beautiful compositions.

“Metatron Angel of Presence” is where Mogorosi stretches out and showcases his prowess on the instrument of his choice, the drums. I couldn’t help but think that the legend Louis Moholo would listen to this, nod his head and smile.
The set ends with a triumphant “Gift of Three”, where my now favourite celestial voices, bass and horns combine with Tumi to present something that makes this heart of mine soar.

The musicians assembled here complement and play off each other so beautifully, making it one of those albums that will endure for all time.

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African Drummers Rythm “When the music changes, so does the dance.”

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Gig News

2014 Support Local Music

Titilayo Adedokun behind the mic

Titilayo Adedokun

The vivacious Titilayo Adedokun and her Quartet will be performing this Saturday, September 6th from 8:30pm and 10pm at Cape Town’s Straight No Chaser Jazz Club. Titilayo will be accompanied by  Andrew Lilley at the piano, Graham Strickland on the double bass and Maurice Gawronsky playing the drums. Enjoy a convivial evening of wonderful music sung by this warm and charming American/Nigerian vocalist, now a resident of Cape Town, the Jazz Capital of Africa.

http://straightnochaserclub.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/titilayo-adedokun-quartet/

Straght No Chaser Cape Town

Straight No Chaser, 79 Buitenkant Street (next to Diva’s pizza), Cape Town.
Booking is essential via phone or sms on 076 679 2697
Doors open at 7pm Shows are at 8:30pm and 10:30pm (Tuesday – Saturday) Two Sets
The cost is R60 for a single set and R100 for both performances. Student rates are available at R40 (with student card) for one show and R70 for both.

http://www.straightnochaserclub.wordpress.com/

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Duke Ellington

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.” – Duke Ellington

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Kyle Shepherd Trio Dream State CD Cape Town Launch

Kyle Shepherd Header The Cape Town launch concert of the Kyle Shepherd Trio’s Double Album ‘Dream State’ will happen on Friday 29 August 2014 at UCT’s SA College of Music. The launch of ‘Dream State’ marks the 5-year Anniversary of Shepherd’s much-lauded Trio. The concert, presented by fineART Music and generously sponsored by Ultra Event Technical Solutions and Dunstone Wines features Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (SBYA) winner for Jazz and African News Network, ANN7’s 2014 Young South African of the Year Award Nominee, on piano, together with two of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, namely, Shane Cooper – the 2013 SBYA recipient – on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

 

Kyle Shepherd's Dream State

Kyle Shepherd’s Dream State

‘Dream State’, a 21-track double disc album of Shepherd’s original compositions, features Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. The pre-eminent SA saxophonist, Buddy Wells, features on five of the tracks. In this studio recording, the Trio, rather magnificently captures the fluidity, intensity and inventiveness of its live performances that has entranced audiences across South Africa and abroad. View the Official ‘Dream State’ EPK Video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOj4D_ZUaw

In her review of the official launch concert held at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 26 July 2014, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, wrote in Business Day that “Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow. Dream State joins an impressive 2014 list of albums of the year.” In the album’s liner notes, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu succinctly described the ethos of the trio in this way: “There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”

Kyle-Shepherd-1-320x200‘Dream State’ which was recorded by Peter Auret at the Sumo Sound Recording Studio, mixed by Pål Svenre (Sweden) and mastered by Tim Lengfeld at TL Mastering, is the 27-year old pianist’s 4th Album. His previous critically acclaimed releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and South African History !X, have all garnered South African Music Award nominations. Since the release of his debut album in 2009, Shepherd’s international career has advanced remarkably with performances, either as a solo pianist or trio, quartet and other formats in France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Denmark, South Africa at The Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Joy of Jazz Festival, Zimbabwe at The Harare International Festival – HIFA, China and India. The twenty-seven year old virtuoso pianist will embark on a Solo Piano Tour of Japan in September 2014 which will include a performance at the prestigious Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Japan on Sunday, 07 September 2014; after which he heads for the USA with Kesivan & The Lights for a show at Carnegie Hall, New York on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton, on 27 September 2014.

Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the launch concert and will be also be available at most major retail stores in South Africa and downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide, during August 2014. Poster & CD Artwork & Design by Brandan Reynolds. Attached photograph by Ference Isaacs.

CONCERT INFO: – Date: Friday, 29 August 2014 – Time: 20:30 – Duration: 80 min (one set only) – Venue: UCT, SA College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre), Lower Campus, off Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

RESERVATIONS: Pre-Book & Pay Online at QUICKET http://www.quicket.co.za/events/6102-kyle-shepherd-trio-39dream-state39-cd-launch-in-cape-town

and only pay R90.00*! * Quicket adds a service fee of R3.90 to each ticket (capped at R10 per transaction) OR To Book and Pay R100.00 entry fee in CASH at Door please visit the Booking Form at www.kyleshepherd.co.za/?page_id=614

OR Call 072 351 5204! [Seating Unreserved]

ENQUIRIES: All enquiries including biography, interview requests, high resolution images: Theo. Lawrence (fineART Music): Mobile 072 351 5204, E-mail: fineartmusic@gmail.com

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Smooth Contemporary Jazz Top 50 Chart – Thursday August 21, 2014

 

TW LW WKS ARTIST TITLE Label
1 1 28 NATHAN EAST NATHAN EAST Yamaha Ent Group
2 3 8 RICHARD ELLIOT Lip Service Heads Up/CMG
3 2 16 MINDI ABAIR Wild Heart Concord Music Group
4 6 10 JAZZ FUNK SOUL Jazz Funk Soul Shanachie
5 4 26 MICHAEL LINGTON Soul Appeal Copenhagen Music
6 13 5 EUGE GROOVE Got 2 Be Groovin’ Shanachie
7 11 4 AL JARREAU My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke Concord Music Group
8 20 3 GERALD ALBRIGHT Slam Dunk Heads Up
9 5 28 CHRIS STANDRING Don’t Talk, Dance! Ultimate Vibe
10 7 31 BRIAN CULBERTSON Another Long Night Out BCM
11 10 44 BOB BALDWIN Twenty City Sketches
12 15 12 RICK BRAUN Can You Feel It Artistry
13 16 5 PAUL BROWN Truth B Told Woodward Avenue Records
14 1 0 CINDY BRADLEY Bliss N/A
15 9 13 THE RIPPINGTONS Fountain of Youth Peak/eOne
16 8 25 PAUL TAYLOR Tenacity Peak/eOne
17 14 77 BONEY JAMES The Beat Concord jazz
18 17 20 KEN NAVARRO Ruby Lane Positive Music Records
19 18 12 JONATHAN BUTLER Living My Dream Artistry/Mack Ave.
20 19 9 JAZZMASTERS The Jazzmasters VII Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm
21 23 31 PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Playa Blanca (Soul Italiano) Next Age Music
22 36 5 GREG MANNING Dance with You Kalimba
23 40 3 DOC POWELL This Is Soul DPR Music
24 21 13 INCOGNITO Amplified Soul Shanachie
25 22 17 RICHARD SMITH Tangos Chillharmonic Music
26 25 15 STEVE OLIVER Best Of so far SOM
27 24 41 NAJEE The Morning After : A Musical Love Journey Shanachie
28 39 2 STEVE COLE Pulse Artistry/Mack Ave.
29 35 63 DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS Summer Horns Concord/CMG
30 31 12 HIROSHIMA J-Town Beat Hiroshima, Inc.
31 28 5 KIM WATERS Silver Soul Red River
32 27 16 NILS Jazz Gems Baja/TSR
33 32 10 EARTH, WIND & FIRE The Promise Kalimba
34 2 0 NICK COLIONNE Influences N/A
35 41 4 RAGAN WHITESIDE Quantum Drive Randis Music
36 33 33 JAREZ On Top Of The World Top Jazz
37 0 0 DOWN TO THE BONE Dig It N/A
38 38 5 TERJE LIE Bright Moments TCat Records
39 34 20 VINCENT INGALA Can’t Stop Now vincentingala.com
40 37 20 JACKIEM JOYNER Evolve Artistry Music
41 53 1 VINCENT IOIA No Time Like Now Independent
42 46 3 MARCUS ANDERSON Style Meets Substance marcusanderson.net
43 29 10 BENNETT B Groove Time Baton Records
44 55 1 TOM BRAXTON The Next Chapter Pacific Coast Jazz
45 44 4 DIANNE REEVES Beautiful Life Concord Music Group
46 48 51 JEFF LORBER FUSION Hacienda Heads Up
47 43 9 JIM SAMUEL NOW Independent
48 52 1 HARVEY MASON Chameleon Concord Music Group
49 45 3 TONY SAUNDERS Appaloosa San Francisco Records
50 2 0 OLI SILK Razor Sharp Brit N/A

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Artist of the Week – Annie Ross – Wednesday August 20, 2014

Legendary Vocalist Annie Ross Releases Her New CD “To Lady With Love” October 7, 2014 so I thought it would be great to feature her as our artist of the week.

Annie Ross To Lady With LoveNot just the canary female whose dexterous vocals highlighted recordings by the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Annie Ross recorded more than a dozen albums of solid vocal jazz and appeared in many movies. Though she was the last member to join LH&R, she had been pursuing the same pioneering fusions of vocal music with bop delivery for several years before she joined Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks.

Born Annabelle Lynch in Surrey, England, she moved to Los Angeles at the age of three, with the musical comedienne Ella Logan (either her mother or her aunt, according to differing accounts). By the age of five, she had begun acting and landed roles in the Our Gang series. She later studied acting in New York, and then moved back to England where she began singing in nightclubs. Her recording debut came in Paris, with a quartet including James Moody. By 1952, Ross was back in New York and recording with most of the Modern Jazz Quartet for her first album, Singin’ and Swingin’. Later that year, she recorded an album with vocalese pioneer King Pleasure. Though she featured on only four tracks of King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings, her reprise of tenor Wardell Gray‘s solo on the song “Twisted” became a vocalese landmark.

Annie Ross

Annie Ross

During 1953, Annie Ross toured throughout Europe with one of Lionel Hampton‘s best bands (including Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Quincy Jones, and Gigi Gryce). She stayed there for several years and recorded albums for HMV and Pye before returning to America in 1957 when a New York nightclub engagement beckoned. While there, she did a vocal session with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks, who were working on an album of Basie solos transposed for vocals. Realizing they shared much in common, Ross was invited to join the group, naturally christened Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

An immediate success with their first album, 1957’s Sing a Song of Basie, the trio revolutionized vocal music with a set of light-speed scats that treated words as mere tools in the construction of exciting feats of vocal musicianship. Relentless touring and rumors of a falling out with Hendricks finally led to Ross‘ exit from the band in 1962. (Though LH&R soon became LH&B with the addition of Yolande Bavan, it was quite clear that Ross‘ role had been an important one, and the group disbanded less than two years later.)

Even while involved with the group, Annie Ross had continued her solo career with few interruptions. In late 1957, she recorded Sings a Song with Mulligan for the World Pacific label, with West Coast stars Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker in support on a set of bright standards that highlighted her interpretive skills as well as a few flights of vocal fancy. Two additional LPs followed for World Pacific, A Gasser! (with Zoot Sims) and a straight rendition of the Broadway hit Gypsy. After LH&R split, she moved back to England and resumed her stage and film career, recording only three more albums during the ’60s. A few years back in Los Angeles gained her parts in high-profile movies during the ’80s and ’90s, including Superman III, Pump Up the Volume, and Robert Altman‘s Short Cuts. For the latter film, she recorded several numbers for the soundtrack, and re-emerged with a new recording for 1995, Music Is Forever.

Annie Ross

Annie Ross

Biog taken from http://www.allmusic.com/artist/annie-ross-mn0000590265/biography

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Seddik Zebiri, Seeds of Creation At London African Music Festival

Seddik Zebiri and Seeds of Creation

Seddik Zebiri and Seeds of Creation

Algerian singer and his group “Seeds of Creation” will participate alongside about fifty African groups in the 12th London African Music Festival which will take place from 19 to 28 September, said the event’s organizers.

“Seeds of creation, ” which will present songs from its jazz, afro-blues, reggae and Kabyle musical repertoire, will represent Algeria in this festival together with “Casbah Blues” and talented pianist Kad Achouri.

Algerian traditional outfits, typical music instruments, like the mandole and some traditional and modern percussion instruments, are among the assets of “Seeds of Creation, ” created in 1979 by Seddik Zebiri who left Algeria in 1970.

His album “Hackney Vibes, ” released in 2012 and includes nine titles including “Berber Emotion, ” was a great success.

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Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group Live at Typhoon Aug. 26th

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group

Directed by Brent Fischer Live at Typhoon! Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 8:00 & 9:30PM. Typhoon – L.A.’s Premier Pan-Asian Restaurant (3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, CA

GRAMMY WINNER

Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest

Dr. Clare Fischer – Producer, Composer, Conductor

Brent Fischer – Producer, Composer, Conductor

Gary Foster – Conductor

Catalog Number: CR201309

UPC Code: 888174205687

Track Listings – All compositions by Dr. Clare Fischer except where noted

1. Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra 13:45

2. Miniature 4:15

3. Realización for String Orchestra 19:12

4. Interlude for Piano 3:59

5. Two for the Road (Mancini Arr. Clare Fischer) 2:38

6. Weekend in Stockholm (Brent Fischer) 5:12

7. Coming Home 2:18

8. Reflection for Piano 5:15

9. Retrograde Orbits for Vibraphone (Brent Fischer) 3:51

10. Suddenly (Arr. Brent Fischer ) 5:17

1 1. A Moment of Silence 6:15

AFTER THE RAIN

Catalog Number: CFP012201

UPC Code: 634479511127

Label: Clavo Records

Release Date: 2/25/2014

Suite for Cello and String Orchestra

1. After the Rain 6:44

2. The Early Years 9:05

3. Finale 5:38

Time Piece

4. Homage 11:15

5. Elegy and Blues 7:53

6. Fugue and Finale 9:02

Bachludes

7. Bachlude I 4:03

8. Bachlude II 6:35

Featured Orchestra Musicians: Gary Foster, Brent Fischer, Gerald Vinci, Assa Drori, Roland Kato, Cecilia Tsan, David Shostac, Don Shelton, Rose Corrigan, David Duke, Jon Lewis, Brian Pezzone

The music of Dr. Clare Fischer is a synthesis of influences across an unusually broad spectrum. From an early age, he was absorbing the works of Bach, Bartok, Ellington, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Strayhorn, Berg, Villa-Lobos and later Jobim and Dutilleaux. By the time he had finished his formal education, he had played and become proficient on all wind and string instruments. This gave him the ability to write for them in an absolutely idiomatic manner. Because of his talents across so many genres though, he became

busy, well known and respected in the Jazz, Pop and Latin fields.

People such as Richard Stoltzman in the classical world, who knew of his orchestral work and commissioned him, found it to be an unparalled approach to chromatic tonality. Building on centuries of history, most of it is incredibly complex in ways that stun

those able to analyze it, yet at it’s core is a beautifully logical simplicity and thus accessibility beyond the realm of the purely classical. Continuing to write timeless chamber and symphonic works throughout his life, he passed on his distinct harmonic and orchestrational concepts to me through a decades long apprenticeship.

Herewith then, as I continue to carry on his legacy, is our latest collection of works.

—Brent Fischer.

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NYC Jazz Trio KROM To Celebrate Sophomore CD With Chicago-area Show

Krom jazz trio

Krom jazz trio

The NYC-based jazz trio KROM, led by pianist and Wilmette, IL native Adam Kromelow, will be celebrating the recent release of their self-titled sophomore album with a show at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Sherman Avenue Theater, 1702 Sherman Ave, in Evanston on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7PM CST with doors opening at 6:30PM CST.

KROM, praised as “Seamless, airtight; a forceful trio with an affinity for nuance” by Downbeat and “Scary good” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, also features drummer Jason Burger and bassist Raviv Markovitz.

The sophomore album follows Youngblood (ZOHO Records), which was released under the band name Adam Kromelow Trio and produced by GRAMMY-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill.

Go to http://www.adamkromelow.com for more info

 

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Artist of the Day – Nicky Schrire

Nicky Schrire

Nicky Schrire

Nicky Schrire is a London-born, South African-raised vocalist and composer. After living in New York for five years she recently returned to live in London. Praised by All About Jazz for her “warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power,” her 2012 debut album Freedom Flight was released to critical acclaim. Her 2013 sophomore release Space And Time features duets with pianists Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein and Fabian Almazan. Journalists called the album “breathtaking, stop-you-in-your-tracks stuff…an intimate stunner” (All About Jazz), and “fifty minutes of emotionally eventful, richly crafted music” (Ottawa Citizen).

Schrire graduated from the South African College of Music, UCT, where she worked alongside artists such Sibongile Khumalo, Arno Carstens and Abdullah Ibrahim. She then went on to earn a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Eldridge and Dave Liebman.

Nicky Schrire GiacondaSchrire’s work has given rise to comparisons to artists such as Norma Winstone, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell, among others. Her first originals-only EP To The Spring was released in March 2014 and features pianist Fabian Almazan and bassist Desmond White. Journalist Jon Garelick wrote, “though Schrire’s approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial. Like Parlato, she’s an assured technician with a whole bag of impressive tricks. Like Stevens and, for that matter, Esperanza Spalding, she has an affinity for folk. But…she’s got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.”

Schrire has led her quartet in performances in New York (55Bar, the Kitano, 92Y), Boston (Scullers Jazz Club), Los Angeles (Blue Whale), London (The Forge), Dublin (National Concert Hall), and South Africa (Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival). Often praised for her choice of repertoire, Hardbop Jazz Journal described her as “clever and understated” while FAME noted that “a number of the more and most intelligent female vocalists come to mind-Tori Amos, Norma Winstone, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, etc.-in Schrire’s work.”

Nicky Schrire far away Find out more about this extremely talented hard working young composer, vocal jazz musician and bandleader from her website at http://www.nickyschrire.com Biog taken from her website.

 

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Dave Brubeck 1920-2012

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Artist of theWeek – Bob Dorough

BOB DOROUGH at piano

A man and his piano, Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough, born in Arkansas and “raised” in Texas, immediately fell in love with music upon joining the Plainview Texas High School Band. He served three years in a Special Services Army Band Unit, gaining much professional experience as arranger, clarinettist, saxophonist, pianist, and entertainer (1943-45). After earning a Bachelor Of Music degree at the University of North Texas (1949), he made a bee-line for New York City where he took classes at Columbia University and immersed himself in the volatile jazz scene then taking place there -the Bebop revolution. In 1952 he turned his back on the academic scene to devote himself to jazz performance, specializing in piano/vocals. After years of accompanying, conducting, arranging, and playing, he made his first recording as a leader (1956) for the Bethlehem label…. DEVIL MAY CARE, having written the title tune three years earlier. He is known as “the only singer to record with Miles Davis”. While this may not be 100% true, he did record two vocals with Davis, in 1962, “Nothing Like You” and “Blue Xmas,” both of which he composed.

Davis also recorded an instrumental version of Bob’s classic song, “Devil May Care,” that same year. In 1971 he received a commission to “set the multiplication tables to music.”

BOB DOROUGH painting

Bob Dourough

This led to a small industry, being the beginning of ABC-TV’s SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, Saturday morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years 1973-1985. The impact of this media exposure was unpredictably immense. The show came back for another five years in the 90’s and is now enjoying its 30th anniversary with a DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series, for which Dorough worked as the Musical Director.

In 1995 he signed a contract with the prestigious jazz label – Blue Note Records – and has done three CDs for them (“Right On My Way Home,” “Too Much Coffee Man” and “Who’s On First”).

Bob Dorough (2013) Watercolor on Paper 14"x11" Artist: Lynn Lane

Bob Dorough (2013) Watercolor on Paper 14″x11″ Artist: Lynn Lane

Now residing in Pennsylvania, he has received honour’s from that state (the Governor’s Artist of the Year Award) and from his native state (the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.) 

In 2002 his trio was chosen to represent the State Department and Kennedy Center, as an Ambassador of Jazz and Blues. The one-month tour saw them play some 22 workshops and concerts in thirteen cities in six different countries.

Currently recording on Arbors, Candid and his own label, Bob Dorough continues to perform, often for children too, in Jazz Clubs and Schools, wherever he can.

Biog taken from the website at http://www.bobdorough.com for more info, go check it out.

Bob Dorough doing what he does best

Bob Dorough doing what he does best

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Table Mountain Blues Summit 2014 – 6 and 7 December, Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN BLUES SUMMIT 2014

TABLE MOUNTAIN BLUES SUMMIT 2014

TABLE MOUNTAIN BLUES SUMMIT 2014

6 & 7 December, Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville.

 

Blues is a natural fact, it is something that a fellow lives.” Big Bill Broonzy.

 

South Africa’s Premier Blues Music Festival returns to Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, Cape Town on the 6th and 7th of December 2014. Hosting 20 of the country’s top Blues Rock Artists over 2 days, the 2014 concert is proudly presented and brought to you by local main sponsor COMBUSTION TECHNOLOGY and also with great sponsor support by PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC and FENDER SA.

 

So friends and fans, all you need is a ticket and them’ blue suede shoes (whether real or imaginary) to come and enjoy the finest music making by the following phenomenal local artists:

 

Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost Trio, Boulevard Blues, The Blues Broers, Gerald Clark and the Deadmen, Pebbleman, Ann Jangle, Dave Ferguson, Mean Black Mamba, Natasha Meister, Crimson House, Basson Loubscher & Violent Free Piece, The Wayne Pauli Trio, Patrick Canovi’s ‘Kiss the Sky’, Piet Botha and Akkedis, The Parlor Vinyls, Charlie King Band, Nhoza Sitsholwana, Riaan & Nick, Fake Leather Blues Band and Sven Blumer.

 

This year the Blues Summit rocks on a Saturday and a Sunday. Organizer Richard Pryor says: “Ain’t the Blues just too good on a Sunday? We moved the Friday night to a Sunday so that it is easier to bring your whole family for an awesome day out.”
What you can look forward to on the Blues Menu for the Summit:

  • 20 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig! The best rig ever !!!
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry is one of the finest outdoor venues in SA
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prizes R1500
  • Free entrance for children under 10 (must present some form of ID)
  • Limited camping tickets for sale on Computicket (Camping costs R150 -separate to festival ticket)

 

Phone and book at Computicket on 0861 9158000 or visit

www.computicket.com for your piece of the Blues Rock action: Tickets R200 – R340.

 

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2014/840036015/424895727

 

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Make sure you land at Hillcrest Quarry on the 6th and 7th of December and we’ll give you a musical thrill that’s going to groove your Soul and move your Body!

 

www.bluesfest.co.za

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Vagabond Blues Show with Brian Currin on Thursday

Tune in on Thursday at 4pm CAT for two hours of great blues, with a special emphasis on blues by South African artists.

Brian Currin is your host.

Brian Currin

Brian Currin

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Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd

“Shepherd, a Cape Town native who will turn 26 this summer, plays piano with old-soul authority and composes rich, evocative music. He’s very much grounded in the myriad and compelling sounds of his homeland, but there’s a personal stamp on his art and an awareness of jazz beyond South Africa to it too. The latter adds dimension but never overtakes the music’s beautiful and powerful sense of rootedness.”  Peter Hum, International Jazz blogger, Jazzblog.ca

“This is improvisation as a search for freedom, “freedom from”, yes, but also “freedom to”, a key to unlock the doors of music making in the future”. Miles Keylock, Editor-in-Chief, Rolling Stone South Africa

Kyle Shepherd, one of South Africa’s leading progressive Jazz pianists and composers of his generation, is steadily gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.

The multi South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominated virtuoso pianist and winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz, already has a well-established record of celebrated solo, trio and quartet performances in South Africa, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands and China.

In celebration of the 5-year Anniversary of his Trio, Shepherd will launch his highly anticipated new 21-track Double Album, entitled ‘Dream State’ with a concert at the Wits 969 Festival in The Wits Great Hall, Wits University, Johannesburg on Saturday, 26 July 2014. In his foreword to the album, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu says: “There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”

All three of the twenty-seven-year-old virtuoso pianist’s earlier critically acclaimed album releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History! X’, have garnered South African Music Award nominations.

His debut solo piano album, recorded in Japan, is set for release later this year.

Shepherd will be performing a solo piano concert at The Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo, Japan) on the 7th of September 2014 and with Kesivan & The Lights at Carnegie Hall, New York, USA on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton on the 27th September 2014.

As a pianist, Xaru player (traditional mouth-bow) and composer, Shepherd has forged a unique compositional and performance concept that pays homage to all his musical influences and the many great musicians he has worked with, all while continuing to look forward musically in a way, which, in the words of the great South African Jazz writer and historian, Gwen Ansell, “live in the jazz world but are never imprisoned by it”.

In 2013, Shepherd performed his special music project, Xamissa, Place of Sweet Waters, to critical acclaim at the Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival). Xamissa, which was commissioned by the festival, is a large-scale compositional work, which, Shepherd says, “brings together the sounds and cultures of Cape Town by incorporating the Xhosa, Afrikaans and English languages – with the use of voices, piano, the Xaru, the ghoema drums and tenor saxophone.”

Shepherd’s track, Bobbejaan / Minstrels Go to Court, off his ‘South African History !X  Album,  is featured in  the award-winning South African film Four Corners, which received the ‘Best Film’ Award in the feature film category at the 2014 Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF), Canada. It was also the official South African submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014!

Shepherd regularly performs in concert as a solo pianist, while also leading his Trio with Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums) and his Quartet featuring Claude Cozens (drums), Benjamin Jephta (bass) and top South African – tenor saxophonist – Buddy Wells.

Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has also performed in Japan,  Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, India, Malaysia, China, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana  and Zimbabwe, with notable concert appearances, either as a solo pianist or trio, quartet and other formats at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and L’Onde Théâtre et Centre d’art as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), Reformierte Dorfkirche Kleinhüningen (Switzerland), Klubschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), Der Sendesaal, (Germany), Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg, (Germany), Body & Soul Jazz Club (Japan), Shikiori (Japan), Kaho Gekijo Kabuki Theatre (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Joy of Jazz Festival (South Africa), Harare International Festival – HIFA (Zimbabwe),The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China), No Black Tie (Malaysia), MICA (India),  B-Flat (India) and The Gonsalves Mansion ‘Home of Jazz’ (India),

Some of the great musicians Shepherd has performed with in his illustrious career include the Late Zim Ngqawana, Louis Moholo-Moholo, the Late Robbie Jansen, Carlo Mombelli, Errol Dyers, Hilton Schilder, Mark Fransman and Ayanda Sikade, all from South Africa, as well as Saadet Türköz (Switzerland), Marc Stucki (Switzerland), Seigo Matsunaga (Japan), Sebastiaan Kaptein (Holland) and Ole Hamre (Norway).

Shepherd featured in the AWARD WINNING theatre production, ‘AFRIKAAPS’ for which he directed & co-wrote the music, and also performed in.

Film documentaries that feature his music are: ‘AFRIKAAPS’ by Dylan Valley, ‘The Uprising of Hangberg’ by Dylan Valley & world-renowned filmmaker Aryan Kaganof. Shepherd was also commissioned to compose a new work for the music production ‘Die Buitestaanders’ by Mareli Stolp & Magdalene Minnaar.

 

Album & Concert Review Highlights:

In his Foreword to Shepherd’s Debut Album “fineART”, internationally acclaimed South African music legend, the late Zim Ngqawana had the following to say about Shepherd’s music:

“Authenticity is another word for originality and this is clearly evident in Kyle’s compositions, arrangements and improvisation. He has managed to find a balance between the intellect and intuition. Kyle is a meditator and a poet.”

“Shepherd, a Cape Town native who will turn 26 this summer, plays piano with old-soul authority and composes rich, evocative music. He’s very much grounded in the myriad and compelling sounds of his homeland, but there’s a personal stamp on his art and an awareness of jazz beyond South Africa to it too. The latter adds dimension but never overtakes the music’s beautiful and powerful sense of rootedness.”  Peter Hum, International Jazz blogger, Jazzblog.ca

“As a composer and arranger Shepherd is proving to be one of the chief architects of modern Cape jazz.” Andre Manuel, The Cape Times

“This is improvisation as a search for freedom, “freedom from”, yes, but also “freedom to”, a key to unlock the doors of music making in the future”. Miles Keylock, Editor-in-Chief, Rolling Stone South Africa

In his review of the Trio album, “A Portrait of Home”, international music critic, Marcus O’Dair | The Arts Desk UK, commends the work of the Trio. “A Portrait Of Home sees Shepherd, together with Shane Cooper on double bass and drummer Jonno Sweetman, creating music of subtle yet tremendous power. Though the technique of all three is undeniable, this is no antiseptic chopsfest: it is music of genuine passion, meditative and stately but always emotionally engaged. It has groove at its very core, with hummable, stripped back melodies on top – and not just in the “head” sections that traditionally top and tail jazz arrangements.”

“I believe that on fineART, Shepherd carries the torch for this style of music.” Don Albert (Financial Mail)

“(His compositions) unashamedly display his cultural music traditions, drawing on the unique rhythms, harmonies, and melodic devices of what Kyle calls “music from home”. Carol Martin (SAJE – South African Association for Jazz Education).

“It’s this ‘Proudly South African’ tradition that audiences can expect to hear” … “which sees the multi-instrumentalist navigate an impressionistic collage of South African jazz sounds, from slam poetic minimalist re-imaginings of Afrikaans volksliedjies and Muslim calls to prayer, to goema groove deconstructions, tributes to Abdullah Ibrahim, Ngqawana’s philosophy of “Zimology” and more that, as the doyen of South African jazz scribes Gwen Ansell pointed out in Business Day recently: “live in the jazz world but are never imprisoned by it”. Miles Keylock (Mail & Guardian)

“Shepherd’s jagged edges and questioning dissonances sound far more like Ibrahim at the start of his career than his magisterial solemnity. The young player’s plaintive little minor key segues into fragments of musical fragments represent a sonic collage of his city, much as pianist Robert Glasper’s sounds (also heard this year in Cape Town) collage the jazz history and hip-hop present of New York. ” Gwen Ansell (Business Day / The Weekender)

“Shepherd is an outstanding pianist …. His ability to craft extensive melodic passages and tangents takes one on a musical journey.” Keenan Oakes (Artspoken, Artslink)

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Todays Music Quote

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.
Lou Reed

 

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Standard Bank National Jazz & Arts Festival Program – Saturday 12th July

Time: 12:00

Themba Mkhize – Venue: DSG Hall

Music Performed By: Themba Mkhize (piano), Eric Taliani (guitar), Michael Phillips (bass), Rob Watson (drums), Mbuso Khoza (vocals)

Themba Mkize

Themba Mkize

Pianist, producer and composer Themba Mkhize is one of South Africa’s legendary jazz musicians whose musical legacy stretches over three decades. Mkhize’s professional career began with Sakhile in 1981 followed by a 10-year stint with Bayete. As director and producer he has been instrumental in the musical development of Hugh Masekela, Bayete, Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo and Busi Mhlongo. His first album won two SAMAs for Best South African Traditional Jazz Album and Best Producer, and the Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Jazz. His second album was nominated four times in the 2002 SAMA awards, of which he won three. The album “Hands On” won the Metro FM Award (Jazz category) and a SAMA Award (Best Male Artist).

Time: 15:30

Tshepo Fela – Venue: The Vic

Tshepo Fela

Tshepo Fela

Tshepo Fela offers complex American inspired jazz progressions; accompanied by modern African melodies with vernacular dominated lyrics. His music is soothing to an untrained ear and a superb journey for a trained musical ear. His Liquid African Jazz is a quick path taking one from the past state of jazz to the current.

 

 

 

Time: 17:00

Dan Patlansky – Venue: St Aidan’s

Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky

In a little over a decade on the music scene, Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa.

 

 

 

Time: 17:00

Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz – Venue: DSG Hall

Tutu Puoane

Tutu Puoane

Featuring 5 past winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. 2014 heralds 30 years of sponsorship of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards by Standard Bank – a corporate entity that has been at the forefront of the development of the arts in this country. This remarkable performance brings together five of South Africa’s musical gems, all of whom have been Young Artist Award winners for Jazz. In a vocal celebration both unique and captivating Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane and Melanie Scholtz produce a beautiful bouquet of vocal harmonies, sonorous melodies and jazz classics that indicate why they are regarded as being of our nation’s finest singers. Accompanying them on piano is Bokani Dyer.

Time: 18:00

Steve Newman & Ashish Joshi – Venue: Rhodes Chapel

Steve Newman & Ashish JoshiTogether, Steve and Ashish have recorded and released ‘Live at the Mahogany Room’ and ‘In the Clouds’. A show not to be missed

 

 

 

Time: 19:00

Hugh Masekela in Concert – Venue: Guy Butler Theatre

Music Performed By: Hugh Masekela (flugelhorn/vocal), Randal Skippers (keyboards/vocal), Cameron Ward (guitar/vocal), Fana Zulu (bass), Lee-Roy Sauls (drums/vocal), Godfrey Mgcina (percussion/vocal)

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Hugh Masekela – Photo Brett Rubin

Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and political voice. His solo career has spanned five decades, during which time he has released over 40 albums (and been featured on countless more) and has worked with artists as diverse as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Herb Alpert, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the late Miriam Makeba. In 2010, President Zuma honoured him with the highest order in South Africa, The Order of Ikhamanga, and 2011 saw Masekela receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the WOMEX World Music Expo in Copenhagen. The US Virgin Islands proclaimed ‘Hugh Masekela Day’ in March 2011, not long after Masekela joined U2 on stage during the Johannesburg leg of their 360 World Tour. U2 frontman Bono described meeting and playing with him as one of the highlights of his career. In 2012 Masekela toured Europe with Paul Simon on the Graceland 25th Anniversary Tour and opened his own studio and record label, House of Masekela.

Time: 20:00

Gary Thomas – Venue: Albany Cabaret Club

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

“A virtuoso display of mastery” – Rolling Stone. “A rare breed of genius” – 24.com. “Electrifying… rupturing the conventional One-Man Guitar/Vocals Mould” – Mail & Guardian. “Manipulating guitar strings so they converse in a new language” – Cape Argus. “Bafflingly brilliant” – Cue. “Wizardry, the definition of an artist” – Levi’s MusicMag. “One of the most original and followed acoustic musicians in the country” – Whatson.co.za. “Spellbinding, haunting, the audience is mesmerized” – Your LMG

Time: 20:00

Guy Buttery & Gareth Gale – Venue: St Aidan’s

Guy Buttery & Gareth GaleMultiple award-winning guitar virtuoso, Guy Buttery returns to
Grahamstown for what will be his 10th Festival appearance. At the age of
30, Guy has achieved what most musicians accomplish in a lifetime. This
year, Guy arrives with a brand new show featuring drummer/percussionist
extraordinaire Gareth Gale. Expect high dynamics, deep grooves, delicate
African inflections and mind-bending guitar/drum chemistry of a new
order. Guy Buttery is a SAMA winner and three time winner of the
Standard Bank Ovation Award.

 

 

Time: 21:00

Jimmy Dludlu – Venue: DSG Hall

Music Performed By: Jimmy Dludlu (guitar), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Camillo Lombard (keyboards), Lucas Khumalo (bass), Anthon Mannel (drums), John Hassan (percussion), Thomas Dyani (percussion)

Jimmy Dludlu

Jimmy Dludlu

Jimmy Dludlu has become a household name in South Africa, synonymous with foot-tapping groove and insatiable rhythm. His style includes a wide range of influences, combining both traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from the likes of Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny and South African legends Hugh Masekela and Allen Kwela. He has received several SAMA awards, including Best Newcomer (1998), Best Male Artist (1998, 2000 & 2006) and Best Jazz Album (2000 & 2006). To date he has released seven albums, including his latest release, Tonota, which was received with critical acclaim.

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Grammy-Winning Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden Dead at 77

Haden revolutionized jazz alongside Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett before embarking on a solo career

Legendary jazz musician Charlie Haden has passed away at the age of 76 after a prolonged illness, his record label announced on Friday.

Bassist Charlie Haden

Bassist Charlie Haden

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness,” said Tina Pelikan, ECM Records Publicity, in a statement.

Haden grew up on a farm in Iowa and frequently performed with his family on the radio. After contracting polio at age 15, the illness left him unable to sing, so he turned to jazz and the bass, ultimately becoming one of the pioneers of the genre. His notable recordings include “The Shape of Jazz to Come” with Ornette Coleman.

The multiple Grammy winner picked up his first trophy in 2001, when Haden won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album “Nocturne,” which contains boleros from Cuba and Mexico. In 2003 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance for his album “Land of the Sun.”

He is survived by Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh, Tanya, Rachel and Petra, who were all by his side at the time of his death.

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Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON July 11, 2014 5:23 PM ET

Jazz legend Charlie Haden has died. Polio damaged Haden’s voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, Haden helped shape the sound of jazz and still spanned country and gospel. For more on Haden’s life and music, you can hear Melissa Block speak with Slate columnist and jazz critic Fred Kaplan at the audio link on this page.

Bassist and composer Charlie Haden, whose resonant playing and penetrating melodic craft influenced generations of jazz musicians, died this morning in Los Angeles, after a prolonged illness. He was 76.

Born and raised in the rural Midwestern United States, Haden grew up singing on his family’s country and western radio program from the age of two. As a teenager, he took up the bass, and in 1957, he moved to Los Angeles. There, he integrated quickly into the jazz community, including joining the band of the Ornette Coleman. His recordings and performances with Coleman’s bands over decades not only anchored the saxophonist’s innovative approaches to harmony and melody, but put his own instrument in the spotlight.

Haden’s death was announced by his record label, ECM Records.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.

Bassist Charlie Haden in 1978. Haden died on Friday, July 11 in Los Angeles. Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis

Bassist Charlie Haden in 1978. Haden died on Friday, July 11 in Los Angeles. Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis

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RIP, Charlie Haden by PETER HUM More from Peter Hum Published on: July 11, 2014 Last Updated: July 11, 2014 4:38 PM EDT

Very sad news:

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.

Tina Pelikan
ECM Records Publicity

OTTAWA--06/27/08--Bassist Charlie Haden. The  Charlie Haden Quartet West, performs on the Main Stage as part of the the Ottawa International Jazz Festival in Confederation Park. Photo by John Major,

OTTAWA–06/27/08–Bassist Charlie Haden. The Charlie Haden Quartet West, performs on the Main Stage as part of the the Ottawa International Jazz Festival in Confederation Park. Photo by John Major,

The legendary bassist was 76, and for the last few years had been suffering from the effects of post-polio syndrome. Haden, who performed in Confederation Park in 2008 with his Quartet West band, had been considerably weakened since 2011 – almost unable to swallow, and definitely unable to perform.

For now, just one clip to remember Haden by. There will be more.
Rest in peace, Charlie Haden.

This post will be updated with reaction….

 

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside. . . I’m going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do.

Ella Fitzgerald

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Artist of the Week – Shane Cooper

Shane Cooper – Bassist, Composer, Band Leader, Sideman & Innovator

South African Bass player, composer, band leader, recording artist

South African Bass player, composer, band leader, recording artist

Shane Cooper is a jazz bassist, composer and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He recently launched his debut record with his quintet. The album, titled Oscillations, is out now on iTunes. In 2013 he was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. He was a member of the groups Babu (SAMA Nominee) and Closet Snare, and still works with the Kyle Shepherd Trio (SAMA Nominee) and the Reza Khota Quartet, and has also worked with artists like Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Malcolm Braff, Jeroen van Vliet, Marcus Wyatt, Soweto Kinch, Melanie Scholtz, Bokani Dyer, Nicky Schrire, Afrika Mkhize, and more.

As a composer Shane has written music for the award-winning documentary Forerunners by Simon Wood, the documentary Port Nolloth: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Felix Seuffert, the short film Celia’s Story by Ruth Levin-Forster. He also co-composed music for the award-winning theatre production and documentary Afrikaaps, as well as the film Visa Vie by Elan Gamaker which won a SAFTA in 2011 for Best Feature Film Music Composition.

Shane also writes and performs electronic dance music under the name Card on Spokes, with a 2nd EP coming out in late 2013.

Oscillations, the debut album by Shane Cooper

Oscillations, the debut album by Shane Cooper

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Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion Book Party

Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion by drummer, author,

and poet Michael Stephans. (404p) ISBN 978-0-8108-8289-8

 

http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/2014/07/07/experiencing-jazz-a-listeners-companion-book-party/

http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/2014/07/07/experiencing-jazz-a-listeners-companion-book-party/

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, one of the finest jazz venues in existence anywhere, will be hosting a celebration of this unique book on Sunday, July 6th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. A preview of some of the Experiencing Jazz’ highlights will be presented informally by the author, and music will be provided by a super quartet comprised of saxophonist DAVE LIEBMAN, pianist URI CAINE, bassist TONY MARINO, and the author on drums.

In addition to having played and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Bennie Maupin, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Pharoah Sanders, Phil Woods, the late Bob Brookmeyer, John Patitucci, Dave Stryker, Uri Caine, Alan Broadbent, Larry Gelb, and many others, Stephans also holds a Ph.D. and two Masters Degrees, and teaches writing at the university level. To say that he is unique among the many fine jazz writers currently active today, is an understatement.

Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly as a “groundbreaking book” and goes on to say:”This survey of jazz is particular among jazz appreciation texts because it is written by a jazz musician who is

currently active on the global jazz scene. With a foreword by esteemed jazz writer Doug Ramsey and preface by jazz master, Dave Liebman, this text is a culmination of many prominent voices of the jazz world.”

“At the heart of the book, readers are invited onto the bandstand to listen to personal accounts and legendary jazz stories.”

“I love this book!! Thanks for your passion.” – Joe Lovano

Smalls Jazz Club is located at 183 W. 10th Street in Greenwich Village.

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The Sound Of You Estelle Kokot, Jan Pulsford and Chico Freeman

 

Pre-Order to be a unique part of a new album, “The Sound of You”. It’s a lyrical album rooted in jazz with a sound stretching from Chicago to Johannesburg, New York to London – A collection of Timeless Classic Songs written by award winning songwriters Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford. Check out the webpage of how to make it happen, just click on the link below.

The Sound Of You Project

The Sound Of You Available Soon

 

 

 

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Singing the praises of South African popular-music legends

Text by: Louise van Niekerk

 

 

 South African Post Office Launch new stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians

South African Post Office Launch new stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians

“Music can change the world because it can change people,”said well-know Irish singer-songwriter and musician, Bono. This is especially true in Africa, where music is an integral part of everyday life. South Africa with its melting pot of cultures has produced a rich crop of highly talented popular-music legends, whose music has changed people’s perceptions. In honour of some of these musicians, the South African Post Office will issue a set 10 self-adhesive stamps and two commemorative envelopes on 3 July, featuring artwork by Vumile Mavumengwana.

Stamps honouring struggle SAFRO Musicians made available by the South African Post Office

Stamps honouring struggle SAFRO Musicians made available by the South African Post Office

Other famous people have also sung the praises of the power of music, notably Shakespeare who wrote: “If music be the food of love, play on…”. But more applicable in the South African context, are the words of Hans Christian Andersen: “Where words fail, music speaks.” The music of South African musicians have indeed spoken to scores of people across the board – our cities, townships, rural areas, sports stadiums and marketplaces are infused and alive with music.

Stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians launched by South African Post Office.

Stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians launched by South African Post Office.

The popular-music legends featured on these stamps were chosen for their innovative music, which brought fundamental change to the perceptions of South Africans and was instrumental in uniting societies. Criteria used in choosing them also included factors such as whether they introduced a completely new, original and distinctively South African style of music.

Stamps honouring struggle SAFRO Musicians made available by the South African Post Office

Stamps honouring struggle SAFRO Musicians made available by the South African Post Office

The musicians are as representative as possible of our society, covering the most important or best-known musical genres, which achieved international success.

James Phillips: 1959-1995

Also known as Bernoldus Niemand. In the musical genre Counter Cultural, Phillips represents a leading influence on the Voëlvry alternative, Afrikaans rock renaissance movement and its impact on South African anti-apartheid protest music. Alongside Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Willem Möller and Johannes Kerkorrel, he was a “cultural icon, voice and conscience to a generation of apartheid-era white South Africans.”

Brenda Fassie: 1964-2004

In the musical genre Afropop, Fassie was one of the most popular urban African musicians of the 1980s and 1990s. She has been described as the “Queen of African Pop” and her bold stage antics earned her a reputation for “outrageousness”. Affectionately called Mabrr by her fans, she was voted 17th on the list of Top 100 Great South Africans.

Johannes Kerkorrel: 1960-2002

Born Ralph Rabie, Kerkorrel was a prolific singer-songwriter in the musical genre Alternative Afrikaans/Voëlvry movement. Described as “one of the leading lights of the rebel Voëlvry movement that blew a new wind across the Afrikaans music scene in the early 1980s”, he exposed a new generation of Afrikaners to political views resisting apartheid. Several artists have recorded tribute songs to his life and work.

Lucky Dube: 1963-2007

As an icon of South African Reggae, Dube pioneered and popularised this genre, which conveyed the Rastafarian philosophy, among township youth. He still influences younger musicians pursuing this style. Dube recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa’s biggest-selling Reggae artist. He earned over 20 awards – locally and internationally.

Miriam Makeba: 1932-2008

Makeba, a legend in the musical genre World Music and Mbaqanga, is the most famous South African musician both locally and internationally. Nicknamed Mama Africa, Makeba is a Grammy Award-winner, a civil rights activist and a global icon for women. In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularise African music worldwide. In 1987, she performed with Paul Simon in his famous Graceland tour.

Solomon Linda: 1909-1962

Linda, was a musician, singer, composer and innovator of note regarding developing the Isicathimiya musical genre and is credited with a number of musical innovations that came to dominate the Isicathamiya style. He wrote the song Mbube, which later became popular as The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and gave its name to the Mbube style of Isicathamiya a cappella popularised later by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Spokes Mashiyane: 1933-1972

Johannes Spokes Mashiyane was regarded as one of the greatest pennywhistle artists who graced the South African Kwêla music scene in the 1950s and 1960s, at a time when that genre was one of the defining styles and the dominant dance music in the country. He later switched to saxophone and was instrumental in Kwêla’s evolution into township jive. He has a strong following to this day.

Simon Nkabinde: 1935-1999

Simon ‘Mahlathini’ Nkabinde is a legendary Mbaqanga singer, a genre of indigenous music that continues to influence musicians worldwide today. Known as the “Lion of Soweto”, Nkabinde is the acknowledged exponent of the deep-voiced, basso profundo style that came to symbolise Mbaqanga music from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. He collaborated on Paul Simon’s groundbreaking Graceland album and tour.

Kippie Moeketsi: 1925-1983

One of South Africa’s greatest Jazz musicians, Moeketsi first played the clarinet, but soon moved on to the saxophone. Influenced by his pianist brother Jacob Moeketsi, Kippie’s career started in shebeens with Band in Blue. He was the driving force in the Jazz Epistles alongside Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa and Makhaya Ntshoko who recorded the first authentic South African Jazz album.

Taliep Petersen: 1950-2006

Taliep Petersen, was a legendary singer, composer and director, who popularised the so-called Cape Ghoema sound together with David Kramer. In a tribute after his death, he was credited with “rewriting the musical landscape of the Western Cape and enriching the culture of this country.” He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a Naledi for Best Musical Director/Score/Arrangement for Ghoema.

 

Technical information

B4 Stamp Sheet:

Stamp issue date: 3 July 2014
Artwork: Vumile Mavumengwana
Stamp size: 38 x 29 mm
Stamp sheet size: 112 x 205 mm
Perforation Gauge: 11-11
Paper: Self-adhesive 247 gsm
Phosphor: 1700 LFA
Gum: (self-adhesive)
Print quantity: 100 000 sheets
Colour: Pantone Black 6 C 2X
Printing process: Offset Lithography
Printed by: Cartor Security Printing, France

References:

http://www.rock.co.za/files/james_phillips.html
www.capetown.gov.za
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/
http://www.biography.com/people/miriam-makeba-9395996

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Sad news to hand, Paul Horn, Grammy-winning Jazz Player, Dead at 84

“You hear that stillness…? I mean, it’s silence… but it’s filled with potential.”

Paul Horn

Paul Horn

By Associated Press | July 03, 2014 9:57 PM EDT

Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84.

Horn’s son Marlen said his father died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief illness. He declined to provide further details.

“He passed away very peacefully and did not suffer,” Marlen said. “He wasn’t in any pain.”

Horn’s career spanned five decades, 50 albums and five Grammy nominations. He played the flute, clarinet and saxophone in concert tours and recording sessions with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Chico Hamilton.

His album “Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts” won Grammys in 1966 for best original jazz composition and photographic cover album.

Horn studied transcendental meditation alongside the Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Horn’s albums “Inside the Taj Mahal” and “Inside the Great Pyramid” laid the groundwork for the New Age music genre and earned him the nickname “Father of New Age Music.”

Horn is survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson and four grandchildren.

Thanks to Darius Brubeck for letting us know, and condolences to the Horn family from us all at All Jazz Radio.

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Table Mountain Blues Summit – History of Blues in SA Competition

Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.

The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that’s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA’s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage.

To celebrate and trace the roots of Blues in South Africa, we will be running a competition in October: THE HISTORY OF BLUES IN SA COMPETITION: Mail your factual finds about the roots/history of Blues in SA, as well as any other fascinating tales about the development of Blues in SA to: richardpryor@telkomsa.net and cc liny@mweb.co.za – the most interesting find will win R1 000.00. Your contributions will be posted to our website and facebook pages. Entry dates: From 1 – 31 October.

Blues is about where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Everywhere you look you can see a blues song just sitting there, waiting to happen. It’s a reflection of life, everything, everyday. It;s what your spirit does when it needs to be comforted and revived. It’s all that is genuine and honest in music, past, present and for damn sure, future.” Andre Kriel (The Black Cat Bones)

Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.

The line up for 2013:

Friday 22 November – from 16h00
Tombstone Pete, Mean Black Mamba,Robin Gallagher Trio (Fender), Ballistic Blues,
Them Tornados, Blues Broers, Pebbleman, Dan Patlansky, Fox Comet.

Saturday 23 November – from 12h30
Tombstone Pete, Jo Martin and Tony,Kevin Floyd and Guests,Crimson House Blues,
Robin Auld, Natasha Meister,Dave Ferguson, Ann Jangle, Gerald Clark, Albert Frost Trio,Boulevard Blues and Guests, Black Cat Bones.

History of The Blues Summit:

Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.

In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.

Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.

Combustion Technology is a Company focused on Energy Efficiency.

Their core business is to concentrate on the supply of the most Modern Energy Efficient Equipment Solutions to the Steam, Hot water and Heating Industry.

Their goal is a reduction in Emissions and a decrease in Fuel Consumption

which results in a more efficient plant and a greatly reduced Carbon footprint.

More info at: www.combustiontechnology.co.za

Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.

Whats on the Blues Menu?

  • 19 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars.
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.

Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:

Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.

Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.

Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws

Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is for both nights.

Free entrance for children under 10 years.

Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.

Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/763223194/0/55801813

Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny@lkmediabook.co.za

See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.

“Blues is the soul translated into audible form.” Natasha Meister.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

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Table Mountain Blues Summit – 22 – 23 November 2013 Durbanville.

Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.

The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that`s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA`s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage:

Friday 22 November – 16h00 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete (2 song intro)

Mean Black Mamba
Robin Gallagher Band

Ballistic Blues
Them Tornados
Combustion R1500 giveaway
Blues Broers
Pebbleman
Dan Patlansky
Fox Comet

Saturday 23 November 12h30 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete
The Jo Martin Band
Kevin Floyd and Guests
Crimson House Blues
Robin Auld
Natasha Meister
Dave Ferguson
Ann Jangle
Fender Guitar Giveaway

Gerald Clark
Albert Frost Trio
Boulevard Blues and Guests
Black Cat Bones

Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and also Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.

poster blues summit final

History:

Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.

In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.

Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.

Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.

Whats on the Blues Menu?

  • 20 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars. Note: Own food and drinks are not allowed.
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.

Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:

Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.

Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.

Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws

Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is only available for both nights.

Free entrance for children under 10 years.

Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.

Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/750817225/0/55801813

Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

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Vagabond Blues Show, 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis

Vagabond Blues Show, 13 June 2013 – including interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis by Brian Currin on Mixcloud

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City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headliners for the 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, The Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and a multigenerational Chicago blues showcase finale featuring James Cotton, Lil’ Ed and Billy Branch, among others, closing the festival on Sunday. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 6: Opening Night in Millennium Park

Announced in February, the festival will open for the first time at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on June 6. Shemekia Copeland will headline the evening with special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator Quinn Sullivan. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine.

Moving to Grant Park for the weekend, the festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” to celebrate the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi River. During the great migration from the south in the 1940s and 1950s, the “delta blues” landed in Chicago establishing the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style. The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Friday; then continue on to Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday; ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.

Read more at City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago.

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Jazz Articles: What to See at the Montreal Jazz Festival – By Jim Harrington — Jazz Articles

It’s hard to go wrong at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

The 10-day festival, set for June 28-July 7 in downtown Montreal, is once again absolutely bursting with great options. The 2013 offerings include such jazz giants as Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd, top pop acts like Feist and Belle & Sebastian and celebrated performers hailing from many other genres.

Charles Lloyd | Dorothy Darr

Charles Lloyd | Dorothy Darr

Yet, you can’t see everything, right? (Although, some will surely try.) So, we’ve come up with this guide to some of the best options for those bound for Montreal this year.

Here are 10 can’t-miss shows, organized by date:

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Anat Cohen and Her Jazz Clarinet – NYTimes.com

Anat Cohen and Her Jazz Clarinet

Anat Cohen and Her Jazz Clarinet

In search of some live Brazilian music a few months ago, I found my way to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, in the Time Warner Center, where the Brazilian percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca was leading a quintet. I can’t say I knew much about Mr. Da Fonseca before I heard his band that night, and among the things I didn’t know was that his quintet’s regular reed player was a 38-year-old Israeli woman named Anat Cohen, who has lived in New York since 1999.

On the first few tunes of the set — mostly the kind of fast-paced, Brazilian-tinged jazz I’ve always loved — Ms. Cohen played the reed instrument most closely associated with postwar jazz: the tenor saxophone. It was immediately apparent that she was a terrific musician, fluid, full-throated, with a knack for creating beautifully crafted, even eloquent solos. Around the fifth song, however, the quintet began playing “Chorinho pra Ele,” a simple, infectious samba by Hermeto Pascoal, the great Brazilian multi-instrumentalist. And that’s when Ms. Cohen did something you rarely see a jazz reed player do these days. She took out her clarinet.

As good as her saxophone playing was, Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations weren’t just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite rare. She made it look effortless, even as she was playing the most technically difficult of all the reed instruments. She only played a handful of songs on the clarinet that night, but every time she did, she took my breath away.

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International Jazz Day 2013 | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

International Jazz Day 2013

International Jazz Day 2013

Spurred by the success of the first celebration, UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ) will be organizing the second International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2013. This day is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples.

The year 2013 marks the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent, consecrated to the theme, “Recognition, justice and development for people of African heritage.” This constitutes yet another highlight of the event that the United Nations will surely support. Africa, whence jazz draws its origins, will thus be doubly honoured this year.

Istanbul is the official host city for 2013. Turkey has an age-old tradition of jazz. Munir Ertegun, Turkish Republic’s first ambassador to Washington in the 1930s, opened his embassy’s parlors to African American jazz musicians, who gathered there to play freely in a socio-historical context which was deeply divided by racial segregation at the time. Inspired by this legacy, the ambassador’s sons, Ahmet and Nesuhi, went on to establish the United States’ first jazz and gospel label in 1947 – Atlantic Records – which was seminal in spreading the beauty of jazz music around the world.

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Jazz Articles: Free All-Star Brubeck Tribute Concert Set for NYC – By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles

A multi-artist tribute concert, “A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Brubeck,” will take place May 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in New York City. The unticketed event is free.

Artists scheduled to perform include Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Rufus Reid, Bobby Militello, Hilary Kole and Darius, Chris, Matthew and Dan Brubeck. Other performers and speakers will be announced as soon as information becomes available.

Jon Faddis at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival - Ben Johnson

Jon Faddis at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival – Ben Johnson

Information on the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine can be found at St. John Divine or by calling 212-316-7540. Public inquiries regarding the Dave Brubeck celebration can be directed to contactus@absolutelylive.net and will be answered when further details become available.

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Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He’s Fascinated: NPR

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

“I was a good boy,” South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela assures NPR’s Michel Martin. But still, he says, “as a kid, I was whipped on a slow day at least three times.”

Still Grazing

Still Grazing

Eventually, Masekela told his chaplain, “If I can get a trumpet, Father, I won’t bother anybody.”

His wish came true.

Within a few years, Louis Armstrong, who’d heard of a talented kid in South Africa, sent the boy his own trumpet. Photographer Alf Kumalo captured Masekela’s joy at receiving that gift in an iconic photograph. But Masekela says he has always hated that image: “I lost a girlfriend through that picture,” he says. “You know, we were very cool at that time, so that was a very uncool picture.” She told him she couldn’t be seen with him.

“Barefootin’ with your pants rolled up — I mean, how country can you get?” he says.

Read more at Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He’s Fascinated : NPR.

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival Day 1 | Ottawa Citizen

It’s just after 6 p.m. on the Friday night that tens of thousands of music fans from across South Africa and beyond have long been looking forward to.

In the Cape Town International Convention Centre’s largest and most cavernous meeting room, several thousand people, all primed to party, are on their feet, waiting to hear the tremendously popular Afro-pop group Mafikizolo open the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Fan fever is growing by increments. The group has been announced, the backing musicians have begun playing, but the group’s stars — singers Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza — haven’t yet emerged from back stage. They milk the moment for all it’s worth, appearing at last and one by one to raucous cheers, only after three backup singers and a foursome of dancers, all sharply dressed with glamourous, retro appeal, have preceded them.

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Jazz Reviews: The Laura Nyro Project Mark Winkler – By Christopher Loudon — Jazz Articles

Mark Winkler - The Laura Nyro Project

Mark Winkler – The Laura Nyro Project

When Mark Winkler, a quintessentially West Coast swinger, filled an album with Bobby Troup tunes a decade ago, it was a blissful marriage of hipster sensibilities. Winkler and Laura Nyro seem stranger bedfellows—California cool meets East Coast boho—yet Winkler, a gifted writer himself, makes the union work equally well. Nor was Nyro all dark-basement angst. Less hard-edged than such contemporaries as Dylan and Paul Simon, she, like Joni Mitchell, tended to float beyond category, blending a heady potpourri of folk, pop, jazz and show tunes. When that crazy mélange is filtered through Winkler’s laidback aesthetic, the results are quite magical.

Winkler draws exclusively from Nyro’s first four albums, spanning the years 1967 through 1970, when many of the songs became best known via Top 40 cover versions from the likes of Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Fifth Dimension. Ably supported by a shifting cast that includes pianists Eli Brueggemann and Eric Reed and guitarist Larry Koonse, all of whom also contribute arrangements, he follows the lead of those long-ago pop groups by making each of these 11 tunes distinctly his own. So, “Time and Love” is reinterpreted as a dreamy ballad; “He’s a Runner” emerges as an intensely personal tale of betrayal; the wine-steeped “Sweet Blindness” erupts as a riotous party worthy of Louis Prima; and the jaunty post-Kennedy politics of “Save the Country” become a salve for various postmillennial malaises.

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