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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – MONDAY 13th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMESjoe! Bad week last week with AJR Peeps not well and sadly the news of the passing of two broadcasters, Our sympathy and condolences go to the Family’s of The Late Russell Majiet and Benedict Peters.

Russell Majiet singing

Russell Majiet

Russell who was not a well person when he joined the All Jazz Radio Team and it was his passion for music that led him to take up the challenge of broadcasting. He was a jazz vocalist for many years and was a revered maths educator. Thanks you for being a part of AJR, Rest In Peace Russell.

Benedict Peters

Benedict Peters

Benedict Peters was a man I’ve known for a number of years who I got to know at FMR when he joined the team. He was a fun, passionate man who loved what he did on the radio. Listeners will miss his presence on the radio. RIP Benedict.

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Today Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club starts the streaming day from 10am C.A.T. Our Latin Jazz connection in

Tony Vasquez

Tony Vasquez

the USA, Tony Vasquez presents his popular show, The Latin Perspective from 12 to 1pm. After which we have our compiled program of the smoother side of jazz, Take 5 and Then Some hits the streaming waves before our Berlin based broadcaster Wolfgang König congasWolfgang König gets behind the mic to present Jazz Around the World during which he will focus on the Electric Bass, good stuff, neh!

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Today Yorkshire Pudding Day.

Yorkshire pudding day today2008 saw the launch of British Yorkshire Pudding Day in the U.K. As Sunday Roast Dinners are still the most popular time when people make and eat Yorkshires, it seemed logical that Yorkshire Pudding Day should be on a Sunday, but we thought any day is a good day for a roast and good Yorkshire Pud. It is a recipe which has stood the test of time, a history dating back to the 1700s and its predecessor, Batter Pudding, having been eaten perhaps centuries before that throughout Great Britain.

Yummolicious

Yummolicious

British Yorkshire Pudding Day is not meant to be some sort of serious nationalistic statement with sinister undertones. It is merely a day set aside when everyone, be they British or not, can remember, enjoy and celebrate the joys of an age-old recipe.

Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar4The Klutz in the Kitchen has found a really easy recipe to be enjoyed on this day, so get the victuals to make a delicious Beef Roast with all the accompanying veggie’s and best of all, Roast Potato’s and Onions. It’s going to be a yummolicious day me thinks J

October 13, 2014 is also Canadian Thanksgiving & Yorkshire Pudding Day & Skeptics Day & Top Spinning Day & Columbus Day (in the USA)

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

This week is World Rainforest Week

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On This Day

1939 – Harry James and his band recorded On a Little Street in Singapore for Columbia Records. A kid singer named Frank Sinatra was the featured vocalist on what was his seventh recording.

1953 – An ultrasonic (sound with a frequency greater than 20,000 Hz) burglar alarm was patented by New Yorker Samuel Bagno.

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

1957 – Two superstars introduced a new car on ABC-TV. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra joined forces in an hour long special that turned out to be a big ratings hit. Too bad the Edsel, the car that Ford Motor Company was introducing, didn’t fare as well.

1958 – This day was musically memorable as Warren Covington conducted the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for what would be the last big band tune to climb the pop charts. Tea for Two Cha Cha, made it into the Top 10, peaking at #7. And that was the end of the Big Band Era. Rock ’n’ roll was here to stay.

1963 – Beatlemania hit the London Palladium. The Beatles made their first appearance on a major TV show — for the BBC. Thousands of delirious fans jammed the streets outside the theatre to voice their support of the Fab Four. A few months later, Beatlemania would sweep the U.S. as well. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

1971 – ‘Little’ Donny Osmond received a shiny gold record for his rendition of the Steve Lawrence hit, Go Away Little Girl. He went on to garner million-seller success with Hey Girl and Puppy Love too. Donny was quite popular with the bubblegum set, as well he should have been. Donny was only 13 years old.

1973 – The Rolling Stones’ Goat’s Head Soup was number one album in the U.S. With the exception of Angie, the album’s tracks were only semi-memorable: Dancing With Mr. D, 100 Years Ago, Coming Down Again, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker), Silver Train, Hide Your Love, Winter, Can You Hear the Music, Star Star.

1979 – Speaking of the teenage set, Michael Jackson went to “#1 … 1 … 1” for the second time with Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough. His first number one (Oct. 14, 1972 – age 14) was a ratty little number about Ben.

1994 – Netscape Communications Corporation announced that it was offering its new Netscape Navigator free to users via the Internet. The Internet browser, developed by the six-month-old Silicon Valley company led by Silicon Graphics founder Jim Clark and NCSA Mosaic creator Marc Andreessen, was available for free downloading by “individual, academic and research users.”

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HUMOURSCOPE

Libra (September 22 – October 22)

After what happened last year, it might be wise to review some basic trick-or-treater etiquette. Asking kids what they’re dressed up as: cool. Asking whether they’re having a good Halloween: also cool. Forcing them to listen to you read lovelorn poetry about your ex before handing over the candy: not cool, my friend. Not cool.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan– THURSDAY 9th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEOk, so Mother Nature is not playing nice again today and no I will not break out the winter woollies again but will be brave and face the coldish conditions with t-shirt, shorts, sandals and iced beer to hand. That’ll show the weather gods what I think of then playing around with summer.

Well fear not at All Jazz Radio today we have great shows and music lined up, The streaming starts with The Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club from 10am, C.A.T. At 1pm the suave debonair Edinburgh based International Jazz Vocalist,

Todd Gordon

Todd Gordon

Todd Gordon will present is show featuring the great jazz vocalists of the world Tune in for Todd’s Turntable fro 1 to 2pm Central African Time. The it’s 100% South African Jazz from 2 to 4pm with host Etienne Shardlow during his Jazz-E Radio Show, only the best jazz out of Africa to be heard. Our Blues Professor Dr Brian will be behind the mic from 4 to 6pm presenting his show The Vagabond Blues showcasing the best the global village has to offer today. A day not to be missed, tune in here right now and you won’t miss a note.

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IT’S IMAGINE DAY

John Winston Lennon — composer; musician; one fourth of the famed rock group, The Beatles; husband of Yoko Ono; father of Julian and Sean — was born on this day in 1940 in Liverpool, England. It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like without his influence on music.

John Winston Lennon --There is hardly a soul anywhere in the world who isn’t familiar with the songs he wrote as half of the team of Lennon and McCartney. When The Beatles were no longer touring, John Lennon collaborated with Yoko Ono in avant-garde works. He then began to express his political views through his music, and in some cases, his actions. Live Peace in Toronto was his first gesture for world peace. And, he returned the coveted Order of the British Empire award (the MBE) to protest British involvement in the Nigerian Civil War. He continued his quest for peace in Give Peace a Chance and with his bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton following his marriage to Yoko Ono.

His music traced his lifestyles, his views, his childhood, his pain, and jubilation: Cold Turkey, Instant Karma, Mother, Working Class Hero, Jealous Guy, Crippled Inside and How Do You Sleep. Imagine, from the LP of the same title, became his best known work. It also made a statement, paying homage to non-materialism. Then there was the LP, Sometime in New York City, filled with anti-establishment verses. Mind Games and Walls and Bridges followed.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night was cause for celebration. It was his first solo #1 hit in the U.S. Lennon then recorded an LP with Yoko, each alternating songs on Double Fantasy. He celebrated his son Sean with Beautiful Boy, his wife with Woman and his new life with both in Just like Starting Over.

He had barely begun to start over when, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building.

It’s hard to Imagine …

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It’s Dessert Day and Month

Dessert DayWe found reference to Dessert Day listed as October 9th at Greeting Card sites. Could this holiday be a movable holiday, which means the date changes each year?? Or is this just ms-types in the date? We don’t know because we could not find the creator or origin of this holiday- but we do know that this holiday IS IN the month of October.  It is a fact that National Dessert Month is the whole month of October!

Eat DessertWhat is dessert?

It is defined by Wikipedia as…

Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, usually consisting of sweet food but sometimes of a strongly flavoured one, such as some cheeses. The word comes from the Old French desservir, “to clear the table”.

What is the origin of this holiday?

Dessert Day stawbs yumOur research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. However, we did not find any records or proclamations for this day. Even though we didn’t, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar3As is usual The Klutz in the Kitchen will be search for a recipe that will titillate and please the taste buds. It a huge task because there are just so many delightful desserts on the Interweb today, go for it dear Klutz we don’t envy you with this search. His endeavours will be posted on his recipe page later in the day/

BTW, it’s also Fire Prevention Day, World Post Day, Chess Day and wait for it Mouldy Cheese Day

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Jazz Beat: 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival

By Larry Kopitnik

Jazz Beat- 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues FestivalKansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival
11 a.m.–12:30 a.m. (Lucky Peterson, 3 p.m.; Roy Hargrove, 5 p.m.) Saturday, October 11, 18th Street and Vine, $25 admission

For a self-proclaimed jazz and blues festival, Saturday’s event at 18th Street and Vine doesn’t feature a preponderance of either musical style (soul and R&B stake near-equal claims). But when the jazz and blues headliners take the main stage, there won’t be doubt in anyone’s mind as to the true loyalties of the fest. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has won Grammy Awards for an album of Cuban jazz and another with Herbie Hancock; he has covered styles ranging from traditional jazz to hip-hop. Meanwhile, guitarist, organist and singer Lucky Peterson plays a modern groove laid over true, gritty blues and the occasional boogie. Other headliners include Meshell Ndegeocello and Midnight Star. The American Jazz Museum stages an exceptionally well-organized event, with performances in the Gem Theatre, the Blue Room and outdoors. Story from Pitch Music

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This Day in History, October 9

Isaac Singer

Isaac Singer

1855 – The sewing machine motor was patented by Isaac Singer (the Singer sewing machine guy) of New York. Thank you, Isaac for keeping us in stitches lo these many years.

1855 – Another patent was awarded this day — to one Joshua C. Stoddard, for the calliope. The Worcester, MA inventor originally sold the colourful and somewhat noisy instrument (it produces 135 decibels, compared to the 100 decibels of sound produced by a jet plane at take-off) to churches, believe it or not! Sales, however, took off when Stoddard sold the instrument to circuses and steamboat operators (not a bad idea since the calliope is powered by steam).

1872 – The first mail order catalogue was delivered. It was only one page but it worked. No, it wasn’t the Victoria’s Secret catalogue … nor Land’s End, J. Crew or Lillian Vernon. It was sent out by Mr. Aaron Montgomery Ward of the famous Montgomery Ward catalogue and department stores.

Ross Columbo1931 – Russ Columbo’s Prisoner of Love was recorded — on Victor Records.

1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale — for $39.50 — in Petersburg, VA.

1973 – Priscilla Presley was divorced from Elvis — in Santa Monica, CA. ‘Cilla’ got $1.5 million in cash, $4,200 per month in alimony, half interest in a $750,000 home plus about 5% interest in two of Elvis’ publishing companies.

1973 – Speaking of riches, Paul Simon got a gold record this day for his hit, Loves Me like a Rock.

1975 – John Lennon turned 35. To celebrate, Yoko Ono presented John with a new-born son, Sean Ono Lennon.

1979 – Styx released what would become a megahit. Babe hit number one on December 8, 1979.

1985 – A 2½-acre garden memorial was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow Yoko Ono, on this day and was named Strawberry Fields in New York City’s Central Park.

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South Africa: Zhakata, Mhere to Bring Cape Town to Standstill

By Tintswalo Baloyi

Leonard Karikoga ZhakataJohannesburg — ZORA music will meet the long-enduring gospel music when award-winning pioneer of the former, Leonard Karikoga Zhakata, shares the stage with Mathias Mhere, currently the toast of the Bible-inspired music genre, in neighbouring South Africa early next month.

The fact that the pair will both during the tour perform in the coastal city of Cape Town promises a thrilling experience for music lovers.

This will also be Zhakata’s maiden public show in the Mother City.

Read the full story here

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Denver-Bred Ron Miles and Bill Frisell Are Among the Greatest Collaborators in Jazz

By Jon Solomon Wed., Oct. 8 2014 at 5:57 AM

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Bill Frisell, Ron Miles and Brian Blade Photo = Michael McGrath

Two of the best jazz musicians Denver has ever produced, cornetist Ron Miles and guitarist Bill Frisell, are sitting across from each other at a table in the back corner of Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge’s showroom in mid-September. Last night, they both played here with guitarist Dale Bruning, Frisell’s mentor and former teacher, and they’ll play another two sets tonight.

When Frisell speaks about the decades he’s known Miles, he chooses his words thoughtfully, sometimes trailing off before starting again. He tells the story of a cassette tape he got from Miles, delivered by their mutual friend, producer Hans Wendl. Along with his music, Miles included a note asking if Frisell wanted to record with him. The guitarist couldn’t make the time then, but he wrote Miles a postcard (which Miles has since had framed) expressing admiration for his horn playing.

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Malawi: Jazz Star, Steve Bedi, Performs Birthday Song for Gomani V

By Kondwani Magombo

Steve Bedi

Steve Bedi

Lilongwe — Renowned Ghanaian jazz star, Steve Bedi, Saturday evening spared time to perform a birthday song before the Ngoni’s Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V upon learning that it was the chief’s birthday.

Jovial Bedi, who was key artist at the UNAIDS Protect the Goal Jazz Concert held at the Bingu International Conference centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, kept the audience spell-bound with his saxophone artistry then he came downstage across the dance floor to the first row where the Inkosi was sitting enjoying the music.

Bedi performed before the Chief before the two hugged, exchanged a few sentiments and shook hands. When the Ghanaian sax star went back on stage, he confided in the audience what he had discussed with the Chief.

“I’m very delighted that I have found a new friend: my chief over there, and he has just told me that today is his happiest day because it is his birthday,” disclosed Bedi to the excited audience. “So this one goes to my dear friend, the Chief.”

The African jazz star’s band then launched into an ordinary song which later evolved into the well-known “Happy Birthday to You” lyric.

Then Bedi, leading with his sax, descended down stage again and sang before the Inkosi who stood up, joined by the rest of the audience, and danced to the tune.

Saturday marked the nineteenth birthday for the Inkosi, Mswati Willard Kanjedza Gomani, who officially assumed the highest rank of the Ngoni Chief on August 5, 2012.

Guest of honor at the Saturday UNAIDS fundraising Protect the Goal Jazz Concert was the Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who also ‘jazzed’ the Inkosi’s birthday song.

Bedi is the UNIADS Goodwill Ambassador for Protect the Goal (Ghana) and the Saturday performance was aimed at raising funds for the campaign.

Airtel Malawi donated MK9.1m towards the campaign and the cheque was presented at the show by the mobile service provider’s Director, Heiko Schlittke, to UNAIDS Country Director and Chair of the HIV and AIDS Donor Group, Ama Sande (Ms), in company of the Vice President, Chilima, and Minister of Youth, Sports Development and Culture, Grace Chiumia, among others.

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Songs of Fire and ‘Vice’: Jan Hammer on the Music of ‘Miami Vice’

Jan Hammer on 11/27/83 in Dallas, Tx..  Photo by Paul Natkin

Jan Hammer on 11/27/83 in Dallas, Tx.. Photo by Paul Natkin

From the that moment its the sensory-assaulting opening credit sequence kicked in, Miami Vice brought Eighties TV audiences a weekly dose of South Beach escapism — a world of bikini-clad blondes, speedboat formations, palm trees and pink flamingos. Viewers watching at home on Friday nights probably wouldn’t have guessed that the swaggering, synth-filled theme song playing over the credits, and the rest of the instrumental music that gave the show its moody Miamicentric pulse, was actually made in an upstate New York farmhouse by a balding, one man band from Prague.

Prior to scoring Michael Mann’s ground-breaking show, Jan Hammer was best known as the keyboardist from Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham’s monumental Seventies jazz fusion project. Post-Mahavishnu, he led the suitably named prog-rock outfit Hammer, and released collaborative albums with Jeff Beck and Neal Schon. But it was Vice that made him a household name when the show’s theme song topped the Hot 100 in 1985 — the last instrumental recording to do so until 2013’s “Harlem Shuffle.” Hammer’s score compositions (including “Crockett’s Theme,” a No. 1 single across Europe) were also packaged with original songs licensed for the show (Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” Glenn Frey’s “You Belong To The City”) on a soundtrack album that hit No. 1 for an impressive 13 weeks in 1985 and 1986.

The full story will be found here

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – WEDNESDAY 8th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMECloudy skies threaten with rain later today, not going anywhere so let the rain come J It was my Mom’s birthday yesterday, shjoe! 88 she is, so on Monday I took her and her 95 year old brother out for lunch on Monday which she and Uncle Jimmy really enjoyed however the reverse must be said when we and 8 of Mom’s friends went to The Ocean Basket at Cavendish Square. Service was not great, typical fast food joint. The food was not must better. I had the Shrimp in Garlic and Lemon Sauce and Fish and Chips together as a main dish. The Shrimp was cold and tough and the Fish was totally over cooked and the less said about the chips the better, all in all an unpleasant meal which reinforced my resolve to never again set foot into any Ocean Basket ever again. Nuff said.

The broadcast day kicks off at 10am C.A.T. with Jazz Rendezvous Radio Show with 3 hours of fabulous new releases, many of which have never before been played on any radio station in Africa today, Tune in and listen to us online for the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz streaming out of Africa today. From1 to 2pm one can here The Latin Perspective, hosted by Latin jazz aficionado Tony Vasquez from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who present a bold mix of vibrant Latin jazz, join him at 1pm C.A.T. At 2pm Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe will be behind the mic presenting his show The Midweek Music Melange which features a cross cultural melange of jazz from the Global Village. The Sundown Show follows with a mixed bag of contemporary, smooth jazz to relax to whilst driving home, mind you one must remember to plug in the mobile phone to tune in

to the best and only online jazz radio station streaming all day, everyday from the African Jazz Capital, The Mother City of Cape Town, join us right now. just click to tune in to All Jazz Radio

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Today is Apple Betty Day!

Apple Betty Day ice cream and fork is a crustless apple pie seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. An apple brown betty is a common variation, which includes layers of sweetened breadcrumbs.

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

Apple Betty DayIn honour of Apple Betty Day, bake your own version of this scrumptious dessert and top it with lemon sauce, ice cream, or whip cream. Yum! That can be said again in fact lets kick the Klutz in the Kitchen’s  butt into action to find the best Apple Betty recipe for today, once done it will be posted as usual; on his page

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

This week is Walk Your Dog & World Space & Fire Prevention Week

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Pop-up bar gives Sandton a taste of luxury rum

BY PRISCILLA MALINGA AND DESHNEE SUBRAMANY, OCTOBER 08 2014, 06:41

IMAGINE in the middle of bustling Sandton, an intimate luxurious place with a number of different rooms to promote the basic elegance of an authentic old-town Gautemalan bar, you are in a pop-up bar featuring premium rum brand Ron Zacapa, launched in South Africa late last month.

The bar, which kicked off with invited guests only, is in the Sandton Eye (corner of Rivonia and West streets). Guests are able to avail themselves of different spirits and cocktails. On the launch night, the soothing and enchanting melodies of jazz and soul, performed by the Melo B Jones band and DJ Ken Zero kept the crowds entertained. The bar will disappear on November 28.

Jazz in Johannesburg

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It was on this day October 08 in ……….

1895 – The Berliner Gramophone Company was founded in Philadelphia. Record players were not too far off in the future.

berliner-18961935Wedding bells pealed for a singer and a bandleader who tied the knot, making radio history together. The bandleader was Ozzie Nelson and the singer was Harriet Hilliard. They would make the history pages again on this very day — nine years later.

1941 – The Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded Buckle Down Winsocki, with Tom Dix as featured vocalist, on the Columbia label.

Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded Buckle Down Winsocki1952The Complete Book of Etiquette was first published. Get your elbows off the table!

1956Lawrence “a-one and a-two” Welk was doing so well with “da boys inta bant” on ABC-TV, that, after being on the tube for just one year with The Lawrence Welk Show, Welk originated another popular show called Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent. Mr. Welk wasn’t much on hip show titles, was he?

1980 – During his performance at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater, Bob Marley collapses on stage and is rushed to New York’s Sloan-Kettering Hospital for treatment, then flown to Ethiopia for rest. It was to be his last stage performance before losing his battle with cancer in 1981.

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LONDON JAZZ NEWS: City Music Foundation adds three jazz musicians to its young artist roster

The City Music Foundation, a new organisation providing early-stage opportunities and mentoring for young professional musicians has chosen three jazz artists for its 2014 roster.

The three are 

– Composer/ bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado

– Clarinettist/saxophonist and leader of the Kansas Smittys Giacomo Smith

– Drummer Pedro Segundo (photo above).

Pedro Segundo. Photo Credit- B EalovegaThe aim of the Foundation is to “create bespoke projects specifically designed to suit the career aspirations and goals of each artist over a period of two years.”Pedro Segundo. Photo Credit: B Ealovega

LINKS: 

CITY MUSIC FOUNDATION WEBSITE

Interview with Pedro Segundo

Review of Misha Mullov-Abbado at Omnibus Clapham

Review of Giacomo Smith Group at Boisdale Canary Wharf (Apr 2013) 

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Throat Singer’s Performance Goes Viral

Anna-Maria Hefele is the furthest thing from a traditional singer, and now a video of her performance is going viral. Hefele can sing using polyphonic overtone techniques, also known as “throat singing.” She can sing two notes at the same time.

Anna-Maria HefeleThe video has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube thanks to a nod from Reddit, where users gave it more than 4,105 upvotes. Hefele tries to explain the technique in the video saying, “You can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing.”

Commenters on the video are mostly baffled at Hefele’s unusual talent, which some are calling “otherworldly.” In other words, we’re not sure if she’s a human or an alien. One commenter suggests Hefele is not an alien but a witch, writing “Burn the witch! Burn! Seriously though, this is witchcraft.”

On her website, Xanmoo.com, she writes that she has been practicing this unique musical technique since 2005. Polyphonic overtone singing started in southwestern Mongolia, where it is known as sygyt. If you’re interested in learning how to sing like Hefele, she is holding a workshop Oct. 25-26 in Austria for 190 euros per person.

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Jazz in Johannesburg – Heather Maxwell – Posted October 5th, 2014

I arrived in Jozi late Tuesday afternoon September 30th, stiff and exhausted from the fifteen-hour flight. But after a good night’s sleep and fresh morning coffee, I was ready to discover the music of the city and, oh how I did. By around 9:00 p.m. that evening I was watching these cats pictured above, mesmerized by their dazzling performance.

Earlier that morning I visited Kaya FM 95.5

to meet Nicky B, the venerable host of the weekly radio program, the World Show.  Nicky and I hung out in her studio sharing stories about African music and favorite artists, and she tuned me in to what’s current in the Johannesburg music scene.

Heather Maxwell

Heather-Maxwell_avatar_1383234421-80x80Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with a Ph.D. from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

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JAZZ: Futshane’s Innocent Victims and Perpetrators

Gwen Ansell micBY GWEN ANSELL of Business Day Live, 08 OCTOBER 2014, 05:46

Lex Futshane Innocent Victims and Perpetrators

Lex Futshane Innocent Victims and Perpetrators

must be one of the hardest-working bassists in Joburg, but his public performances are relatively few. The bulk of his work is as an educator, project director, and performer at private and corporate functions. One of his most interesting recent projects was Bass-ment, an ensemble featuring 12 bass players: six from classical backgrounds and six rooted in jazz.

But backtrack to Futshane’s student days, and he was one of that early generation of graduates from the pioneering Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, participating in innovative South African modern jazz recordings such as Counterculture’s 1991 Art Gecko (B&W) with trumpeter Feya Faku.

Now, Futshane has released his debut album as leader, Innocent Victims and Perpetrators (EXido Projects). And for those who enjoyed Art Gecko, it’s worth saying that while the voice of this fresh outing is much more distinctively Futshane’s own — all nine compositions are his — the mood is very much that same one of thoughtful modern jazz with some distinctively Eastern Cape musical flavours.

Read the whole story here

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B.B. King cancels remaining tour dates due to illness

B.B. KingCHICAGO, Oct. 6 (UPI) — Blues performer B.B. King cancelled all of his tour performances Saturday after falling ill during a show at the House of Blues in Chicago.

King has had problems throughout the course of his tour to the point where his reps apologized for a substandard performance in St. Louis. King has had Type II diabetes for two decades. His website issued a statement on the cancelation. Read the full story here

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LONDON JAZZ NEWS: Tom Hewson wins 2014 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition

TOM HEWSONTOM HEWSON, from Kent, a graduate of New College, Oxford and Trinity Laban, has won the fourth Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competitition. Hewson has already won another prize this year: he was awarded a Help Musicians Emerging Excellence Award in March. Camjazz are due to release an album by Treehouse next year. (WEBSITE).

The three others who went forward to the Nottingham Grand Final were:

2012 Q & A with the Forge

Tom Hewson on Youtube in a trio with Alam Nathoo and Pete Ibbetson

LONDON JAZZ Read the whole story here

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Africa: Remembering the Late Milton Blake On the 70th Anniversary of His Birth

Norman Otis Richmond Aka Jalali

Norman Otis Richmond Aka Jalali

By Norman Otis Richmond Aka Jalali

The Late Milton Blake

Milton “The Voice” Blake

Blake and this writer created the Black Music Association’s Toronto Chapter in 1984 to plug African-Canadian music makers into the international music market. It was a huge success.

Milton “The Voice” Blake was more than a brother to me. Blake was my comrade and being a comrade is deeper than being a brother. Comradeship is ideological; brotherhood is biological.

The revolutionary ancestor from Guinea-Bissau, Amilcar Cabral, was clear on this issue. Said Cabral: “I call you ‘comrades’ rather than ‘brothers and sisters’ because if we are brothers and sisters it’s not by choice, it’s no commitment, but if you are my comrades I am your comrade too and that’s a commitment and a responsibility.”

The Fort George St.Ann Bay, Jamaica-born Blake would have been 70 years old on September 25th.

When Blake succumbed to colon cancer on October 18th, 2007, I lost a part of myself. It was like losing an arm, a leg or an eye. Blake and I were like political Siamese twins. We engaged in many righteous political battles together. When my wife, Yvonne Kentish, joined the ancestors in December of 1987, Blake gave me his bed. He did not want me to stay in my apartment by myself.

My son, Malik, who was born pre-maturely after only being in his mother’s womb for 27 and a half weeks, was at Women’s College Hospital in an incubator. Blake became Malik’s godfather. To put it mildly, me and the guy with the golden voice were closer than close.

When Blake and this writer created the Black Music Association’s Toronto Chapter in 1984, it was our intention to plug African-Canadian music makers into the international music market. At that time, only jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, had penetrated the global market.

Most observers of African Canadian Music credit Norman Granz, a Euro-American, and not the Canadian industry with Peterson’s success. Blake and I were well aware of this fact, and sought to correct it. We sat down with Garth White, Diane Liverpool, Francis Omoruyi, Daryl Auwai, Wayne Lawson, P.V. Smith, Xola Lololi and Chris Thomas and formed the Toronto Chapter of the Black Music Association (BMA).

The Toronto arm of the BMA was pan-African from its inception. We were never a “tribal” group. Our leadership was made up of people from Africa, the Caribbean and North America. The BMA in Toronto (along with the New York City Chapter) distinguished itself from many of the other chapters in the BMA by supporting the United Nations-sanctioned cultural boycott of South Africa.

We held a demonstration involving 300 musicians and friends to prove our point. Most members of the African Canadian community supported the cultural boycott, although another Black music group criticized the BMA for its stand.

Our chapter supported the efforts of Kenny Gamble of Philadelphia International Records and co-founder of the BMA, and Dick Griffey, head of Solar Records and the Chairman of the BMA, to have our convention in Nigeria. Not all members of the BMA wanted to visit the Motherland. Many were of the opinion that “I ain’t left nothin’ in Africa.” We in the Toronto Chapter quoted El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) and reminded them, “You left your mind in Africa.”

One of the milestones for Blake was when he and the BMA/TC forced the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science (CARAS) to add two Black Music Awards categories into the 1985 Juno Awards. The BMA/TC had called for three new categories to be included in the Junos; CARAS added an R&B and Reggae Awards but failed to add a Calypso category.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – TUESDAY 7th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEWheres the summer gone, I sure did tempt the fates when I wrote about the great weather over the past few days, damn. It’s a muggy overcast day worst of all the weather peeps predict rain late in the day. The saving grace is that it’s a warmish morning, so all in all rather pleasant.

forries newlands logo1The very first A.J.R. Great Pub Lunch/Grub Search review is now posted on our website, we tasted the grub of the well known Foresters Arms better known as Forries in Newlands. Remember no matter where you reside in the global village send us a review of your favourite Pubs Lunch/Grub and menu as we search for the best lunch grub.

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The streaming day starts with the Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club from 10am C.A.T. showcasing some of those wonderful new releases and also our weekly crossing to London to chat to the editor in chief of the award winning London Jazz News Blog, Sebastian Scotney around 11am when we discuss what’s happening in the world of European Jazz.

Titilayo Adedokun singing heart outAt 12pm C.A.T. Titilayo Adedokun is behind the mic to present The J. B. F. Show (Jazz. Blues. Fusion) when she shares her selection on music from the global village. The Jazz E 100% South African Show follows from 2 to 4pm with Etienne Shardlow from Jo’burg hosting whilst wearing his passion on his sleeve. After that our re- broadcast schedule kicks in so one can catch the programmes one may have missed. Joy us all day, every say. Listen here

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Significant October 

OCTOBER FestFlower of the month: The Calendula & Cosmos.

Zodiac Signs:  Libra  / Scorpio

Name for the Moon: October is Hunter’s Moon.

When is the Full Moon in October?

Birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire

Meaning: Hope

Today is Frappe Day!

Frappe dat1The name may be French (from the word “frapper,” meaning “to ice”), but history says it’s the Greeks who popularized this icy and sweet concoction during a 1957 international fair.

The frappe is a chilled foam-covered coffee drink that originated in Greece in the 1950s. Today, there are many different variations of this refreshing beverage.

In the United States, frappes are usually made with coffee, milk, ice, vanilla ice cream, and sugar combined in a blender. In other parts of the world fruit frappes are popular.

FrappeSome people pronounce it “frap” while others say “frah-pay,” but everyone can agree on the satisfying taste of this cool, creamy coffee treat. Make your own frappe today to celebrate Frappe Day!

The Klutz In the Kitchen will find a delicious Frappe recipe to share on his webpage for one to enjoy on arrival home after the hectic day to enjoy after work

It’s also Bathtub Day and World Habitat Day today

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

This week is National Walk Your Dog Week & World Space Week & Fire Prevention Week

A few of today’s none jazz birthdays;

John Cougar Mellencamp, born 1951, age: 63

Toni Braxton, born 1967, age: 47

Yo-Yo Ma, born 1955, age: 59

Simon Cowell, born 1959, age: 55

see Jazz Birthdays on our website.

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Olawale Ojo

Olawale Ojo

Nigeria: Olawale Drops Debut Album

By Yinka Olatunbosun

Olawale Ojo, the winner of the reality show, MTN Project Fame Season 6 has finally dropped his debut album, titled, “Almost Famous,” last week in Lagos.

The sonorous singer-songwriter was in a studio one day with a music producer recording his songs when he suddenly realised that he had not selected a title for the album that he was arranging. He was wearing a t-shirt with the inscription, “Almost Famous” and that struck his manager as a good title. Olawale couldn’t agree more. His debut album is to set him on the mainstream music scene that he had been groomed for at the music academy. Judging by the vocal delivery in the 10-track album, Olawale really learnt well. On the new album are also a couple of collaborations including “Love Me” featuring Tiwa Savage, his mentor; and Follow my Lead that featured Lil Kesh, one of the producers that worked on the album. The album also includes singles like “Jupa” and “Is Notin.”

The young singer revealed to this reporter that the Fuji tilt in his songs could have been influenced by his background. Growing up in Ibadan, Olawale encountered Fuji music in his neighbourhood and was also very keen on listening to the likes of Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, Usher, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and many female artistes because of his vocal range. It paid off because Olawale can vary his vocal style to perform almost any genre of music.

In producing the album, Olawale had to deal with the challenge of performing freestyles in the studio being a new culture to him. He had been used to putting down his words but the producers often demanded spontaneity and a very high degree of creativity which he later matched up to.

“Though it was quite stressful for me to put together the songs, at least everything is set now, I am excited and I can’t wait for my fans to listen, for people to just get to hear different things from me, RnB, Fuji, pop all embedded in one great album,” he revealed.

“I am used to writing with piano because I have been playing the piano before I joined Project Fame. I used to write songs as I played the piano and would try to come up with lyrics and melody. But the Nigerian way now, I have to create a beat, or the producer creates the beat to work with or right on the spot you create the beat and melody, which was quite challenging for me,” he confessed. But working with Tiwa Savage was a great experience for Olawale who described it as “a blessing,” adding that the Project Fame platform stood him in a good stead to network with established artistes in Nigerian music industry.

On the producers that helped in arranging his album, he mentioned that he worked with DJ Clem for the first single, “Is Notin”; Spellz on the second single, “Jupa” and DJ Coublon on the third one, “Follow My Lead”. “I worked with Spellz again on the song with Tiwa Savage and I worked with Masterkraft on the song with Skales. I also worked with Kenny Wonder and Philkeyz too,” he said.

It seemed that Olawale saved the best for last in the album with the last track, “Gra Gra.” It is a slow and sexy R&B tune, rendered in pidgin language, that contrasts the literal meaning of its title which, translated in English, means, “intimidation.” Reflecting on his rise to stardom, he remarked that public expectations are always high with the winners of Project Fame and that, in itself, presents a formidable challenge.

“People expect a lot from me as a Project Fame winner. People have to grow and evolve but most people don’t understand that. They just want you to be like Wizkid or Davido overnight and things don’t just happen that way. One has to pay his dues first. I am paying my dues now and I am being very patient. I am not in a hurry to be the next biggest artiste in West Africa. I am not where I used to be and I am definitely working hard and making progress and I am grateful to God,” he said.

“We are just pencils in the hands of the creator. I just found myself doing music; not like I have a musical background.” Managing female fans is no big deal to Olawale because they make up 90% of his fan base and have been supportive. He told this reporter that he was very delighted when all the members of the Project Fame music academy and the judges showed up for the video shoot of his single, Jupa which is currently enjoying airplay.

Olawale takes music as a serious business without neglecting his education. He recalled that it was during the ASUU strike that he auditioned for the show and now he is proudly a final year student of Agronomy at the Ladoke Akintola University where he discovered his talent in singing although he had been playing drums at the church as a young boy.

“Almost Famous” begins with Agogo, a track that says much about the artistic identity of Olawale and is proudly supported by Ultima Limited.

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Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan Biography By Ellen Johnson Released By Rowman And Littlefield

Jazz Child- A Portrait of Sheila JordanWhen Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the jukebox of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard “Now’s The Time” by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked—and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. With Jordan’s full cooperation, author Ellen Johnson documents the fascinating career of the 85-year-old NEA Jazz Master who stands today as one of the worlds most deeply respected jazz vocalists and educators. Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan published by Rowman and Littlefield is the first complete biography about this remarkable singer’s life with a personal and touching foreword by Don Heckman, former Los Angeles Times Jazz Critic and current editor for The International Review of Music. Read the full story here

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Zimbabwe: Poor Turnout At Tuku Album Launch

Oliver Mtukudzi'Oliver Mtukudzi’s album launch held over the weekend at the Harare International Conference Centre was marred by poor turnout.

It was hardly surprising that only a few of his fans turned up since there was no hype in the build up to the launch of “Mukombe weMvura”, his latest release.

The majority of his fans did not know about the poorly marketed show.

However, the 62-year-old granddad of music whose albums now tally with his age, seemed not bothered by the small crowd that attended. He led his Black Spirits to give fans a foretaste of the album since it was not available at the launch.

“Pane ane nyota here? (Is there anyone who is thirsty)” he asked as he took to the stage before he played a new song from his 10-track album with songs mostly inspired by life lessons he learnt through the years.

“Mukombe weMvura” means a calabash of water and the ninth track – “Munhikwi” – inspired the title of the album.

The lyrics of this song say “Aita munhikwi, mupe mukombe wemvura (He/she who is hiccupping, give him/her a calabash of water).”

His last album, “Sarawoga” meaning to be left alone, inspired by the death of his son in 2010, was released two years ago in celebration of his 60th birthday.

Mtukudzi’s musical work is often centred on his personal life experiences. He is able to produce sounds that people relate to, something that distinguishes his classic tunes from the rest.

The “Todii?” singer had earlier performed at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival opening night that saw the screening of a classy act – “Camarada Presidente” by Mosco Kamwendo – before a sell out crowd.

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The Oshadipe twins

The Oshadipe twins

Nigeria: Taiwo Oshadipe Dead

Taiwo Oshadipe, one of the Oshadipe twins, is dead.

The quiet music star was said to have died this morning, Friday October 3rd, 2014 after a brief illness.

The Oshadipe twins started singing at a very tender and they are known for their hit track “Dide Olorun mi”,

Taiwo was married and just recently gave birth to her first child. The last time she posted an update on her Facebook page was on Oct. 1st, her post reads: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Zimbabwe: Crisis in Zim Music Industry

By Fred Zindi

South Africa started a vuvuzela culture during World Cup football in 2010. The whole world got to know about it. Zimbabwe’s music fans have started a culture of violence. The word gets around and the world also gets to know about it. We are definitely international.

I saw the interview which was conducted on Jamaican television of a rather distraught Kalado immediately after his performance in Zimbabwe.

In it, the interviewer was asking Kalado to explain why he was pelted with empty beer cans by rowdy Zimbabwean music fans.

His response to the interview pointed at the poor organisation of the show. He blamed the promoters of the show saying: “They just use Jamaican artistes to draw the crowds and after that they have no respect for them.

“Mavado experienced the same thing. I was supposed to be on stage at midnight, but did not go on until well after three in the morning. The promoter had to ask a local artiste to rescue me when the cans of Red Bull started flying onto the stage. That was not fair”, he said.

On being asked whether he would return to Zimbabwe if invited again, his response was, “I would go back, but I would not accept it if they include local artistes to perform before or after me.”

From the interview the impression given is that it was the local artistes who encouraged fans to throw the beer cans onto the stage.

Whether true or not, this culture of violence at Zim dancehall concerts must come to a stop.

In the past, a lot of Jamaican artistes were keen to come to Zimbabwe. Now they do not care about Zimbabwe after reports of violence and disrespectful ghetto youths. Busy Signal has already cancelled his scheduled performance in Zimbabwe. Morgan Heritage has done the same. Are we saying we are smarter than these guys?

We need to instil a sense of discipline among the artistes and youths who misbehave in this way. If this does not stop, very soon all decent people will stop attending Zim dancehall shows. It is also true that there is no fun at a music show if there is no beer on sale. The average music fan’s idea of having fun is by getting high while listening to music. So there is no question of stopping beer sales at such concerts. Perhaps the beer should be sold in paper or light plastic containers, which will not go very far if thrown in the air. Alternatively, all music fans who see others throwing missiles should report them to security who will kick them out of the show. The artistes themselves should discourage such violence by stopping dissing each other.

It is disheartening to note how artistes with talent and the potential to strike it big are fast losing their credibility as they direct their energy towards hate and dirty lyrics. Zim dancehall artistes seem to believe they can quickly rise to stardom by launching verbal attacks at each other or by using dirty lyrics.

If Zim dancehall artistes are not careful, most of them will soon become a thing of the past.

Quite a few youngsters seem to believe that in order to become a rising star in Zim dancehall, one only needs to find piercing vulgar words to sing about and that will sell lots of records. That, is an illusion.

The other day I met Soul Jah Love and he started calling me “Chibaba”. I was not sure whether to take this as a compliment or an insult, but I am suspicious of every Shona noun that is pre-fixed with “Chi” as this often infers something ugly or something which is not nice.

Curiously, I went on to listen to Soul Jah Love’s musical content on one of his songs where he also talks about “Chibaba” and right at the end he finishes the song with unprintable words , “Chibaba Chimha–“. There is no meaning at all behind the use of such words except to be vulgar which Soul Jah Love succeeded in doing. Unless he is angry about something. Several of his fans enjoy this vulgarity because it shocks a lot of well-brought-up people, but sooner or later, they will all be fed up of hearing the same language such as “Life Yemboko” being repeated. The artistes themselves will soon run out of shocking ghetto language.

I do not remember how many times I have heard Lady Squanda singing about ‘Dho- RemaGuava’. That does not shock me anymore. I am sure that has also become boring to a lot of her fans. This cancerous culture which has been adopted from Jamaica and the United States presently stands as a big threat to the fast rising Zim dancehall genre. The question is: When are Zim dancehall artistes going to start singing sensible material? They are busy knocking each other out. Very soon the likes of Killer T, Dadza D, Legend Elly, Shinsoman and Seh Calaz will be a thing of the past as newcomers such as Tocky Vybes and Kinnah take over. Last year, we enjoyed hearing “popopopopo” and “Mawayawaya”, but we are already getting tired of such riffs. They are fashion licks but fashion comes and goes.

The punters, on realising they are running out of steam, now start to diss each other. They are even touching on people like Macheso who are not in their league. Something has got to be done. In the past when Gramma Records and Zimbabwe Music Corporation ruled the roost, they would not record anything which they felt was negative and will bring their stables into disrepute. But today, with home studios such as Afrimune Records, Chill Spot Records, Mad Level and Body Slam Records flourishing everywhere, there is no way of stopping the producers of such negative material from recording it. They will tell you that their artistes are enjoying artistic expression, take it or leave it.

They are producing things like “Tirikupinda Pachiterrorist”. Who in this day and age is proud to be a terrorist? But to some youths, that is something to be proud of.

Some of the artistes, unbeknown to them have got beautiful singing voices. Perhaps they should seek the services of professional song writers who can produce creative lyrical content and start singing instead of dissing one another. That way, real hits may come out of them.

Dancehall is not all about dissing each other. There are great Zim dancehall tunes that have been penned by known artistes and have done well. Tunes such as “Ndini Messi Wereggae”, “Mafira Kureva” and “Love Ye musojah” have done very well and have propelled the artistes to the top. Conscious, educative lyrics will assist in the development of a peaceful and well-cultured Zimbabwe. There are many non-violence and non-misogynistic lyrics which Zim dancehall artistes can come up with.

The negativity in the Zim dancehall genre has put the Zimbabwe music industry in a crisis and we need to resolve it now. This is where the Minister of Sports Arts and Culture should come in as he has been quiet for far too long.

In order to discuss this crisis, a seminar has been organised at Zimbabwe College of Music this week. It will be held on Thursday October 9 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Discussants will include Sulumani Chimbetu who will talk about crisis in the sungura genre; Jonathan Banda (Winky D’s manager) who will look at the crisis from a Zim dancehall point of view and Pastor Charles Charamba who will discuss on behalf of gospel musicians, the implications of this crisis.

Entrance is free and there will be an open session where everyone will be given the opportunity to air their views on this crisis. You are all invited.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – MONDAY 6th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEcape town shipwreck robin islandMay be tempting fate, but it’s a gorgeous day in the Mother City of Cape Town today and gonna be a hot one, summer it seems to have finally arrived. There is no City better than Cape Town in the world, no matter the weather but summer it just something special.

The broadcast/streaming schedule for today looks like this:

10:00 – 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous Compiled program

13:00 – 14:00 The Latin Perspective Presented by Tony Vasquez from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

14:00 – 16:00 Take Five and Then Some Compiled program

16:00 – 18:00 Jazz Around The World Presented by Wolfgang König from Berlin, Germany

18-00 – 02:00 Re- Broadcast Programming Sundays Programs

02-00 – 10:00 Re- Broadcast Programming Saturdays Programs

Do you enjoy all styles and genres of Jazz, Blues, Latin or World Jazz? If so how would you like to become a volunteer contributor or presenter on All Jazz Radio? If you reside outside the environs of Cape Town one would need to have facilities to record your program and If living in Cape Town the shows would be presented live from our studio. It’s easy, please send us a list of 20 artists you’d include in a show on All Jazz Radio. We would need you to also include your Full Names, ID/Passport Number, where in the global village you reside, email address, Skype handle and contactable Viber, Mobile and landline contact numbers.

Like the All Jazz Radio Facebook page, Follow us in the Twitterephere at @AllJazzRadioSA and Join our All Jazz Radio Facebook Group best of all it’s easy to listen to us online all day, everyday. Listen on any of your favourite devices, take us with you on your travels through the day.

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Twinsmusic Enterprises Presents The 5th Edition Of Italian Jazz Day

Twinsmusic EnterprisesOn October 13th, thousands of people will be gathered in New York for a special day in music by celebrating Italy’s prolific Jazz musicians. Coinciding with Columbus Day, the Italian Jazz Day commemorates Italy’s finest musicians as they get to preform in five venues in New York including Measure Lounge, Arturo’s, Les Peascadeux, The cutting Room, and Showman’s.

Italian Jazz Day flagWith more than 35, 000 people slated to attend The Columbus Day Parade in New York, it will surely be a spectacle to attend the concerts being held around the city with some of Jazz music’s best musicians. Some of the invitees include pianist Mario Nappi and bassist Corrado Cirillo, who both won the Maastricht Jazz Competition in 2013. Another notable musician is Alessio Busanca, a deft pianist who won at the Orsara Summer Camp of 2014. The list couldn’t be complete without the presence of world renowned saxophone player from Abruzzo, Venanzio Venditti, whose lengthy career has strengthen Jazz music in Italy and across the globe.

In addition to playing in New York, a special concert will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Lead by critically-acclaimed pianist Antonio Ciacca, there will be also be performances by Rachel Z, Simona, Premazzi, Simona De Rosa, Gabrielle Stravelli, Pat O ‘Leary, Steve Ash, Lucio Ferrara, Scott Robinson, Jerry Weldon and many others.

These are must see shows for a Jazz experience quite unlike any other, so make sure you check the calendar below to attend the shows!

October 8-10 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Rachel Z

Rachel Z

Rachel Z  Trio

October 11 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Rachel Z trio featuring Lucio Ferrara

October 12 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Simona Premazzi solo piano

October 13 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Simona Premazzi trio

October 13 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Antonio Ciacca trio plays the Italian American Song Book.

October 14th & 15th Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Pat O’Leary with Scott Robinson feat. Mario Nappi

October 16th Arturo’s, NYC

Pat O’Leary feat. Mario Nappi

October 16th Cutting Room, NYC

Antonio Ciacca Quintet with Simona De Rosa

October 16 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Lucio Ferrara trio feat. Corrado Cirillo

October 17 & 23 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Steve Ash Trio feat. Corrado Cirillo

October 18, 20 & 22 Measure – Langham Place, NY

ANTONIO CIACCA

ANTONIO CIACCA

ANTONIO CIACCA trio & guests

October 19 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

MARCO di GENNARO – solo piano

October 19 -Le Pescadeux

Gabrielle Stravelli featuring Mario Nappi

October 21 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Jerry Weldon trio feat. Alessio Busanca

October 22 -Showman’s, NYC

Jerry Weldon

Jerry Weldon

Jerry Weldon trio feat. Alessio Busanca

October 24 – 25 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Venanzio Venditti quartet featuring Mike Karn and Jerome Jennings

October 26 Measure – Langham Place, NYC

Alberto Pibiri -solo piano

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The month of October is Pasta Month and today is Noodle Day

Noodle Day longWhat is the difference between Pasta and Noodles you ask? There are two basic forms of pasta – macaroni and noodles. Macaroni products are made from semolina and water. Noodles are made from Durum flour (a more finely ground form of semolina), water and, by Federal regulation, egg solids. So, without the egg solids, a pasta product can’t be identified as a noodle.

The Klutz in the Kitchen has searched for the best noodle recipe, which will be posted on his page on our website later today, what has he found you ask? Well its Singapore-style Noodles that’s what, it’s a recipe by Phillippa Cheifitz and looks delightful, it simple and very quick prepare, tasty Asian flavours to start the week off. Buon Appetite and have fun in the kitchen.

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Rwanda: Kayayi Produces Fine Music From Poor Neighbourhood

By Moses Opobo

As a resident producer at Celebrity Music Studios in Gatsata, Jean-Blaise Kayayi’s typical day revolves around nurturing dreams of up-and-coming musicians. This however, comes with its own share of challenges, he told Moses Opobo.

Do you have a business name just like the artistes you produce?

Yes I do. As a producer, people know me as Jimmy Pro.

When and how did you start Celebrity Music Studio?

We opened it in 2008, in Gatsata, on Gatuna Road.

My uncle, Theoneste Rutayisire bought the studio equipment for me. He is a very experienced musician and I’m actually in studio working on his latest album. He does traditional music. Interestingly, he is not a music producer and up to now, he only sticks to singing.

Why a studio then?

He told me whenever he went to studios he was disappointed either by poor production or bad treatment. One day, he said enough is enough and started looking for information on how he could start a studio of his own. What gave him encouragement was when someone told him that he needed just a computer and software to start a basic studio.

How did you end up a producer?

Just like my uncle, I also liked singing and I’ve actually been singing before I switched to production. Like him, I also faced the problem of poor treatment in the studios that I visited, in that in some studios an upcoming artiste is treated like a child.

When my uncle bought a computer he called me and asked me to help him set up a studio. I went and saw the computer and software, but I knew nothing about music production!

I taught myself by memorizing what I had seen other producers do, and by watching some tutorials on YouTube.

By 2008, I had started doing some productions, but they were of low quality because I was still learning the basics and I did not have the right equipment and software. However, I learnt very fast because I loved it. I wanted something that would help me make my own music.

In production, everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. At Celebrity Music Studio, our mission statement is to help the young talent who do not have money to produce their music.

That is why we decided to build the studio in Gatsata, which is a poor neighbourhood. For such artistes, we try to find ways of helping them; we can record their music at a reduced price, or for those that are very talented, we give them a contract and sign them up.

Who are some of the artistes you’re working with?

Eric Mucyo, Engeneer Kibuza, Umutare Gabi, G-Battallion Crew, Lucky Joe, and Jeff Ataba, to mention but a few.

Any challenges?

The media prefers to focus attention on the big stars -musicians, while they ignore producers who work from behind the scenes to make stars. This makes it difficult for us to prove our abilities.

On the part of musicians, most young artistes face opposition from home regarding their choice of career, so they try to do it in secrecy. Parents have to understand that music is a serious business and a calling.

What’s your production style?

The first advice I give to all artistes who work with me is to not ask for auto-tune in their music, because it only ends in studio. No one can play auto-tune on stage. Auto-tune is not good for musicians because it’s not real. In music you’ve to be real and normal. You have to sing live on stage, in your natural voice.

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Uganda: Joe, Norman Brown Bring the House Down

By Felix Eupal

Nile Gold Jazz Safari 2014For the seventh year running, the  kept its consistency. It was back at the Kampala Serena hotel last Friday. Felix Eupal breaks down how it went on.

Opening:

Saxophonist Michael Kitanda

Saxophonist Michael Kitanda

Saxophonist Michael Kitanda has really had Kampala feeding out of his palm this year, and he was still the man that was chosen to curtain-rise. Together with guitarist Charmant Mashanga, they really warmed up the crowd.

Tizer band:

Assembled by Lao Tizer, these guys, who have travelled and played at various festivals, had many wondering what they had to offer, but they proved why they are sought after.

The band served an eclectic mix with spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 70s and early 80s heyday fusion. Band leader Loa Tizer provided a soft bed of keyboard melodies on which Cameroonian born Andre Manga just ‘killed’ everyone with his bass guitar possibilities.

Norman Brown

Norman Brown

Norman Brown:

You don’t get nominated for the Grammy in the best guitar category more than five times when you are not a top shot. Brown took the full house to a jazz safari with his guitar.

He had his music director Gail Johnson backing him up on the keyboard. And boy, he was a wonder! For moments he played, the crowd just shook their heads to the sounds. He usually does covers but this time decided to stay to his own songs.

That’s The Way Love Goes got the crowd on its feet. Surely, they needed more as they screamed for him to stay on stage.

Thomas JoeThomas Joe:

He was the reason why the tickets sold out despite being here for the second time. He walked on stage in a black tux to the cheers of mostly the ladies. It was 11:15pm and the party had just started. He opened with Stutter, Don’t Wanna Be A Player, and Ride With You before pausing to thank the fans and share his excitement.

The ladies couldn’t stop screaming as he did If I Was Your Man. He then took us back in time with Paint Your Picture before belting out hit after hit. He turned the heat up by moving into the crowd while doing a rendition of Night Nurse followed by On And On, Love Scene, and All The Things. He closed it with I Wanna Know – as the crowd was beaming with joy.

Glitches:

No show goes flawlessly. At times the sound got messed with lots of feedback. Then there was that moment when Club beer’s Shem Semambo struggled to get on the stage because Joe was taking Nile Gold while performing. Security tried to hold him back, but it was like he was possessed. Semambo please, next time save us; this is was not Unplugged!

Then, to my surprise, Joe wasn’t live. Yes, he tried to disguise by having a half band, but much of the work was done by the DJ. And that time when we had to wait for over 40 minutes as they set up for Joe wasn’t cool at all.

Organisation:

Usually Nile Gold has had a habit of first treating its guests to a cocktail before the event. However, that wasn’t the case this time round. Guests were receiving beer and water coupons, but what shocked everyone was that the bar was closed just after it was opened.

That is not what you expect when you part with Shs 180,000 for ordinary and Shs 300,000 for VIP.

Meanwhile, at the entrance, everyone had to get a wrist band. However, those who arrived late (at about 9:30pm) found they were over and had to wait for over 30 minutes as the organizers secured more wrist bands.

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Mad Hatter Day

Mad Hatter DayCelebrate Mad Hatter Day! The Mad Hatter is a famous character in Lewis Caroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Today is all about embracing his absurdity.

In 1986, a group of computer technicians in Boulder, Colorado celebrated the first Mad Hatter Day. They designated the holiday as a day of silliness and year after year it has grown in popularity. Mad Hatter Day is celebrated each year on October 6 because the Mad Hatter wears a top hat labeled “In this style 10/6” in the book’s illustrations. It is also six months from April Fools’ Day, the first silly holiday of the year.

Today, recognize the reality that is nonsense and the silliness that is sane. Grab a top hat and celebrate a very merry Mad Hatter Day!

October 6, 2014 is also World Habitat Day & National Noodle Day

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

This week is National Walk Your Dog Week & World Space Week & Fire Prevention Week

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – SUNDAY 5th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEA few wispy clouds around with muddy blue skies in Cape Town today but that makes no difference because there jazz galore on All Jazz Radio today. Choose your platform to Tune In to All Jazz Radio all day and every day, take us with you on the days journey and enjoy the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz online today. We have our first “Live” Sunday Show starting today from Ray Porter hat2pm C.A.T. Jazz buff and Presenter Ray Porter also known as “The Jazz Rep” and former UK/Europe Jazz Radio broadcaster has joined our global broadcast team and will be presenting his show Now and Then every Sunday from 2 to 4pm C,A,T. join him later today.

Either side of Rays program we still compile The Eclectic Mix until we fill the day with a few other new shows, which are in the works. We are very proud the All Jazz Radio has become a truly international online jazz radio station streaming from the City of Cape Town – The African Jazz Capital

We now have expert presenters based on 4 continents and 6 countries on the AJR Team roster making us what we believe to be the first global Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz online radio station. Keep spreading the news go LIKE the All Jazz Radio Facebook page and join the AJR Group, Follow us on Twitter @AllJazzRadioSA and also subscribe to the All Jazz Radio Website

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Today is Fluffernutter Day!

Marshmallow Cream Make your ownWhat is a Fluffernutter you ask? It is a yummy sandwich made with bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. It is now a classic American treat enjoyed in school cafeterias, college dorms, and local diners nationwide.

Fluffernutter open sarmieMarshmallow candy can be traced back to ancient Egypt when people first began to harvest the marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis). During the 19th century, French pharmacists extracted the juice from marshmallow plants and heated it with egg whites and sugar, creating a marshmallow cream.

Then, in 1917, Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts created the special formula for the marshmallow fluff we know and love today. The city of Somerville celebrates with the famous “What the Fluff” festival every year!

How will you celebrate Fluffernutter Day? Eating a Fluffernutter sandwich is a great way to start!

Fluffernutter Day sarmieThe Klutz in the Kitchen will be finding a recipe for the sweet treat, remember to have a kook on his page.

October 5 is also International World Teachers’ day, Sukkot and Global James Bond Day

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

This week is World Space Week & Fire Prevention Week

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Today’s None Jazz Birthdays:

Bob Geldof, born 1951, age: 63

Allen Ludden, born 1917, age: 97

Karen Allen, born 1951, age: 63

Donald Pleasence, born 1919, age: 95

Kate Winslet, born 1975, age: 39

Bernie Mac, born 1957, age: 57

Jesse Eisenberg, born 1983, age: 31

For OCTOBER Jazz Birthdays just click here

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Trivia of the day – Love Me Do

The Beatles released “Love Me Do” on this day 1962

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Drink of the day

The Vesper Martini seems like the right way to toast Global James Bond Day

Vesper Martini-

Vesper Martini-

According to Wikipedia, the Vesper or Vesper Martini is a cocktail that was originally made of gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet.

he drink was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in the 1953 novel Casino Royale.

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

“Oui, monsieur.”

“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

—Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, “Rouge et Noir’

Fleming continues with Bond telling the barman, after taking a long sip, “Excellent … but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better,” and then adds in an aside, “Mais n’enculons pas des mouches” (English: But let’s not bugger flies—a vulgar French expression meaning “let’s not split hairs”).

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Sean Hagon Named Chair of Professional Music at Berklee

Sean Hagon

Sean Hagon

Berklee has named Sean Hagon chair of the college’s Professional Music Department. Hagon, a Berklee alumnus and an accomplished educator, composer, and conductor with years of experience in the film, television, video game, and advertising industries, succeeds Kenn Brass, who served as chair of the department for 14 years. Hagon most recently served as director of Continuing Education at New England Conservatory from 2009 to 2014, where he taught courses in music technology, introduced online curriculum, and increased enrollment in certificate programs. Prior to his time at NEC, he was director of music at Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, where he directed jazz and chamber music ensembles, and launched the school’s first music technology lab.

He has composed music for Fox Sports Net New England, PBS, the History Channel, and other major TV networks. He recently scored the German independent film Cibe and is currently writing his next score for the film Luminosity. He also serves as creative director for Sound Advice, a company that produces radio jingles.

Born and raised in Centerville, MA, Hagon plays trumpet, violin, piano, and sings. In the early 90s, he played in the Boston-based rock group Last Cry, whose song “In the Name of Love” charted on Billboard.

Hagon has a degree in professional music from Berklee College of Music, where he focused on music technology, education, and composition. He also received a diploma in media composition from the London School of Creative Studies, where he studied with noted composer and orchestrator Charles Fernandez (Band of Brothers, 101 Dalmatians). He also received a master’s degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Berklee’s professional music major provides students with the opportunity to blaze their own path, and synthesize a variety of skills ranging from performance and songwriting to production and business. Focusing on the entrepreneurial aspect of a professional music career, students work closely with an advisor to achieve individual goals through intensive curricular planning.

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The New York Klezmer Series

The New York Klezmer Series

The New York Klezmer Series

New York Klezmer Series announces Fall 2014 Lineup! Opening Concert: The Tarras Band – A Klezmer Supergroup, with Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, Jim Guttman & David Licht. Oct. 7, 2014 7:30pm Concert, 5:30pm workshop, 9pm Jam session. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue 30 W. 68th St., NY NY 10023.

*NY Klezmer Series’ Klezmer Heritage Program is supported in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The New York Klezmer Series (NYKS) has been presenting Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance in New York City since 2010. Originally The East Village Klezmer Series, we moved to a new home in the Upper West Side – at the historic Stephen Wise Free Synagogue – beginning in February 2013. We present concerts, music and dance workshops, and open klezmer jam sessions in an intimate and beautiful setting. Founded by Rabbi Greg Wall and Artistic Director Aaron Alexander, and inspired by the week-long Yiddish Culture events, Klez Kamp, and Klez Kanada, the NYKS aspires to present the music in a respectful setting and allow the artists freedom to present their vision. The series consistently presents world class artists in an intimate setting, in addition to providing education and a place for all to come and participate in this wonderful and often neglected part of Jewish and American Culture.

Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe – (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions. Hasidic nigunim (wordless melodies), Yiddish theater music and Yiddish folk song are all related and will be represented at the series.

Tantsheiser (Dance Parties): Once a month we present, along with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), a Tantshoyz – Yiddish dance party, with a Yiddish Dance specialist, and a professional dance band. Past dance leaders have included Michael Alpert, Steve Weintraub, Zev Feldman, Avia Moore, and Deborah Strauss.

We have a Klezmer Instrumental Workshop every Tuesday that we have a concert, often led by the concert artists of the day, or by Artistic Director Aaron Alexander. This workshop has already been running for over three years and has a devoted following. We work on repertoire, style, form, ornamentation, groove and more. Usually the participants have an opportunity to play the current pieces at the jam session after the concert.

The Fall 2014 Series includes: The Tarras Band, Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell duo, Sy Kushner, Deborah Strauss Trio Figelin, Psoy Korolenko, Binyomin Ginzberg’s Mitzva Tanz, Jordan Hirsch’s Overnight Kugel, dance leaders Steve Weintraub & Avia Moore, Dave Levitt Trio, Montreal’s Shtreiml, and more!

Past concert artists have included: Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Pete Sokolow’s “Klezmer Plus Trio”, Susan Leviton, Isaac Sadigursky, German Goldenshteyn Tribute Band w/Alex Kontorovich, Inna Barmash’s “Hindele”, Brian Glassman’s “Klezmer/Jazz Alliance”, Ichka & Siach HaSadeh from Montreal, Alicia Svigals, Patrick Farrell, Elaine and Susan Hoffman-Watts, Michael Winograd Trio, Levitt Legacy Band, Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Jake Shulman-Ment, Margot Leverett & Klezmer Mountain Boys, Eve Sicular’s “Metropolitan Klezmer”, Christian Dawid, Zev Zions, Arkady Goldenshteyn, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Lisa n Sruli Family Band, Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh, Dmitri Slepovitch’s “Litvakus”, Levitt Legacy Band, Rubin, Rushefsky, Greenman Trio (R2G), Lorin Sklamberg, Klezmerfest with Greg Wall, Ezekiel’s Wheels (from Boston), Yiddish Chanteuse Eleanor Reissa & band, Roger Davidson and Frank London, Mike Cohen Band, Breslev Bar Band, Jake Shulman-Ment, Zev Feldman, Steve Weintraub, and Avia Moore.and many others.

All Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow

Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 5:30-7pm $25 per class,

*Oct 7th – Opening Night of the Fall Series: The Tarras Band! 4541373

with Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, Jim Guttman & David Licht – A Klezmer Supergroup

Oct. 14 – The Ben Holmes-Patrick Farrell Duo

*Oct. 21 – Sy Kushner Ensemble, w/Marty Confurius, Jeremy Brown, Aaron Kushner & Aaron Alexander

*Oct. 28 – Deborah Strauss Fiddle Trio: North German and Yiddish Folk Music for Violins and Voices

Nov. 4 – CTMD Tantshoyz – Yiddish Dance Party! Dance leading by Avia Moore, w/music by Franzi Seehausen and Friends

Nov. 11 Mitzva Tanz! with Binyomin Ginzberg, Boris Corchesko, Avi Fox-Rosen & Ari Folman

Nov. 18 – Psoy Korolenko – KlezBard Cabaret

Nov. 25 – Aaron Alexander & Friends

*Dec. 2 The Dave Levitt Trio, featuring Mike Cohen and Christina Crowder

Dec. 9 – CTMD Tantshoyz – Yiddish Dance Party. Dance leading by Steven Weintraub, w/Music led by Jordan Hirsch’s Overnight Kugel

Dec. 16 From Montreal – Shtreiml w/Jason Rosenblatt. Big Khanike Party Blowout!

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Boney James: The Beat Goes On By Belinda Ware from All About Jazz Published: October 4, 2014

Boney James- The Beat Goes On

Boney James- The Beat Goes On

“Music is such a personal thing. When I am making a record, I want to make sure that I am feeling it.”

Saxophonist Boney James is a prolific musician and songwriter gifted with an ear for creating music inspired by artistic expressionism. As an architect of original songs, James is an intellectual man of modest demeanor who has established himself as a musical pioneer in his intuitive discovery of the formula for longevity in his mellifluous career spanning three decades. At the root of his professional success is his meditative passion for exploring uncharted paths as a songwriter and interpreter of songs. As an instrumental artist, James is driven by his personal joy and curiosity to explore and discover new inventive aesthetics to creating sound in the key of jazz.

At the core of his personal perspective, James is a renaissance man motivated by a simple melody or a catchy hook brewing inside his inner being. In the spirit of pure innovation, James manages to keep the saxophone front and center as a veritable lead vocalist of melodic expression in the ever evolving world of contemporary jazz.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – SATURDAY 4th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEA really fine day in Cape Town and a really fine day to tune into All Jazz Radio on any of your mobile devices. The day starts with The No Name Brand Show showcasing contemporary smooth jazz until 2pm C.A.T. The will be no ‘Live” Cooking Jazz today due it being Yom Kippur and Yaacov has taken a day, so we will be compiling a program of great music today. The Acid Robot Jame Kibby will be in to present his show, The Kibby Factor from 4pm C.A.T. before our regular re-broadcast programming kicks in. Tell one and tell all to tune in on our website

Ray Porter

Ray Porter

BTW don’t forget on new show on Sunday from 2 to 4pm C.A.T. hosted from London, by The Jazz Rep, Ray Porter

 

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OCTOBER Halloween LogoOctober is a busy month I know theres Halloween  and so many exciting daily celebrations and now we’ve also go to seat with early Christmas stuff. With so many preparing for the summer . Already I see the supermarket’s are putting out their Christmas trinkets, ornament’s and other goodies, jeez enough already we know that the time is coming but please do it hlf wat though November. I’m already sick of Christmas.

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Today for food lovers is Taco Day, That little traditional Mexican dish made with chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood has crept into the hearts of so many in the global village, we’ve just got to celebrate the day.

healthy-double-decker-tacos-copy-cat-taco-bell-at-home-recipe-at-the-tasty-fork1The Klutz in the Kitchen is frantically scrambling around the Internet looking for the perfect recipe to share, check out his page on our website later. It is also Vodka Day, what a mix, Mexican for lunch and Vodka to wash it down, careful though if driving, don’t over do it. NOSTROVIA!

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Clifton Duncan Davis is an American actor, songwriter, singer, and minister

Clifton Duncan Davis at the piano

Clifton Duncan Davis at the piano

Wrote Never Can Say Goodbye, Lookin’ Through the Windows, and several other hit songs for The Jackson Five. He wrote a piece for Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul in which he described suffering through racism. He starred in the 1970s TV show That’s My Mama as the barber and played Rev. Reuben Gregory in the hit TV Series Amen from 1986 to 91. He married Monica Durant in 2000.He played Cornelius in the Broadway version of Hello, Dolly!, who was portrayed by Michael Crawford in the film.

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Jam Cruise Announces Jazz Lounge & Special Sets

jazzlounge Jam Cruise 13 headerJam Cruise 13 will feature the inauguration of the Jam Cruise Jazz Lounge in which hosts will present jazz-oriented improv in the Golden Jazz Bar aboard the MSC Divina. The Jazz Lounge comes in addition to one of the event’s signature features – the Jam Room.

Today, Jam Cruise organizers have announced the hosts for the inaugural Jazz Lounge sessions. John Scofield, Snarky Puppy, Karl Denson, Grant Green Jr. and Kim Dawson have been enlisted to host the nightly sessions in the Golden Jazz Bar.In other Jam Cruise 13 news, Bass Mafia featuring David Murphy and Marc Brownstein will perform a special set aboard the boat as will Magic Gravy, a band made up of Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz of ALO and Dave Watts & Garrett Sayers of The Motet. Furthermore, Jam Cruise organizers have announced “Party Animal” will be one of the trip’s Theme Nights joining the previously-announced “Metallic Night.”Jam Cruise 13 features an impressive array of jam scene favorites including Umphrey’s McGee, Pretty Lights with his live band, The Word, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, The Revivalists and many more. The MSC Divina departs The Port Of Miami on January 6 and will stop in Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to Miami on January 11. For more details and for booking information, head to Jamcruise.com.

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Talkin’ jazz with New Havena s Jesse Hameen

 

Jesse Hameen

Jesse Hameen

He’s played professionally since the age of 10, and has been chair of the Jazz and Rock Studies Department at the Neighborhood Music School for the past sixteen years. ” was born and bred in the United States. Read the full Story here

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The Last Internationale tours with Robert Plant, makes stop in Los Angeles

Last International

Last International

A musician works hard, practices hard and does her homework — at least that’s what Delila Paz has done as the lead singer of The Last Internationale.

The New York band opens for Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters on its tour, which makes a stop at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Read more here

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Joe Wilder On Piano Jazz

Joe Wilder

Joe Wilder

This episode of Piano Jazz is in memory of trumpeter Joe Wilder (Feb. 22, 1922 – May 9, 2014). Wilder had his first professional gig at age 19 and went on to play with some of the most popular big band orchestras of the day.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 3rd October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEI’ve  got to say, I maybe putting a kybosh on the weekend ahead, but it is another truly beautiful start to the day, glorious sunshine and cloudless sky, the Mother City of Cape Town shows her true colours again today.

The broadcast day starts with Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club on All Jazz Radio at 10am C.A.T with the usual mix of great new jazz cd’s, but we will also be chatting to wonderful Cape Town Jazz vocalist Emily Bruce VocalistEmily Bruce and will find out what she’s been up to and what we can look forward to from her over the coming months. At 1pm Central African Time the EuroJazz Frontier with London based host Peter Slavid presents a show during which he showcases some of the more creative British and European jazz available today. Rudy Nadler-Nir then gets behind the mic and will take one on an exciting musical journey starting at 2pm C.A.T. Join him for the his regular program, Latin Side.

Kolade Arogundade

Kolade Arogundade

Exciting time at 4pm today because its Friday Faaji one of the two new show that starts this weekend. Hosted by expat Nigerian professor at University of Cape Town, Kolade Arogundade. The show will be focused on the various jazz styling’s of Africa, and will showcase some musicians one may not yet have heard on radio stations in the global village, join Kolade for two hours of exciting discovery. If one missed the previous day’s programs our re-broadcast schedule kicks off from 6pm so one won’t miss a note of the music.

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October is Pork Month and today is Carmel Custard (Crème Caramel) Day

pork month celebrateDid you know pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world, accounting for about 38 percent of meat production worldwide, although consumption varies widely from place to place. Despite religious restrictions on the consumption of pork and the prominence of beef production in the West, pork consumption has been rising for thirty years, both in actual terms and in terms of meat-market share.

CREME CARAMEL

CREME CARAMEL

The Klutz in the Kitchen won’t be presenting a pork dish until Roast Pork Day later in the month so he’s finding the perfect recipe for a Crème Caramel to celebrate the day in sweet style, check the recipe on The Klutz in the Kitchen’s page on our website for a decedent Rooibos Crème Caramel & Toffee Apple treat.

October 3, 2014 is also Diversity Day & Yom Kippur

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

This week is National Walk Your Dog Week

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Tune Me WhatTune Me What – Caravan of Sound By Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus

Lloyd Ross

Lloyd Ross

There was an urban legend going around in the South African musical fraternity that Lloyd Ross, the founder of Shifty records, had managed to fund his alternative record label with the money he earned writing the theme music to the popular Afrikaans TV drama series ‘Vyfster’.

Koos KIombuis

Koos KIombuis

It’s a great story, but alas not entirely true, as he tells Koos Kombuis in an interview for the SA edition of Rolling Stone magazine:

I did indeed write ‘Vyfster’. But no, I had to make a helluva lot more money than that to lose while I recorded and released Shifty records part-time. I worked in the film industry for that money. And later the Swedes gave enough money so that I could lose it for a couple of years full-time.

Regardless, the story of Shifty Records is fascinating and as Tune Me What joins other fans of the label in celebrating ‘Shifty September’ – marking 30 years since the label was founded – we end our trilogy of Shifty-themed shows joined in our ‘virtual studio’ by Lloyd Ross himself.

The conversation is punctuated with some of the key records from Shifty’s

Sankomota

Sankomota

history, from their first LP by Sankomota to their final releases with Van der Want/Letcher.

There’s a huge variety for such a small label too; we hear the a cappella singing of the FOSATU Worker’s Choir to the electronic experiment of the Kalahari Surfers.

Most of all, we hear from Lloyd Ross as he talks about Shifty’s mission to challenge the old regime, their battle with censorship, their role in the new South Africa and why eventually they had to call it a day, leaving the rich musical legacy we’re celebrating 30 years later.

Also mentioned in the programme is Michael Drewett’s documentary about Roger Lucey, which is well worth watching. Also, read Roger’s book!

Tune Me What? is a podcast and blog by Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus that highlights South African music and artists at home and around the world. For more information, visit tunemewhat.com or facebook.com/TuneMeWhat.

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Joe Ready to Serve ‘Gold’ At Jazz Safari By Felix Eupal

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

It is regarded as the biggest jazz concert in the country. It happens once every year and has been doing so since 2008.

It is the Nile Gold Jazz Safari and this year’s edition will be going down this Friday evening at Serena hotel’s Victoria hall. Last year, it was Keith Sweat rocking the stage and this year it is American R&B singer Joe Thomas – popularly known as Joe – and the Tizer band going on stage. Joe, alongside the band, flew in on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday the organizers held a press briefing to share their thoughts about the concert.

Going by the lineup and their promise of a ‘gold’ concert that will awe Kampala, one is left with just one option; dress up and wait to be blown away. Joe held a concert in Kampala way back in 2008 and the seven-time Grammy award-nominated singer, with a new album up his sleeve, says: “I will be doing a bit of everything from the old favourites like ‘Don’t Wanna Be A Player'”.

Another performer will be Norman Brown, an award-winning guitarist in the best pop instrumental category. Starting his guitar playing career at age eight, Brown told The Observer, “I will be doing some covers, but mostly I want the fans to have the best; so, most focus will be on the originals.”

Then there is the Tizer comprised of five people: Lao Tizer, Steve Nieves, Raul Pineda, Chieli Minnuci and Andre Manga. They have performed at Java Jazz festival in Jakarta, Joy Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, Dubai Jazz festival, and Barbados Jazz festival, among others.

Silk Events are in charge of the production and have promised to outdo themselves. The artistes had a music test and rehearsal session yesterday to ensure there would be no sound glitches. This year’s concert campaign was dubbed ‘Crack the Code’ in which people had the chance to open a safe once they bought Nile Gold from selected outlets.

Twenty-one lucky people won tickets to the show plus the chance to meet the artistes up close at the ‘Meet and Greet’, invite-only, party that was hosted at Guvnor. Just like last year, part of the proceeds will go towards supporting the cancer ward at Nsambya hospital. So, it isn’t just about music, but also partying for a good cause.

Tickets have been going for Shs 180,000, and sorry for those who haven’t got theirs as yet; they are already sold out.

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Seun Kuti At Dimajazz 2014 – Anthem for Africa

Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti

Constantine, Algeria — Nigerian singer and saxophonist Seun Kuti gave Thursday, in Constantine (431-km east of Algiers), a concert, an anthem for Africa and its youth, as part of the International Jazz Festival.

Son of famous musician Fela Kuti, founder of afrobeat music, Seun took the audience on a trip to Lagos, with African percussion sounds and his performance of songs from his latest album “Long Way to Beginning.”

Seun Kuti, conducting the group Egypt 80, created by his father, played saxophone before signing “Black women,” a song that praises African beauty and deals with the return to the roots.

He also singed “Higher Consciousness,” which contains messages to the young calling them to “reinvent” Africa.

Perpetuating Afrobeat tradition, the singer performs “Ohun Aiye,” a song that tackles Africa and its ills, urging for change.

Speaking at the end of the show, Seun stressed that for him, politics and music “are one and the same.”

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – THURSDAY 2nd October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEGorgeous day in the City of Cape Town – The African Jazz Capital already done a load of washing but not looking forward to the ironing, later for that, nuff said. Today on All Jazz Radio the streaming day starts at 10pm C.A.T. with the Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club and will showcase some of the latest and finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz that the global village has to offer. At 13:00 it’s Todd’s Turntable hosted by the affable Todd Gordon a versatile jazz vocalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Todd will be showcasing some of the finest vocal jazz talent today, join him at 1pm C.A.T. The 100% South African Jazz-E Show then hits the streaming waves with Etienne Shardlow behind the mic. Etienne takes great pride in sharing the finest jazz from South Africa and shares his extensive knowledge with all who tune in from 2pm C.A.T. It’s Bluesday this day when our resident bluesologist/rockspurt Brian Currin presents his show Vagabond Blues from 4pm C.A.T. showcasing his favourite music. Join us for a great music day on All Jazz Radio, all day. Don’t forget that if a program is missed one can follow our re-broadcast schedule so you won’t miss a not of the music.

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Klutz in the Kitchen ConfessionsGot to love October neh? The Klutz in the Kitchen is ecstatic because of the unlimited possibilities for cooking great simple easy good food. You see it’s Chili Month, Dessert Month, National Pasta Month, Popcorn Poppin’ Month, Cookie Month, Apple Month & Vegetarian Awareness Month. It’s also Seafood Month when we celebrate the love of seafood by cooking up some of our favourite seafood dishes. It’s a time to celebrate the ocean and all it has to offer.

French-Fried Scallops Day logo.Today is Fried Scallops Day! Yes indeed it is, and I only had my first scallop dish in London way back in 2007 and I don’t know why I had never had scallops before, but I’ve made up for it since then. The Klutz in the Kitchen has found a fine recipe to celebrate Fried Scallops Day today, check it out on The Klutz in the Kitchens page on our website. What is a scallop you ask, its a type of marine mollusc in the Pectindae family. Scallops are typically two to five inches in size and can swim by rapidly opening and closing their shells. The muscle used for this activity is the only part of the animal that we eat.

French-Fried Scallopscut.Scallops are a highly prized seafood delicacy, known for their delectable taste and the variety of ways in which they can be prepared. In Japan, for example, scallops are served in soups or prepared as sushi. In Western cultures, scallops are usually breaded, deep-fried, or sautéed in butter. To celebrate Fried Scallop Day, enjoy some delicious fried scallops from your local seafood restaurant. Bon appétit!

It’s also World Farm Animals and Caretaker/Custodial/Janitorial Workers Day. This week is National Walk Your Dog Week.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness, Roller Skating & Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

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How To Stabilize Your Music Income & Making Recurring Money From Music…

The methods here really do work, yet many don’t use them as they feel they’ll be too hard. But they’re not. Give it a try and you’ll see good results. 🙂

How A Membership Site Can Bring In Consistent Income For Musicians And Music Companies

Here’s an additional featured guide which you’ll probably find useful:

4 Types Of Music Industry Links Which Can’t Help You In Any Way

Trying to get the above people to listen to and promote your music is a waste of both of your time.

Part 2 of Monday’s popular guide on building a sustainable income in music is up now:

How To Make A Membership Websites For Musicians And Music Industry Professionals

If you want a more consistent income from your music, this guide is a must read. 🙂

Full Access Guide Of The Day:

Are you also a Full Access Member? If so, here’s another featured guide you might not have seen:

6 Steps To More Newsletter Subscribers For Musicians!

If you’ve been reading Music industry How To for a while, you’ll know that mailing lists are often the most profitable way of communicating with fans. And more subscribers = more interaction and income. Nice.

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Music Industry How To.

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Hers an interesting fund raising idea

http://www.nojc.org/nickelNickel Flyer 2014 FALL

 

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Tony Bennett sets mark as oldest act with No 1 album

NEW YORK (AP) – Even at age 88, Tony Bennett is still reaching No. 1 on the charts.

Tony Bennett sets mark as oldest act with No. 1 LP

Singer Tony Bennett poses at the 20th anniversary screening of “A Bronx Tale” in New York. The 88-year-old singer has another record for oldest performer with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 for “Cheek to Cheek,” his jazz duets collaboration with Lady Gaga. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The singer is once again the oldest performer with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 for “Cheek to Cheek,” his jazz duets collaboration with Lady Gaga.

“Cheek to Cheek” sold more than 131,000 copies since its release last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, edging ahead of new albums by Kenny Chesney and Barbra Streisand. The placement gives Bennett his second No. 1 overall and Gaga her third consecutive No. 1 album.

Click here to read the full story

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An Album for Each Year of Tuku’s Life

Oliver MtukudziAt 62 legendary muso, Oliver Mtukudzi is set to release his 62nd album titled “Mukombe wemvura” at the Harare International Conference Centre on Saturday. His latest birth compromises of a 10 track album, mostly inspired by life lessons he learned through the years. “Mukombe wemvura” means a calabash of water, his 9th track on his latest release “Munhikwi” inspired the title of his album.

Read full story here

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Angolan Music Records Qualitative and Quantitative Growth – UNAC Official

Luanda — The secretary Genersal of the National Union of Artists and Composers (UNAC), Belmiro Carlos, said on Monday in Luanda that the Angolan music recorded a qualitative and quantitative growth.

Speaking to Angop, the official said that this growth resulted from the investment of the youths that have been availing to the consumers, products with more and more quality required at the national and international market.

He said that the musicians have now levels of performance that can be appreciated any part of the world, emphasizing that the Angolan music is in good health.

Regarding the introduction in the Angolan music of new musical instruments of modern technology, Belmiro Carlos advised not to put aside the technological development of humanity on behalf of the defence of endogenous cultural values.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – WEDNESDAY 1ST October 2014

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October sees the start of the final quarter of the year, where has the year gone? I mean I walked into Pick n Pay the other day and they’ve already started packing out the Christmas decorations and some other goodies. Remember the 1st of October is an important day because of two celebrations. It’s the International Day of Older Persons, which is recognized by the UN and World Vegetarian Day, no I’m not a vegetarian and like many don’t really enjoy too many vege’s, but I don’t begrudge vegie folks following their lifestyle choice, enjoy the day if you are a vegetable lover. Jeez, Christmas merchandising already, blerry hell!

October is also Pork Month; Pasta Month; Sausage Month; Seafood Month; Country Ham Month; Chili Month; Spinach Lovers Month and Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month now there is no excuse not to get into the kitchen to practice for that great Christmas/New years eat fest because it’s your turn to have the family over the annual celebrations of goodwill. The Klutz in the Kitchen is over the moon about this so watch out for the incredible recipes to come.

Here’s a bit about October which is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin “octo” meaning “eight”) when January and February were added.

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Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe

Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe

Jazz Rendezvous leads off the live streaming day fro 10am Central African time, the at 12pm C.A.T. it’s Latin Perspective with our man Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe then gets behind the mic in our Cape Town Studio to present the Midweek Jazz Melange. At 4pm C.A.T. our regular compiled program, The Sundown Show hits the streaming waves with a broad mix of genre style of jazz.

NEW SHOW

We add another now program to our schedule, Now & Then with genial host Ray Porter will be flighted

Ray Porter

Ray Porter

every Sunday from 2 to 4pm Central African Time.

Here’s something about Ray;

He hosts a weekly jazz show and choses recordings from the five and a half thousand albums he have collected over the years. The web address for the All Jazz Radio is www.alljazzradio.co.za just click on the Listen Here link. There is no greater pleasure when you have something wonderful, than sharing it. He did about five years as a DJ on a station called Jazz Syndicate Radio, doing two shows a week, both two hours long. My other interests are classic cars and martial arts. Ray studied Shotokan Karate and a traditional weapons system up to black belt. His classic car is a 1949 Triumph Roadster 2000, which was used in the TV series Bergerac. Ray’s love of jazz goes back a long way. In the early sixties he would go to Ronnie Scotts old club and see people like Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey, Jimmy Deuchar, Peter King and Bobby Wellins as well as all the great American musicians Ronnie brought over to England. He would go to another London called venue, The Marquee to see the great Joe Harriott’s Quintet. Included in the line up was a horn player called Shake Keane, who was so very good, on bass was Coleridge Goode and piano Pat Smythe. It was a superb band. Any way after we left the Marquee we would make our way to Scotts for Saturdays all night jazz session. You would get a lot of musicians and singers in London for other reasons and they would join in and have a jam on the all night session, even though they had no permit. You then found yourself wandering the streets of Soho, at 5am looking for a coffee till the trains started running, which was 7.30 on a Sunday morning. With a head full of the wonderment from the jazz music that had infused itself in your brain, the world seems good. So that is how it began and I have been enjoying the ride ever since

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Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar4The Klutz in the Kitchen is truly inspired this month just look at the choices of main ingredients for recipes and has decided that the humble Chilli will be the hero of todays recipe Chili con Carne. See the recipe on the Klutzes page on our website, It’s gonna be yummolicious.

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Wheelworks: Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra

Tuesday October 14, 2014 / 8:00 p.m. Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115, United States

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra

Darrell Katz will lead the 20 piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra in a program including his improvisational cantata, “Wheelworks,” due out on a Leo Records release Why Do You Ride, featuring vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton. Also on the bill will be a new composition honouring recently retired Berklee faculty member Phil Wilson, featuring faculty members Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin and Vessela Stoyanova on marimba. Katz and the JCA Orchestra have been presenting new music in the Boston area since 1985.

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8 Essential Jazz Piano Albums Some Great Piano Records In Jazz

By Michael Verity

Herein lies pretty much everything you need to know about jazz piano, from Jelly Roll to Duke to Count to Monk.

1. Jelly Roll Morton – Library Of Congress Recordings

There are a number of collections on the market that highlight Jelly Roll Morton’s innovative brilliance as both a soloist (The Pearls) and a bandleader (Jelly Roll Morton 1923-1924) but this record of both music and interviews is a true gem.

Recorded by Alan Lomax on an acetate recorder in Spring of 1938, just a few years before Morton died, it is a “virtual history of the birth pangs of jazz as it happened in the New Orleans of the turn of the century,” according to Richard Cook and Brian Morton.

It also shines a spotlight on the boldly lyrical approach to the piano that since influenced everyone from Art Tatum to Diana KrallMore »

2. Art Tatum – The Best Of Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces

For those inclined to dive into the “deep end,” Art Tatum’s The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces is a great place to make the leap. For those wishing a little more compact taste of what Tatum brought to the keyboard, this “best of” compilation is a worthwhile entry point.

The sheer speed and fluidity Tatum shows on tunes like “Too Marvelous For Words”  and “I’ve Got The World On A String” explain why he was a master. Better to simply listen to this record than read about it. It’s impact is self-evident. More »

3. Count Basie – The Complete Atomic Basie

There are a number of fine collections available that highlight the genius of William James “Count” Basie. But, as Richard Cook and Brian Morton wrote in the third edition of The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, this “might be the last great Basie record.”

Recorded October 1957 with Thad Lewis, Frank Wess and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis in the horn section and the combination of Eddie Jones and Sonny Payne anchoring the rhythm section, this record defines the late Big band era as well any record of its time. “The Kid From Red Bank” features Basie at his swingingest while Jones brings a subtle brand of cool to “Duet.”

Neal Hefti’s arrangements throughout are pitch perfect and Davis’ explosions from time-to-time prevent the record from lapsing into lounge lizard doldrums. A brilliant record through and through. More »

4. Duke Ellington – Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band

The humongous collection that spans Duke Ellington‘s recordings with Columbia is wonderful, of course, as are his sessions with Coltrane and his many “suite” recordings; but, song for song, dollar for dollar, there’s no better set than this.

Along with the contributions of Jimmy Blanton on bass and Ben Webster on sax, this record also includes greats like Barney Bigard Johnny Hodges and Billy Strayhorn.

To know jazz, you need to know Ellington. Here’s the place to start. More »

5. Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

Once it was invented (largely by Jelly Roll Morton), refined (by Art Tatum) and carried to the bandstand (by Basie and Ellington), jazz piano then arrived at the dawn of bebop.

Bud Powell was one of the keystones of the transition from big band to bop and this record defines that evolution, with his incendiary playing and it’s fascinating rhythmic and harmonic language.

It’s no small note that the band that accompanied Powell (Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes) may be the single most potent quartet of jazz players in the history of the genre. More »

6. Bill Evans – The Complete Riverside Recordings

Bill Evans changed the face of jazz piano an immeasurable way, a sensitive and gentle man whose melodic sensitives were so acute it was as if he were wearing his heart on his sleeve with every note.

He made so many cornerstone recordings for Riverside between 1956 and 1963 it’s difficult to choose one. So why not have them all? Everybody Digs Bill Evans. Live At The Village Vanguard. Waltz For Debby.

They’re all there so dig in and experience the beauty. More »

7. Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert

The story behind this 60-minute concert recording is fairly magnificent. It was promoted by a 17-year old, marked the first jazz concert at the Koln Opera House, was executed at 11:30PM in the evening (at a ticket price of $1.72 US) and was performed on a substandard piano by an player who was in substantial pain due to a back injury.

Even so, Jarrett’s solo expeditions, sometimes over a pair of alternating chords in his left hand, a brilliantly bombastic and often full of brute force and energy. More »

8. Thelonious Monk – Genius Of Modern Music, Volume 1

Brilliant player that he was, Monk’s greatest contribution to jazz was as a composer and here, with this set on Blue Note recorded in 1947 and ‘48, is where it all started. From the infectious swing of “Humph” to the jagged melody of “Who Knows,” Monk followed Bud Powell as the greatest of the bandstand to bop innovators. More »

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Abdullah Ibrahim set for four UK dates

Abdullah Ibrahim tours the UK for four nights this November, including a set at the EFG London Jazz Festival with his septet Ekaya

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, once described in the Guardian as “a laid-back South African reincarnation of Thelonious Monk”, plays four English dates shortly after his 80th birthday on 9 October.

He appears both with his new trio (Cleave Guyton, reeds and Noah Jackson, cello) and his township-jazz septet Ekaya at London Royal Festival Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival (15 November) before going on to Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden (trio, 16), Sage Gateshead (solo, 19) and Leeds Howard Assembly Room (solo, 20).

Tickets and more detail from serious.org.uk/abdullahibrahim

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Jazzers campaign for pensions

Leading American players have united to seek fair pay and retirement security for jazz musicians working in New York

Jazzers campaign for pensions Justice for Jazz ArtistsThe archetype of the jazzman as the heroic individualist living on the edge of society was dented last week when at a hearing in New York on 17 September, members of the Justice for Jazz Artists Campaign testified in support of improving the working lives of New York’s jazz musicians with fair pay, healthcare benefits and contributions towards pensions.

The campaign, which has been running since 2011, seeks to establish legislation that ensures jazz musicians who play New York’s clubs have fair workplace benefits and aren’t forced to retire in poverty. 

Musicians in support of the campaign include Harry Belafonte, Christian McBride, Bob Cranshaw and Bill Frisell, with testimony at the recent hearing delivered by Jimmy Owens, Gene Perla and Keisha St. Joan, among many others.

Cranshaw, once bassist for Sonny Rollins, said: “I have seen countless musicians in crisis, people who were highly respected, incredibly talented people but who failed to prepare for their retirement due to a lack of benefits available to them. And that is still the case today.” Vanguard Jazz Orchestra leader John Mosca added his support: “This plan would help a lot of people who work at the Vanguard and other jazz clubs, and the jazz musicians that sorely need it.”

For those jazz musicians who work at New York’s clubs, there has appeared to be a disparity for many years when it comes to benefits and pensions compared with those who play on Broadway and in symphony orchestras, who are protected by union contracts. Justice for Jazz Artists, which aims to pass Resolution 207 A, hopes that by working with NYC’s jazz clubs they can ensure jazz musicians receive fair pay, pension contributions, protection of their recording rights and a fair grievance process.

New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer remarked: “Currently, there are hundreds of jazz artists struggling to make a living while performing one of our nation’s greatest art forms. By passing this resolution we aim to work with New York’s jazz venues to give the Justice for Jazz Campaign the momentum it needs to improve the lives of countless musicians.”

Currently over 7,000 have signed a petition in support of the campaign. You can find out more and sign the petition at justiceforjazzartists.org and also see regular updates about the campaign on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Kate Glicksberg

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 biglogoThis year’s EFG London Jazz Festival is just around the corner, with more acts being regularly added to the jam-packed roster

With the summer jazz festival season over, anticipation is growing for London’s annual winter jazz celebration, the EFG London Jazz Festival, with more acts being regularly added to the line-up.

Reflecting one strand focusing on piano-led jazz from Europe, in July Swiss trio Rusconi and Belgian pianist Jef Neve were confirmed to appear, along with a duet from pianists Alexander Hawkins and Marcin Masecki, who will be performing together for the first time.

Other names include veteran saxophonist Charles Lloyd, a tribute to Wayne Shorter from Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, and bassist Henri Texier with his Hope Quartet. Large-scale concerts were also confirmed from Nikki Iles with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band, Phil Meadows

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

with his new Engines Orchestra, Robert Mitchell (pictured) with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and a centenary celebration of the life of bassist Coleridge Coode led by Gary Cosby.

These acts joined an extensive list of those already announced, which includes Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper + Jason Moran, Dave Holland, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kris Bowers, Ibrahim Maalouf, John McLaughlin, Dedication Orchestra, Chucho Valdés, John Surman, Kenny Barron, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Dan Berglund, Regina Carter, Leszek Możdżer, Jane Monheit, Vinicio Capossela, The Bad Plus, The Hot Sardines, Sam Amidon, Snarky Puppy, Stefano Bollani + Hamilton de Holanda, Tomasz Stanko, Trish Clowes and Zara McFarlane.

The festival runs from 14 to 23 November 2014 at various venues across the city, with tickets for all acts available to book online at efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk, where you can also join the mailing list to be kept up to date with all the latest announcements.

Sally Evans-Darby

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – TUESDAY 30th September 2014

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Cloudy day in Cape Town, hey! That sounds like a great song title don’t you think? Who would like to create a song/tune around the title Go for it songwriters and tunesmiths an when done please send the finished product to us for inclusion on our playlist rotation. Looking forward to hearing what is to come.

We start the music day with 2 hours of an eclectic mix of newly released jazz albums during the Jazz Rendezvous, during which we speak to London Lazz Small Long LogoLondon Jazz News editor Sebastian Scotney from 10am C.A.T. At 12pm Titilayo Adedokun is behind the mic and will be play the songs she loves best during The J. B. F. Show. From 2pm it’s the Jazz E Show with self confessed SAFRO Jazz nut Etienne Shardlow who will present his show of 2 hours of100% South African Jazz. $pm Central African Time sees our compiled program The Much, Much More Music Show hitting the streaming waves till 6pm When our re-broadcast scheduled programming takes over, all in all a great excuse to stay tune to All Jazz Radio, all day.

This is final day of September and it is Pumpkin Day; Mud Pack Day; Chewing Gum Day; Mulled Cider Day. it is also Independence Day in Botswana (1966) and International Translation Day, introduced in 1991 by International Federation of Translators. I wonder what recipe the Klutz in the Kitchen can come up with using the humble pumpkin and mulled cider, be interesting.

October begins tomorrow, the final quarter of the year, where has the year gone? Let’s remember tomorrow 1st of October is an important day because of two celebrations. It’s the International Day of Older Persons, which is recognized by the UN and World Vegetarian Day, no I’m not a vegetarian and like many don’t really enjoy too many vege’s, but I don’t begrudge vegie folks following their lifestyle choice, enjoy the day if you are a vegetable lover.

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South African flautist Wouter Kellerman Making An Impact In The US

Wouter Kellerman

Wouter Kellerman

Kellerman to Perform His Magical World Music at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 1st at 7PM with Trumpeter David Longoria and Will Make His Carnegie Hall Debut Saturday, October 4th with Pianist Vincent Lyn.

On the heels of the success of his first #1 Billboard album, WINDS OF SAMSARA with Ricky Kej, the grand in stature flautist Wouter Kellerman continues to expand his global presence. Kellerman, whose music is a hybrid of the sounds of Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, embraces his creativity while connecting with people on a profound and personal level. His magical and uplifting music makes the soul dance. A well-known, highly regarded and successful artist in his own country of South Africa, Kellerman is equally at ease expressing himself as a musician and as a dedicated humanitarian. On stage, he becomes one with his flute, his fellow musicians as well as his audience, creating a truly inspired experience. Kellerman explains, “I am proudly following the footsteps of my country’s eternal mentor Nelson Mandela.”

On WINDS OF SAMSARA, Kellerman acknowledges the profound influence Mandela had on his life. His collaborator, music producer Kej, dedicates his work on the album to his own spiritual mentor, Mahatma Gandhi. The beauty and essence of the two great men that have influenced these world-class musicians is apparent in the compositions, the musicianship and the album artwork.

Wouter Kellerman WINDS OF SAMSARAWINDS OF SAMSARA, the multiple-charting album, was two years in the making and features performances from 120 musicians from across five continents, a huge endeavor for two independent artists. The album spotlights the musical, cultural and political connections between South Africa and India. There are plans to film the album live in its entirety next year in India.

Vincent Lynn, a six time Grammy nominated pianist, is returning to Carnegie Hall for the third time as part of Kellerman’s ensemble for the Carnegie Hall concery, and then taking center stage to perform tracks from his newest release VINCENT LYN LIVE IN NYC. Kellerman will sit in on a few tracks during Lynn’s set as well. Trumpeter David Longoria will share the stage and night with Kellerman in Los Angeles and will appear at Carnegie Hall as a special guest during Kellerman’s set.

Wouter Kellerman and VINCENT LYNBoth concerts will be a highly spirited night of outstanding musicianship, featuring mesmerizing rhythm and beats supporting beautiful and lingering melodies, all with the intention of celebrating the soul of humanity. Kellerman will be performing with his band from South Africa which includes Luke Van Der Merwe, on guitar, Phresh Makhene on bass and vocals, David Klassen on drums and percussion and Della Tamin from Cameroon on vocals. The programs will include selections of tracks from various albums Kellerman has released and will include a few tracks from WINDS OF SAMSARA. Mix in lots of air, heavy breathing and connected souls on and off stage, and it promises to stir the WINDS OF SAMSARA all the way from LA and NYC.

ABOUT WOUTER KELLERMAN:

Wouter Kellerman

Wouter Kellerman

Born in South Africa, Kellerman started playing the flute at the age of ten, and in 1981 appeared as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Perrenoud Foundation Prize during the 1997 Vienna International Music Competition. His album TWO VOICES won the 2011 SAMA (South African Music Award equivalent to the Grammy) for ‘Best Instrumental Album’, reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. The multi SAMA-winning flute wizard also performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global television audience of 700 million people. A true crossover artist, Kellerman thrives on experimenting musically with his flute, eclectic instrumentation and vocal sounds. Kellerman is the first musician in South Africa to reach #1 on the Billboard New Age Charts in the US. The album also reached #1 on the ZMR (Zone Music Reporter).

ABOUT DAVID LONGORIA:

David Longoria

David Longoria

Longoria is best known for his world class trumpet playing and singing. His unique combinations of Latin, Jazz and pop have placed his music on many genres of radio stations worldwide. He resides in Los Angeles.

ABOUT VINCENT LYN:

Vincent Lyn

Vincent Lyn

Born in Yemen to a British mother and Chinese mother, his two parallel lifelong passions for music and martial arts were both taught to him by his parents. His first performance at Carnegie Hall was in 2011 when he performed his Grammy nominated album “Heaven Bound.” He is an actor, recording artist and martial arts expert, and he currently lives in New York City.

ABOUT WINDS OF SAMSARA: The album debuted in its first week of release at #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart and #18 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart. WINDS OF SAMSARA was mastered by three-time GRAMMY winner Gavin Lurssen (Raising Sand, a collaborative album featuring Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, and the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?). A deluxe edition of the album will be available later this year and will include a 5.1 HD Surround Sound mix by GRAMMY -winner P.A. Deepak (Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the movie Slumdog Millionaire).

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SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS FOR THE WAWELA SPECIAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

WAWELA awards 2014There are those among us who have spent a lifetime striving for musical excellence. They are individuals who have relentlessly pushed the boundaries and earned a place for themselves in South African music lore.

Every year the Wawela Music Awards honours beloved and respected South African musicians and SAMRO members with 3 Special Awards.

SAMROWe invite you to nominate yourself or the person you believe deserves one of the Special Award titles, based on their career and lifelong contribution to music as a SAMRO member.

So who are we looking for? You or the individual you wish to nominate must have been a creative driving force within the music industry. Naturally, we’re looking for someone who has consistently delivered great music over the course of their career. An individual who is regarded as a fundamental musical and cultural influence in the South African music industry and a leading figure in the promotion of South African music

Below are the Special Awards categories, including the criteria for each one:

http://www.samro.org.za/node/19739

http://www.wawelamusicawards.co.za

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

October Events

The National Jazz Museum in HarlemStarting on Saturday, October 4th, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will open its new Children’s Corner, dedicated to bringing the spirit of jazz directly to school-age children. The focus will be on the legacy of Afro-Cuban Jazz, and the legacy of Tito Puente, Machito, Bebo Valdes and other giants of the music.

October 2014 Schedule

A Fall Mandocopia -An International Harvest of Jazz Mandolin Including Guitar and Bass, with Tim Porter, Santi Debriano, Joe Selly

We are happy to welcome mandolinist Tim Porter back for another series of informative and immensely enjoyable sessions focusing on the international aspects of jazz. Joined by guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano, Porter’s program highlights the relationship between the mandolin and related instruments and compositions inspired by music found outside the U.S. written by composers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Victor Feldman, Dizzy Gillespie, Cedar Walton, Sonny Rollins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pixinguinha, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Chick Corea, and Charlie Parker.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem logo buildingThis series aims to break new ground with discussions and in some case never-before-performed renditions of tunes that use instrumentation culturally identified with the places for which they are named. Tunes have been selected that reflect the composer’s sense of lands where mandolin or mandolin-like instruments, such as the oud, balalaika, and bouzouki, are part of the distinctive musical culture. Examples among the many selections to be performed include “Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Isfahan” by Billy Strayhorn, “Bolivia” by Cedar Walton, and “Noites Carioca” by Pixinguinha.

Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

Bebo’s Greatest Student: Chucho Valdés

Location:

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

This session looks at the career of Bebo’s son, Chucho Valdés, who is today one of the world’s great pianists. Chucho began playing piano at about the age of three; he doesn’t remember not playing it. He tagged along with Bebo everywhere, played four-handed piano with him at home, observed him at work, and subbed for him on gigs until Bebo left Cuba in 1960. Then the 18-year-old Chucho became his family’s sole support, and in 1973, with the success of the tune “Bacalao Con Pan, ” Chucho’s band Irakere became famous in Cuba. Bebo and Chucho did not communicate for eighteen years, then reunited backstage at Carnegie Hall in 1978. Their relationship grew over subsequent decades into a close collaboration in Bebo’s final years.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem wallHosted by Ned Sublette: Ned Sublette is the author of several books, including Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (Chicago Review Press), and is a musician whose recordings include Kiss You Down South (Postmambo). He is the founder of the Center for Postmambo Studies and co-founder of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep.

Friday, October 3rd, 7:00pm

Harlem in the Himalayas

Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier – ECM CD Release

Location: Rubin Museum of Art

150 W. 17th Street

German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Francois Couturier unveil their new duo and celebrate the release of their ECM CD, Moderato Cantabile, a striking, unusual album produced by Manfred Eicher.

Tuesday, October 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

Got The World on Eight Strings -Sittin’ and Mandolin Musin’ on Safe Havens, Warm Receptions, and the Cold War – Jazz as Diplomacy and Musicians as Refugees and Ambassadors

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

Explores the cross border musical legacy begun during the early part of the twentieth century and typified by trailblazing American musicians and composers like James Reese Europe and Sydney Bechet who found great acceptance in Europe, and immigrants to the U.S. like the accomplished Russian mandolinist Dave Apollon who arrived in the United States in the 1920’s. Reese, who fought with the 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters) in France during WW II and led a military band in France, was himself an accomplished mandolinist, and was the conductor of a widely acclaimed orchestra consisting in part of mandolinists in place of first and second violinists. Apollon became one of the foremost mandolinist for the better part of three decades performing in all styles including jazz. Multi-lateral international musical relationships accelerated throughout the twentieth century and were increasingly dominated by jazz over other forms of music, ultimately finding high level and official recognition in the 1950s with the start of the U.S. State Department’s Jazz Ambassadors Tours. Jazz standards and some not often heard works reflecting the composers’sense or impressions of different lands will be discussed and performed.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem flagTuesday, October 14th, 7:00 pm

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Near East Sweet -“A Thing”Meant Best When East Met West

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

This segment will discuss and musically explore the distinctive sounds of the Near East as interpreted by Duke Ellington, Victor Feldman, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, and others, and as they might have been performed if done using lute-like instruments common to parts of the region, such as the oud. In 1931, Ellington composed “It Don’t Mean a Thing”(If it Ain’t Got That Thing), and later went on to record “The Far East Suite”, where his and Billy Strayhorn’s sense of swing can be said to have taken a new direction. We’ll discuss and examine jazz works evoking India, Persia/Iran, and musically expand the notion of the East to include other parts of Eurasia.

Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

The French Connection and Jazz Without Borders

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter

with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

Explores, among other things, the unique place in the world of jazz occupied by France, which, from the earliest days of jazz, has been home or host not only to jazz innovators and experimentalists like Sidney Bechet, who was in Paris during the 1920’s and permanently relocated to France in the 1950’s, and Django Reinhardt, who added a new dimension to jazz, but also to mandolin maker experimentalists like Lucien Gelas, who was designing and making some of the most innovative instruments in the 1920’s, for which he received a Gold Medal at the Bordeaux Exhibition and a Gold Medal at the Brussels Exhibition in 1910 for his double top instruments, one of which, made in 1928, will be on display during the program. The mandolin was often used in traditional French music some of which, amounting to a kind of proto-jazz, laid the basis for what is sometimes called Gypsy jazz and is now a part of the jazz canon. Jazz standards and some not often heard works reflecting the composers’ sense or impressions of Paris, and other prominent locales in Europe will be discussed and performed.

Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

“Spanish Tinge”, The Reign in Spain, The Caribbean, and Way South of the Border

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem October Events pinkExplores the jazz connection with Spain, particularly the Andalusian region with its diverse population of people, reflecting Moorish, Castilian, Sephardic, and Romani backgrounds, the early role of”Latin”elements in jazz, the development of distinctive Latin sounds in South America and the Caribbean, the mandolin’s origins in the Mediterranean, its relationship to a group of instruments in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Near East, and its distinctive role in the music that developed with Spanish influence in the Americas. Will discuss and perform works by Jobim, Cedar Walton, Pixinguinha, Sonny Rollins, and Charlie Parker, among others.

The music of Andalusia, a veritable melting pot of music and cultures for centuries in Spain, is particularly important in identifying the roots of many components of the jazz cannon. For example, the bolero, heard in “Besame Mucho” is related to flamenco, whose origins are in Spain’s Andlusian region. The Romani people sometimes called gypsies arrived in Europe from northern India more than a thousand years ago, and many settled in the Andalusian region, where they and others contributed to the development of flamenco and bolero.

Current Exhibit

Bebo Valdés: Giant of Cuban Music

Bebo Valdés- Giant of Cuban MusicPianist, arranger, bandleader, and composer Bebo Valdés had two splendid careers separated by more than thirty years of obscurity.

Mambo, filin, batanga, descarga – he was a great innovator in Cuba music. For ten years he was music director of the famed Tropicana orchestra. His big band backed Cuba’s greatest stars. He was the pianist on Nat “King” Cole’s famed Havana recordings.

Then everything changed. He left Cuba in 1960 and settled in Sweden. While his music was largely forgotten by the world, his son Chucho Valdés became a dominant musical figure in post-revolutionary Cuba, and one of the world’s great pianists.

Then, beginning in 1994, Bebo Valdés began a dramatic career resurgence via a brilliant series of concerts, recordings, and movies that brought his knowledge, skills, and inimitable style into the twenty-first century, making him a bigger star than every before and culminating in an electrifying series of collaborations with Chucho. We’ll tell the story and play the music…

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – MONDAY 29th September 2014

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The winter gods still have their chilly hands gripping the cold, thus keeping the spring gods at bay, enough already lets have some sunshine, it’s time to pack away the winter, neh!

Jazz Rendezvous leads off the “live” broadcast day on All Jazz Radio today from 10am C.A.T. after that It

Tony Vasquez

Tony Vasquez

Tony Vasquez with The Latin Perspective showcasing the Afro Cuban and Latin jazz sounds of the Americas from 1pm Central African Time. From 2pm C.A.T. we go the contemporary smooth jazz route with our regular compiled program, Take 5 ……… & Then Some when we share some of the finest contemporary smooth jazz from all corners of the global village. We then cross to Berlin, Germany when Wolfgang König Wolfgang König Scrachergets behind the mic to present his show, Jazz Around the World and today he takes us to South America and showcases his choice of Latin Jazz. So you can see we have a wonderful start to the jazz week streaming from the Mother City, Cape Town, South Africa, stay with us all day, everyday.

As September draws to a close here’s an interesting fact you may not be aware of, did you know that in 1752, the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar. In the British Empire that year, September 2 was immediately followed by September 14. Interesting neh.

cafe-coffee-day-a-lot-can-happenCoffee:Mocha Day logoCoffee:Mocha All DayToday is Coffee/Mocha Day so it’s a good excuse to indulge in drinking one of the world favourite beverages.

 

 

Gnocchi DayThat’s not all it’s Gnocchi Day in Argentina, didn’t know that eh, The Europeans brought many of their influences to Argentina and one of their great contributions was the gnocchi. Apparently Argentineans were pretty impressed with this food because it not only received its own day of the year, it received its own 12 days of the year. The 29th of every month is Gnocchi Day, (or as the Argentineans call it “ñoquis del 29″). I must add that I’m partial to Gnocchi myself so I agree the sentiments of the Argentinians. Best of all, the dish really allows ones imagination to run wild to create a variety of sauces to lavish over the delicious little potato pieces of love.

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Exciting new show to launch on Friday this week

Dr. Kolade Arogundade

Dr. Kolade Arogundade

Make a note because we have an exciting new show starting on Friday 3rd October. Be sure to join our new volunteer presenter Nigerian born and now Cape Town resident Dr Kolade Arogundade who will be presenting the vibrant and exciting world jazz sounds of Africa in his program Friday Faaji from 4 to 6pm Central African Time. Start spreading the news, it’s going to be an interesting addition to the All Jazz Radio program schedule and should not be missed.

Kolade’s professional range of interests incorporates Land Economics, Project Management, TQM, Urban Land Management and Property Valuation, and he brings his considerable critical and independent thinking to analysing not only his professional work, but the politics of his home country Nigeria, and his adopted home, South Africa. His first love is soccer, his second music. He has been collecting both music and information about genres of music and the lives of musicians for years, and turned this informal research into writing, endless conversations, connections and presenting various radio shows, as well as DJing at various venues. He is also a poet and a writer, running a small independent publishing company called Giants in the Land. He is loved especially by his brilliant wife and joyous two-year-old son who live with him in the Mother City of Cape Town.

The show will include music from the entire African continent and will be an amalgam of genre’s with jazz being an integral part of the programming.

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Exciting live performance to come in October

Titilayo Adedokun singing heart outHere’s a note from our regular Tuesday presenter, who is a wonderful jazz singer of note, Titilayo Adedokun. She’s inviting jazz lovers of Cape Town to a very special and exciting event: UNDER ONE ROOF “Jazz ‘n’ More” benefit concert at St. George’s Cathedral, 5 Wale Street, Cape Town on Sunday, October 5 at 3pm and will feature Titilayo Adedokun & Friends”

Ticket options: VIP tickets or general tickets – in advance or at the door (please see attached)

The event will benefit a music program, which aims to teach young students from various townships how to read music and the development of a Steve Biko Auditorium as part of an outreach program to youths at the world renowned St. George’s Cathedral

The concert will also feature the wonderful talents of:

Andrew Ford (piano), Graham Strickland (bass), Maurice Gawronsky (drums), Mike Laatz (sax), Shafiek Kimmie (guitar), Glenn Robertson (vocals), Svetlana Ivanova (soprano and piano) and Ingrid Salzmann (piano and accordion).

An old African proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. So I would also like to ask for your support not only by attending the concert, but also inviting your family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Please spread the word on Facebook, twitter and any other social media that you may be part of. Feel free to print the flyers and posters and hand them out or hang them up. Please help us make the event a resounding success and help us help our community.

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Does Age Matter In Music? Writes Shaun Letang,
Music Industry How To.

Are you ever too old or too young to have a successful music career? And how can you use your age to your advantage? Find out here:

Does Age Matter In The Music Industry? How To Use Your Age To Your Advantage

Let me know your thoughts in the comments of that post.

Top Guide Of The Week: Today’s featured Full Access guide:

How To Legally Sell A Cover Song Like A Pro

Cover songs can be very profitable, but make sure you sell them in the legal way.

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USC professor to hold six-week course on jazz music at Brentwood library

Sax player, arranger, composer and educator Dr. Thom Masonjpg

Sax player, arranger, composer and educator Dr. Thom Masonjpg

September 25, 2014 10:06 am by: Westside Today Staff Category: News, Things To Do Leave a comment

USC Thornton School of Music Professor Dr. Thom Mason, DMA, will be educating the public about his specialty through a six-week course entitled “Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America’s Music.”

As the founder of the Jazz Studies Department, Dr. Mason will be able to provide a plethora of information for his audience.

The course is scheduled to take place every Thursday from 1 pm to 2:30 pm in October and early November. Dates are as follows: Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, and Nov. 6.

The classes will be sponsored by the USC Emeriti Center College and will be held at the Donald Bruce Kaufman – Brentwood Brach Library – Los Angeles Public Library in the Samuel Pinkus Room.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call 213.740.7122 or visit ecrsvp@usc.edu.

For more information, visit, www.emeriticollege.usc.edu

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In pictures: Joy of Jazz 2014 byRHODÉ MARSHALL of the Mail & Guardian

This year’s Joy of Jazz line-up included the likes of Grammy Award-winners Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves and Roy Hargrove to name a few. See more click on the link In pictures: Joy of Jazz Festival 2914

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David Steward helps Jazz St. Louis usher in new era of music

David Steward II (left) and his father, David Steward Photo by Christian Gooden

David Steward II (left) and his father, David Steward Photo by Christian Gooden

September 27, 2014 12:00 am  –  By Kevin C. Johnson kjohnson@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8191

When the new Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz opens in Grand Center this week, a new era of jazz begins for St. Louis.

That’s how St. Louis businessman David Steward feels. The philanthropist and avid jazz fan likens the new $10 million complex to the long-ago glory days of the Gaslight Square district.

Read the full story at David Steward helps jazz St Louis usher in a new era of music

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan– SATURDAY 27th September 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEWinter again in spring, I don’t know why the weather gods are so angry with us in the Mother City, but enough already, come on summer goods show the winter gods who is boss. Throw the sunshine switch please.

Cape Town is special in winterDamn the oven has packed up and the stovetop is dying too, needless to say the Klutz in the Kitchen is really pissed at this development. Time now to start looking at a new built in stove. I’m looking for some advice about what brands are worth looking at. It’s just not the right thing to do, cook a Beef Roast in the microwave, suggestions please.

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BRAND NEW SHOW

We have an exciting new show starting on Friday 3rd October and is to be presented by UCT Lecturer, writer, soccer and music lover Dr Kolade Arogundade. The show Friday Faaji will be streamed/broadcast from 4 to 6pm Central African Time every week.

 

Kolade Arogundade

Kolade Arogundade

Kolade’s professional range of interests incorporates Land Economics, Project Management, TQM, Urban Land Management and Property Valuation, and he brings his considerable critical and independent thinking to analysing not only his professional work, but the politics of his home country Nigeria, and his adopted home, South Africa. His first love is soccer, his second music. He has been collecting both music and information about genres of music and the lives of musicians for years, and turned this informal research into writing, endless conversations, connections and presenting various radio shows, as well as DJing at various venues. He is also a poet and a writer, running a small independent publishing company called Giants in the Land. He is loved especially by his brilliant wife and joyous two-year-old son who live with him in the Mother City of Cape Town.

The show will include music from the entire African continent and will be an amalgam of genre’s with jazz being an integral part of the programming.

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I am a feminist. And I am a jazz musician.

Nicky Schrire

Nicky Schrire

Soapbox Status:

Disclaimer: I like men. I love the male musicians I know and am fortunate enough to work with. This isn’t man-bashing. The fact I need to write this disclaimer at all is what’s wrong with the negativity surrounding the term “feminist”.

Read more of I am a feminist. And I am a jazz musician.

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John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”: the 50th Anniversary

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme CD CoverJohn Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme, ” the 50th Anniversary. The 37th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, with the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble and guest artist Donald Harrison; hosted by Eric Jackson. Co-presented by Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (fJCMC) and Northeastern Center for the Arts. Saturday October 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

“Acknowledgement” “Resolution” “Pursuance” “Psalm”, the four movements that comprise John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” suite, considered by many to be his greatest work and the most profound spiritual jazz composition ever created. Fifty years ago, the entire world was embroiled in political movements to gain equal rights, a restless climate in much need of answers that only a higher power could convey. It was within that climate that “A Love Supreme” was born, and to this day, this particular composition continues to resonate.

John Coltrane's - A Love Supreme 50th Anniversary posterThe suite, including a recitation of Coltrane’s prayer given by Eric Jackson of WGBH radio, will be performed in its entirety by the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, comprised of Boston-based master musicians Carl Atkins (sax), Leonard Brown (sax), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Yoron Israel (drums), Ron Mahdi (bass), John Ramsay (drums), and George W. Russell, Jr. (piano). The Ensemble will be joined by special guest New Orleans’ saxophonist Donald Harrison, hailed as the “King of Nouveau Swing” who is also deeply rooted in the Black Mardi Gras Indian tradition, a tradition that stems back a few centuries to New Orleans’ Congo Square, where uprooted 18th and 19th century Africans could gather and openly celebrate their culture.

Further background information on the participants:

Donald Harrison

Donald Harrison

Donald Harrison is a New Orleans saxophonist, composer, arranger, principal consultant for the “Treme” series on HBO, and a Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group. “Harrison reigns supreme in both of these worlds … ‘They inform each other, ‘ says Harrison, who adds that the feeling he gets when he steps out onto streets in his beautiful feathered and beaded suit on Carnival Day is comparable to when he blows his horn … ‘It’s a metamorphosis into a transcendental state, ‘ he explains of masking and being involved in the culture. ‘It’s the same thing when you’re playing jazz — it’s transcendental; it takes you away.'” (offBEAT, 2014)

The John Coltrane Memorial Concert is co-produced by Leonard Brown, Associate Professor of Music & African American Studies at Northeastern University, and Emmett G. Price III, Associate Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern. “A richly deserved standing ovation capped another successful John Coltrane Memorial Concert, with everyone present already impatiently awaiting next year’s edition.” (The ArtsFuse, 2012)

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crush-a-can-day-764x382It’s a great day today because you can take your frustrations out on the humble can. No matter which can you choose, it’s easy because it’s Crush A Can Day today. You know you want to, so don’t hold back when it comes to squashing those cans. Not only does this day give you the opportunity of crushing, squeezing and bending cans into satisfyingly small shapes, it’s also a chance to share can compression fun with family and friends. A fantastic stress buster, can squashing is also a great way to get more cans into a smaller space at recycling facilities, so get squishing those cans!

On Crush a Can Day, any safe form of can crushing is permissible. Why not gather friends together for a Crush a Can Ultimate Can Destruction party? Line those cans up and throw rocks or other heavy objects at them before stomping the tins into oblivion with a well-placed boot, better still remember tomorrow is Drink Beer Day so you can always finish the event with a few extra beers, prior the next days celebrations by generating more empty cans for further crushing excitement

Ancestor Appreciation Day 2014It’s also Ancestor Appreciation Day, a day to learn more about our ancestors and our past so that we can preserve our family history for future generations. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come.

Celebrate Ancestor Appreciation Day by spending time with your relatives, who can probably tell you more about your family history. You can also learn more about your ancestors by researching online. Ancestry.com is a great source for learning more about genealogy, how to make a family tree, and how to find family history records.

You can also head over to About.com’s genealogy section to learn more about genealogy, how to research your family history and where to look, and how to share and preserve your family history for future generations.

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Review from London Jazz News

The David Sanborn Trio

The David Sanborn Trio

The David Sanborn Trio feat Joey DeFrancesco and Byron Landham (Ronnie Scott’s, Thursday 25th September. 2nd of three nights. Review by Andy Boeckstaens)

David Sanborn’s emotional, keening wail on alto saxophone is one of the most distinctive and widely-heard sounds in jazz. Since the early 70’s it has graced hundreds of sessions, encompassing music with David Bowie, James Brown

Read more …..

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World Tourism Day Theme for 2014: Tourism and Community Development

World Tourism Day 27 September logo-2014This year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) draws special attention to the role of tourism in contributing to one of the building blocks of a more sustainable future for all: Community development. This focus is in line with the global transition to the Sustainable Development Goals as the guiding principle promoted by the UN from 2015 and beyond.

As a sector representing 9% of global GDP, one in 11 jobs worldwide, and a key revenue sector for developing and emerging economies, tourism is widely acknowledged for its capacity to respond to global challenges. The consolidation of tourism’s economic influence has built up its social responsibility and political relevance, with a growing number of countries allocating a stronger mandate to tourism in economic and development policy planning.

With the special focus on the community, WTD 2014 highlights how tourism can be conducive to advancing sustainable development from the grassroots level. Community based tourism involves the local population in the decision making process according to local priorities. The opportunity to become part of the tourism value chain actively involves host communities in the development process. Tourism thus becomes a catalyst of social cohesion, going beyond the immediate impact of job creation and its positive economic consequences and enhances, for instance, local governance capabilities which multiply the tourism impact even further.

This year’s official celebrations will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico and include a high-level Think Tank on the 2014 theme with the participation of tourism Ministers, international experts and policy makers in the field of tourism and development. To keep up-to-date with this year’s WTD activities, and to learn more about the theme Tourism & Community Development, bookmark the WTD website and follow UNWTO on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #WTD2014).

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Buena Vista Social Club has gone gold in SA

Buena Vista Social Club goes gold in SASheer Sound and World Circuit are very pleased to announce Buena Vista Social Club has gone GOLD in South Africa after 17 years. Recorded in just six days in 1996 with a stellar cast of Cuban musicians, Buena Vista Social Club has become a musical phenomenon.

Sheer Sound’s relationship with World Circuit stretches back to 1994 when Talking Timbuktu was released and then took off and got the world’s attention with a Grammy win. That same year Sheer began it’s indie label and now 2 decades later is celebrating it’s 20th year. It seems fitting that it would celebrate it with the achievement of Buena Vista Social Club going Gold in the Territory in the same year. Released in South Africa in 1997 making it 17 years to hit the 25 000 mark (Gold status in SA). What is quite remarkable though is that it is most likely the first Import product (finished goods or Indent as it is sometimes known) in South Africa ever to do so, as the title was never locally pressed with product shipping in from the UK.

Buena-Vista-Social-ClubThe team at Sheer is ecstatic with this achievement and it is very pleasing to see it continue to reap rewards and get the accolades it so richly deserves. It is now an iconic album. An example of what can be achieved through beautiful music and collaboration and surrounded by amazing musicians and individuals with a humble story.

Hats off to Omara Potuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Ry Cooder, Juan de Marcos, Eliades Ochoa and the rest of the wonderful band and those dearly departed Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Compay Segundo, Cachaito Lopez and each and every past member. Well done!

Thanks and congratulations also to the World Circuit team (past and present ) Nick Gold, Claire McFadden, Jenny Adlington, Matt Robin, Seb Mann and to my Sheer Sound colleagues Damon Forbes, Alex Zarmakoupis and Kenny Tlale.

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Why Leonard Bernstein Still Grabs Hold Of Our Imaginations

Posted: September 26, 2014 11:26 am

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“It turns out Lenny was truly great after all: one of the biggest, most colorful, most popular and recognizable figures in American classical music. And posterity shows no signs of abandoning him. Recording catalogues and publishers’ lists are as full as ever of his recordings, DVDs and Bernstein-related publications.”

Read the full story at Washington Post Published: 09.26.14

 

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 26th September 2014

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The annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz has got off to a really good start and what a line up, I really wish I could be there. Next year perhaps.

Buttermilk Pancake American style

Buttermilk Pancake American style

It’s National Pancake Day the origins of which are based in the tradition of using up all the left over dairy products to make into pancakes, since dairy consumption was forbidden during Lent. The United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia celebrate National Pancake Day every year. Towns in Britain have pancake races in which participants must make a dash from one point to another with a skillet containing a pancake that they must flip a certain number of times before crossing the finish line. Some races like the one at Olney in Buckinghamshire, date as far back as 1445!

Find the recipe for Buttermilk Pancake on The Klutz in the Kitchen’s page on the All Jazz Radio Website Have fun in the kitchen this weekend

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Diana Krall Cancels Fall Tour Due to Illness

Diana Krall

Diana Krall

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is cancelling her U.S. fall tour to give herself time to recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia.

Krall, in a statement released Thursday by her publicist, says she’s “deeply saddened” about the postponement, but is “under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health.” The tour was scheduled to kick off Nov. 7 in Phoenix, and new tour dates will be announced later.

Krall also is putting off the release of her new album, “Wallflower,” from Oct. 21 to Feb. 3. On the CD, Krall breaks new ground for herself by interpreting a collection of pop songs from the 1960s to the present day by the Mamas and the Papas, the Eagles, Bob Dylan and Elton John as well as a new song by Paul McCartney.

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Weekend Program Schedule

NB: Please note that the live streaming broadcasts commence at 10h00 until 18h00 Central African Time daily then all programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning. Time Zone is C.A.T.

Click to Tune In to All Jazz Radio

FRIDAY    
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 EuroJazz Frontier With Peter Slavid, London, UK
14:00 to 16:00 The Latin Side With Rudy Nadlir-Nir, Cape Town, SA (Latin)
16:00 to 18:00 5th Floor Jazz Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
SATURDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 The No Name Brand Show With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Cooking Jazz With Yaacov Harari, Tel Aviv, Israel
16:00 to 18:00 The Kibby Factor With James Kibby, Cape Town, SA
SUNDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Now and Then With Ray Porter, London UK
16:00 to 18:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

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Jazz At Saint Peter’s Announces Gene Bertoncini Honouree At All Nite Soul 2014

Gene Bertoncini

Gene Bertoncini

The 44th All Nite Soul at Saint Peter’s Church is held in honour of guitarist Gene Bertoncini. On Sunday, October 12 at 5 PM, Jazz Vespers begins with trumpeter Terell Stafford featuring Pat Bianchi (organ) and Chris Beck (drums). All Nite Soul goes into full swing at 7 PM with over 80 musicians performing!

Musicians performing include: Howard Alden, Fabian Almazan, Gene Bertoncini, TK Blue, Rogerio Boccato, Freddy Bryant, Amy Cervini, Alexis Cole, Chris Dingman, Vince Ector, Hilary Gardner, Carlton Holmes, Clay Jenkins, Ingrid Jensen, Jesse Lewis, Russell Malone, Michael Manieri, Sarah McLawler, Paul Meyers, Michael Moore, Nadje Noordhuis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Janet Planet, Rufus Reid, Chanda Rule, Jared Schonig, Derek Smith, Terell Stafford, Loren Stillman, Ike Sturm, Melissa Stylianou, Warren Vaché, Tom Washatka, Jack Wilkins, Paul Winter and many more.

Gene Bertoncini at Jazz StandardBio: Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, and Hubert Laws among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone and Edye Gorme.

A prolific studio musician, Mr. Bertoncini performed with The Tonight Show band for two years when Johnny Carson hosted, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Le Grand and performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Mr. Bertoncini teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. A New York City native, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture.

“Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist who moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar.” – The New Yorker

The Legend Wall, an “exhibit wall” in Saint Peter’s Living Room, will tell the story of Gene Bertoncini’s career from its start to his current activities — with memorabilia, including photographs organized by photo archivist Tad Hershorn of Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies. The exhibit will also feature memorabilia from the Thad Jones archives at William Paterson University provided by archivist David Demsey.

“All Nite Soul” was originally created in 1970 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the creation of Jazz Vespers in 1965. The event has continued every year since then with hundreds of musicians performing and coming together in a “jazz love fest.” The Hungry Souls’ Café, an important feature of the event, serves homemade Soul Food. All Nite Soul is held in October starting on the Sunday evening of Columbus Day weekend and continues into Monday morning — hence the name All Nite Soul. Each year a major jazz icon is celebrated. Those celebrated in recent years include Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Jane Jarvis, Joe Wilder, Frank Wess and Randy Weston.

Saint Peter’s Church is a home for diverse individuals and communities which celebrates the dignity and vitality of jazz, provides vibrant liturgy and pastoral care, and through intersecting partnerships, offers jazz programs, education and services. An outreach program of Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, The Jazz Ministry was founded in 1965 by the late Reverend John Garcia Gensel who created Jazz Vespers, a worship service featuring a wide range of jazz musicians that is held each Sunday at 5:00 PM. Our pastors include Amandus Derr, Jared Stahler and Jazz Pastor Emeritus Dale Lind. Bassist/composer Ike Sturm serves as Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry. The Jazz Ministry thrives today with many events and programs such as Jazz Vespers, All Nite Soul, Jazz on the Plaza, musician seminars, Midday Jazz, memorials, tributes, concerts, and more.

“All Nite Soul 2014 – Honouring Gene Bertoncini” takes place on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), NYC, and (212) 935-2200. Take the E train to Lexington Avenue or the 6 train to 51st Street.

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Roseanna Vitro Debuts “Clarity Music Of Clare Fischer”

premiering lyric versions of the composer’s outstanding melodies on a new CD from Random Act Records. This exciting new title is a follow-up to her Grammy-nominated recording, “The Music of Randy Newman.” “Clarity” once again finds Ms. Vitro focusing her talents on a pioneering composer of renown.

Roseanna Vitro

Roseanna Vitro

September 26th – Joe’s Pub – 7 pm. One set – CD release Celebration featuring:

Roseanna Vitro, Mark Soskin, Sara Caswell, Dean Johnson, E.J.Strickland, Daniel Sadownick

425 Lafayette St., NYC. 212 539 8778 $25.

On Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer, Roseanna Vitro pays tribute to a real musicians’ musician, focusing on the man’s life-long passion for bossa nova, Afro-Caribbean music and swing. Her stellar group tackles music by the man who was regarded as a master of harmony by such heavyweights as Gil Evans and Herbie Hancock. You hear Roseanna’s sheer commitment and unique spin on Fischer’s music, courtesy of pianist Mark Soskin’s ambitious arrangements. Sara Caswell’s violin weaves a magic spell around Vitro’s soulful voice on a new book of lyrics to the master’s melodies.

Roseanna Vitro Clarity Music Of Clare FischerThis is the first contemporary vocal book of Clare Fischer’s melodies. The new lyrics were penned by wordsmiths; Roger Schore, Cheryl Pyle and Paul Wickliffe, birthing six new gorgeous songs for the vocal jazz repertoire, plus Clare’s famous composition, “Pensativa, ” “Morning, ” “I Remember Spring, ” and the Ary Barrosso classic, “Inquietacao” now “The Web of Love.”

“Roseanna’s voice is better than ever, more personal, more HER like no one else can be. She’s mostly singing songs we haven’t heard before, but all of Fischer’s breezy songs immediately sound so tunefully familiar. All the playing is lovely, and Sara Caswell’s little counterpoints are the secret weapon. CLARITY is all very enjoyable, enough that one wants to listen to it all again. ”

Michael Bourne – – DJ. WBGO Singers Unlimited, Journalist Downbeat

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – WEDNESDAY 24th September 2014

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A short one today because it’s a holiday today, but not for us in the broadcast/streaming business, however it’s Heritage Month and today is Heritage Day in South Africa when we celebrate all that has to do with all communities Heritage in many ways. We wish all a very happy and peaceful day whilst celebrating the day in whatever manner one Happy Heritage Daysees fit. Ponder thoughts of those we miss and those who showed that we can live and share the experience of cultural diversity in harmony. It’s a day of exploration of our differences, understanding what we have and what we share with the global village in our common diversity. Have a great Heritage Day. It’s also Hispanic and American Day today, so we will be hearing mostly South African music during the programming with the only exception when we will celebrate Hispanic and American Day with some fabulous Latin jazz. All in all a day of wonderful music with us all at All Jazz Radio Website just click on the link to “tune in” right now.

Here’s an interesting fact about September, you see it begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the number of days in the week). No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year.

Breakfast fit for a king

Breakfast fit for a king

September is Breakfast Month – Breakfast is the first meal of the day and did you know “The word Breakfast came about because it means breaking the fast after one has not eaten (fasted) since the night before. This holiday celebrates the many different types of Breakfast around the world.

National Pancake week. With Pancake Day being celebrated on the 26th September

However all is not lost because it’s Cherries Jubilee Day today. It is a dessert made with cherries and fruit liqueur, which is flambéed and served as a sauce over vanilla ice cream. On this day we are encouraged to eat cherries jubilee. A way to do that is to host a adult dessert party. The Klutz in the Kitchen is super excited because he has found a wonderful recipe to share for Cherries Jubilee, now there is no excuse not to make this dessert after the main meal of the day. The recipe will be found on the All Jazz Radio website, click on the Klutz in the Kitchen Recipe link.Cherriesjubilee

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – TUESDAY 23rd September 2014

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Another day another dollar, jeez, I’ve often wondered about that saying where it came from and why, agh, what the heck, not really so lets not ponder the thought. It is Chocolate and Fish Amnesty Day today

Choc for lifeHere are some Chocolate Fun Facts;

  • Chocolate syrup was used to represent blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho” a scene which took 7 days to shoot. ~
  • Once upon a time, money did grow on trees. Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations over 1400 years ago. When they had too much money to spend, they brewed the excess into hot chocolate drinks.
  • Choc wordThe Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That’s 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.
  • Rumor has it that Napoleon carried chocolate with him on all his military campaigns for a quick energy snack.
  • The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl”, which means “bitter water”.
  • Choc BlocsThe melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.

Fish Amnesty Day no fishingFish Amnesty Day was created by PETA (PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS) a number of years ago as a much less violent alternative to Hunting and Fishing Day, which (by an amazing coincidence) happens to be on the same date.

Fish Amnesty DayFor some reason, fish are often the last animal people cut from their diets when they go vegetarian, so if you’re someone who’s been thinking about giving up eating fish but never got around to it, this is a great time to take the plunge. Whilst I believe that it takes all sorts of things and people in the world who have and believe some strange ideals. I have no such beliefs, being a meat lover and cook. Sadly the closest I come to enjoying fish on a regular basis is when I have fish paste toast for breakfast of get some fish and chips from my local chippy. I think I need to include more fresh fish into diet and have now become motivated to get the Klutz in the Kitchen kicked into fresh fish action, but not today.:} Happy Fish Amnesty Day, everyone!

Heritage MonthSAIt’s Heritage Month this month something we share with our Hispanic and American cousins on the other side of the pond. Tomorrow is the date we Heritage Month celebrate heritagecelebrate our heritage, what are your plans and how are you going to celebrate the day? Looking forward to finding out your ideas. It is also Be Kind to Writers & Editors Month so please remember that when you write that CD of Gig review and send it on for publication.

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Today and tomorrows program schedule;

TUESDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
11:00 to 11:15 London Jazz News Blog Chat With Sebastian Scotney, London, UK
11:15 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
12:00 to 14:00 The J. B. F Show With Titilayo Adedokun, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Much, Much More Music Show Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
WEDNESDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
11:00 to 11:15 Jo’burg Jazz News Chat With Gwen Ansell, Jo’burg, SA
11:15 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 The Latin Perspective With Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)
14:00 to 16:00 Midweek Jazz Melange With Ndoxy Hadebe, Cape Town, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Sundown Show Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

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Kyle Shepherd hits the high notes by Peter Feldman in Artslink 09/22/2014 10:21:18

Kyle Shepherd HeaderCape Town musician Kyle Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the music industry.

This dynamic young pianist, saxophonist, composer and band-leader has just launched his new 21-track double album, Dream State. Read the full story at http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=36495

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JAZZ: Spring bounty for jazz lovers By Gwen Ansell 17 September 2014

Gwen Ansell micTHE public holiday next week means no Wednesday paper, no jazz column and no opportunity to explore at length the wealth of live music September still has to offer, or to take on board late concert announcements. For more just follow the link;

http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/entertainment/2014/09/17/jazz-spring-bounty-for-jazz-lovers

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Pianist brings jazz competition to Melbourne

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(Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

Brian Gatchell, owner of Atlantic Music Center and a seasoned concert pianist, wants to right what he considers a cultural oversight of the country’s most precious musical heritage: jazz. Click on the link to read the full story;http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/style/2014/09/20/pianist-brings-jazz-competition-melbourne/15910005/

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Leonard Cohen’s ‘Bad Habit’ Talking With Leonard Cohen, Whose Album Comes Out Tuesday

Leonard cohenLeonard Cohen, who just turned 80 years old, releases 'Popular Problems' on Tuesday. The nine songs touch on war, love and religion. Redferns:Getty Images

Leonard Cohen, who just turned 80 years old, releases ‘Popular Problems’ on Tuesday. The nine songs touch on war, love and religion. Redferns/Getty Images

Leonard Cohen returns on Tuesday with his 13th studio album, “Popular Problems,” a nine-song collection that finds the singer-songwriter in vintage form. Click on the link to read the full story;

http://online.wsj.com/articles/leonard-cohens-bad-habit-1411433404

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Lady Gaga goes ‘normal’ for jazz collaboration with Tony Bennett

The duo’s album, Cheek To Cheek, is released today.

Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in Brussels, Belgium. — EPA

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music’s unlikeliest pairs, has launched a jazz album that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. Read the full story at

http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Entertainment/Music/News/2014/09/23/Lady-Gaga-goes-normal-for-jazz-collaboration-with-Tony-Bennett/

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Gregory Porter: ‘Jazz got me out of the pain of losing my mother’

Gregory Porter-VincentSoyezThe singer found his voice after a childhood beset by poverty, racial abuse, and an absent father, he tells Cole Moreton read the full story at;

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/gregory-porter-jazz-got-me-out-of-the-pain-of-losing-my-mother-9746397.html

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 19th September 2014

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The weekend fast approaches and shows wonderful promise, as does the Standard Banks Joy Of Jazz in Jo’burg. Sadly I’m not going to be able to make it, however we will have representation there. Carol Martin and Etienne Shardlow will be will be there and will keep us informed with regular telephonic crossings during our shows. It also looks like the fringe activities are going to prove popular as well.

We’d like to encourage those who have not yet FOLLOWED us in the TWITTERSPHERE please to do so and also have all Friends, Family and acquaintances to do so as we need to up the All Jazz Radio profile at @AllJazzRadioSA Twitter

Here is the weekends AJR program schedule;

FRIDAY    
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 EuroJazz Frontier With Peter Slavid, London, UK
14:00 to 16:00 The Latin Side With Rudy Nadlir-Nir, Cape Town, SA (Latin)
16:00 to 18:00 5th Floor Jazz Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
SATURDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 The No Name Brand Show With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Cooking Jazz With Yaacov Harari, Tel Aviv, Israel
16:00 to 18:00 The Kibby Factor With James Kibby, Cape Town, SA
SUNDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Now and Then With Ray Porter, London UK
16:00 to 18:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

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CATCH ALL THE ACTIVITIES AS SANDTON PREPARES FOR STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival bannerSandton becomes the centre of the jazz universe for the whole week with a series of free performances, concerts and activations as part of the build up to the weekend of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – which will attract more than 30 000 fans when it takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27 – injects approximately R600 million annually into the Gauteng economy.

Says Alida Canevari, chairperson of the Sandton Tourism Association: “Sandton is geared and ready to welcome Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. It has been embraced by all our members and there’s plenty on offer for everyone visiting – even if they aren’t lucky enough to have secured tickets to this world class festival. Sandton is the place to be this September.”

The action takes place at Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square as well as other Sandton establishments.

Sandton City’s Checkers Forecourt will host performances at 10h15, 11h15 and 14h10 from Heritage Day on Wednesday, September 24, to Saturday, September 27. Included in the line-up are Thandokazi, the Bushy Obazana Jazz Band, Shoe Lace and Gurulogic.

Buskers will be performing in Nelson Mandela Square from noon until 16h00 from September 24 to 27.

There will also be performances at a number of restaurants in the Sandton precinct.

Friday September 26

• Riffs Bar and Grill (Garden Court Sandton City) 19h00 – 20h00 Ayo Solanke; 20h30 – 21h30 – Gurulogic

• Parc Ferme (8 Maude Street) 19h00 – 20h00 Cloud Notes Experiment; 20h30 – 21h30 Native 2120

• Hard Rock Café (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Kyle McDonald; 20h30 – 21h30 Lunggie

• Pappas Greek Restaurant (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Leandro; 20h30 – 21h30 Throwback

Saturday September 27

• Riffs Bar and Grill (Garden Court Sandton City) 19h00 – 20h00 Victor Kgantlape; 20h30 – 21h30 Amandla Freedom Ensemble

• Parc Ferme (8 Maude Street) 19h00 – 20h00 Csana; 20h30 – 21h30 Bushy Obazana Jazz Band

• Hard Rock Café (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Hendrick Mboweni; 20h30 – 21h30 Bongi Mvuyana

• Pappas Greek Restaurant (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Spha Mdlalose; 20h30 – 21h30 Sebenzile Mthombeni

Meanwhile Jazz meets Lounge at the San Deck at Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Sun Hotel, official hotel sponsor of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, on Sunday, September 21, and Sunday, September 28, from 14h30 until late. It features Metro FM’s Nothemba Madumo and Jazzy Vez. Entrance is free.

The Maslow Hotel also has a number of activities:

• Sunday, September 21, and Sunday, September 28, from 13h00 to 17h00 – Jazz Sunday Gourmet Braai with a live performance by the Johannesburg Youth Band (JYO)at the Lacuna Bistro. Cost is R250 a person and includes a glass of bubbly.

• Monday, September 22, to Friday, September 26 from 18h00 to 21h00 – Jazz evenings at Lacuna Bistro and Bar every evening with the JYO.

DAVINCI Hotel and Suites on Nelson Mandela Square is offering jazz at its pool deck every Wednesday to Friday from 16h30 until 21h00 until October 30 with a resident saxophonist.

For more information go to www.sandtontourism.com

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London Lazz Small Long LogoRIP Kenny Wheeler (1930 – 2014)

Kenny Wheeler.

Kenny Wheeler. Photo Credit- Tim Dickeson

Nick Smart of the Royal Academy of Music has confirmed the sad news that the inestimably great Kenny Wheeler passed away earlier today. As Nick writes: “Famously self deprecating, Kenny was always modest and humble about his own musical achievements. But the truth is, he was a genius walking amongst us, and it was the most tremendous privilege to have been able to consider him a dear colleague and friend.”

It was with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Kenny Wheeler, the great jazz trumpet player and composer.

http://www.ram.ac.uk/news?nid=468

Nick Smart
Head of Jazz, Royal Academy of Music

18th September 2014

Here is the obituary from the Guardian in London.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/19/kenny-wheeler-jazz-musician-dies-aged-84

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What Makes A Great Musician?

So you want to be seen as a great musician Eric? Well today’s new guide will show you some of the things you need to put in place for that to happen! You can read it here:

What Makes A Musician Great? 5 Ways To Increase Your Greatness!

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Birdland W LogoAIR FRANCE Presents DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL ’15th Anniversary’ Gypsy legend DORADO SCHMITT With ‘3’ sons: SAMSON, AMATI, and BRONSON plus LUDOVIC BEIER & PIERRE BLANCHARD At Birdland Nov. 4-10 “A HOT JAZZ CELEBRATION”  

AIR FRANCE Presents DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL '15th Anniversary'The Wall Street Journal says ” It’s the best Jazz show in town ” (Will Friedwald)Downbeat Magazine just wrote of The Django Festival Allstar’ s appearance at The Newport Jazz Festival this summer “A standout performance…a crowd favorite and top candidate for the hardest swinging group at the fest” (Allen Morrison)

2014 Celebrates 15 years of the Django Reinhardt NY Festival which is has become a big event at Birdland and highly anticipated by the public.  The Festival Allstars tour the US twice a year at major venues and festivals such as The San Francisco Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, and many more.  See info below of the upcoming Fall tour.

Dorado Schmitt, legendary gypsy guitarist, has been coming to the Festival for over 10 years and along the way taught his sons, Samson, Amati, and Bronson,  the lessons of great gypsy guitar. Now they brace the Birdland stage with their ‘teacher,’ … father passing the lessons on as in gypsy manouche culture.  They come from Forbach, a gypsy community near Strasbourg in France, bringing the authenticity of the music to the NY stage.

Django Fest GuitaristsJoining them are two favorites of the Festival, Ludovic Beier who Downbeat Magazine said of his performance at Newport this August …’played as good a solo at Newport as was heard this year.’  The Downbeat article spoke of Samson Schmitt’s lightening licks touching melodic genius. nothing short of sensational”.  Pierre Blanchard on violin was also a sensation.  All this at Birdland on November 4th – 9th with Francko Mehrstein , a cousin of Dorado on rhythm guitar, and Xavier Nikq from France on bass.

The festival is produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta who have  a long history with this music dating back to their many concerts and recordings with the great jazz violinist Stephane GrappelliDjango Reinhardt’s partner in the Hot Club Quintette. It influenced them to launch this festival in 2000 having seen the enormous reaction to HOT JAZZ, which Grappelli and Reinhardt created.  The music evolved in the 30’s and 40’s in France through this important musical partnership, influenced by the likes of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and the great American Songbook.  It took Europe by storm!

Django Fest BandThe Django Festival Allstars have been coming to America and  played alongside many of the tops in Jazz: George Benson, Joe Lovano, Paquito D’Rivera, Anat Cohen, Edmar Castaneda, Frank Wess, Lew Tabakin, Joel Frahm, and so many more.

The Festival Allstars will embark on a major tour this fall: Oct. 24: Chicago Symphony Center, Oct. 26: Howard Theatre in Wash. DC, Oct. 31: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts/Greenvale, L.I., Nov. 1:  Paramount Theatre/ Peekskill NY,  Nov. 11: The Lobero Theatre/ Santa Barbera, Calif.,

Nov. 12:  The Ojai Arts Center, Nov. 13-16: The San Francisco Jazz Festival (4 concerts), and  Nov. 17 Kuumwa Jazz Center before returning to Paris.  BIRDLAND, their ‘home’ is Nov. 4-9.

These talented artists swing like crazy and will break your heart with a ballad.  Each of them are composers and while this music can harken back to the great music of the past, their interpretations, arrangements, virtuosity, and original compositions bring a newness to Django’s style and take it beyond. The Producers call it HIP HOT !…

Birdland, 315 W. 44th Street, NYC   Reservations:  212 581 3080

Full Dinner Menu, Parking Nearby

www.birdlandjazz.com

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All Jazz Radio – A Blog Supreme Blog – WEDNESDAY 17th September 2014

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Cape Town

Cape Town

No matter the weather in the Mother City, its always a good day, ok so I may be a wee bit biased, so don’t blame me, if you’ve not yet been to Cape Town, then it’s high time that a visit is planned. Thanks goodness I did the washing yesterday, sorry to bring in domestic issues, but its going to be a chilly and wet day today. No worries though there is great jazz to come your way. We also hope

Sebastian Scotney

Sebastian Scotney

to have our Skype connections sorted and can talk to Sebastian Scotney today, so looking forward to it finally getting to air around 11:00 Central African Time, look out for interesting news from London. Its always a good day to tune in to All Jazz Radio, Africa’s first and only 24/7 online Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz radio station.

Remember too that AJR is South Africa, Africa and the World’s pre-eminent Internet Jazz Social Lifestyle Radio Station and an essential broadcaster of good jazz music in all its various forms with Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz being an integral part of the broadcast mix, enriching the social, cultural, educational and community experience of the listening audience, and also have All Jazz Radio, as one’s essential music listening home, where Jazz Lovers of the global village meet to share in our common social interest and lifestyle on the World Wide Web.

Go have a look at our website and join our All Jazz Radio – Cape Town, ZA FB Group, follow us in the Twittersphere at @AllJazzRadioSA Twitter

Stay in touch with and let us know what you’d like to hear and what we should add to our music library, just email us at info@alljazzradio.co.za

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Here are todays and tomorrows “live” streaming broadcast streaming times;

Please remember that the live streaming broadcasts commence at 10h00 until 18h00 Central African Time daily then all programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning. Time Zone is C.A.T.

WEDNESDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 The Latin Perspective With Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)
14:00 to 16:00 Midweek Jazz Melange With Ndoxy Hadebe, Cape Town, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Sundown Show Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
THURSDAY    
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 Todd’s Turntable With Todd Gordon, Edinburgh, Scotland (Vocal)
14:00 to 16:00 Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA
16:00 to 18:00 Vagabond Blues With Brian Currin, Cape Town, SA (Blues)

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Joe Sample Funeral Services – Friday September 19th

Joe Sample

Joe Sample

There will be a Wake and viewing, open to the general public 6:00 – 9:00pm at Our Mother of Mercy Church 4000 Sumpter St. Houston Tx, 77020

Funeral services on Saturday will be private, for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers etc., the family asks to make donations to the Joe Sample Youth Organization, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

Contributions can be made via pay-pal or credit card using the folioing link or by check to the following address:

The Joe Sample Youth Organization, P.O. Box 590254, Houston Tx  77259 https://www.facebook.com/joesampleofficial

New York Times Obit

Joe Sample, Crusaders Pianist Who Went Electric, Dies at 75

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New album release by Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra to be Released October 14, 2014 on Leo Records

New album release by Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra play music about Albert Einstein, The Zen Of Riding Bicycles and a six-toed cat Why Do You Ride?

Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra

Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra

“Roiling expressionistic canvases, full of dramatic dynamic and textural contrasts; brawling, virtuoso horn solos; free-collective outbursts; chugging rhythms; beautifully calibrated ensembles.”

  • Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

“Crazy, avant-garde, third-stream, god-knows-what big band composition that manages to stay in touch with what Julius Hemphill called ‘the hard blues.'”

_ David R. Adler, Lerterland

“When the legend becomes fact,” goes the oft-quoted line from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, “print the legend.” Thinking along similar lines, composer and bandleader Darrell Katz has set to music some of the most memorable quotations that Albert Einstein never said (and one or two that he actually did) on Why Do You Ride?, the latest CD by the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. After all, if a saying is profound enough to inspire the kind of dense, genre-spanning, continually surprising sounds that fill this disc, then what does it matter if it was ever actually spoken by the particular genius to whom it’s been attributed?

Arriving on the cusp of the JCAO’s thirtieth anniversary year, Why Do You Ride? (October 14, Leo Records) shows off Katz’s deft ability to juggle off-kilter modernism with electrifying dynamic shifts and a tumult of jazz-history reference points in his vivid, smash-cut big band arrangements, all combined for this excursion with his love for cycling and his less-than-thorough internet research standards. The results are executed by an expert ensemble that tempers virtuosity with a liberal dose of irreverence, precisely navigating hairpin turns while maintaining just enough danger to make you believe you just might go off the cliff into total chaos.

The Boston-based JCA Orchestra includes an impressive roster of veteran musicians from the Boston area including woodwind players Allan Chase (Rashied Ali, John Zorn), Jim Hobbs (Anthony Braxton, Fully Celebrated Orchestra), Hiroaki Honshuku (Mike Stern, Dave Liebman), and Phil Scarff (Natraj); trumpeters Mike Peipman (Artie Shaw and Woody Herman Orchestras), Gary Bohan (Klezmer Conservatory Band), and Forbes Graham (Para Quintet); trombonists Bob Pilkington and David Harris; tuba player Bill Lowe (Muhal Richard Abrams; Henry Threadgill; Frank Foster); bassist John Funkhouser; and pianist Mina Cho, just to name a few. Rebecca Shrimpton, whose supple and entrancing voice has graced the work of such luminaries as Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, Oliver Lake, and George Lewis, makes the apocryphal sound beguiling with her elegant rendition of Katz’s intricate, circuitous melodies.

The project was born when someone at Katz’s local bike shop told the composer that Einstein had once declared the three greatest inventions of the modern world to be “the three-masted sailing ship, the refrigerator, and the bicycle” – music to the ears of the avid cycler. As it turns out, Einstein never said any such thing, but the idea still got Katz started expressing his love for bicycling in musical terms.

The title track recounts a Zen koan in which a master asks his students why the ride their bicycles, praising each one’s practical responses but genuflecting before the one who answers, “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” Katz could be praised for his equal commitment to writing music for its own sake, evidenced beautifully by this track as it progresses from moody abstraction to an Ellingtonian growl of a fanfare, a hip Zen groove, Impressionist balladry, and a soulful, fluid guitar solo from the leader himself.

The centerpiece of the CD is comprised of “Wheelworks,” an eight-movement suite dedicated to the often inaccurate words of wisdom of one of the 20th-century’s greatest thinkers. The wide-ranging piece veers from the urgent “Any Intelligent Fool” through the pensive, shape-shifting disclaimer “What Did Albert Einstein Say?”; the angular “Riding a Bicycle,” with its tempestuous free section featuring baritone saxophonist Dan Zupan, tuba player Bill Lowe, and trumpeter Gary Bohan; Mina Cho and pedal steel guitarist Norm Zocher breaking the tension of “Under the Cloak of War”; the martial third-stream march of “Sticks and Stones”; the stealthy, aptly-named “The Mysterious”; the light-footed sway of “We Are the Dancers”; and finally the Copland-tinged hope of “A Better Teacher.”

The JCAO exits on “SamiBadGal,” a lush, heartfelt eulogy for a six-toed cat, before Katz ends the proceeding with a wistful arrangement of Thelonious Monk’s “Monk’s Mood” for the JCA Sax Quartet: altoists Jeff Hudgins and Daniel Ian Smith, tenor Phil Scarff, and bari Dan Bosshardt. The wordless piece offers one of the album’s most eloquent statements, originally uttered by one of the jazz world’s finest minds and here restated with grace and passion.

A composer of more than 70 pieces for jazz orchestra, Darrell Katz is a co-founder of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, which has been a fixture on Boston’s creative music scene since its first performance in December 1985. Dedicated musicianship, innovative programming and fresh compositional concepts make JCA concerts and CDs colorful, adventurous, high-energy events. Katz’s work has appeared on all eight of the big band’s previous albums. (The JCA also released a sax quartet album). The recipient of numerous grants, including the Massachusetts Artist Fellowship in composition, a Jazz Fellowship Grant from the NEA, and grants from Meet The Composer, The Aaron Copland Fund, The New England Foundation For The Arts, Katz “has forged an identity as a progressive and creative orchestrator of new music in a way that few can claim,” says Michael G. Nastos in All Music Guide. Katz was the organizer of the Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (1991-2001). He has a Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, where he been a faculty member since 1989. “One cannot help but admire Katz and the JCA for their dedication and commitment to creative music,” says Jazz Review.com.

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Interesting Conference to take place in January 2015 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City

Panels & workshops to address important issues for the jazz community Sessions at Jazz Connect Conference on January 8-9, 2015 to include a session submitted by the community

Jazz Connect Conference Ja 2015The Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, announced a tentative schedule for the annual gathering of the jazz community in 2015.  The conference will be held January 8-9, 2015 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City and will lead into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest.  Now in its third year, the conference will continue to focus on vital issues affecting the jazz community carrying on the format and momentum from the January 2014 event which had over 800 registrants.

Many of the panel and workshop topics have been finalized, including: “Making Social Media Work”; “The Ways & Means of DIY Record Labels ”; “Partnerships for Presenting”; “Jukebox Jury”; Where’s the Money?”; “Where Are Our Rights?”; “Spotlight on Jazz in Spain”; “The Role of Artistic Directors in Presenting Jazz”; “Replenishing the Audience for Jazz”; “The State of Jazz Radio”; “Ask the Experts” networking session; and several others.  The conference will also be introducing a new series of intensive workshops with specialized topics across the spectrum of jazz for more intimate in-depth discussions.

In addition to those topics, the Conference planners have left a time slot open for a “Community Choice” panel.  If you have a topic that you think would be interesting to the jazz community, email it to jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com and put “Community Choice” in the subject line.

Moderators and panelists will again include an impressive cross-section of artists and professionals from around the world.  Early Bird Registration is only $75 until September 30, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the recipient of the Jazz Connect Bruce Lundvall Visionary award to be presented at the conference.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can e-mail jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com or go to the conference website.

To pre-register for the conference, go to the event page.

To reserve a table-top display or to advertise in the Conference program with JazzTimes, contact Miene Smith at 617-706-9092 or msmith@madavor.com.

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Should You REALLY Only Ever Be Independent?

By Shaun Letang of Music Industry How To.

How likely it is you’d get a record deal. A lot of people said they’re going to stay independent for one reason or another, but is this really a good idea? This is what we look at today:

Should I Sign A Record Deal If A Good One Came Along?

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All Jazz Radio – A Blog Supreme Blog – TUESDAY 16th September 2014

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Sjoe, it’s a muggy, cloud filled day in the Mother City today, in with the long pants and out with the T-shirts and shorts again, but as I keep on saying, It’s gonna be a wonderful day no matter what the weather gods decide.

Sebastian Scotney

Sebastian Scotney

We hope that we have finally shorted out our London connection so we will be able ti chat to Sebastian Scotney, editor in chief of the influential and award winning London Jazz News Blog at around 11am Central African Time. It is also the second program, The J. B. F. Show (Jazz, Blues, Fusion) presented by Titilayo Adedokun from12:00 to 14:00. Join us on All Jazz Radio Website, all day and everyday, just click on the link.

Here is the program schedule for today and tomorrow;

TUESDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
11:00 to 11:15 London Jazz News Blog Chat With Sebastian Scotney, London, UK
11:15 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
12:00 to 14:00 The J. B. F Show With Titilayo Adedokun, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Much, Much More Music Show Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
WEDNESDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 The Latin Perspective With Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)
14:00 to 16:00 Midweek Jazz Melange With Ndoxy Hadebe, Cape Town, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Sundown Show compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

NB: Please note that the live streaming broadcasts commence at 10h00 until 18h00 Central African Time daily then all programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning. Time Zone is C.A.T.

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Wonderful news to hand, Jason Moran’s new album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

has been released

Jason Moran All Rise- A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

Jason Moran All Rise- A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

Acclaimed pianist Jason Moran has announced a September 16 release date for All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The album—which was produced by Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was—is the ninth in a formidable catalog that Moran has been building on Blue Note since 1999.

“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur,” says Moran. “It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC.  It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him all at the same time.”

All Rise features Moran hosting a changeable cast of musicians that includes vocalists Ndegeocello and Lisa E. Harris, his longtime trio The Bandwagon featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and a funky horn-inflected ensemble anchored by drummer Charles Haynes that features trumpeter Leron Thomas and trombonist Josh Roseman, as well as guest saxophonist Steve Lehman. The album was recorded and mixed by Bob Power, known for honing the sound on classic hip hop records by A Tribe Called Quest, Common and The Roots.

All Rise is the studio culmination of a project that was born onstage in Harlem as the Fats Waller Dance Party. In 2011—nearly a year after Moran had been named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “genius” fellow and around the time he was named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC—the NYC performing arts venue Harlem Stage Gatehouse commissioned Moran, a longtime resident of Upper Manhattan, to create a tribute to the Harlem stride master as part of its “Harlem Jazz Shrines” series.

“My wife Alicia had the idea that it should be a dance party, and I decided to jump at the task,” says the Houston, Texas-reared pianist. “If you think about Fats, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines—all of them were making the popular sounds of their era: dance music. Unlike today, where jazz audiences generally remain seated, dancing was expected when Fats showed up to a gig.”

“The objective was to construct an evening-length performance in a space that lent itself to dancing,” explains Moran. “I asked myself what could be the extra layer, or the extra couple of layers, we might add to Fats’ music to provide a number of different ways for audiences to enjoy it? That’s when I reached out to Meshell. I wanted someone who could not only sing Fats’ lyrics, but be free with them, and also a musician more accustomed than I am to dealing with a crowd that’s on its feet. She was my only choice.”

The same spirit of radical reinvention can be found on Ndegeocello’s 2012 dedication to Nina Simone, Pour une âme souveraine, and her presence on All Rise guaranteed that the album would be infused with the contemporary kineticism of R&B and hip-hop. “I suggested the drummer, Charles Haynes,” Ndegeocello remembers, “because he has facility and his pocket is one you cannot hear and stand still. The dance aspect of what Jason proposed really excited me.”

From the propulsive afrobeat groove of “Yacht Club Swing” to the simmering slow jam reinvention of “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” Moran and Ndegeocello recast Waller’s repertoire for our times. In concert Moran also adds a layer of performance art by donning a larger-than-life papier-mâché mask of Waller’s head created for him by the Haitian artist Didier Civil.

The track listing for All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller is as follows:

Put Your Hands On It

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Yacht Club Swing

Lulu’s Back In Town

Two Sleepy People

The Joint Is Jumpin’

Honeysuckle Rose

Ain’t Nobody’s Business

Fats Elegy

Handful Of Keys

Jitterbug Waltz

Sheik Of Araby /  I Found a New Baby

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Pianist/ Vocalist Peter Cincotti

Pianist/ Vocalist Peter Cincotti

Here’s something about who we’ve not heard in a long time. Vocalist/pianist Peter Cincotti who is to Open Tribeca Spotlight “Main Event” Series Saturday, October 25 at 8PM – Tickets $45 – $35

Peter Cincotti, singer-songwriter-pianist and native New Yorker, began playing piano at the age of three. By the age of 18 he was being called “one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation” by the New York Times. In 2003, Peter’s debut album reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. Hailed as “the rebirth of cool” by Elle magazine, Peter explores musical styles that blend pop, rock, blues and jazz, infusing each new song he writes with originality and startling energy.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located on 199 Chambers St., on the campus of the BMCC.  Call (212) 220 – 1459 www.TribecaPAC.org

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Straight No Chaser is located at 79 Buitenkant Street (next to Diva’s pizza), Cape Town.

Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser

Bookings are essential via phone or sms on 076 -679-2697. Doors open at 7pm. Shows are at 8:30pm and 10pm. Price is (unless otherwise specified) R60 for a single show and R100 for both performances. With most performances student rates are available at R40 (with student card) for one show and R70 for both.

18 September 2014: Mike Rossi Project

Mike Rossi Name tenorThe Mike Rossi Project: Trespassing Permitted is the result of a mixed musical life as a musician and educator who has travelled extensively. While born in the US, much of the music that will be performed reflects his experiences of living in South Africa for over a decade with frequent travels to the US, throughout Africa, Europe and especially Italy with my parents originating from the regions of Benevento and Abruzzo.

The music was specifically orchestrated for three horns that include trumpet, trombone and multiple saxophones with a stellar rhythm section. The music ranges in style from South African township jazz, to hard bop, to modal, to latin, to contemporary.

The MIKE ROSSI PROJECT performed at the 2013 Jazz Festival in Grahamstown and also at the 2013 JAZZKIF International Jazz Festival in Kinshasa, DRC.

This year they performed at the 2014 CT Intl Jazz Festival in March, at Jazz at The Nassau in June, and will perform on Saturday 27 September at the JOY OF JAZZ Festival in Johannesburg.

The Band: Mike Rossi – soprano, altello, alto and tenor saxophones, William Haubrich – trombone, James McClure – trumpet and flugelhorn, Andrew Ford – piano, Wesley Rustin – bass & Kesivan Naidoo – drums

19 September 2014: Shane Cooper Quintet

Shane Cooper

Shane Cooper

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.

His debut record ‘Oscillations’ just won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Jazz Album.The album features Kesivan Naidoo (drums), Bokani Dyer (piano, rhodes), Reza Khota (guitar), Justin Bellairs (alto saxophone), Buddy Wells (tenor saxophone). The album was co-produced by Shane Cooper and Carlo Mombelli.

The Band: Shane Cooper (Bass), Reza Khota (Guitar), Bokani Dyer(Piano), Justin Bellairs (Alto Sax) & Kesivan Naidoo (Drums)

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All Jazz Radio Blog – MONDAY 15th September 2014

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It’s a chilly day in old Cape Town, is there a song in them those words? I don’t know you tell me. J Please remember to click on the The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival 2014 banner to see all the details of the festival.

It’s another exciting week ahead and there’s a whole heap of new music to share, here’s some of those titles we’ll be sharing during the Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club

today;

Ezra Weiss Before You Know It Art

Language 12 Maji Maji In The Land Of Milk & Honey

Chris Walden Big Band Full On!

Auction Project Slink

Audrey Martin Living Room

Torsten Goods Love Comes To Town

Mark Lomax Isis & Osiris

Eliana Cuevas Espejo

Mack Ave Super Band

Orrin Evans Liberation Blues

Reynold Philipsek East Side Astoria

Kevin Cline Make Up Your Mind

Dan Moretti & The Hammond Boys - Live at Chan's

Dan Moretti & The Hammond Boys – Live at Chan’s

Dan Moretti & The Hammond Boys – Live at Chan’s

Saxophonist Dan Moretti’s rich and diverse performing and recording career has spanned over 30 years with just last year a world tour with legendary guitarist-producer Nile Rodgers in support of his 4 Grammys with Daft Punk. Moretti has launched a new label Roots Grooves Records, with this his 16th new release, this is the perfect time to transition to a label owner. Moretti’s recordings have spanned many jazz based styles, from straight ahead-jazz to latin-jazz, to Italian roots music and contemporary jazz. Dan Moretti and The Hammond Boys, Live at Chan’s is his long awaited soul-jazz outing. Dan was once asked what kind of music does he like and his reply was, “music that sounds good and communicates, I have to ‘get it’ from an artist.” It’s that communal feeling that makes this new recording a must play.

Beat Funktion Mandy's Secret

Beat Funktion Mandy’s Secret

Beat Funktion – Mandy’s Secret

We all know by now that Swedish funksters Beat Funktion are here to stay! Not only have their their music begun to fetch fans across genres, their fan- base has also begun to encompass the entire globe, and what impresses me most is their unusually high production rate; their third album Voodooland has recently hit the US charts with extremely notable success, their second album Moon Town did the same last year, and before this year is over they already announce the release of a fourth album, intriguingly titled Mandy’s Secret. Who Mandy is and what her secret really is or symbolizes remains to be seen (or heard), but the band’s pianist and artistic director Daniel Lantz has announced that the preparations for this album actually started a longer time ago than one might think.

I for one am so glade to see the new Language 12 album after a hiatus of 5 years, welcome back guys. I’ve not yet listened to it and will hear the chosen track at the same time as you dear listening peeps. So much more new music so little time, but the show goes on as is said in the classics.

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Listed below id what one will hear on All Jazz Radio Website today and tomorrow;

NB: Please note that the live streaming broadcasts commence at 10h00 until 18h00 Central African Time daily then all programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning. Time Zone is C.A.T.

MONDAY  
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 The Latin Perspective With Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)
14:00 to 16:00 Take 5 and then some Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
16:00 to 18:00 Jazz Around The World With Wolfgang König, Berlin, Germany
TUESDAY  
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
11:00 to 11:15 London Jazz News BlogChat With Sebastian Scotney, London, UK
11:15 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
12:00 to 14:00 The J. B. F Show With Titilayo Adedokun, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Much, Much More Music Show Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

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Brian Culbertson

Brian Culbertson

MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST BRIAN CULBERTSON-SEPT 19

Ebony Maze Promotions presents Brian Culbertson on Friday, September 19th for the final concert in their Summer Smooth Jazz Series and Culbertson’s only tri-state show until 2015. A multi-instrumentalist by age 12, Culbertson grew up just south of Chicago, loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chick Corea, and David Sanborn, and Sting. In 1994, at age 20, Brian self-produced his debut album “Long Night Out.” Since then, Brian has released thirteen more albums, toured around the world, and worked with industry all-stars like Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) , Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone, Graham Central Station), Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, and Bootsy Collins to name a few. Brian’s latest album “Another Long Night Out” spent 5 weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. In addition, the first single, “Fullerton Ave.” (feat. Chuck Loeb), was also #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Radio Chart for 8 weeks. Culbertson will be joined by his six piece band: Chris Miskel (drums), Eddie Miller (keys/vocals), Marqueal Jordan (sax/vocals), Michael Stever (trumpet/keys), Adam Hawley (guitar), and Rodney Jones, Jr. (bass).

Concert starts at 9pm; doors open at 6pm for pre-show dinner guests.* Ample parking and 14’ screens for an enhanced viewing experience, make the Lake Terrace Ballroom in Lakewood, NJ the perfect location for a night out. For concert info: http://ebonymaze.com/upcoming-shows/ . Limited tickets are available at http://ebonymaze.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=668289 or by ===========================================

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All Jazz Radio Blog – SATURDAY 13th September 2014

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The Mother City of Cape Town shows off her magnificent self today some with a few clouds, not to chillish start of the day whit a promise of a fabulous spring day ahead, time for a champagne breakfast, no make that a Charmat Method one instead and my choice would be Beyerskloof Pinotage Brut Rose made in the Italian Charmat Method which is sadly no longer available, so I’ll have to do with the refreshing Beyerskloof Chenin Blanc/Pinotage however the news is that there may be a possibility of that the magnificent Sparkling Pinotage Brut Rose may again become available in the years ahead. Can’t wait, but I’ll have to be patient on that score. Me thinks I’ll have to have Beyers Truter on with me as a guest on the Jazz Rendezvous in the near future when we revive our Wingerd Griep en Ander Stories (Vineyard “Flu” and Other Story’s), good idea, neh.

Breakfast of cold cuts, cheeses, fresh breads and salads sound like an idea, what say you, eh !

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Here the program schedule for today and tomorrow;

SATURDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 The No Name Brand Show With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Cooking Jazz With Yaacov Harari, Tel Aviv, Israel
16:00 to 18:00 The Kibby Factor With James Kibby, Cape Town, SA
SUNDAY    
10:00 to 18:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

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STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTIST WINNERS AT 2014 STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival bannerIt’s going to be a wonderful festival this, come the end of September, looks like a very memorable one too and not to be missed at all. A number of previous Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) winners will be performing at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre

Shane Cooper

Shane Cooper

from September 25 to 27.

They are Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane, Kesivan Naidoo, Melanie Scholtz, Shane Cooper and this year’s Young Artist for Jazz winner Kyle Shepherd.

Standard Bank’s long association with jazz goes back to 1998 when it first sponsored the Grahamstown Festival jazz programme. Recently
the Standard Bank Group was awarded the Long Term Partnership Award for its sponsorship of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown at the 17th Annual Business Day, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards. Joy of Jazz made its first appearance at the State Theatre in Pretoria in 1997. The first Standard Bank Joy of Jazz took place in Newtown in 2000 and has since grown to become Africa’s premiere jazz festival.

Sibongile KhumaloThis year also heralds 30 years of Standard Bank’s sponsorship of the SBYA awards. Khumalo, Bosman and Puoane won for music in 1993, 2000 and 2004 respectively while the first award for jazz was made in 2006 to Concord Nkabinde.

Capetonian pianist, saxophonist, composer and band leader Kyle Shepherd is the 2014 SBYA award winner for Jazz. Ten years ago he performed in Grahamstown as a member of the Standard Bank National Schools Big Band; now he stands on that same stage on the cusp of a career that promises to be significant for South African jazz.

Past SBYA winners such as Sibongile Khumalo and Gloria Bosman show how South African music and jazz can hold its own in any global arena. Each has an impressive local and international pedigree.

The list of SBYA award winners include:

1993: Sibongile Khumalo (music) – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

2000: Gloria Bosman (music) – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

2004: Tutu Puoane (music) – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

2006: Concorde Nkabinde (jazz) – involved in the workshops and jazz concerts that formed part of the Road to Joy of Jazz, a build-up to the main festival

2007: Shannon Mowday (jazz)

mark fransman

Mark Fransman

2008: Mark Fransman (jazz) – musical director of the 2014 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band who are performing at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

2009: Kesivan Naidoo (jazz) – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

2010: Melanie Scholtz (jazz)  – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

2011: Bokani Dyer (jazz)

2012: Afrika Mkize (jazz)

2013: Shane Cooper (jazz) – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

2014: Kyle Shepherd (jazz) – performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

Shannon Mowday

Shannon Mowday

The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.

Go to: www.joyofjazz.co.za
or www.standardbankarts.co.za.
 www.facebook.com/standardbankjoyofjazz
http://www.sbseventsmarketingsolutions.com
or http://standardbank.mobi/jazz
twitter.com/joyofjazz 
 www.facebook.com/standardbankjoyofjazz
youtube.com/standardbankgroup

Tickets for Standard Bank Joy of Jazz are available through Computicket and Shoprite Checkers. The day pass costs R750 for 16 acts on four stages while the weekend pass is R1250 for 32 acts on the four Standard Bank Joy of Jazz stages at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Tickets are available at a 15 percent discount for all Standard Bank customers subject to availability and on presentation and usage of a valid Standard Bank debit, cheque and/or credit card at a Computicket outlet. The offer is limited to two tickets per person who meet the criteria. The offer is not available for online bookings.

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Demetric Mercadel elected President of Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Demetric Mercadel

Demetric Mercadel

New Board Officers Elected

Demetric M. Mercadel

NEW ORLEANS – The Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation elected new officers at its meeting held Sept. 11, 2014. By a unanimous vote, the following members were elected to these positions:

Demetric Mercadel, President
Donna Santiago, 1st Vice President
Kathleen Turner, 2nd Vice President
Jeffrey Goldring, Secretary
David Francis, Treasurer

The officers will serve a one-year term.

Demetric M. Mercadel has several passions, but her top three include family, community service and political activism. Demetric’s life is truly a collection of diverse experiences that have not only contributed to her development, but to enhancing the lives of countless people she has touched along the way.

Demetric has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting, finance and planning fields with responsibilities ranging from basic operations, administrative accounting, preparing variance analysis reports and special projects.

Since October 1981, Demetric has been a part of the Entergy family, working in various jobs such as a senior information systems specialist to a financial planning assistant. She currently is a senior associate analyst in regulatory & governmental affairs for Entergy New Orleans, Inc. In this post, she develops working relationships with the City of New Orleans and with the New Orleans delegation of the state legislators and supports strategic regulatory, energy efficiency and energy policy initiatives, including EnergySmart, She also serves as a liaison between Entergy’s regulatory and governmental affairs and customer service teams and assists in all governmental affairs and regulatory projects as needed.

Demetric is a proud New Orleanian – born and raised in the 7th Ward – who works with numerous community organizations such as president of the board of directors of the French Market Corporation, secretary of the Upper Pontalba Building Association, president of the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Catholic Church Parish Council and serving to coordinate the development of the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Neighborhood Community Center in the 7th Ward; past 1st vice-president, board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Inc.; past president of the development board of the Sisters of the Holy Family, president of the American Association of Blacks in Energy Louisiana Chapter; treasurer of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation; board member of St. Augustine High School; and, board member of Young Audiences of Louisiana.

She also served as the volunteer committee chair of the 2004 Super BowlXXXVI Host Committee in New Orleans, and founding member of the Parents of the Alumni Association of St. Augustine High School.

In 2013, Mercadel was honored with being a Hall of Fame Inductee by the Louisiana Center for Women & Government.  She also received “A Metros Salute” that same year from Metro Service Group for her many accomplishments to the community.

The editors of Women of Color magazine honored Demetric as a 2005 Women of Color Technology All Stars and Rising Stars. The awards ceremony was the highpoint of the National Women of Color Business and Technology Awards Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, an event that celebrates the accomplishments of women of color in business and technology.

Other accomplishments include the 2011 recipient of the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion, an honour bestowed on individuals devoted to the work of the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond presented the award. Demetric was named 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gala honoree for the hard work and commitment to the Foundation; the 2013 recipient of the Xavier University Preparatory Remember When Founders Award in recognition for continued support of the Xavier Prep’s Alumni Association Annual Scholarship Fundraiser; and, 2012 honors for continued service to the Sisters of the Holy Family Development Board, recognizing her commitment to the cause of Canonization of the Venerable Henriette Dellile. She has received the 2004 Role Model Award from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) for her contributions made to the New Orleans community and the National Junior Achievement Bronze Leadership Award for exemplary leadership and support of the group’s education programs. Demetric was selected as a 1994 Dryades YMCA Black Achiever in Business and Industry, for serving as a role model for students with the intent to interact and provide career guidance and counseling to the youth of the community.

Demetric is also the proud mother of one son, Todd C. James.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more about the Foundation, please visit their web site.

www.jazzandheritage.org

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GROOV Marketing & ConsultingGROOV Marketing & Consulting is proud to announce that they will  be servicing select Jazz radios stations with the new Flying Lotus release “You’re Dead!” FlyLo, also known as Steven Ellison, is the Great-Nephew of the late Alice Coltrane, and the cousin of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Needless to say, Flying Lotus has a deep appreciation and love for Jazz and that is evident in this new release.

“You’re Dead” is by no means a straight ahead Jazz release, but features musicians such as Kamasi Washington, Ronald Bruner Jr., Thundercat and the legend himself, Herbie Hancock.

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Music Industry Top Guide Of The Week:

Today’s featured Full Access guide:

Most Musicians Don’t Make Money From The Music Industry, And I’ll Tell You Why…

In the above guide Ches Christian explains why he thinks many musicians don’t make money, and how to change that.

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Now with the Oscar Pistorius murder trial over and the sentencing is still to be done our fair nation is very divided over the results given so far. Like the OJ trial the same things are happening, I say enough already, a court of law has given it’s verdict whether one agrees or disagrees, this sad debacle has taken more than enough of everybody’s time, life goes on and the pain, hurt and loss will fade, though memories will linger for the families concerned, remember the good times and be prepared to forgive. I have never supported the idea of the comic circumstances of how the trial has been conducted in the open media public forum. I was shocked and disgusted by the events that led to the public airing of dirty laundry now the question remains is the same thing going to happen with the Dewani murder trial. I hope not as the media has become totally besotted with shock and awe tactics. An example is the recent sad beheadings of two fine journalists and other terrible thing done by sick and depraved people in the name of some sick and twisted ideals. Enough already. TGIO almost.

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All Jazz Radio Blog – FRIDAY 12th September 2014

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So over the Oscar Trial already, thank goodness it’s come to an end, al last. Nuff already, are we going to now be besieged with the next one on the roster, Shrien Dewani I certainly hope not. On the bright side it’s a beautiful day in the Mother City of Cape Town a wee bit chilly this morning but its going to turn into a gorgeous day, so the weather peeps say, looking forward to it.

Here’s the programming for the weekend;

FRIDAY
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 The EuroJazz Frontier With Peter Slavid, London, UK
14:00 to 16:00 The Latin Side With Rudy Nadlir-Nir, Cape Town, SA (Latin)
16:00 to 18:00 5th Floor Jazz Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
SATURDAY
10:00 to 14:00 The No Name Brand Show With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Cooking Jazz With Yaacov Harari, Tel Aviv, Israel
16:00 to 18:00 The Kibby Factor With James Kibby, Cape Town, SA
SUNDAY
10:00 to 18:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

South Africa, Africa and the World’s pre-eminent Internet Jazz Social Lifestyle Radio Station and an essential broadcaster of good jazz music in all its various forms with Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz being an integral part of the broadcast mix, enriching the social, cultural, educational and community experience of the listening audience, and also have All Jazz Radio, as one’s essential music listening home, where Jazz Lovers of the global village meet to share in our common social interest and lifestyle on the World Wide Web.

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Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

Composer/trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s The Great Lakes Suites to be released September 16 from the TUM label

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Wadada Leo Smith’s new album The Great Lakes Suites

A two CD set featuring saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist John Lindberg – all of whom were born or spent their youths in cities near the Great Lakes.   Smith himself lived in Chicago for several personally crucial years in the late 1960s and played with Threadgill and DeJohnette during the early days of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

The CD includes six compositions that are each dedicated to and inspired by the Great Lakes.

“5-stars. They have created one of the freshest and most original sets of the new millennium.” – Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

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The new-look Standard Bank Joy of Jazz heading for a sell-out

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival convention centreTickets for the new-look Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27 – are selling fast.

The relocation to Sandton means that, for the first time, audiences have been able to buy a full festival pass on Friday, September 26, and Saturday, September 27, to the four main stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Diphala and Mbira – in line with jazz festivals around the globe. Ticket sales show that jazz lovers have embraced this change.

Ninety percent of the full weekend passes have already been sold. Sixty five percent of Saturday passes have been bought and with more than fifty percent of Friday passes having been purchased by festivalgoers. Tickets to the opening night on the Dinaledi Stage are nearly sold out with three out of 17 hospitality suites still available.

Tickets are available at a 15 percent discount for all Standard Bank customers subject to availability and on presentation and usage of a valid Standard Bank debit, cheque and/or credit card at a Computicket outlet. The offer is limited to two tickets per person who meet the criteria. The offer is not available for online bookings. This discount is only available until August 31.

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Sibongile Khumalo

This year’s line-up is one of the best in years and features jazz giants from across the world – including four-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves; National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and South African musical legends Sibongile Khumalo and Jonas Gwangwa.  More than 75 performers are taking part. Others to look out for are British R&B legend Billy Ocean; this year’s Grammy recipient for Best Jazz Vocal Gregory Porter; trumpeter Roy Hargrove; Cameroon’s Richard Bona, Dwele from the US and Italian jazz singer and Grammy nominee Roberta Gambarini.

 

Peter Tladi

Peter Tladi

Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman is delighted with ticket sales to date:

“The decision to move to Sandton because of increasing audience numbers, and to change the date of the festival to a month later, has been embraced by jazz lovers. We have an incredible line-up of talent from both South Africa and around the globe and are confident that this year’s festival will be a sell-out and one of the best ever.”

Tickets for Standard Bank Joy of Jazz are available through Computicket and Shoprite Checkers. The festival pass allows patrons access to all four venues at a cost of R750 for a day pass and R1250 for a weekend pass; allowing patrons to see all 16 concerts each day.

The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.

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Here a note from wonderful singer Carmen Lundy;

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Carmen Lundy’s new album Soul to Soul

Greetings! It’s been a while since you last heard from me. I’ve been hard at work on my new album Soul To Soul to be released on September 23rd!

I began working on Soul To Soul well over a year ago in my studio, by composing or arranging all the music and then playing and recording all the instruments – including bass, drums, piano, guitar, and percussion.  Since I wrote the music with specific players in mind for each respective instrument, I then reached out to the artists you hear on this new album. Each and every one of them brought their enormous talent and huge heart to the project.  It was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of my career!

I hope you’ll enjoy this musical journey as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.  I’ll be touring with Patrice Rushen, Jamison Ross, Kenny Davis, Darryl Hall, and Andrew Renfroe for the SOUL TO SOUL Tour, so be sure to check the dates below to see if we’ll be near you!

And if you’re in the Los Angeles area, we’ll be celebrating with a CD Release Party at Blue Whale on October 10th at 8:30 pm.

Love and Peace,
Carmen

Stream select songs from Soul To Soul:
www.carmenlundy.com

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All Jazz Radio Blog – THURSDAY 11th September 2014

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JAZZ BLOG LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEShjoe it never stops, this beautiful beast we’ve created is a real hard taskmaster demanding more and more time. I don’t know where to find more

Carol Martin

Carol Martin

time. Thank goodness Carol Martin volunteered to write CD and Live performance reviews for our website and hopefully a few other odds and ends. Go to the Reviews link on our website and read her first CD Review of the debut album by drummer Claude Cozens’ Trio, “Jubilee Jam” features Kyle Shepherd on piano and Benjamin Jephta on bass.Welcome to the All Jazz Radio Team Carol, really great to have you on board. B.T.W. should one like to join our small highly dedicated and motivated volunteer team, please send us an email to let us know of your interest or Skype us and let’s chat about what you’d like to do on All Jazz Radio. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Here’s what one can look forward today and Friday on All Jazz Radio;

THURSDAY    
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 Todd’s Turntable With Todd Gordon, Edinburgh, Scotland (Vocal)
14:00 to 16:00 Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA
16:00 to 18:00 Vagabond Blues With Brian Currin, Cape Town, SA (Blues)
FRIDAY    
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 EuroJazz Frontier With Peter Slavid, London, UK
14:00 to 16:00 The Latin Side With Rudy Nadlir-Nir, Cape Town, SA (Latin)
16:00 to 18:00 5th Floor Jazz Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

Don’t forget if you weren’t able to listen to any days live broadcasts, one can catch up and listen to the days programs the following evening when we rebroadcast the programmes from 18:00 onwards. Click on the All Jazz Radio Website link to listen in. Remember too that we are highly portable and one can listen on ones smart phone or tablet and one won’t miss a note of the best Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz streaming daily from the beautiful shores of the Mother City of Cape Townjoin us right now. We’d also like to request that you visit us in the Twittersphere and FOLLOW us, just click on the link to go do it @AllJazzRadioSA Twitter

What do you think of the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus WatchiWatch? I must say I’m blown away and can’t wait to up grade. I mean I’ve still got an iPhone 4, which has given me excellent service and my up grade has been due for a number of years now. As an Apple aficionado and with Christmas and my birthday is coming, it may happen that I’ll have to treat myself unless some kind friend decides to be really nice and make me a gift of the iPhone 6 Plus, the phone will do for now, I’ll get the watch myself later on:) Oh well continuing to dream, neh.:(

It’s another one of those hectic days where there is so much to do and time in no friend of mine today, got a whole bunch of music to get on the AJR system, loads of emails to reply to so the auto presenter will be doing duty again today. Hey would you like to present a show on All Jazz Radio, if you’re interested please email us and tell us about yourself and your musical likes, in fact add an list of twenty artists you’d include in a show. Also please tell us a little about yourself, where you live and any other relevant info you may deem of interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Joy of Jazz pays tribute to SA pioneers

Peter Tladi

Peter Tladi

Ten Groups that broke racial and cultural boundaries under the apartheid regime are to be honoured this year by the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. Said the promoter of Joy of Jazz, Peter Tladi: “In many ways the objective of the regime was to divide, yet these artists were catalysts in forging unity and bringing people together. These bands also contributed uniquely to the cultural landscape in our country.” Read the full story at http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/music/joy-of-jazz-pays-tribute-to-sa-pioneers-1.1746650#.VBFRI0v6fN4

JAZZ: Good year for SA jazz BY GWEN ANSELL, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014, 05:41

McCoy Mrubata

McCoy Mrubata

IT HAS been a vintage year for South African releases. The appellation “album of the year” becomes superfluous when nobody this year has yet sent me a bad album. It has also seen the revival of long-dormant jazz projects. We heard McCoy Mrubata’s Brasskap Project again after six years, and now Marcus Wyatt and Siya Makuzeni’s Language 12 returns after eight years.Read the full column at http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/entertainment/2014/09/10/jazz-good-year-for-sa-jazz

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – WEDNESDAY 10th September 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOJAZZ BLOG LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEAfter all the fretting yesterday things did get done, though we weren’t able to get Sebastian Scotney of London Jazz News Blog online due to time zone confusion, but next week we’ll have it all sorted. Titilayo Adedokun’s first show The J. B. F. Show went off very well I think she performed admirably. She was nervous at the start, understandably but as the show went on she settled in quite comfortably. Well-done Titilayo. What do you think? I for one am looking forward to next Tuesdays show.

Want to know and see who is going to be performing at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival 2014 just click on the banner on any of the All Jazz Radio Website pages

 Here’s what is happening on air today and tomorrow on All Jazz Radio

MONDAY    
10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 The Latin Perspective

 

With Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)
14:00 to 16:00 Take 5 and then some Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
16:00 to 18:00 Jazz Around The World With Wolfgang König, Berlin, Germany
TUESDAY    
10:00 to 14:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
11:00 to 11:15 London Jazz News Blog Chat With Sebastian Scotney, London, UK
11:15 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
12:00 to 14:00 The J. B. F Show With Titilayo Adedokun, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA
16:00 to 18:00 The Much, Much More Music Show Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA

It looks like it going to be another really nice day in the Mother City of Cape Town and should one be planning a vacation, then this is the place to visit during the summer months, why not pay us a visit anytime over the next few months.

I would like to ask that one goes to our Twitter page at @AllJazzRadioSA and kindly FOLLOW us, you see we really you kindly do it today, also would you encourage your Friends and Followers to do so as well.

Some Blog News to check out;

Chicago Jazz Fest highlights a la PoKempner-vision with kind permission of Jazz Beyond Jazz Howard Mandel’s Urban Improvisation

September 2, 2014 by Howard Mandel

No one was shot at any jazz festivals held throughout the U.S. over Labor Day weekend, unless artists and audiences captured by photography count. Marc PoKempner was among the expert photogs creating views of the sounds at the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Marc is especially good incorporating into his compositions the huge video image projected behind artists on the stage of the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion. Some fest highlights he depicts: Cecile McClorin Salvant, as powerful an actress as she is nuanced a singer, making … [Read more…]

New Monthly Latin Night at the Spice of Life (starts Sep 10th) with kind permission of LONDON JAZZ NEWS

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Vocalist Noemi Nuti writes about her new Latin Music Residency at The Spice of Life, starting Wednesday September 10th: Read More…

Have a great day, enjoy the all of the jazz on All Jazz Radio today

 

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – TUESDAY 9th September 2014

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It looks like Spring has taken hold in the African Jazz Capitals environs, the Mother City, Cape Town is showing her beautiful colours today, which bodes well for the Summer ahead. Still, it’s going to be another very busy day for me at All Jazz Radio. Here’s what the day looks like;

London Lazz Small Long Logo10h00 to 12h00 – Jazz Rendezvous with Eric Alan and also included is the London Jazz News with Sebastian Scotney & Eric Alan around 11h00 to 11h15

Titilayo Adedokun behind the mic12h00 to 14h00 – The J. B. F. Show with Titilayo Adedokun (Jazz, Blues, Fusion Show) Brand New Show and Presenter

14h00 to 16h00 – The Jazz E Show, 100% South African Jazz with Etienne Shardlow

16h00 to 18h00 – The Much, Much More Music Show Compiled and produced by Eric Alan

See I wasn’t kidding but there are still more than a few other tasks added to the workload today. Not complaining though, I just love it, sharing and showcasing the best and the latest new Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz from all corners of the global village. One just cannot miss todays exciting programming on All Jazz Radio today don’t you think?

Gerald Wilson Big Band

Gerald Wilson Big Band

We received the sad news of passing of a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Gerald Wilson. Wilson, aged 96, died on Monday at his Los Angeles home some two weeks after contracting pneumonia. We at All Jazz Radio would like to offer our condolences to his son, guitarist Anthony, the Wilson family and his fans. Here is a link to an obit in the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-gerald-wilson-20140909-story.html#page=1

Release News

Soul’d Debuts Their High-Energy Sound with Self-Titled Debut Single “Soul’d”

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New single “Soul’d” introduces a new Funk/Smooth Jazz trio of the same name. Soul’d, the band, features GRAMMY®-nominated composer and producer Arun Shenoy, internationally acclaimed flautist Ravichandra Kulur, and groove master Duke Purisima. Their new style of high-energy music has been dubbed “Bansuri Funk.”

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What do you call a song that crosses Funk with Smooth Jazz, while also turning traditional instrumentation on its ear?  That was the challenge facing producer and composer Arun Shenoy, internationally acclaimed flautist Ravichandra Kulur and groove master Duke Purisima, who formed their trio, Soul’d, in early 2014. Their vision? To merge their diverse influences into a fresh and high-energy contemporary instrumental sound.  As the mixes of “Soul’d” (Narked Records, 2014) evolved, the single so clearly captured their combined vision for the trio that Purisima suggested an eponymous debut.

Purisima laughed softly as he explained “We were working on several tracks, but this one really stood out as a perfect example of where we want to go with our music.  ‘Soul’d’ captures what we are all about, so I suggested we take the name for our new band, too.  You’ve got to feel pretty strongly about a piece to let it stand for you and your band.”

Kulur, an in-demand flautist who performed extensively with the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and daughter Anoushka Shankar, coaxes a whole new sound out of his Indian classical flute, which takes the place of the saxophone or trumpet leads normally heard in Smooth Jazz.  Another favourite of Shenoy’s, GRAMMY®- nominated arranger Don Hart, teamed up with the trio, recording the live horn orchestration  for “Soul’d” in Nashville.  Listening to final mixes inspired the stylistic term Bansuri Funk, referring to the trio’s innovative jazz/funk approach and the traditional Indian bamboo flute, the Bansuri.

Shenoy comments “This new take on things was something I envisioned after working with Ravi on ‘Bliss’.  I was instantly taken by the clarity of his playing style, and high-paced fingering techniques, for which he is quite well known by music-lovers and critics alike. I wondered how it would sound to explore all of that in a more East-meets-West jazz funk fusion, and so we went for it.”

The names Shenoy, Purisima and Kulur may ring a bell among World Fusion fans, as the three artists collaborated on Shenoy’s “Bliss”, an Indian World Fusion single that was launched by the Recording Academy via a worldwide “Exclusive First Look” feature at GRAMMY.com in 2013.  While Purisima has worked with Shenoy before on the latter’s projects, Kulur and Shenoy met more recently when discovering online that they both hailed from the same district along India’s Western coast.

Art director Roshni Mohapatra lends her unique creative vision for the project’s packaging and visual aspect of the music, which has been brought to life by Rich Lock at Devolution Designs in the UK.

CREDITS

SOUL’D (Duke Purisima, Ravichandra Kulur, Arun Shenoy)

Soul’d is

Arun Shenoy – Guitars

Ravichandra Kulur – Flutes

Duke Purisima – Bass

Produced by Arun Shenoy, Duke Purisima

Arranged by Arun Shenoy, Duke Purisima, Don Hart

Mixed and Mastered by Jerry Chua

Additional musicians

Felipe Praino – Guitars

Owen Gurry – Guitars

Jerry Chua – Drums

Horn section (Recorded at Oceanway Studios, Studio B, Nashville, TN)

Steve Patrick Trumpet

Jeff Coffin Saxophone

Barry Green Trombone

Todd Tobbins – Engineer

Artwork & Packaging

Roshni Mohapatra – Art Direction, Typography, Liner Notes

Rich Lock at Devolution Designs – Art Direction, Artwork, Typography

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All Jazz Radio Blog – MONDAY 8th September 2014

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Again on a day like this I understand why Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats came up with their huge hit, I Don’t Like Monday’s. It’s not the story that drove Sir Bob to write the tune but the sentiment of the title; yep today I really Hate Monday’s. There’s just so much to do and not enough time in the day. I know there’s 24-hours ahead, but hey one has to sleep and hour or two too, you know. Nuff complaining, and on with the chores and as the Christine McVie song written for Fleetwood Mac and one of their most endearing songs say’s Don’t Stop it’s on with the day. I hope that yours will be a better one than mine has started.

The Weekends playlists are now posted to our website at http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/category/ajr-playlists so one can get the album info so one can go get any of them to add to ones album collection.

2012  Jazz Rendezvous Logo topleftThe streaming/broadcast week and day kicks off with the Jazz Rendezvous with the newest and latest albums sent to us from all corners of the global village showcasing some of the best and largely lesser known jazz, blues, Latin and world jazz musicians of whom many of us have yet to discover. We make it so, here at All Jazz Radio, all day and every day. We follow that with Tony Vasquez’s Latin Perspective from 13h00 to 14h00 C.A.T. Yes, a whole Latin Perspective copyhour of incredible Afro Cuban Latin Jazz by a man whose passion shines through during each of his wonderful programs. I’ve compiled another program of the best and latest, ok then, also some of the golden oldies from the best years of contemporary smooth jazz during the program Take 5 and then some from 2 to 4pm Central African Time and should not be missed. We then cross to Berlin, Germany and host Wolfgang König who will present Jazz Around The World and the subject of his program today is part one of Unusual Instruments in jazz. Join Wolfgang from 16h00 to 17h00 for what will prove to be interesting and an enjoyable discovery of the unusual.

London Lazz Small Long LogoTomorrow, Tuesday, sees the start of two new items on All Jazz Sebastian Scotney B&WRadio; firstly we will cross to London for a 15-minute chat to the highly knowledgeable and respected journalist and jazz lover Sebastian Scotney who is the founder and editor in chief of the highly authoritative online magazine/blog London Jazz News. Sebastian writes about jazz. He is often a sitter-in on clarinet or sax at London jazz clubs. He has also been a professor at the Royal College of Music.It will be a two-way conversation from around 11h00 C.A.T. about the jazz scene in the U.K. and Europe. Go join the site at http://www.londonjazznews.com

We then welcome our new presenter to the AJR airwaves,Titilayo Adedokun behind the mic

Jazz/Blues/Musicals/Classical singer, mommy, wife, friend, daughter, sister, band-leader, recording artist Titilayo Adedokun originally from Nashville, Tennessee, of Nigerian origin and now resident of Cape Town with her husband and family. She will be doing a regular weekly show on Tuesdays from 12h00 to 14h00, The J. B. F. Show. She will be showcasing the music she loves best during her two hours she’ll share us weekly. It will be a program of exciting jazz, blues and funk and should not be missed. Make a note in your diary now.

There are a few other exciting things we have lined up later this week, all will be revealed once everything has been confirmed. Watch this space.

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Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – Friday 5th September, 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOJAZZ BLOG LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEThe seasons are changing, however on glancing out of the “production studio” (lounge) window, the light darkness of dawn showcases a cloud bank rolling in at quite a fast rate, I’m not too sure what these clouds hold in store for the day ahead, no worries though. I’ve got a couple of meetings with a prospective new presenter and a possible small sponsor, looking forward to them.

The most exciting thing for All Jazz Radio is the start of The EuroJazz Frontier presented by former UK/Euro Jazz Radio presenter Peter Slavid

Peter Slavid

Peter Slavid

at 13h00 today from London, one will have to simply tune in via our website at www.alljazzradio.co.za. Welcome to you new jazz home Peter we look forward to a long and happy broadcast/streaming spell as part of the AJR Family. Other good news is that we have another new show starting next Tuesday 09 September to be hosted by USA born of Nigerian heritage former Miss USA contestant, Titilayo Adedokun behind the micextraordinary vocalist, recording artist, band leader Titilayo Adedokun. She will be broadcasting from12 to 2pm C.A.T. every Tuesday going forward. I will have a name for the show later today. See I said its an exciting day at AJR today. It’s the start of the weekend and as is usual the Jazz Rendezvous starts our live streaming day from 10am to 1pm CAT today. Then it’s The EuroJazz Frontier with Peter Slavid, after that our Rudy Nadler-Nir gets behind the mic to present The Latin Side after which we take a climb to 5th Floor Jazz during which we will showcase the more contemporary smooth jazz sounds to take one into Friday night. Now one has no excuse not to listen to All Jazz Radio today.

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I thought I’d include Don Albert’s column published on the Arts Link website enjoy the read.

Capri Jazz – keeping the flag flying

Don Albert

Don Albert with Wynton Marsalis.

Don Albert with Wynton Marsalis.

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Jazzaholic by Don Albert: Jazz releases often used to be about the major record labels.

Today I seem to lean towards the independent record companies, especially in South Africa, where for example Sony releases no jazz at all, and Universal is not far behind. I think Gallo is dead.

For me labels like HighNote, Savant, Mack Avenue and Capri plus for reissues on Avid are all keeping the jazz flag flying high.

This week I look at some of the new Capri issues starting off with two excellent jazz trios The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Hamilton drums, Tamir Hendelman piano and Christoph Luty bass, is the epitome of class and musical taste. The 10 racks on the CD Great American Songs includes “Falling in Love with Love”, “The More I See You”, “Though Swell”, “It Could Happen to You” and “All or Nothing at All”.

The trio is tight, yet plays with a looseness that comes after playing together for years. The trio is not going to set the jazz world alight by taking the music in a new direction, it’s all about melodic, swinging interpretations of good songs built around solid piano playing with rhythm or arco bass to super drums fills and elegant brush work. The recording was done in Japan and is a limited edition.

Another trio recording, this time from pianist Larry Fuller with Hassan Shakur bass and Greg Hutchinson drums is more flamboyant a la Oscar Peterson, especially on “At Long Last love”, but this versatile player can be tender as well as on “Both Sides Now” and “Close Enough for Love” .

Fuller has great chops which is displayed on the faster tempos of “Daahoud” and Celia” while he takes “C Jam Blues” from boogie-woogie to stride. He’s a pianist for all seasons who moves from sensitivity to exciting.

The CD Let’s from baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder is filled with top-drawer musicians playing at their best. Besides Schroeder who is one of the top baritone players on the scene today there is guitarist Anthony Wilson filling two slots. With no pianist, he feeds the chords and is an inventive soloist, bassist John Clayton solid rhythm work is another a creative soloist and Jeff Hamilton is just so classy with his subtle brush playing and immaculate sense of time. The music is not in your face.

Although it can be powerful, it’s not extrovert. There’s a subtle balance to it. It’s difficult to give one example but “Hello Bright Sunflower” is a good opener. “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” is a beauty and “A Hawkeye, A Hoosier & Two Cali Cats” is a swinger, and that’s just three of 11 tracks.

This is a prime CD.

For more info www.caprirecords.com

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

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All Jazz Radio Blog – Friday 29th August, 2014

I Love Cape Town in the sand

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Big weekend ahead, lots going on, for instance, tonight sees the Cape Town launch concert of the 

Kyle Shepherd - Dream StateKyle Shepherd Trio’s Double Album Dream State at UCT’s SA College of Music logoUCT’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. This is an event not to miss.

The Campus Of Performing Arts - COPA South Africa LogoCOPA’s Open Day! (Campus Of Performing Arts) tomorrow for all branches around the country on Saturday 30 August 2014 except the KZN Campus, which then the KZN event takes place on the 5th of September from 12pm to 3pm.

One can go along in Cape Town from 12pm to 4pm, Johannesburg: 12pm to 3pm, Pretoria: 11am to 3pm  All the COPA branches listed below and this is what one can expect at the events.

The Open Day includes

– a breakdown on full-time and part-time courses

– drumming demonstrations and live performances by COPA students

– one-on-one chats with Student Representative Council members, on life as a COPA student, as well as 2015 enrolment’s and auditions.

COPA Academy, running as a part-time training facility, will, for the first time in South Africa, make a world-class product available to all aspiring musicians, producers, sound engineers, and DJ’s through a network of approved COPA Academy centres, throughout South Africa. COPA Academy is a sister company of Campus of Performing Arts. Its part-time course material is based on the full-time qualifications offered by Campus of Performing Arts. The course material is based on the nationally registered and CATHSSETA accredited programmes.

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– COPA has partnered with DJ Ian Credible, to teach levels 2, 3 and 4 (basic to advanced). He’s training local DJ’s, on a part-time basis, in communities in the Western Cape, and via COPA Cape Town.

Click here to watch DJ Ian Credible.

– DJ’s will start by learning how to MASTER the DJ DECKS, and elevate to the level where they’ll use ABLETON LIVE over the various 12 week programmes.

– Lessons are broken into 90 minute sessions, once per week, starting at R2000 for COPA’s BASIC COURSE (a once-off opportunity), excluding the DJ part-time book, which costs R200.

– The subsequent courses increase in price, up to R5000. The most advanced course, HIGHER Education level – Stadium DJ, has now evolved to ARTIST level because of the compositional work that occurs over the 12 lessons.

– All classes can be administered on a one-on-one level, but group classes are preferred, with no more than 5 learners per group.

– There are also 2 Full-Time DJ course options. These are offered on COPA’s Higher Education Programme. With these, students can achieve a Higher Certificate, as well as a Diploma in Music Production, focusing on DJ-ing. These will be running in COPA Cape Town from 2015 onward, starting with the Higher Certificate.

Contact:

email: dj@copasa.co.za

Check out their facebook page! Click here

COPA JHB Campus
100 Langermann Drive
Kensington
Johannesburg
tel: +27(0)11 622 7253

COPA CPT campus
5 Ravenscraig Road
Woodstock
Cape Town
tel: +27(0)21 447 6333

COPA PTA Campus
350 Church Avenue
Lynnwood
Pretoria
tel:+27(0)12 348 5877

COPA KZN Campus
79 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (Goble Road)
Morningside
KwaZulu-Natal
tel: +27(0)31 303 7701

– See more at: http://copasa.co.za/cape-town-campus/#sthash.q2Uai7Z0.dpuf looks like another not to be missed event.

Jazz RendezvousToday on All Jazz Radio, the Jazz Rendezvous kicks off the live stream from 10h00 Central African Time with Eric Alan behind the mic and he continues play the new albums that have been included in the music database. If it’s Latin Jazz Latin Side LogoFriday, its got to be The Latin Side with the effervescent Rudy Nadler-Nir who shares his passionate love of Latin jazz from 14h00 C.A.T. After the Latin Side we take to the stairs and head up to the 5th Floor Jazz AJR smooth jazz forever Friday5th Floor for a heady compiled mix of incredible contemporary smooth jazz the start off the weekend in fine style. R=There is no excuse not to miss a note of the music on All Jazz Radio, any day, all day and everyday. Join us right now, tune in at www.alljazzradio.co.za

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All Jazz Radio Blog – Thursday 28th August, 2014

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Sjoe, received a whole heap of new music this week, guess what going to be heard on All Jazz Radio today, yep, you got it. Here’s some of the artists we’ll be playing for you today – Curtis Stigers, Afro-Bop Alliance, Tony Kadleck Big Band, Mlungisi Gegana, Denis Angel, Dr. John, Deanna Bogart, Hiromi, Al Rea, Alexander Shulgin and that’s only part of who we’ll hear during the Jazz Rendezvous today. That’s not all Peeps we will be chatting to Sebastian Scotney editor and founder of London Jazz News as well, exciting neh!. at 1pm C.A.T. the suave and debonair vocalist from Edinburgh, Scotland Todd Gordon will present is vocal jazz show Todd’s Turntable, after that Etienne Shardlow will present another edition of his 100% SAFRO jazz show, The Jazz-E, so far so good. The man then steps behind the mic, you know who that is, eh! It’s the Vagabond Blues man, Brian Currin will be in the house doing what he does best, playing and talking the blues. Exciting day on All Jazz Radio, though another miserable day in Cape Town, however the Klutz in the Kitchen has plans to combat that, check out the www.alljazzradio.co.za website a little later in the day to see what he has on the stove.

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At All Jazz Radio We play more South African Jazz that few have heard on any radio station in the World before and we also play more Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz than any radio station anywhere around the global village, Join us today and everyday.

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – Wednesday 27th August, 2014

Mother nature has once again vented her fury on our beautiful city, Cape Town, remember to pay it forward by doing a random act of kindness today and in fact why not do it everyday, eh!

Today I speak to Nicky Schrire in London where she now resides. We haven’t spoken to her since her move from New York, so we’ll find out how she has acclimatised to the transition and also find out what she’s up to. That’s during todays Jazz Rendezvous at around 11am CAT. It being Wednesday it’s The Latin Perspective today with genial host Tony Vasquez from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Afro Cuban Latin sounds for an hour fron1pm CAT, then Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe then gets behind the mic to present his varied and interesting program, The Midweek Music Melange. After that I’ve compiled The Sundown Show with a contemporary smooth jazz note to wind down the day. Join us today on All Jazz Radio for an unforgettable music experience streaming from the African Capital of Jazz, my favourite city in the World, Cape Town, and yeas I am most definitely biased J, can’t blame me neh!

Still don’t know what the Klutz in the Kitchen is up to and I’m kicking his butt to find that simple, quick and easy recipe to publish on the AJR website, watch this space.

Thanks to all who have Liked our Facebook page, Followed us in the Twittersphere at @AllJazzRadioSA, Joined our All Jazz Radio Facebook Group, subscribed to our website at www.alljazzradio.co.za but please we’d like to ask that you use all the pull that you have to encourage your friends, family and acquaintances to follow your lead and do the same.

Please don’t forget to click on the Standard Banks Joy of Jazz banner on each page of the AJR Website today.

I must add finally, that I’m looking forward to Kyle Shepherds album launch this Friday night at UCT and the open day on the COPA Campus, I hope to see as many Capetonians at both events.

Have a great day

Eric

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All Jazz Radio Blog – Tuesday 26th August, 2014

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Ok, so you’ve always harboured the ambition to be famous on the radio, well forget it we won’t need your services then, but if you are passionate about Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz it’s you we are looking for to share you love of jazz with like-minded people from the global village. We at All Jazz Radio would like you to join our volunteer broadcast team no matter where in the world you reside. You see All Jazz Radio is your essential music listening home, where Jazz Lovers of South Africa, Africa & The World meet to share in our common love of this marginalised music form by joining the social media and being part of the jazz lifestyle on the World Wide Web. Please send us a list of twenty artist’s names you’d include in a playlist to us at info@alljazzradio.co.za with presenter in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.

Eric Alan

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Jazz Rendezvous starts off the “live” streaming day from 10am C.A.T. and we will listen to all of the new music that has been added to our ever growing database. The Klutz in the Kitchen will have a recipe for us to share and I hope to speak to either Sebastian Scotney of Nicky Schrire live from London on Skype during the show. At 2pm C.A.T. it’s the turn of Etienne Shardlow to present The Jazz-E Show where one will hear the

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

best South African jazz available today, yes that’s 100% SAFRO Jazz for a full two hours exclusive to All Jazz Radio. Don’t forget Etienne presents another show on Thursday’s as well, make a note not to miss the show. At 4pm C.A.T. it’s The Much, Much More Music Show and I’ll be

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Andre Swartz – Drum & General Music Tutor

chatting to Andre Swartz, drummer and teacher about the big project he’s currently involved with. After that we’ll be repeating Mondays shows from 18h00 C.A.T. should one have missed the live broadcasts. Sunday’s programmes will be repeated from 2am C.A.T. so one won’t miss a note of what we play and do on All Jazz Radio. Join us all day, everyday for the best Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz from the global village today.

The bad weather seems to have returned, it’s a cloudy and cold day in Cape Town, but we have great music to share today, all day. The Beef stoup the Klutz made the other day will be really tasty and is going to keep the chill’s away. What’s on your menu today? let us know. Please connect with us on Skype our handle is alljazzradio and lets chat, tell us and the global village what you like and what you are planning today.

Enjoy your day with us at All Jazz Radio

Eric

 

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – Monday 25th August, 2014

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Nicky Schrire far away

Nicky Schrire

The Mother City brags with a beautiful cloudless but

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Sebastian Scotney

very windy day, gonna be a goodie today, I feel it in my bones. I hope the promise of a good day extends to no matter where one finds oneself in the global village. This week I hope to speak to Nicky Schrire and Sebastian Scotney in London and the head honcho of the Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz In Jo’burg,

Peter Tladi

Peter Tladi

Peter Tladi during Jazz Rendezvous as well as this week we listen to a whole bunch of new Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz most of which has never been played on most radio stations of the world. Join me Eric Alan daily at 10am Central African Time. Hey! even the Klutz in the Kitchen may pay us a surprise visit too, if I can prize his beloved spatula from is hand.  Join me Eric Alan daily at 10am Central African Time. Tony’s next,

Latin Perspective copythat’s Tony Vasquez from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania with his Latin Perspective and today he will be showcasing the Freddy Hubbard’s music given the Latin treatment. Don’t miss it from 1pm C.A.T. Now one needs a break so for Take 5 and Then Some … I’ve compiled a program of new contemporary smooth jazz that has now been included on our music data base, check out the new sounds today from 2pm C.A.T. then from 4pm our man in Berlin, Wolfgang König presents his show, Jazz Around The World during which he revisits the music and musicians who use the Hammond B3 to their full advantage. There you go, All Jazz Radio has the best of Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz that one can listen to online all day and everyday, join us by tuning in on our website at www.alljazzradio just follow the link, it’s that easy, you won’t be sorry. I’m trying to get back on air as of today, but must state the the admin has become quite heavy therefore over the past few months I’ve not been on air due to that reason. No the load has not lightened, but I need to present the show, not so, I’ve made the time, but I need your help. Please if you would like to present a show on All Jazz Radio, please drop me a line and tell me of your interest send you email to info@alljazzradio.co.za soonest.

STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ FB BANNER HEADBTW, please click on the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz banner on our website and see who is going to be performing at the annual feat of jazz in Jo’burg at the end of September.

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Just got this note from SAFRO Expat Christine Vaidirlis in New York

Hi everyone,

We are very excited to be back at the ZINC BAR tonight for “STANDARDS & MORE” @ 7pm with Etienne Stadwijk (Piano), Brad Jones (Ac. Bass), Harvey Wirht (Drums).

ZINC BAR: 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 – Subway: West 4th (Washington Square)

($10 cover, free at the bar)

We’re also offering a FREE download of “Beyond the Game” until tomorrow. “Beyond the game” is about the aftermath of the FIFA Wold Cup, perfect song to end the summer! Jazz acoustic version tonight.

Click to download or if you prefer to support, purchase from iTunes

Click to purchase from iTunes

See you there!! – 🙂

Christine

Website:                   http://www.christinemusic.com

Twitter:                     http:// www.twitter.com/cvmusic

Facebok:                   http://www.facebook.con/cvaindirlis

Reverbnation:        http://www.reverbnation.com/christinevaindirlis

Soundcloud:            https://soundcloud.com/christine-vaindirlis

Youtube:                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5bQO3UT57w#t=86

“Dance mama!” is on sale on iTunes & Amazon.com

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The Cape Town launch of The Kyle Shepherd Trio’s new double album entitled Dream State at UCT is at The South African College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre), Rondebosch on Friday, 29 August 2014, 20:30. It’s an 80-minute concert performance – one set only.

Kyle Shepherd - Dream StateThe 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.

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – Friday 22nd August, 2014

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Hi Peeps,

Please note that I am discontinuing the use of all of my iafrica.com email addresses. Please update your address books and use info@alljazzradio.co.za in future. I have changed service providers after close to 20 years with M-Web, the past two months of serious problems with the upgrades, line speeds and lack of regard for customers have led to this dissension. M-Webs customer service standards have dropped and become totally become untenable. They have decreased customer service dramatically therefore I can no longer support them at all.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival convention centrePlease would you go click on the on the Joy of Jazz banner on our website and see who is going to be at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival from 25 to 27 September, best of you one can get 15% off tickets when one books at Computicket, I do advise one to book early to avoid disappointment, It’s a real goodie this year.

JazzTomorrow on All Jazz Radio we kick the day off with The No Name Brand Show from 10am to 2pm C.A.T. with lil’ ol’ moi, Eric Alan in the hot seat, presenting a wide mix of superb new jazz, setting the tone for the whole weekend. From 2pm C.A.T. we start Cooking Jazz hosted by jazz nut and really great food photographer Yaacov Harari with his gorgeous bride, Tali at his side, from Tel Aviv, Israel. Then the man is back for another foray into the world of interesting music, no one knows where it comes from and no one knows where he’s going on the day, one could say he’s a close cousin of the Stig’s so we won’t go there, neh!. Please do join James “Acid Robot” Kibby (No Batteries Included) for his for his show, The Kibby Factor from 4pm C.A.T. where he’ll lead one down the path of east resistance to the robotic music nirvana. Not a moments boredom on All Jazz Radio with only the best music shared with our friends from around the global village. Join us today, all day, everyday.

Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar4The Klutz in the Kitchen is keeping it simple with toasted sandwiches today. All right then the Klutz has decided to do it Mexican style today with a Bacon, Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas, hoe’s ‘it, neh! Simple and easy to do, fun too for the entire family.

 

Barney Rachabane: The little giant of jazz

22 AUG 2014 00:00 SARAH EVANS

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Barney Rachabane

Sarah Evans catches up with the little giant of South Africa’s rich jazz heritage a week before the inaugural M&G Friday Festival. Read the full story at

http://mg.co.za/article/2014-08-22-00-barney-rachabane-the-little-giant-of-jazz

 

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – Thursday 21st August, 2014

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Another awful day in Cape Town, which again lives up to its reputation, The Cape of Storms, but we don’t allow that to put a damper on our spirits. I would like to remind one to “pay it forward” and make a huge pot of thick, steaming hot stoup to carry with one on the days journey, and pass the heart-warming lekkerlicious cup on to those one comes across on the days journey who is in need of this random act of kindness, good idea, neh! Doen ‘it today.

The week draws to a close, where does the time go, eh. Tomorrow, Friday on All Jazz Radio the live streaming day Jazz Rendezvousstarts at 10am Central African Time with another edition of Jazz Rendezvous where one will discover some new music and artists that abound in the great world of jazz. The independent jazz artists of the world continue to surprise with some incredibly good music that one seldom hears on any of the radio station of the global village, therefore we try to find that Jazz Blues, Latin and World Jazz to share with the jazz lovers of the world, tune in to Jazz Rendezvous weekday’s from 10am C.A.T.

Latin Jazz Latin Side LogoThen at 2pm be sure to join Rudy Nadler-Nir for another journey into the world of Latin Jazz during his program, The Latin Side. Each week Rudy wears his passion on his sleeve as he shares the rhythms of South America with the music lovers of the global village.

5th Floor Jazz AJR smooth jazz forever FridayFrom 4 to 6pm C.A.T. we head up to the 5th Floor for a heady mix of jazz from all corners of the world with a strong leaning to Contemporary Smooth Jazz sounds and again we will share the music of some incredible new artists that few have heard of before, exciting stuff, not so? Remember the best place to start the weekend on a high musical note is only found on All Jazz Radio, all day, everyday.

If it’s not yet been done, one must do it right now, please subscribe to the All Jazz Radio website at www.alljazzradio.co.za and then go and LIKE the All Jazz Radio Facebook page and JOIN the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group, don’t forget to also FOLLOW us on Twitter at @AllJazzRadioSA too. Make your requests for your favourite, Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz music by sending an email to info@alljazzradio.co.za with REQUEST in the subject line of the email. Have a wonderful day.

Eric

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All Jazz Radio Blog – Wednesday 19th August, 2014

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The problems just continue, I am in the process of changing Internet service providers after close to 20 years with M-Web, the past two months have offered up serious problems with the upgrades, line speeds and lack of regard for customers and customer service which has led to this decision. M-Webs customer service standards have dropped badly, and become totally become untenable. I can no longer support or recommend their services at all. Please note that should you have any on my iafrica.com email addresses can them and use info@alljazzradio.co.za in future as of today. Have you experienced problems with M-Web then please let me know.

Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar3It a true winters day in the Mother City again today, but fear not the Klutz in the Kitchen has found a lekkerlicious recipe of an Easy Chicken Pie for today’s dinner with all details to be found on the AJR Website a wee bit later.

 

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2012  Jazz Rendezvous Logo topleftTomorrow the day starts off at 10am C.A.T. with Jazz Rendezvous and includes a whole heap of new album releases, after that the Suave and debonair vocalist Todd Gordon from Edinburgh, Scotland presents his popular vocal jazz show, Todd’s Turntable from 1pm Central African Time which will feature some of the finest jazz vocalist from the global village.

Jazz-E Logo RecordIf it’s Thursday, then it must be Jazz-E time from 2 to 4pm C.A.T. on All Jazz Radio, do join the effervescent, huh? Etienne Shardlow for his award winning 100% South African Jazz Show, The Jazz-E. er, um just been corrected he’s not yet won an award, so with the in view we have nominated him for the Golden Toenail Clipping Award, watch this space for news of his escapades.

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Brian Currin

The big man is then in with Vagabond Blues at 4pm C.A.T. with another big bag full of Blues, join Brian Currin until 6pm, whereafter he heads off into the sunset to corral and catch a roaming hot dawg and a beer at his favourite dawg joint. Now you know what’s coming up on All Jazz Radio so there is no excuse not to choon via www.alljazzradio.co.za Have fun tonight and enjoy your time in the kitchen listening to the best jazz radio station streaming out of Africa today.

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – Monday 28th JULY 2014

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Cape Town

 

Wow, a real nice winters day in Cape Town today, but a bad start for me, overslept, see. I took most of the day off yesterday, and boy, have I really put myself under pressure this morning, sjoe! But the show goes on. I hope that I can catch up on what needs to be caught up, nuff nattering and on with it.

 

2014 AJR LOGO 236Today on All Jazz Radio the day starts with Jazz Rendezvous and we continue to showcase all the new releases that have arrived in the stations inbox and boy are there some really interesting cd’s to listen to during todays show. Join Eric Alan from 10am to 1pm C.A.T. today. Yep, it’s Monday therefor it must be the Latin Perspective, yes it is, join Tony Vasquez all the way from Pittsburgh in the USA from 1 to 2pm, Tony will be sharing some of the finest Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz from the global village during his show today, don’t forget he will do it again on Wednesday. After the Latin Perspective at 2pm we journey into the world of smooth, contemporary, funk and fusion for two hours of uninterrupted music during our specially compiled program, Take Five and Then Some. That’s not all Peeps, our debonair man in Berlin, Germany, Wolfgang König will be presenting Jazz Around The World and today he takes us on a journey into jazz from Africa with a special look at what is known as Afro-beat. Tune in right away, All Jazz Radio is the place to be for the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz from all corners of the globe, today. Visit our website and subscribe and find out more about the wonderful world of superb music.

Chef-fried-chicken-chef-and-chickenThe Klutz In The Kitchen has found a wonderful comfort food recipe for one of my favourite simple dishes for bangers and sweet potato mash with some greens on the side, the choice of greens is yours. So check out the Klutz’s page on the website a little later. We will be posting the weeks Top 50 Jazz Album Charts, where one can see all the newly released movers that are receiving air-play on the jazz radio stations of the world.

All Jazz Radio the best choice in radio listening pleasure all day and any day, spread the word today.

Become a part of the All Jazz Radio family today, it’s easy, simply make a contribution to help grow one’s favourite online jazz radio station, contact us to find out how one can do it. Send an email to infor@alljazzradio.co.za for more information.


Here’s a heads-up, yes he’s doing it again spend an Evening Of Holiday & Hits with Kenny G

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Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G returns to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on December 7, 2014 for an evening of holiday and hits, his first time back since his sold out 2011 show.

“We are excited to add Kenny G to our holiday lineup at DPAC this year. As we sweat through the summer heat, fans can look forward to a winter night filled with festive spirit featuring Kenny G performing his biggest hits and Christmas classics. Since his sold out show in 2011, DPAC guests have requested his return. Our theatre provides fans an intimate experience with their favorite, superstar artists like Kenny G, ” said Emily McLoughlin, Marketing Director for Concerts and Comedy at DPAC.

Kenny G cartioonIn a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premier artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ’80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. He’s even been named the best golfer in music by Golf Digest magazine.

In 1982, Kenny G released his self-titled debut album, striking a balance between jazz and R&B. His fourth studio album, Duotones (1986) made the saxophonist an international star. Selling more than 3 million copies, the silky-smooth jazz album led the way for Kenny G to work with other big-name stars, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole. During his long career, he’s also performed with Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach and Frank Sinatra.

Kenny G Art picHis 1992 release, Breathless, sold more than 8 million copies in the United States alone and became the top-selling instrumental album in history. Two years later, Kenny G hit stores with his first holiday album, Miracles, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 1993 Kenny G was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for the single “Forever in Love”. In 2010, Kenny G teamed up with Robin Thicke and Babyface for the R&B-driven album Heart and Soul and his most recent Namaste (2012) with Rahul Sharma.

Kenny continues to dominate the smooth jazz music scene with new music and as co-host of “Kenny G and Sandy Kovach in the Morning” weekdays 8am to Noon ET on The Smooth Jazz Network


Exciting news, Jon Anderson And Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation Of The Anderson Ponty Band

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Jean-Luc Ponty cMusic legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble – The Anderson Ponty Band! YES’s original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc’s music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” – Jon Anderson

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars – well known as a film and television composer, most notably ‘South Park’; Wally Minko on keyboards – virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

 

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – Saturday 26th JULY 2014

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Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup

Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup

It’s definitely a stoup and sarmie day today, so much so I’ve banished the Klutz in the Kitchen to his real home, the kitchen to cook up a humungous pot of Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup, the makings he’s got so no excuses, and so looking forward to the finished result later, oh and while he’s in there he’s gonna make some more Bobotie ‘cause there’s only enough for one more sarmie. I’ve been asked for

Aunty Sarah’s Pea Stoup recipe many times but the Klutz has simply refused, so I took a sneak peak and watch very carefully when he last made it and I hope I’ve got it right and will post it on the website later today.

Eric Alan seriously posed

Eric Alan seriously posed

 

Our live broadcast day kicks off with this weekend’s edition of The No Name Brand Show with Eric Alan up to his usual shenanigans and a whole bunch of newly release albums under his arms, join him today until 2pm C.A.T. After which

Yaacov Harari Cooking Jazz

Yaacov Harari Cooking Jazz

Yaacov Harai takes over with Cooking Jazz out of Tel Aviv until 4pm C.A.T. The into the All Jazz Radio studio pops

Andreas Wellmann the smart

Andreas Wellmann the smart

James “Acid Robot” Kibby the younger with hair and daughter

James “Acid Robot” Kibby the younger with hair and daughter

James “Acid Robot” Kibby and irregular guest the Hammond B3 loving Andreas Wellmann from Frankfort in Germany who will be playing the wide and extremely interesting selection of music until 6pm Central African Time there after our re-broadcast schedule fall into place until the next scheduled live stream take to the “airwaves”. It’s the best place to listen to Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz, all day and everyday, join us right away.

 

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog Friday 25th JULY 2014

Grey skies filled with the promise of more rain the Cape Town is special in winterJazz Capital of Africa, The Mother City, Cape Town and with that in view the city remains the most beautiful in the world. It’s a great time of the year to have a vacation here. No crowds, friendly people, exciting places to visit in the city, great red wine, er, um Pinotage is the All Jazz Radio cultivar of choice anytime along with any meal in my humble opinion. The Klutz in the Kitchen stays with a home-grown recipe he has chosen the wonderful South African Chicken PieSouth African Chicken Pie Recipe, which when served with fresh butter & garlic infused mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, and gem squash. It’s oh so good comfort food on any miserable day in any city that faces a cloudy rainy day. Check back on our website later in the day for the recipe one won’t be sorry. J

Eric Alan with Mike

Eric Alan

Today for the first 4 hours of our broadcast day during the Jazz Rendezvous we take an upbeat journey into the funky, fusion and smooth side of contemporary jazz. Yep! It’s a great way to usher in the new day don’ cha think? Join Eric Alan for the best jazz on any radio station in the global village today from 9am to 1pm G.M.T. At 2pm C.A.T. today its again time for

Rudy Nadler-Nir

Rudy Nadler-Nir

Rudy Nadlir-Nir’s excellent Latin Side, where one can sit back, relax to the soothing sounds of some of the best Latin jazz available today. We then climb to the 5th Floor Jazz for some more contemporary smooth jazz, which will really get the ones weekend off on the right note.

I went to listen visiting expat saxophonist Mark Ginsberg who played at a venue that I’d not yet visited, The Five Rooms Restaurant at the Alphen Hotel in Constantia. I was somewhat disappointed, not by the great band but by bad service. The full review will be posted on the Reviews page of the website later


Grahamstown – a unique jazz festival – Jazzaholic by Don Albert from ArtsLink.co.za

Don Albert with Wynton Marsalis

Don Albert with Wynton Marsalis

Don says, “This is a unique festival, unlike anything I have seen in the world. You can be very proud of it.”

That is a quote from Maria Schneider about the Standard Bank Jazz Festival Grahamstown and the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, the two run parallel to each other.

Schneider has just won the best Big Band, Composer and Arranger categories in the Down Beat Critics Poll, while her latest CD ‘Winter Morning Walks’ won Three Grammy Awards.

There were 330 students and teachers plus 90 musicians from SA and 12 other countries for Jazzfest. During the day the youth are auditioned for various bands such as the National Youth Jazz Band and the National School Big Band. There is also a vocal centre for solo artists and choirs. The workshops and master classes are all taught by both local and overseas artists for each instrument plus sight-reading classes, improvising to mixing recorded tracks, rap and adding loops and samples to your music. Rehearsing and sound balances for afternoon and evening concerts are all part of the day which starts at 9am.

Needless to say all eyes and ears were focused onMaria Schneider conducting Maria Schneider’s two concerts, which were sold out.

Her orchestra combined South African and Norwegian musicians which included the brilliant Ensemble Denada, while the SA musicians, Marcus Wyatt, Dan Shout, John Davies and Melissa van der Spuy proved they were world class. At one rehearsal Maria didn’t like the acoustics of the room so she had the whole orchestra rehearse on the lawn outside under a tree. She knows what she wants and she extracts it from the individual and the sections. When she calls for the music to be played piano (p soft) she means double piano (pp softer). Her conducting is visual and fascinating, and the joy she gets out of listening to a soloist is evident. Her piece de resistance is “Cerulean Skies” which she explains is about the migration of birds.

I was surprised to see Dawn Lindberg at the one concert, who sat opposite me. She said “Don, I don’t like jazz” so I asked why was she there? “Because there is so much fuss going on about this woman,” she replied. She listened and obviously impressed, asked me “How does one write jazz like that?” “Genius,” I answered. ”Almost dazed she asked at the end as to what was written and what was improvised? I told her, and I think she now has a different attitude towards jazz music.

Due to space I can’t go into much detail of the many other highlights that came thick and fast and deserve a paragraph each, but that’s the way the quavers fall and I apologise. Here are some: The sublime tone of Bertil Strandberg’s trombone playing and how he and Buddy Wells’ tenor combined; How Melanie Scholtz has developed from being a jazz vocalists into a suave artiste; The Rondebosch Big Band with the finest saxophone section yet heard from schoolboys; The unbelievable music and sounds created by cellist Ernst Reijseger, pianist Harmen Fraanje and vocalist and m’bira Mola Sylla. Reijseger uses a five string cello and played all over the instrument from pure and delicate arco to scraping on the peg to playing the instrument like a guitar over his knee or tapping the instrument like bongos, he took the instrument into places a cello has never been before from Afro to avant-garde. I was enthralled; Nick Smart took the SA Tribute Big Band through its paces plying the music mostly of Dudu Pukwana and Mongezi Feza arranged by Stuart Hall in the manner of Brotherhood of Breath and the Dedication Orchestra. When the voice of Tutu Puoane was added things jumped up a step or two and they used some

Banz Oester

Banz Oester

of the repertoire she recorded on the CD Mama Africa. Inspired tenor man Mike Rossi got in the best solo of the night; Bassist Banz Oester and the Rainmakers featuring Afrika Mkhize; Brian Tusi’s 14-year-old tenor player Moses, who is going to ruffle feathers, and the drum workshop of American Jeff Siegel, also bassist Shaun Johannes seemed to be everywhere and the enthusiasm of young trumpeter Marco Maritz.

Mention has to be made of Alan Webster, the man who made all the magic happen. He’s going to have to find a new wand because 2014 has set the standard so high it seems almost impossible to surpass it. One thing for sure though is his incredible team that makes everything run so smoothly from meals to transport and ANY problem that might arise.

Thank you for this inspiring event.

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


Mayimba Music Releases Laura Dreyer’s Vida. Arte. Amor. – A Brazilian Journey

Laura Dreyer

Laura Dreyer

Laura Dreyer, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, has established herself as a vital member of the New York jazz scene. Always drawn to Brazilian music, the composer, educator and multi-instrumentalist created a “latinized” fusion incorporating elements of jazz, funk, and rock. Dreyer was a founding member and contributing arranger for the big band DIVA. In this capacity, she worked with luminaries Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Slide Hampton and Clark Terry, among others. Additionally she has performed with Dr. Billy Taylor, Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, Lea Delaria, Leny Andrade and Portinho. She was a band member for the award-winning musicals “Hot and Sweet” and the Duke Ellington tribute, “Hit Me With A Hot Note.”

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Dreyer grants in performance and professional jazz study/composition. She participated in the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop and four of her songs have received an honourable mention in Billboard Magazine’s song-writing contests.

Dreyer has been active as an educator, and continues to write for music publications.

Of her current work she says, “I discovered an intrinsic emotional quality in Brazilian music that helped me find a deeper level of self-expression. After having performed many times with Brazilian jazz artists throughout the years in New York City and Brazil, I began to envision recording my newest album in Rio de Janeiro. I had worked with world-class Rio-based jazz artists in Brazil, and realized that I had found the perfect group of musicians to perform my music and complete my vision.”

In the spirit of creating a multi- cultural recording, vocalist and music educator Professor Roger Wesby wrote lyrics in Spanish for one of Dreyer’s compositions. Brazilian vocalist Débora Watts adapted these lyrics to Portuguese, and penned lyrics to another one of Dreyer’s songs. Vocalist Teri Koide contributed her vocal talents and English lyrics to another piece, and Karen Rodriguez helped with further Spanish lyrics and stellar vocals. The repertoire was completed with the addition of two arrangements of a composition by the legendary Romeo Santos.

Laura DryerThe 14 tracks of the CD were recorded in the historic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa with engineer Carlos Fuchs at his state of the art studio.

Dreyer concludes, “I am grateful that the magic I felt during the recording session, and my passion for the fascinating sounds of Brazil, are captured on Vida. Arte. Amor.”

TRACK LISTING

1. Caminhos Novos

2. Beauty & The Beast

3. Ping Pong

4. La Pena El Placer (Portuguese Version)

5. Beijo del Sol (Rio Version)

6. Spring St.

7. Vale La Pena El Placer

8. O Outro Lado do Seu Amor

9. Perdendo Voce

10. A Somba Se Foi

11. Until Daybreak

12. Arcade

13. A Danca dos Cacharros

14. Perdiendote

AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE AUGUST 27, 2014

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Laura Dreyer – sax, flute

Itamar Assiere – piano

Jefferson Lescowich – bass

Mila Schiavo – percussion

Aldivas Ayres – trombone

Davy Mooney & Bernardo Bososio – guitar

Marcio Amaro – drums

Karen Rodriguez, Débora Watts & Teri Koide – vocals

For further info please visit www.lauradreyer.com or http://mayimbamusic.com

 

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog Thursday 24th JULY 2014

Another early start to the day and was quite peckish after getting up and decided to make a couple of Bobotie Sarmies, had some really fresh bread on hand see and couldn’t resist the temptation see, along with a large cuppa tea. Mmm oh so good and what a way to start the day with this fine breakfast, just lekkerlicious.

2012  Jazz Rendezvous Logo topleftJeez, Thursday already, where has the week gone to? I just don’t know it all goes by so fast, another day no dollars, but one soldiers on. At All Jazz Radio we still play more South African and Jazz from Africa everyday than all of the radio station in the world, together. As is usual the Jazz Rendezvous takes us through the first three hours of our broadcast/streaming day. We follow Todd's TT Clockthat with our debonair man of song from Edinburgh, Scotland, Todd Gordon’s show Todd Gordon SingingTodd’s Turntable and now that the worlds focus is on that fair land over the next 10 or so days with the Commonwealth Games 2014 now underway, we will hear some of the finest vocal jazz the world has to offer Scotland remains a country that I still have on my bucket list to visit.

Jazz-E LogoThe Jazz-E 100% South African Jazz Show with Etienne Shardlow in the “hot seat” playing the finest jazz out of Africa today from 2 to 4pm C.A.T. or 1 to 3pm G.M.T. It’s Bluesday today on All Jazz Radio, yes every Tuesday the Vagabond Blues hits the airwaves in full technicolor glory with host Brian Currin at the helm showcasing some of the finest South African and International blues from 4 to 6pm C.A.T. After that our re-broadcast scheduling takes over for one to catch up with the programmes that one may have missed previously. Stay tuned into All Jazz Radio all day, everyday.


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I Have a Kitchencook with dagwoodIt most defiantly a comfort food day today because of what the weather gods have in store for us in the African Jazz Capital over the next few days, looks like the weather peeps have got it right, again. The Klutz in the Kitchen chose Rooibos Stewed Beef & Potatoes as our recipe for today. go check out The Klutz in the Kitchens page our website to the tasty recipe, now.


Kevin Mahogany Headlines South Bend Jazz Festival August 16th

South Bend Jazz Festival logo 2014We are proud to announce the 3rd annual South Bend Jazz Festival, Saturday, August 16th from 4:00pm till 11:00pm; in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Free to the Public! Featuring six international acts from a Variety of Jazz genre. Performing are Headliner Kevin Mahogany; Turkish guitar sensation Ondor Facon with strings; Broadway singer/actress Ntom’khona Dliami, South African bassist and composer Jimmy Mngwandi and saxophonist Danny Lerman; Multi-instrumentalist/singer Darryl Buchanan; Twin Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band and pianist/composer, JJ Wright.

About Kevin Mahogany

Kevin MahaoganyHis broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young; while, extending, elaborating and refining the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau.

Mahogany released his debut recording, Double Rainbow, was released on the Enja label in 1993. His CDs include, The Music of Charles Mingus; which featured Mingus sidemen trombonist Jimmy Knepper, alto saxophonist Charles MacPherson with the WDR Big Band, to Pride and Joy, his ebullient Motown tribute featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. He’s recorded with T.S. Monk (Monk on Monk), The Ray Brown Trio (Christmas Songs With Ray Brown), Marlena Shaw (Dangerous), Roseanna Vitro (Passion Dance), Carl Allen (Testimonial), Barbara Morrison (Visit Me) and Elvin Jones (It Don’t Mean A Thing). Mahogany made his screen debut in the 1996 Robert Altman film Kansas City, portraying a character based on blues singer Big Joe Turner, and was also featured on the soundtrack.

About Ondor Facan

Facan started music in 1970, concentrated on jazz in 1975 and mainly self-taught as a jazz guitarist, player, composer, arranger and lyrics writer. Played with a great variety of local and international jazz musicians, he released 13 CDs out. He owns Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul.

In 1997 Focan performed in the Guitar Night, which was organised by MIDEM with 11 international guitarists representing Istanbul Culture and Arts Fund (IKSV).

The Artist’s 1998 CD, BENEATH THE STARS honoured him as the one and only Turkish jazz artist who has released an album on Blue Note label. This album featured the great drummer Bill Stewart and Hammond B3 player Sam Yahel.

Check out this YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYkKy-fhpLo

About Ntomb’khona Dlamini

Ntomb'khona DlaminiDlamini came to New York from her native South Africa to perform in the Broadway cast of Sarafina. Then went on to join the original cast of the Lion King playing Rafiki. She also performed in Godspell and the iconic Riverdance. She has recorded with Grover Washington on “Soul Strut and “Power of One”; Tupac on “A River That Flows Forever” and with Johnny Mathis. TV appearances include a performance with Diana Ross on the Oprah Winfrey show, the Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall Shows, the Essence Awards, the Tony Awards; and live in concert at the United Nations in NY.

“Ntomb’khona Dlamini..leads the pack here, her vocalizing rising to the rafters.”..Houston Arts Week

About Jimmy Mngwandi

Jimmy MngwandiMngwandi is among South Africa’s most sought after bassists, writers and producers, He has performed with legends like Mirium Makeba, Hugh Masekela, saxophonist David Murray, flutist Yusef Lateef, bassist Rufus Reid, Jamaican Guitarist Ernest Ranglin and Sbongile Khumalo. Jimmy’s recording career includes appearances on CDs for Sony/South Africa, Bongo Maffin, Brothers of Peace, Simphiwe Dana’s “Bantu Biko Street”. On Cd, Mngwandi’s debut was as a member of the EMI/South Africa group Bezwaan.

About Danny Lerman

Danny LermanLerman is a riveting saxophonist who has performed with Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewett, Norman Connors and Danny Boy, among others and shared concert bills with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendes, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and the Ghetto Boys. Lerman’s CD’s “Do You Feel?, ” “Danny’s Island, ” and “Meow Baby, ” have received much airplay from the USA to Venezuela, Turkey, Hong Kong, South Africa and Holland. Lerman has also performed with symphonies in the USA and the Netherlands featuring his original music.

About Darryl Buchanan

Darryl BuchananBuchanan developed his musical talents during his high school years in South Bend, Indiana. Darryl was discovered and recruited by Motown’s legendary sax man Jr. Walker. Darryl’s involvement with Jr. Walker included touring the United States, Canada and Europe. While touring, Darryl became Jr. Walker’s opening act. His musical talents and stage persona has earned him popularity with diverse crowds worldwide. Darryl toured with Jr. Walker until his untimely death in 1995.

As a multi-talented musician, vocalist, song writer and producer, Darryl’s artistry continues to blossom. He has been recording and producing many music projects at his recording studio in South Bend, IN. He is the owner of the Planet Love Music Publishing Co. BMI and will release two music CD projects in 2014. One with Chicago producer and former NFL player, Don Carlos Passmore and the other an all instrumental CD. When not doing tours behind other artist, Darryl performs at festivals, Casino’s and venues with his band “Darryl B. & REFLECTIONS”, one of the hottest bands in the Midwest. On August 29, 2009 Darryl Buchanan was awarded the certificate of recognition by then city of South Bend, Mayor Stephen J Luecke for his accomplishments during his thirty years in the music industry.

About Twin Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band

Leader of the Twin-Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band, Bassist Darrel Tidaback, teaches as an associate faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend. Besides being a soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Chamber Singers, Vesper Chorale. Darrel has also appeared with jazz luminaries Rosemary Clooney, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chris and Dan Brubeck. Darrel also has accompanied Bob Hope, Dionne Warwick, Spider Saloff, William Warfield; while also performing at the Texas Jazz Festival, Fiesta Jazz Festival, Southwest Guitar Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music. For the past twenty years Mr. Tidaback has been an arranger and performer with the contemporary chamber ensemble Musical Offerings. The big band, made of some of Michiana’s finest musicians will feature original songs and arrangements by Darrel Tidaback and Don Lerman.

About J.J. Wright

J.J. WrightWright’s style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improviser at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he’s also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President—as well as several other high-profile diplomatic gigs—and with the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, which was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. He recently recorded his debut album of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins.

His CD debut “Inward Looking Outward” with Ropeadope will be released on August 19th, 2014. The recording features his piano trio with Ike Sturm on bass and Nate Wood on drums, and includes six original compositions, as well as covers from Phil Collins, Jon Brion, and Sufjan Stevens


Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble & Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Aug. 1

Pablo ZieglerLatin Grammy-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler and his New Tango Ensemble will join forces with one of the titans of modern dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, at the Damrosch Park Bandshell on Friday, August 1 for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

The evening opens with a performance by Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble, who will present several Ziegler compositions, as well as works by Astor Piazzolla. The evening’s second half sees the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing seminal revivals, including the evening’s centrepiece, Piazzolla Caldera (1997). For this evening’s performance, Pablo Ziegler and his ensemble will perform the Piazzolla Caldera score live with PTDC in a World Premiere collaboration commissioned by Lincoln Center in celebration of PTDC’s 60th anniversary season.

Described as “one of Taylor’s most astonishing…creations, ” (The Financial Times, London), Piazzolla Caldera is Taylor’s poetic exploration of tango’s sultry, raging essence. Ziegler, who performed in tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade and appeared on iconic Piazzolla recordings, is considered one of the most important figures in Argentine New Tango, the vibrant hybrid of classic tango and American jazz.

Pablo Ziegler and the Paul Taylor Dance Company will then dates at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY) and many more.

Ziegler is the recent subject of a major profile from NewMusicBox, a publication of New Music USA. Read the full article here.

Upcoming Season Highlights

Other season highlights include an appearance by Ziegler and his trio as guest soloists with the Colorado Symphony in Denver on February 20, 2015. The Pablo Ziegler Quartet for New Tango headlines the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in August, with other upcoming dates at Duke University, Soka Performing Arts Center in California and more.

If you would like to become a contributor for us, please email at info@alljazzradio.co.za us of your interest. Tell us about yourself, where you live, what you music interests are and how and what you want to contribute, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog Wednesday 23rd JULY 2014

Beautiful start to the day some clouds about and a little warmer than its been over the past few days, however as the saying goes, red sky in the morning shepherds warning, mmm, sitting in the lounge/office, glancing out of the bay window looking towards Cape Town and beyond there’s a gloomy heavily laden cloud bank heading our way. No fears though, according the weather people its going to be ok, no rain expected, so with that in view let’s see what cook floppy ear dogThe Klutz in the Kitchen has in store for us today. After spending a successful early evening in the kitchen when our Klutz made a yummoliciously good Bobotie and fluffy white rice for dinner and later sarmies for anytime of the day and have just had a couple of fresh wholewheat bread bobotie samies for breakfast, ah, still savouring the flavour filled and mouth wateringly good brekka with a cuppa hot char, mmm nothing could be better on a balmy winters morn in the most Portuguese Flat Chicken lemon platewonderful city ion the whorl, Cape Town The African Jazz Capitol. I see the Klutz has decided to stay with a recipe from our beautiful continent but, staying in the Southern hemisphere as we prepare cook a Portuguese Spatchcocked Chicken, howzat eh! lekkerlicious, simply can’t wait for dinner today.

 


Jeez, why is it that problems occur at the wrong times, big problem with my Outllook last night around 11pm C.A.T. and couldn’t sort it out did everything possible to na avail and have been trying since early this morning, tearing hair, wailing, admonishing oneself certainly not helping. Patience must be the order till service provider can assist. Time for a cuppa to collect ones thoughts is the only way to go to stay out of trouble.


2012  Jazz Rendezvous Logo topleftJazz Rendezvous preps done and dusted, it’s another four hours of new jazz releases during the show today, exciting and interesting music experience to come today. I’m looking forward to sharing the new albums and artists with the global village on All Jazz Radio today. After Jazz Rendezvous, the Tony Vaquez latin perspectiveLatin Perspective with host Tony Vasquez takes to the air once again showcasing the best Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz in the universe today. From 2pm C.A.T. Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe Ndoxy behind micis in studio to prep and present the Midweek Jazz Melange of interesting jazz out of Africa and beyond. The Sundown Show comes up after that with a mix of contemporary smooth, fusion and funk sounds to take one home in a pleasant manner, helping one to relax whilst stuck in the drive time traffic. Join us and encourage friends, family and followers to do so as well, subscribe to the All Jazz Radio website at www.alljazzradio.co.za today.


Rotem SivanThe sophomore album by guitarist Rotem Sivan For Emotional Use Only will be available worldwide from September 2, 2014. Featured on this album along with Rotem is Haggai Cohen Milo on bass and Mark McLean on drums.

Fellow guitarist Peter Bernstein says: “Rotem Sivan is, with no doubt, the next guitarist of our times. He is a leader and a listener.”

Sivan and his trio will celebrate the release on Monday, September 1 at Small’s in NYC.Rotem Sivan For Emotional Use Only

Check out a video of the group herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdud65ys9WM

Streaming Tracks:

“For Emotional Use Only”: https://soundcloud.com/bk-music-pr/for-emotional-use-only-rotem-sivan-trio

“Sefi’s Blues”  https://soundcloud.com/bk-music-pr/sefis-blues-rotem-sivan-trio

2014 AJR LOGO 236If you are a Jazz, Blues, Latin or World Jazz musician and would like your music played on All Jazz Radio, please contact me by email, eric@alljazzradio.co.za Have you ever been interested in doing a radio show? Would you like to present show on All Jazz Radio, send me an email expressing your interest and listing twenty artists and album titles you would include in a show should you join the All Jazz Radio family. If living in Cape Town you would be required to do the show live in our studio based in Claremont and should you live anywhere in the global village please indicate if you have the facility to record a show when you mail us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog Tuesday 22nd JULY 2014

Jazz WoodcutThe sun shines down on Cape Town today, but sadly the weather mane predicts more rain tonight. Sjoe, what a day a day it was yesterday, welcome to a crazy day in the life of All Jazz Radio. Boy o boy hectic, downloading and up loading all the new music that we received, jeez can’t believe it, 34 new albums received on one day, making a total of 452 tracks, the joys of internet distribution from all over the world. Wow still trying to have a listen though the whole lot, many of which will be played during today’s Jazz Rendezvous from 10am to 2pm Central African Time. Man of man, jeez, just received another five albums and busy down loading now. After that it’s the 100% South African Jazz Show with a great compilation today, showcasing some of the new SAFRO jazz albums received including a track for Mlungisi Gegana BassMlungisi Gegana’s long awaited brand new album. One just must tune in so as not to miss a note of the music today. From 4pm C.A.T. it’s The Much, Much More Music Show, un-interrupted jazz all the way till 6pm C.A.T. No excuses for one not to be tuned in to the finest and only 24/7 Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz radio station streaming daily from the Southern Tip of Africa, the home of Jazz on the continent, Cape Town. Join us right away just follow the Listen Online link on our website and presto one will be enjoying awesome music much of which has never before been played on any radio station in Africa.


Chef-fried-chicken-chef-and-chickenThe Klutz in the Kitchen as been searching high and low for todays recipe and at the time of writing this missive, nothing has come to light as yet, been working since 5:30 this morning and still nothing, but fear not he will find what he’s looking for and the results will be posted on the website later, much work to do


love notes by Lenore RaphaelJust Released — Love Notes – A Tribute To Oscar Peterson is Lenore Raphael’s ninth recording on the SWINGIN’ FOX MUSIC label and is already getting major airplay on jazz stations internationally.

Lenore just returned from a tour in the United Kingdom and Portugal and she packed the venues with her Oscar Peterson tribute concert.

Love Notes is her second recording with the wonderful renowned guitarist Howard Alden.

“Ms Raphael’s pianisms affirm that Jazz is “America’s Classical Music”. Hers &  Howard Alden’s playful  touch on guitar offer tuneful conversations.~~~~ Lenore’s & Howard’s duet playing is in~the~pocket and swinging.”…Peter Poses, jazz host and writer, KRFC. FM

She has added one of the best “slap” bassists in the world, Kelly Friesen, and the wonderful tasty brush drumming of Steve Williams on two tracks.

This is her tribute to one of the most influential musicians ever and the reason Lenore chose jazz as her life.


The Crype Cape TownHere’s what’s happening at The Crypt this week. The venue is located at

1 Wale Street, Cape Town at St George’s Cathedral Bookings are essential:

please phone or sms 079 683 4658 Cover Charge: R55 Closed on Sunday and Monday

Tuesday 22 July (7pm to 10pm)

RUS NERWICH QUARTET

Rus Nerwich – saxophone, Andrew Lilley – piano

Charles Lazar – bass and Kevin Gibson – drums

Wednesday 23 July (7pm to 10pm)

NELSON MALELA QUARTET

Toe-tapping entertainment and fabulous music from Africa – the Congo, French and Portuguese songs  with Nelson Malela – piano, Buddy Wells – saxophone, Frank Paco – drums, and Sylvain Baloubeta – bass and vocals

Thursday 24 July (7pm to 10pm)

THE CAPE JAZZ BAND

Ramon Alexander – piano, Errol Dyers – guitar, Mark Fransman – saxophone, Spencer Mbadu – bass, Jack Momple – drums and special guest Byron Abrahams – alto saxophone and vocals

Friday 25 July and Saturday 26 July (8pm to 11pm)

CAPE DUTCH CONNECTION with ERIKA LUNDI

Good old Swing jazz from the 1920s and 1930s with

Erika Lundi – vocals, Willie van Zyl –  saxophone/clarinet, Wesley Rustin – double bass, Ivan Bell – drums and Derk Blaisse – piano


Dr. Nelson Harrison has invited you to the event ‘CJs Wedensday Jazz Vocal Night featuring Fred Pugh’ on Pittsburgh Jazz Network!

CJs Wedensday Jazz Vocal NightCheck out “CJs Wednesday Jazz Vocal Night featuring Fred Pugh” on Pittsburgh Jazz Network

Time: July 23, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm

Location: CJs in the strip District

Organized By: Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell

Event Description:

Cj’s Wednesday Jazz Vocal Night

Fred Pugh Vocals

Tony Campbell Sax

Victor Garzato keys

Jevon Rushton Drums

See more details and RSVP on Pittsburgh Jazz Network:

http://jazzburgher.ning.com/events/event/show?id=1992552%3AEvent%3A332461&xgi=288cJXW45fhim8&xg_source=msg_invite_event

A bout Pittsburgh Jazz Network

The musically sophistication of jazz in Pittsburgh justifies its rightful claim to its legend as “The Land of the Giant Killers.”

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog Monday 21st JULY 2014

The new week starts with a mostly cloudless sky, in Cape Town today but there still is a chill in the air, so I’m pretty buoyed about the weeks ahead.

chef Muppet SwedishThe Klutz in the Kitchen has been beavering away like crazy to find an interesting recipe for today. He’s on a bit of a nostalgic plak at the moment and has found a wonderful recipe for Monkey Gland Steak, which will be available a little later on the All Jazz Radio site later. The live broadcast/streaming music day starts off with Jazz Rendezvous and we will be featuring a playlist of largely Contemporary, Smooth, Fusion and Funk jazz from 10am Central African Time or 9am G.M.T. After Jazz Rendezvous

Tony Vasquez Latin PerspectiveThe Latin Perspective will take to the streaming waves with genial host Tony Vasquez from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1pm C.A.T. Tony will share his knowledge and passion for Afro Cuban and Latin music during the hour. From 2 to 4pm our specially compiled show Take 5 & Then Some airs featuring a selection of new albums that have recently landed on my desk, er, make that inbox. Wolfgang König ScracherJazz Around the World with Wolfgang König presenting the finest jazz the world has to offer hits the streaming waves from 4pm C.A.T. Now one has no excuse not to tune in to All Jazz Radio today, neh!


Hiroshima, Summer Smooth Jazz Series Fri., July 25th @ the Lake Terrace Ballroom

HiroshimaVibrant, eclectic & amp truly original, the Multi-GRAMMY nominated Hiroshima creates a musical world all its own. The intoxicating mix of traditional Japanese folk music & instruments interwoven with Jazz, R&B, Salsa & more has been a pioneering voice in contemporary music since the 1970’s. After 30 years and 4 million records sold worldwide, they continue to make their unique mix of East meets West their signature sound. Case in point, their brand new CD, J-Town Beat begins with “Red Buddha” a raucous journey that encompasses koto, shamisen, shakuhachi, taiko and all manner of Japanese percussion mixed with jazz, techno, funk and festival. The songs of J-Town Beat then wind their way through Euro-Samba, Quiet Storm, and Funkjazz – the gamut of musical diversity that is Hiroshima.


Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies

Lionel FerbosAs AP informs, centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos has died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103. Family friend Regina Dillings says the trumpeter died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family.

Ferbos performed all over New Orleans and its suburbs for decades. His ability to read music made him an in-demand musician for gigs that took him to parks, schools, churches, dance halls and even prisons. He also performed at his 102nd birthday party and at every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival until this past year.

Ferbos was believed to be the oldest working jazz musician who performed regularly until last year. His death Saturday came just days after his 103rd birthday on July 17.


The New Album By The Bluesman Rudy Rotta: The Beatles Vs The Rolling Stones

Rudy RottaFifty years on from the first Rolling Stones record and the landing in America of both bands, Rudy Rotta presents “The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, ” a precious album that collects and compares the music, the history and the rivalry, true or assumed, between the two iconic bands that have moved and revolutionized the music that preceded them. The idea began as a labour of love (and devotion) towards these “giants” of rock music, in which Rudy Rotta plays some of the most beautiful songs, developing an original theme of two of them in one piece, all adapted and arranged with personal touch. A message that is not only exciting but also challenging to those who still conceive and outline their career in the guise of pure replicants, without being able to give their music a touch of personality and originality that should be inherent in every artist.

Rudy Rotta’s biography

Born in Piedmont, Italy in 1950, Rudy Rotta moved with his family in Lucerne, Switzerland; there at age 14 he began playing the guitar. At forty years old he made a choice of the heart, selling his company and dedicating himself entirely to music. He performs almost exclusively abroad, scaling Olympus of the blues world and establishing a series of collaborations with big names such as BB King, John Mayall, Etta James, Brian Auger, Taj Mahal, to name but a few. He made five appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, two of them as a guest of BB King, participation in the cruise “Mississippi Boat Celebrating B.B King “, one in 1997 at the Kansas City Blues Festival with Al Green, Taj Mahal, Brian Seltzer when he was crowned” Europe’s Top Act”, that is the maximum representative of the European blues; the presence at the Premio Tenco with Lowell Fulson and delivery of two Fender Stratocaster “Rudy Rotta Signature”, respectively in 1994 and 2002. After the album “Some Of My Favourite Songs” in 2004 and “Winds Of Louisiana” in 2006 with the cream of American musicians, participation in the 2013 Roxy Bar with Red Ronnie and after hosting on stage in October 2013 the great Larry Carlton “Mr. 335″, Rudy Rotta now returns with ” The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones”, his personal tribute to the two legendary British bands.

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog SATURDAY 19th JULY 2014

cropped-2013-CAPE-TOWN-TABLE-MOUNTAIN-FIREWORKS-SAILING-SHIPS.jpgSo it’s the weekend and one needs to relax with some great jazz and that means the only choice of listening pleasure is, naturally All Jazz Radio where one finds the widest and more diverse selection of music heard on any form of radio today. for instance the eclectic mix of contemporary smooth fusion funk is the mainstay of todays No Man and SaxName Brand Show from 10:00am to 2:00pm C.A.T. er, um I think that’s 11am G.M.T. so no excuse not to tune in. At 2pm Yaacov Harari will be cooking up a storm as is usual on the weekend with his show Cooking Jazz showcasing a mix of Israeli jazz and international jazz. The All Jazz Radio’s l’enfant terrible , James “Acid Robot” Kibby

James "Acid Robot" Kibby

James “Acid Robot” Kibby

steps into the studio to present The Kibby Factor where anything goes and usual does and nobody knows what to expect. Oh yeah! A really good day ahead with All Jazz Radio, join us all day and everyday for the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz.


I have no idea what The Klutz in the Kitchen has in store for todays recipe, I’m sure he will come up with another stunning one for all to enjoy the cooking experience and enhance one growing repertoire of yumolicious recipes, check back on the website later.

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Got a later start to the day today work today, been a hectic week, woke up at 2:30am C.A.T. and decided not to get out of bed at that time, fell asleep again for what I thought was a few minutes and those in reality turned into a couple of extra hours, no excuse though.


Richard Elliot Plays Lip Service to Love with his new album 

Richard Elliot Lip Service

Richard Elliot Lip Service

2014 marks 30 years since the release of Richard Elliot’s debut solo album, Initial Approach, on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles now with a wife and five children do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proves he’s not a young man and drops the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown. The title of this 17th solo project is Lip Service (the artist’s first for Heads Up/Concord Music Group).

The 10-song Lip Service features seven all new original compositions with teasing titles such as Sookie Sookie and All the Way, as well as three choice covers of soul and pop hits from the 80s (Shining Star by The Manhattans), the 90s (Anytime by Brian McKnight) and today (When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars).

One point Elliot hopes to get across is that an album soaking in an aura of romance doesn’t have to be solely about sex. “We didn’t want everything sounding like a hot and heavy Minor 7th vibe. Playfulness is good, too. “Sweet Spot” (a warm wave of guitars and sax intoxication) and “Givin’ it Up” (a gentle rock steady groove) have that aspect. The opening number “Desire” laid the blueprint for what Elliot and producer Paul Brown sought to capture. That song morphed through a bunch of iterations. It set the tone of the record with a Latin feel. When you’re searching for a sound, there’s a tendency to throw a lot of stuff at a song from a production standpoint. Instead, we pulled stuff out of “Desire.” Minimalist from an arranging standpoint, the more air and space there was created a better canvas for my saxophone.”

Richard Elliot

Richard Elliot

The cover songs are all inspired choices, each challenging in their own way. The Manhattans’ “Shining Star,” which Richard suggested, is given a bluesy feel with a horn arrangement by Tower of Power veteran Greg Adams. Brian McKnight’s “Anytime,” closing the album in lovingly layered afterglow, was suggested by Brown, arranged by keyboardist Tracy Carter and temporarily intimidated Elliot. “I thought to myself, best not to over analyze. We got the arrangement together, cut the rhythm section then I had a glass of wine, took a deep breath and dived in.”

Slow burning intensity has been Richard Elliot’s stock-in-trade since debuting as a member of the novel Chapman Stick-based quartet Kittyhawk in 1979 at the age of 19. With influences ranging from Grover Washington, Jr. to John Klemmer, his diverse styles knows no bounds. He has topped charts and toured the world as a leader as well as with the innovative groups Guitars & Saxes and Summer Horns (Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Dave Koz), the latter of whom he’ll be on the road with all summer 2014 (debuting a selection or two from Lip Service) before continuing on with his own shows in the fall. It’s the unabashed excitement from concert fans that drives him to this day.

Richard Elliot & Rick Braun

Richard Elliot & Rick Braun

Looking back on the 16 solo projects that led to Lip Service, Elliot concludes, “I’ve never counted my albums. I tend to do a record every year-and-a half or two. It just goes by so quickly. I still love what I do. Recording is a fun yet arduous process, but I never get tired of playing live. I always say I play my concerts for free and get paid for everything else I have to do! It’s a privilege to play music for a living, and I never take a gig for granted.”

To stream Lip Service: Click Here

Track List:

Desire

Lip Service

Givin’ It Up

Sweet Spot

Sookie Sookie

All the Way

When I Was Your Man

Shining Star

City Lights

Anytime

 

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog FRIDAY 18th JULY 2014

Mandela Day1Can’t quite believe I’m awake at 04:30 this morning a full hour and a half before I’m normally up and at ‘em/ Looks like we’re going to have more rain on this day in Cape Town. It’s Mandla Day today, remember when Tata Mandela so famously said in the 2008 at his 90th birthday celebration in London’s Hyde Park when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”, Then in November of 2009 the United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in, recognising Tata Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”. Tata Madiba spent 67 years making the world a better place and many adopted the clarion call to devote 67 minutes of personal time doing something that makes a difference to those who are in need, it’s a small sacrifice of ones personal time to do something that will be of greater worth to those who receive this personal gesture in solidarity with all from the global village who are doing the same thing.


Jazz RendezvousDuring the Jazz Rendezvous today I will be chatting to Henry Holloway, who celebrates his 80th birthday and 40 years of jazz broadcasting, around 11am Central African Time. We’ll reminisce with him about those 40 years so tune in to All Jazz Radio today. Remember Henry Holloway’s celebratory concert takes place on Sunday morning 20th July at 11:30am C.A.T. at the Nassau Theatre at Groote Schuur High School. The show stars Cape Town close harmony vocal group Track Five and The Saxit Quartet, For more info and booking call 028 212 2315 go to http://www.henryholloway.co.za/index.php

We’ll also have the usual mix of great new South African and international jazz during the show hosted by Eric Alan from 10am to 2pm C.A.T. From 2 to 4pm

Rudy Nadler-Nir

Rudy Nadler-Nir

Rudy Nadler-Nir will be behind the mic presenting The Latin Side with his usual charm and wit, sharing his huge passion for Latin music. After that our compiled show, 5th Floor Jazz, takes to the streaming waves and features an upbeat mix of Smooth, Fusion and Funk jazz to starts the weekend off on a high note.

The Klutz in the Kitchen just simply loves Bobotie, he searched far and wide and has found a really wonderful recipe with a twist of this favourite South African comfort food. It’s an exciting take on this classic dish, go check out the recipe on the All Jazz Radio website.

 


Some of the music to go and listen to in and around Cape Town tonight;

Glen Robertson Jazz Band

Glen Robertson Jazz Band

Kaleidoscope Cafe, 56 Main Rd., Claremont, from 7.30pm The Glen Robertson Jazz Band plus guests N2 and Francesca Biancoli, and Paul Jacobs Trio with Sharon Clifton-Nel Booking is essential call 921 674 5761 or 072 601 2848

Pastis in Constantia has Keith Macfarlane and Alan Bowen better known as Nosa Vida play from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

The Crypt Jazz Restaurant at 1 Wale Street in Cape Town from 8.00 to 11.00pm C.A.T hosts Abigail Petersen (vocals), Andrew Lilley (piano), Dave Ridgeway (bass) and Simon Annett (drums).

 


Barleycorn Music ClubThe longest running music club in Cape Town, the Barleycorn Music Club meets every Monday at 20h00 at Villager FC, 11 Lansdowne Road, Claremont. Entrance is (usually) R20 for members and R30 for non-members. A full bar and pub food kitchen are operational at the venue. For directions and more info, visit http://www.barleycorn.org.za or find us on Facebook (Barleycorn Music Club).Their SONGWRITERS’ COMPETITION is now running, entries close 4 Aug, there are over R 24 000 in prizes this year, more info and entry forms at The longest running music club in Cape Town, the Barleycorn meets every Monday at 20h00 at Villager FC, 11 Lansdowne Road, Claremont. Entrance is (usually) R20 for members and R30 for non-members. A full bar and pub food kitchen are operational at the venue. For directions and more info, visit http://www.barleycorn.org.za or find us on Facebook (Barleycorn Music Club).

This Monday the following will be playing;

Tova Luck, Zack Smith, Hatchetman-1 and Seed will be playing.


OBITUARY

Pete Douglas, Founder of Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Pete Douglas, Founder of Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Pete Douglas, Founder of Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Dies at 85

Legendary Impresario was Inspiration to Local and National Musicians, and Presenters

Pete Douglas, founder of the world-renowned music and jazz club, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif., died peacefully in Miramar Beach on July 12, 2014 at age 85.

Pete Douglas was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1929. He and his family moved to the Los Angeles area in the 1940s after his father died, and his teenage years were spent growing up in Manhattan and Hermosa beaches. Soon, Douglas became engrossed in the city’s jazz scene, hanging out in jazz clubs listening to swing, early bebop and the cool sounds of West Coast jazz at such clubs as the Lighthouse Café.

Douglas graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a sociology degree in 1955, after serving in the Army in the Korean War. He married and moved to San Mateo County as an Adult Probation Officer.

Bach Dancing & Dynamite SocietyPete Douglas soon purchased an abandoned beer joint on the ocean in Half Moon Bay called the Ebb Tide Coffee Shop. By 1958, Douglas was inviting beatniks, local artists and Coastsiders into his joint, hosting private impromptu music jams and ceaselessly renovating his building and music room, which eventually evolved into the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. After becoming a registered non-profit for the musical arts in 1964, Douglas began presenting regular jazz and classical programs to the public. National and local jazz luminaries such as Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Etta James, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Carter, and Milt Jackson, to name just several of thousands, played at the Bach over its 50-year history. Notables in the classical music world such as the Kronos Quartet and Mariano Cordoba performed as well.

In 1973, Douglas hired the then 19-year-old Tim Jackson, a Santa Cruz resident and musician to take tickets at the door. “Pete gave me my start in the jazz world in 1973 and has always been a mentor to me,” said Jackson, Artistic Director of Monterey Jazz Festival and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. “Pete was a pioneer in jazz presenting and presided over one of the longest tenured jazz venues in the country. His passion for quality music and developing audience engagement—or a ‘scene’ as Pete always said—was paramount and never diminished. He was truly unique and was able to develop a venue that expressed his own personal viewpoint. I will miss that chiseled face with the pipe and Greek fisherman’s cap (Etta James called him ‘Popeye’) and will always remember the spirit he brought to any conversation.”

Pete Douglas gave the Bay Area and Northern California a much-needed alternative and distinctive venue in which local and touring musicians could perform. As the San Francisco Clubs in North Beach were closing down in the late 1960s, the Bach was a perfect beach experience that reflected the nature of the curator.

Saxophonist David Liebman, a frequent performer at the Bach over the years, described Pete Douglas as the “Original Hipster.” “What a perfect ambiance,” Liebman recalled in an email. “A nice meal and drinks; playing jazz for an appreciative audience; a great piano; complete care of the musicians; all with the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep and of course Pete, who knew it all and would sit front and center listening like a hawk. He lived a long, full life and will be missed by all.”

Douglas is survived by his daughters, Linda Tichenor, Barbara Riching and Virginia Castillo and grandsons, Tony, Aaron, and Andrew Ackerman and Maxwell Riching and his granddaughters, Chelsea and Tina Castillo, and several great-grandchildren. Additionally, Pete is predeceased by his brother John “Jack” Douglas and survived by his brother Roger Dial. In addition to Pete’s family, Pete was loved by his many jazz supporters, including his right-hand manager, Linda Goetz. A memorial will be announced on the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s website at http://www.bachddsoc.org where memorial donations may also be made to the non-profit organization.

For more information please contact:

Linda Goetz

goetz@coastside.net

650-726-2020

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Daily All Jazz Radio Blog – THURSDAY 17th JULY 2014

 

Henry Holloway

Henry Holloway

I will be chatting to the doyen of jazz radio broadcasting in South Africa, Henry Holloway, on Friday 18th July at around 11am Central African Time during The Jazz Rendezvous. Henry is celebrating a number of milestones, firstly his 80th birthday as well as his 40th year of broadcasting jazz in South Africa. Henry will be hosting a special concert on Sunday morning 20th July at 11:30am C.A.T. at the Nassau Theatre at Groote Schuur High School. This is one that self respecting jazz lovers should not miss. The show stars Cape Town close harmony vocal group Track Five and The Saxit Quartet, for more about Henry go to http://www.henryholloway.co.za/index.php

Henty Hollowaye001


 

Winds Of Samsara

The brand album by internationally acclaimed globe trotting South Africa Flautist, Wouter Kelleman and Indian keyboard wizard Ricky Kej. The album Winds Of Samsara was released worldwide yesterday. It’s been a two year long labour of love for Wouter who has worked with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej on this epic project, involving more than a hundred musicians from all over the world. Winds Of Samsara speaks to themes of peace and positivity, spinning together forward–moving harmony with a verve and passion never before attempted in the New Age genre. Have a look and listen to the tune Madiba from the album on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Io9eC2zGJs


It’s Mandela Day tomorrow, what are you going to do with your 67 minutes? Make a difference and do your bit.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day media_800_730_70_sNelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. For more info go to http://www.mandeladay.com/


Hey guess what, it’s raining again in the Mother City, but that’s something we at All Jazz Radio and the Peeps of the city are used to at this time of the year. A real stoup and sarmie day today, so the Klutz in the Kitchen has been tasked to find an interesting hot, heart warming soup today, which will be posted on the website a little later, nice one eh!

During Jazz Rendezvous today we will share a whole load of newly released music from 10am to 1pm, that’s 3hours of incredible on our journey of discovery into the world of new jazz music and musicians. Join me and enjoy the journey today. Scottish jazz vocalist Todd Gordon, will be presenting his show of fabulous vocalists from 1 to 2pm C.A.T., join him for todays Todd’s Turntable. From 2 to 4pm Etienne Shardlow presents the Jazz-E Show which, features 100% South African jazz for the entire 2 hours show casing the best jazz South African musician have to offer. At 4pm C.A.T. our Blues expert, Brian Currin takes his place behind the mic to present his weekly The Vagabond Blues, a show of nothing but the Blues showcasing a wide mix of South African and International blues. Don’t miss a note of the music join us all day, everyday for the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz to stream out of Africa today, All Jazz Radio is the only and natural choice of pure listening pleasure. Tune In at http://tunein.com/radio/All-Jazz-Radio-s185300

The Blues is the way to go

Brian Currin and Piet Botha

 

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Daily AJR Blog WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY 2014

Jeez, halfway through the week already, time just flies whilst life marches on relentlessly, does it not? Is it because the older one becomes that one take s note so mush more? I just don’t know, guess one must savour every moment. The best way, to my mind is to listen to, enjoy jazz, eat good homemade fresh food and enjoy great wine and beer as often as possible, which helps put ones thoughts to rest as the senses awaken with each day. Enough pontificating and on with the show, firstly lets see what The

Everyone loves to cook, eh!

Everyone loves to cook, eh!

Klutz in the Kitchen has in store for today. How’s a great comfort food seafood dish, eh. It’s another one of those wonderful, yet simple, tasty and easy dishes. Gesmoorde Gerookte Snoek(Braised Smoked Snoek) remains a firm favourite of mine, serve on a bed of fluffy white rice, man one can’t go wrong and on the side a really nice seasonal mixed fruit salad works well for this lekkerlicious meal, try it its really easy.

Lets look at what’s happening today on All Jazz Radio. The first show, Jazz RendezvousJazz Rendezvous with Eric Alan includes tracks from the following new releases to arrive on my desk over the past week or so. We will hear a track from Cape Town based pianist, composer Kyle Shepherds

Kyle Shepherd's Dream State

Kyle Shepherd’s Dream State

newly released double album, Dream State also the new one by Cyrus Chestnut Midnight MelodiesCyrus Chestnut who’s album Midnight Melodies has just been released in the USA. Ian Okkers Pleasent PlacesPleasant Places, the debut released by Cape vocalist Ian Okkers, all three albums make their All Jazz Radio debut during The Jazz Rendezvous today. That’s not all Peeps there is so much more to new music to hear during the show so join Eric Alan, daily for some of the best jazz to stream out of Africa everyday. Tune in from the All Jazz Radio website one won’t be sorry at all. Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe then takes over with The Midweek Jazz Mélange during which he will showcase a wide selection of jazz from the global village with a specific emphasis on Africa. After that it’s The Sundown Show, which is compiled and features some of those golden oldie Smooth, Fusion, Contemporary and Funk sounds. If one has any requests please feel free to mail them to info@alljazzradio.co.za and we will find the one and play it for you.


JJ SMITH LOGOAt JJ SMYTHS
12 Aungier Street Dublin, Ireland, ThE RuMBooGieS return to deliver a BLUES experience rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic, ThE RuMBooGieS dazzle with the stellar harmonica work of AJ Wails, and the dynamic blues guitar of Graham ‘Junior’ Hynes. Pounding out a musical force to be reckoned with is Vinnie O’Connor on Keyboards, and the rhythm-section of Barry O’Reilly JJ SMYTHS
JJ Smiths Fasardon Drums and Brendan ‘The Rev’ Priestley on bass, take no prisoners! Lead Vocals and Blues-MC is Mister Tommy Grimes, a Dublin blues stalwart, and no stranger to the stage in JJ’s. ThE RuMBooGieS serve up a tasty gumbo of Chicago Blues, mixed with West-Coast influences and salted with a Dublin Bay flavour of their very own concoction. Come on down and grab yourself a plateful, or two!! The doors open from 9pm with the band starting at 9.30pm till late, cover charge is €10. So if heading to Ireland this will be something not to miss.

Check out these YouTube vid’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Moa0il-jXk&list=UU597bta4Cil18tOCQ90rFrw&index=3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAvbVGAk21E&list=UU597bta4Cil18tOCQ90rFrw&feature=c4-overview&noredirect=1 


manchester jazz festivalPreview: Manchester Jazz Festival 2014 – (18-27 July)

Adrian Pallant will be reviewing 19th Manchester Jazz Festival for us. Looking forward to the festival, he offers half a dozen personal choices from the popular 10-day summer annual event. Find out more, visit the London Jazz Blog at

http://www.londonjazznews.com/2014/07/preview-manchester-jazz-festival-2014.html

Thanks to the London Jazz Blog for the info.

 

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Daily AJR Blog Tuesday June 15th 2014

All Jazz Radio

All Jazz Radio

It’s an early start to the day, her at All Jazz Radio, mind you it’s become a daily occurrence, everyday, getting up at between 04:30 and 05:00 in the morning is not fun at all. Its not even an the alarm clock screaming to get out of bed, that infernal internal time setting that’s the problem and there’s nothing one can do about it, every blerry morning, so I thought what the hell, start work and I have. The worst thing about that, is the copious amounts of coffee drunk. Then around 3pm Central African Time, my eyes start getting droopy and generally I fall into an uncomfortable and fitful sleep. What’s that all about? Jeez, is it an age thing or what? Enough of the complaining and onwards and upwards with the show and this Blog, now time for some

Klutz in the Kitchen

Klutz in the Kitchen

breakfast and more coffee. The Klutz in the Kitchen made some boerewors (farm sausage) for dinner last night and there was some left over so boerewors on toast filled the hole in the tummy. Now ready for what the new day hold in store. B.T.W. our Kluz has really outdone himself with his recipe choice for today, its simply yummolicious, quick and easy and all whole are lucky enough to enjoy the meal will be wanting more. Check out the recipe which will be posted on the All Jazz Radio website later.


 

As is usual our Broadcast/streaming day starts with Jazz Rendezvous, a full Jazz Rendezvousfour hours of great jazz. I’ve put together a show of what I call shorty’s though the four hours we share “on air” today, you see all of the tunes featured are around two and a half minutes in length, excepting the last tune of the day and that will bring a big smile. The result will be surprising and pleasing because there are tunes that have not been played on the show before, I hope that one will enjoy the Jazz Rendezvous with me on All Jazz Radio today. I will be speaking to Etienne Shardlow about his overall impression of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival – Grahamstown 2014.

Etienne Shardlow before

Etienne Shardlow before

Etienne is back in Jo’burg and resuming presenting duties of his E-Jazz 100% South African Jazz Show, two hour of the finest jazz our fair country has to offer from 14h00 C.A.T. I’m not to sure what will be included in the show today but it will be something not to miss at all, so join Etienne today.

After the E-Jazz Show we have compiled and interesting mix of contemporary, smooth, fusion and funk for The Much, Much More Music Show which ends the “live broadcast” day on All Jazz Radio, but it is not the end of the music, we then start our re-broadcast programming for the following 16 hours so any programs that one may have missed can be caught up with, good stuff eh!


 

The Pittsburgh's Next Generation of Music Legends

The Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends

The Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends (PNGML) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, preserve, collect and celebrate, the great musical legacy of Pittsburgh’s African-American musicians. The estates of the Mary Lou Williams and George Benson have granted (PNGML) permission to create wax figures of them. They have started a donations campaign to see the project come to life.

Working with educational consultants and national wax figure designers, this exhibition will include approximately 10 life-like wax replicas. We have chosen several national renowned wax figure designers whose past clients have included, President Lyndon Johnson’s Library & Museum, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and ESPN Sport Century Tour. George Benson will be an extraordinary animatronics figure including: motion, recorded speech, music, facial hair and other realistic features.

A fundraiser has been organized to have 10 life-like wax replicas of Pittsburgh’s most renowned jazz musicians made and will be traveling exhibition.

Pittsburgh is famous for its great sounds of Jazz. It has more Jazz legends per capita than anywhere in the world. Throughout the 20th Century and beyond, the music of Pittsburgh artists has permeated hearts and homes of music lovers. Musicians who have lived in or made Pittsburgh their home have included: Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams, Lena Horne, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Phyllis Hyman & Dakota Staton, Earl “Fatha” Hines, and Ahmad Jamal. These are just a few of the many household names of jazz musicians that have been associated with the city of Pittsburgh.

DONATE here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pittsburgh-music-wax-museum

Thanks to Dr. Jazz for the info


 

Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser’s Gigs for the week ahead

79 Buitenkant Street (next to Diva’s pizza), Cape Town.

Bookings are essential via phone or sms on 076 -679-2697. 

Doors open at 7pm. Shows are at 8:30pm and 10pm

WEDNESDAY 16 JULY

OpenArt Surgeries: Ottoman Slap

Straight No Chaser Student Nights presents to you, OpenArt Surgeries! It’s not your usual SNC night – we invite bands to take over the intimate performance venue and do what they like with it.

Ottoman Slap brings you original sounds evoking a rich span of moods ranging from the sultry depths of the Middle East to the meandering slopes of the Balkan hills.
This six-piece troupe recently sprung from the Capetonian creative woodwork at last year’s Rocking the Daisies and boasts a horde of delights: Simoné Chiara (vocals), Raoul Spiegel  (saxaphone, flute, saw), James van Minnen (middle eastern percussion, drums, mandolin), Raoul Smorenburg (accordion), Callan Wolff (double bass) & Marissa Cuenoud (percussion and dance)

THURSDAY 17 JULY

Emily Bruce

Emily Bruce Vocalist An, award winning, talented singer and Jazz Vocal teacher at UCT, also known for her voice on many of international hit outfit, Goldfish‘s best loved tracks, performs with Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Nicholas Williams (bass) & Marlon Witbooi (drums).The music will include songs by Kenney Wheeler, Bill Evans, Daft Punk and.. 😉

FRIDAY 18 JULY

Reza Khota Quartet

Reza Khota QuartetThis Cape Town based guitarist and composer is a member of some of the top bands to play in SA at the moment, not least of these being his own Reza Khota Quartet. His debut album, Transmutation, is highly acclaimed and features his quartet Shane Cooper (bass), Buddy Wells (sax & flute) and Jonno Sweetman (drums).

”Khota is a player who cheerfully ignores genres. His guitar has explored classical music (since his schooldays), jazz and improvisation (at Wits), South Asian traditions (in Babu and the Sangam Trio), the avant-garde (he’s just released a recording of Christian Wolff’s Microexercises with Swiss guitarist Beat Keller), with some rock and blues along the way.” — Gwen Ansell BDLive

SATURDAY 18 JULY

Francesca Biancoli Quartet

Francesca Biancoli singingItalian singer/songwriter Francesca Biancoli, best known for her strong vocals and Amy Winehouse tributes, performs a range of interesting songs as well as a few of her own compositions with her Cape Town band. Featuring Nick Williams (bass), Keenan Ahrends (guitar) and Marlon Witbooi (drums).

 


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – July 20

Jazz at Lincoln Center logoThe Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis heads to Queens to perform selections from the Louis Armstrong songbook and more in this free outdoor family performance. Part of SummerStage Kids is Queens Family Day. Choreographer and curator Rashida Bumbray and GRAMMY® nominated arranger and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman & Copland Jazz will are scheduled to perform.


Here is something of interest for jazz aficionados and history lovers. The BIX BEIDERBECKE MEMORIAL JAZZ FESTIVAL July 31-August 3, 2014 
136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport IA 52801 
563.324.7170 www.bixsociety.org
Call or visit website for tickets

Bix Beiderbecke by: Jim Cullum Jr.

Bix the younger

Eddie Condon was a clever man. He quipped about the boppers, “They flat their fifths, we drink ours!” When his music was criticized by French jazz writer Hughes Panassié, he shot back, “We don’t tell him how to jump on a grape!”

But when he talked about Bix Beiderbecke, it was different. Eddie was one of the musicians who had played with Bix. They all were forever his disciples. Condon wrote about hearing Bix’s cornet for the first time: “Beiderbecke took out a silver cornet. He put it to his lips and blew a phrase. The sound came out like a girl saying yes.”

That Bix sound has been described by others as “a padded mallet striking a chime” or “like pearls falling onto velvet.” The sound of Bix’s horn is different. It’s a “fat” sound, broader and less strident, darker and more mellow than the others. At the same time, it is not just dark and mellow. It has a hollow ring that sometimes reminds one of a bell. Often when he bears down he gets a brass edge on the top of this. It is, for me, the most beautiful musical sound I have yet encountered.

BIX BEIDERBECKE BandThe strength of Bix’s attack is a big part of his sound. He tends to tongue more notes (i.e., starting the sound by pronouncing the letter “T”) than most cornet players. These tongued notes have little bursts that give the “striking-a-chime effect.” Over a period of almost 80 years, players have attempted to figure out how he achieved these results. I have too. I have chased this elusive Holy Grail for my entire life as a musician. Like many other Bix-influenced players, I don’t want to simply copy Bix. But I do listen to the master playing in my head, and sometimes I work to see just how fat the sound can get.

To a degree, Bix’s magical tone was helped along by the equipment he used. Much of his playing was on Conn Victor cornets. All the old Conns–reeds and brass–were a little heavier and had rich tones, and the bore size of the Victor Cornets was extraordinarily large. The standard bore size for cornets and trumpets is 460 thousandths of an inch. The standard for large bore horns is 468 thousandths of an inch. The Conn Victor bore was 484 thousandths of an inch. Most modern trumpet players have never seen, or even heard of, a horn larger than 470. And, Bix mostly used an old-fashioned cornet mouthpiece that was deep and open, compared to the modern ones. This large bore and open mouthpiece would cause any cornetist to sacrifice some endurance and some upper register accessibility. The payback is an enriched tone.

Bix and TrumpetFrom listening to his recordings, I can guess that Bix must have played with his upper and lower teeth fairly apart and his jaw relaxed. This created a larger oral cavity as if to say, “Aw.” He must have had a forward embouchure that caused him to put a lot of “meat” into the mouthpiece. It sounds like he moved all this with a lot of air. You can hear his good health and vitality at work. Remember, he was only 24 or 25 years old when he did his greatest playing. No doubt he did these physical things unconsciously, because most of the sound he created was a result of the sound he heard in his head.

He had perfect pitch, and his abilities to apply it were phenomenal. In fact, it has been reported that on numerous occasions on a dare or a bet, he could turn his back and have someone bang out a big 10-note chord on the piano–with the notes in any combination. Then, starting at the bottom and going up, he would name every note in the chord. As any musician will tell you, this is an incredible and seemingly impossible feat.

BIX BEIDERBECKE1Layer all this God-given talent over Bix’s ringing tone and attack and you’re halfway there. The rest of the story is the way he improvised–the way he strung the notes together. For Bix was among the most creative and intelligent improvisers in jazz history. Time after time, every performance was new and fresh, as he selected the most interesting notes and intervals. His work was not filled with overwhelming virtuosity. Rather it tended, upon analysis, to be perfectly composed, as though he had spent weeks playing and replaying his solos. Of course, he just tossed them off!

It is amazing that even from his teenage beginnings Bix understood and completely applied musical economy. His goal was to make every note say something. Automatic fingering patterns, full of throwaway notes, were avoided. Sometimes this approach is found in the mellowness of a mature, and therefore extra thoughtful artist. It is almost never combined with the exuberance of youth, as in Bix’s playing.

In all this Bix found his unique voice. A personal stamp, instantly recognizable, is often present in the playing of the self-taught jazz musician. And Bix learned to play with countless trial and error attempts. He applied the “lick system:” Play one short pattern a few times, then another and another, in repeated variations over and over until they can be strung together in longer phrases. This was for him the easy way. Also, Bix was not under the tutelage of any professor who demanded scales and etudes. He practiced little ideas and melodies that came to him as he sat fascinated with the result of his own creativity. There were great rewards for him in this self-styled practice, so of course he spent a lot of time at it. Along the way, Bix’s sheer musical intelligence made him gradually gain considerable technique. He could play fast, but was too lost in the quality of his instant new melodies to use music merely to display his technique.

A part of Bix’s approach to music came from his family and hometown. It came from his boyhood. Much of the story is well known: Bix was from “the heartland,” the Midwest farm state of Iowa, the small town of Davenport. His background was one of some privilege. His family lived in comfort in Davenport. He was well educated, at least through high school. He was reasonably handsome. He was white.

BIX BEIDERBECKE band 1All of this–the safe small town, the security, the birthright, the supportive family–gave Bix the room to dream and to practice without specific requirements. In many respects it was luxury, with Bix having no hard goals except the vague one of seeing how far he could take it all.

His family was dismayed, not by his obvious musical talent or his pursuit of it, but by his fascination with a new “low class” music: jazz. Those of us who have come after Bix can easily see the quality of the great art he continues to pour out to us. But Bix’s frustrated parents saw only a life of tragedy. In many ways they were right. They had taken delight in their young son’s amazing ability to create a little quick music at the piano. They had given encouragement. But now, this jazz was different! There was a wildness in it, and they sensed danger. Bix’s father and mother began to pull in a new direction, away from music. Bix was sent away to Lake Forest Academy, an expensive private school near Chicago. It had a reputation for producing ranks of the model citizens the Beiderbeckes wished their son to join.

But it was too late. Bix had tasted the thrill of realizing his abilities to create magnificent music on the spot; this spoke to him and those around him; it said: “Come on! This is life!” He would chase this sweetness to the end. As the years began to slide by, his family hoped against hope that he would somehow grow up and enter a life of “real work and success.” They withheld any words of praise for Bix’s amazing accomplishments. They turned colder as Bix chased his addictions–his addiction to creating jazz improvisation and his growing addiction to alcohol. Sadly, Agatha and Bismark Beiderbecke misunderstood their son’s musical obsessions. They gave their love, which was deep and abiding, but they stubbornly withheld their approval.

BIX BEIDERBECKE trumpetOne telling incident repeated through the years has become a part of the Bix mythology. As Bix rose to the top of his profession, he made about 160 recordings. It is through these recordings that we are now able to gain access to the Bix mind and the Bix music. He regularly sent copies of his finished records to his parents’ home in Davenport, and it was there, during a period when he attempted to escape the horrors of advancing alcohol addiction, that he retreated.

BIX BEIDERBECKE cartoonOne day he accidentally discovered all the records he had sent home. They were stored in the back of a hall closet, in their original packages–unopened. Of course, this hurt Bix deeply. Still, throughout his life Bix had great love and respect for his parents and his siblings. His letters home to them have now been published and they make obvious this love.

Bix probably would have experienced a similar pattern regardless of his parents’ resistance or encouragement. He seemed to have a built-in streak of melancholy in his music and in his life. This bittersweet quality, often not noticed when one first begins listening to Bix, may be the most intriguing ingredient. For while the Beiderbecke sound is filled with joy–and it is hot and it is swinging–it often carries a subtle sadness.

Bix died in 1931. He was 28. His body was shipped back to Davenport for burial. In death he was again enfolded into the bosom of his family, and his grave is there in the dignified Beiderbecke family plot. To family members the day closed the saddest chapter of their lives. His grave is beside his mother Agatha Beiderbecke, and a marker shows her date of death as 1952.

One can’t help indulging in a little fantasy: By 1952 the world had come to regard Bix as one of the towering figures of American music. As the cult of admirers grew from a clutch of jazz musicians to a small army worldwide, as Columbia Records in 1946 and 1947 re-issued his work in album form, as critics almost universally cited him as an incomparable genius, and as some highly creditable musicians began unabashedly to speak of him as one of the most inspiring figures, not just of jazz or music, but of all art, what must Agatha Beiderbecke have thought?

It is hard to imagine that she could not have finally taken great pride in her son’s work, which completely eclipses all that was done by all the combined Beiderbecke clan and its progeny. She might at first have been amazed at all the fuss, but as it continued and intensified over the twenty-one years that she lived after Bix died, she knew, if nothing else, how the world clamored for her son’s music.

However, as the Beiderbecke home on Grand Avenue was sold, Agatha went quietly to spend her last years at a downtown Davenport hotel and left no record of how her feelings might have changed.

The groundswell of admiration and affection for Bix has never slowed. In 1971, on the 40th anniversary of Bix’s death, a group of jazz musicians traveled from New Jersey to Davenport and played over Bix’s grave. This was a wake-up call to some in Davenport. The next year a Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Festival was begun there, and it has grown to be a huge annual event, drawing thousands to downtown Davenport every July.

A common pattern prevails in the Bix story. It is often easier to see our great men and women from a distance, well past their lives. Bix is now a world figure. Residents of Davenport, while they often know little about the music, are now keenly aware that Bix is by far the most famous product of their city.

The Bix landmarks in Davenport are like shrines. Pilgrims from around the world visit. Usually, they start with Bix’s grave. Then there is the Beiderbecke home on Grand Avenue, the Presbyterian church where Bix was baptized, an old upstairs school of dance where Bix played his first gig, and the high school Bix attended before his transfer to Lake Forest Academy.

Other interesting old ballrooms are there with similar claims to fame: Bix played there! There is a statue of Bix, and a major thoroughfare has been named Bix Beiderbecke Drive. Every year some 20,000 long distance runners gather in Davenport to race in Bix’s name!

BIX BEIDERBECKE bustA Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society runs the annual festival, maintains an office and provides “Bix Lives” shirts, stickers, and buttons. The Davenport Library greets the faithful who look over a few old photographs and documents. The Putnam Museum displays Bix’s cornet. You can even get a “Bix burger” at a popular downtown restaurant.

During the last 75 years, it doesn’t seem there has been much economic oomph to Davenport. This must be lamented by many citizens there, but to the Bixophile it makes the place a Mecca. It mostly remains as Bix last saw it, just sitting there slowly rotting, but it’s there. Street after street contains Victorian frame houses similar to the Beiderbeckes’. Even Bix’s grandfather’s imposing home still stands proudly on one of the Davenport hills. The central business district is largely unchanged. It is easy to picture Bix emerging there, a fresh, bright, energetic young man, his mind happily flooded with interesting melodies.

The legend continues. Around the world more people are listening to Bix each year. Every recording he made is now available online–even every alternate take.

It is strange that some in Davenport still lag behind the rest of the world. City fathers there, in the face of ever mounting interest in Bix and his hometown, still seem mostly disinterested and are even slow to support the annual festival. To some, Bix’s music, so compelling, ranks with the greatest artistic works of history. To others it is just “some old music.”

But the streets and buildings of Davenport speak to the dreamer in us, just as Bix’s horn very clearly speaks across the years. Many of us feel that through his music we know him personally, even though he died years before we were born.

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Daily AJR Blog Monday June 14th 2014

The start of another week, is one excited? If not one should be because the slate is cleaned each week, or it should be, so turn the memory page and make plans and check what’s to come in the week ahead, neh. Ok, here’s what I mean, this coming Saturday sees The Titilayo Adedokun Quartet plays The Crypt in Cape Town this Saturday, July 19 with her Steven Lekas (p), Valentino Europa (bs) and Roy Davids (dr) it is recommended that one make a booking to avoid disappointment.

Here is the rest of the line-up at the venue for the rest of the week ahead week;

The Crypt Cape Town

The Crypt Cape Town

Tuesday 15 July (7pm to 10pm)

ADAMU TRIO: Jazz, African and Portuguese songs featuring Adamu da Silva – guitar/vocals, Buddy Wells – saxophone, Keith Coxen – percussion

Wednesday 16 July (7pm to 10pm)

BLACKEY TEMPI QUARTET: SA Jazz and jazz standards featuring George Werner – piano, Tino Europa – bass, Ivan Bell – drums and Blackey Tempi – trumpet

Thursday 17 July (7pm to 10pm)

JASON REOLON TRIO: Jazz standards and originals with Jason Reolon – piano, Wesley Rustin – bass, and Jonno Sweetman – drums

Friday 18 July (8pm to 11pm)

Abigale Petersen

Abigale Petersen

ABIGAIL PETERSEN QUARTET: Songbird Abigail Petersen will delight and entertain with a variety of fabulous jazz standards and originals featuring Abigail Petersen (vocals), Andrew Lilley (piano), Dave Ridgeway (bass) and Simon Annett (drums)

 

 

 


The 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival takes place from 1st to 3rd August 2014. This festival is on my bucket list as I really want to get to this world-renowned jazz festival someday soon, any angels who would like to sponsor a trip form moi? 😉

newport jazz festival 2014

newport jazz festival 2014

The Festival founded in 1954, making the Newport Jazz Festival the first annual jazz festival in America. It has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city, which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.

Look who’s going to be performing, Bobby McFerrin, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Holland, Dr. John, Gregory Porter, Gary Burton, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, SFJAZZ Collective and so many more

The 2014 edition of the Newport Jazz Festival promises to create more magical moments with the celebration of Newport Jazz Festival’s 60th Anniversary and the addition of a stellar line-up at Ft. Adams State Park with music from 11am to 7pm on Friday August 1 and includes the following;

Miguel Zenón

Miguel Zenón

Jon Batiste & Stay Human, John Zorn’s Masada Marathon, Miguel Zenón & The “Identities” Big Band, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Snarky Puppy, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Charlie Parker Project (World Premiere)

On Saturday, August 2, the music continues from 11am to 7pm including:

Gregory Porter micJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland. Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Pedrito Martinez Group, Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart, Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn,

On Sunday August 3, the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival concludes with music from 11am to 7pm including:

Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore,

Vijay Iyer Sextet, Danilo Perez Panama 500, Django Festival All-Stars, Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega, Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly, Ravi Coltrane, The Cookers: Donald Harrison Jr., Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart, Mingus Big Band, The Brubeck Brothers, George Wein & Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart,

Thanks to Lois Gilbert
 Managing Director
 of Jazz Corner for letting us know.


Here is a new vocalist to us on All Jazz Radio, his name, Jason Paul Curtis. Read on to find out more about him and keep listening because his new album is on our playlist.

Jason

Jason Paul Curtis

On a hot Virginia night in June, 2009, and with only a sound system, a microphone and a suit, Jason performed his first public solo gig. Three hours of Sinatra, Italian and American Songbook later, the stage was set for countless more engagements over the next five years.

Soon, he was performing with DC-area big band, Swing Machine, and in 2010, he founded Swinglab with pianist Ray Mabalot, drummer Woody Hume and Baltimore bassist, John Dahlman.

In 2011, the quartet performed two sets at DC’s Twins Jazz and, they were immediately invited to play the Christmas season at the Gaylord, National Harbor Hotel in Washington, DC. Jason and the band continued with the Gaylord, playing over 64 nights in 2012. In November, 2012,

Jason released his first full-length album, Lovers Holiday. With five originals and two arrangements with Swing Machine, Lovers Holiday received across-the-board critical acclaim and international airplay. Other venues through 2014 have included repeat engagements at Lansdowne Resort (Northern Virginia’s largest), Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Blues Alley, The Willard Hotel, with the McLean Orchestra, the National Building Museum, The Metropolitan Club and the White House Holiday Tours in 2012 and 2013.

On June 20, 2014, Jason released his second full-length album, Faux Bourgeois Cafe, welcoming bassist, Ephriam Wolfolk, Jr, saxophonist Dave Schiff and guitarist John Albertson. Cafe includes eight brand-new songs by Jason.

“For a guy who’s relatively new to the jazz community, I’m humbled and thrilled to be listed among the striving and thriving who are putting their best voice out there for the world to experience. “Faux Bourgeois Cafe” comprises an (almost) entirely original song writing effort, and I hope you feel and appreciate the variety of energies the band and I poured into each track.  I hope you like it, and I hope you have a great summer” says Curtis.


Eric Alan

Eric Alan

Today on All Jazz Radio we start off with the Award winning Jazz Rendezvous with genial host Eric Alan who takes us on a four hour musical journey of discovery, navigating through a long list of recently released albums by many home-grown and international new artists to our ears, important to remember, to see it wit your own ears. Don’t miss a note of the music.

The next show is a compiled one, Take Five and Then Some, which showcases the contemporary, fusion, smooth and funk jazz areas, un-interrupted for two hours, just music all the way.

Wolfgang König congasJazz Around The World with Berlin, Germany based presenter Wolfgang König, who presents a programme of jazz drawn from the global village and should not be missed. Wolfgang takes a look at one of my favourite instruments, the electric bass during today’s show, and should not to be missed.

As can be seen, not a day to be missed, tune in to All Jazz Radio, we’ve got the music, you just listen to some of the best Jazz Blues, Latin and World Jazz streaming daily out of the African Jazz Capital, Cape Town, South Africa. Remember too to subscribe to our website at www.alljazzradio.co.za Enjoy the music with us at All Jazz Radio, the first choice of listening pleasure.


Here’s what’s happening at the Orbit Home of Jazz in Jo’burg for the week from the 15th to 20th July. If in the city of gold, go check out this new venue

The Orbit Jo'burg clubJuly 15 – 20 h 30: Jam Session Marcus Wyatt – R 40

July 16 – 20 h 30: Justin Yusuf Holcroft Quintet – R 100

July 17 – 20 h 30: The Orbit Big Band – R 80

July 18 – 20 h 30: Tutu Puoane & Ewout Pierreux – R 100

July 19 – 20 h 30: Tutu Puoane & Ewout Pierreux – R 100

July 20 – 17 h 00: Pops Mohamed Sextet – R 100

July 20 – 20 h 30: Comedy & Jazz in Orbit – R 100

Enjoy the jazz all day

Eric

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Daily AJR Blog Sunday June 13th 2014

The start of another week, is one excited? If not one should be because the slate is cleaned each week, or it should be, so turn the memory page and make plans and check what’s to come in the week ahead, neh. Ok, here’s what I mean, this coming Saturday sees The Titilayo Adedokun Quartet plays The Crypt in Cape Town this Saturday, July 19 with her Steven Lekas (p), Valentino Europa (bs) and Roy Davids (dr) it is recommended that one make a booking to avoid disappointment.

Here is the rest of the line-up at the venue for the rest of the week ahead week;

Tuesday 15 July (7pm to 10pm)

ADAMU TRIO: Jazz, African and Portuguese songs featuring Adamu da Silva – guitar/vocals, Buddy Wells – saxophone, Keith Coxen – percussion

Wednesday 16 July (7pm to 10pm)

BLACKEY TEMPI QUARTET: SA Jazz and jazz standards featuring George Werner – piano, Tino Europa – bass, Ivan Bell – drums and Blackey Tempi – trumpet

Thursday 17 July (7pm to 10pm)

JASON REOLON TRIO: Jazz standards and originals with Jason Reolon – piano, Wesley Rustin – bass, and Jonno Sweetman – drums

Friday 18 July (8pm to 11pm)

ABIGAIL PETERSEN QUARTET: Songbird Abigail Petersen will delight and entertain with a variety of fabulous jazz standards and originals featuring Abigail Petersen (vocals), Andrew Lilley (piano), Dave Ridgeway (bass) and Simon Annett (drums)


The 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival takes place from 1st to 3rd August 2014. This festival is on my bucket list as I really want to get to this world-renowned jazz festival someday soon, any angels who would like to sponsor a trip form moi? 😉

The Festival founded in 1954, making the Newport Jazz Festival the first annual jazz festival in America. It has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city, which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture.

Look who’s going to be performing, Bobby McFerrin, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Holland, Dr. John, Gregory Porter, Gary Burton, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, SFJAZZ Collective and so many more

The 2014 edition of the Newport Jazz Festival promises to create more magical moments with the celebration of Newport Jazz Festival’s 60th Anniversary and the addition of a stellar line-up at Ft. Adams State Park with music from 11am to 7pm on Friday August 1 and includes the following;

Jon Batiste & Stay Human, John Zorn’s Masada Marathon, Miguel Zenón & The “Identities” Big Band, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Snarky Puppy, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Charlie Parker Project (World Premiere)

On Saturday, August 2, the music continues from 11am to 7pm including:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland. Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Pedrito Martinez Group, Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart, Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn,

On Sunday August 3, the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival concludes with music from 11am to 7pm including:

Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore,

Vijay Iyer Sextet, Danilo Perez Panama 500, Django Festival All-Stars, Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega, Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly, Ravi Coltrane, The Cookers: Donald Harrison Jr., Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart, Mingus Big Band, The Brubeck Brothers, George Wein & Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart,

Thanks to Lois Gilbert
Managing Director
of JazzCorner.com for letting us know


Here is a new vocalist to us on All Jazz Radio, his name, Jason Paul Curtis. Read on to find out more about him and keep listening because his new album is on our playlist.

On a hot Virginia night in June, 2009, and with only a sound system, a microphone and a suit, Jason performed his first public solo gig. Three hours of Sinatra, Italian and American Songbook later, the stage was set for countless more engagements over the next five years.

Soon, he was performing with DC-area big band, Swing Machine, and in 2010, he founded Swinglab with pianist Ray Mabalot, drummer Woody Hume and Baltimore bassist, John Dahlman.

In 2011, the quartet performed two sets at DC’s Twins Jazz and, they were immediately invited to play the Christmas season at the Gaylord, National Harbor Hotel in Washington, DC. Jason and the band continued with the Gaylord, playing over 64 nights in 2012. In November, 2012,

Jason released his first full-length album, Lovers Holiday. With five originals and two arrangements with Swing Machine, Lovers Holiday received across-the-board critical acclaim and international airplay. Other venues through 2014 have included repeat engagements at Lansdowne Resort (Northern Virginia’s largest), Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Blues Alley, The Willard Hotel, with the McLean Orchestra, the National Building Museum, The Metropolitan Club and the White House Holiday Tours in 2012 and 2013.

On June 20, 2014, Jason released his second full-length album, Faux Bourgeois Cafe, welcoming bassist, Ephriam Wolfolk, Jr, saxophonist Dave Schiff and guitarist John Albertson. Cafe includes eight brand-new songs by Jason.

“For a guy who’s relatively new to the jazz community, I’m humbled and thrilled to be listed among the striving and thriving who are putting their best voice out there for the world to experience. “Faux Bourgeois Cafe” comprises an (almost) entirely original song writing effort, and I hope you feel and appreciate the variety of energies the band and I poured into each track.  I hope you like it, and I hope you have a great summer” says Curtis.


Today on All Jazz Radio we start off with the Award winning Jazz Rendezvous with genial host Eric Alan who takes us on a four hour musical journey of discovery, navigating through a long list of recently released albums by many home-grown and international new artists to our ears, important to remember, to see it wit your own ears. Don’t miss a note of the music.

The next show is a compiled one, Take Five and Then Some, which showcases the contemporary, fusion, smooth and funk jazz areas, un-interrupted for two hours, just music all the way.

Jazz Around The World with Berlin, Germany based presenter Wolfgang König, who presents a programme of jazz drawn from the global village and should not be missed. Wolfgang takes a look at one of my favourite instruments, the electric bass during today’s show, and should not to be missed.

As can be seen, not a day to be missed, tune in to All Jazz Radio, we’ve got the music, you just listen to some of the best Jazz Blues, Latin and World Jazz streaming daily out of the African Jazz Capital, Cape Town, South Africa. Remember too to subscribe to our website at www.alljazzradio.co.za Enjoy the music with us at All Jazz Radio, the first choice of listening pleasure.

Here’s what’s happening at the Orbit Home of Jazz in Jo’burg for the week from the 15th to 20th July. If in the city of gold, go check out this new venue

July 15 – 20 h 30: Jam Session Marcus Wyatt – R 40

July 16 – 20 h 30: Justin Yusuf Holcroft Quintet – R 100

July 17 – 20 h 30: The Orbit Big Band – R 80

July 18 – 20 h 30: Tutu Puoane & Ewout Pierreux – R 100

July 19 – 20 h 30: Tutu Puoane & Ewout Pierreux – R 100

July 20 – 17 h 00: Pops Mohamed Sextet – R 100

July 20 – 20 h 30: Comedy & Jazz in Orbit – R 100

Enjoy the jazz all day

Eric

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Daily AJR Blog Sunday June 13th 2014

Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser

So I dragged myself, kicking and screaming, off to Straight No Chaser last night. J Only kidding it was with great anticipation and joy that I took myself off to Straight No Chaser last night to witness the launch of the debut CD, Jubilee Jam by the Claude Cozens Trio. Just having listened to a few tracks from the album when I had Claude in the studio a couple of days before the launch night. With this in mind, I trotted along to the venue with an open mind to hear all the music from the album performed live. The Trio made up of Claude Cozens, leading from behind his drum kit with Benjamin Jephta plucking the bass strings and Kyle Shepherd tinkling the ivories and pounding the keyboards.

Claude Cozens Jubalee Jam

Claude Cozens Jubalee Jam

What a treat to have these musicians performing the compositions of Claude’s, all beautifully written and arranged, and as Claude’s musical story unfolded the subtleties and nuances of each piece came though to the willing ears of the audience. Each of the musicians contributed their individuality and personality, which further to enhanced Claude’s musical story. I was totally blown away by the maturity of Claude’s music and once again showed the depth of jazz talent in Cape Town. The evening was to my mind was a resounding and triumphant successful album launch. Go get a copy soonest one won’t be sorry.


Sadly it’s turned out to be an awful day in the Mother City, overcast, but not too chilly, and some rain expected later so its an indoors day with some great comfort food to be cooked. The Klutz in the Kitchen is frantically searching for the recipe of the day, which will be posted on the All Jazz Radio Website, for one the check out.


There is an interesting Eclectic Mix of music on today’s musical menu, tune in and have a listen to an uninterrupted music experience on the first choice of radio listening today, which is naturally All Jazz Radio. All of the music featured today are from the many newly released albums that have crossed our music managers desk. I will post the Eclectic Mix playlist this evening for all to see.


The Standard Bank Jazz festival in Grahamstown is now over for another year and what a triumph it was, the feedback I’ve been hearing is so positive that Of can’t wait to see what next years festival brings.

The Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz is still to come in September and that is something I can’t wait for. The line up is totally enticing and I would encourage one and all the make bookings right away so as to avoid disappointment.


I invite you to subscribe to our website to keep updated of all that is happening at All Jazz Radio and ask that you also join our Facebook Group, All Jazz Radio – Cape Town, ZA too. Do remember to tell and encourage Friends, Family and acquaintances to listen the first and finest, Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz online radio station streaming all day and every day from the Jazz Capital of Africa, and the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town.

Enjoy the music

Eric

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