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Jazz Pianist Blake Hellaby blazes into “New Beginnings”: An Interview and CD Review

A relaxed Leigh-Ann met me for the first time as she and her husband, Blake, finished their lunch at La Vie Restaurant on Beach Road in Sea Point, Capetown. I had heard her for the first time at their “New Beginnings” CD launch at the Nassau (Groot Schuur High School) several Sundays ago, as she opened their set with two mellow Christian songs which have inspired both of them in their personal and musical journeys.

 

Blake and wife Leigh-Ann Hellaby at CD launch 27 November 2016

Blake and wife Leigh-Ann Hellaby at CD launch 27 November 2016

In 2013, Blake was selected to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Band, The Standard Bank Schools’ Big Band, as well as The Miagi Youth Orchestra. He has performed at The Oslo Jazz Festival, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Jo’burg Joy of Jazz Festival, The Grahamstown Jazz Festival, The Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, and at Jazz on The Rocks – Titties Baai. He has also toured Burgundy, France with The Delft Big Band.

I spoke with Blake and Leigh Ann about their musical journeys, life together, and what makes them tick.

CM: What do you mean by ‘New Beginnings’? You had mentioned at your concert that your songs were inspired after experiencing some travails of life before your first son was born.
BH: Yeah, I was in a bit of a personal mess in my late teens that caused me to suspend my University studies in music for about 2 years. Family problems, my own smoking and drinking bouts, a child – all these made me wake up and find a path out of a little hell I had created. I wasn’t a Christian at that time, but meeting and marrying Leigh-Ann helped me to see a way towards a higher goal, and find God as my salvation. I started going to her church, and became involved in their musical program.   Our first son two years ago struck a ‘new beginning’ for me, and us.

CM: Then you continued with University?
BH: I continued with jazz studies as that’s the type of music I really wanted to pursue, instead of classical which is what I grew up with. I was influenced by so many South African musicians who were making their way with their craft, like Kyle Shephard, whose own spirituality drew me inward to find my own voice. I attended his concerts at Grahamstown a few years ago and was just blown away with how he handled his piano. He is someone who shows great integrity in his music, and discipline. Likewise, I listened a lot to the late Moses Molelekwa who, like the late, great Mbeki Mseleku, died before his time and left such a wealth of creativity behind.

The late jazz pianist, Moses Molelekwa

The late jazz pianist, Moses Molelekwa

CM: What other musicians have influenced you?
BH: Kenny Werner, saxman Michael Brecker, Keith Jarrett – these all have a very spiritual bent to their playing and thinking.

CM: I often ask to what extent a musician wishes to engage with social activism, at different levels, depending on one’s time and concern about certain issues. Do you have a message in your music about current affairs or social/political issues about which you would like to make a statement?
BH: I try to read a lot, and particularly like my fellow jazz saxman, Buddy Wells, who writes his own blog about economic matters. I am very concerned about ethnic and racial inequalities in this country, as someone who has mixed ethnicity – my father being English and my mother being a local ‘coloured’.

Blake Hellaby

Blake Hellaby

CM: How does this affect you?
BH: I’m curious how other people look at me – am I ‘white’ or a ‘coloured’? Many think I’m white, yet I my music is made up of all sorts of South African and African influences and rhythms. I really hate racism and will work to get rid of it where possible. It has no room in one’s spiritual development. My music seeks to attract all peoples, regardless of their backgrounds.

CM: How do you plan to promote yourself?
BH: I need a manager now. I simply can’t practice and compose and focus on my art while trying to promote myself in the business. Earlier, I had released an album under a U.S. label, and some songs became quite popular here, and were played on the radio. They were more pop songs. But that album isn’t available in this country now.

CM: I wonder if you could develop some Christmas songs that pertain more to South African realities.
BH: We were just talking about that! Yes, there is a need for more indigenous Christmas songs that don’t talk about snow and reindeers and Santa Clause! I agree, we should work on that.

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New Beginnings band members

New Beginnings band members

Blake’s CD launch of “New Beginnings” convincingly displayed his own and his band’s talents when they performed at the Nassau on Sunday, November 27. One song not on his album was a tribute to the late piano maestro, Mbeki Mseleku’s “Monwabisi”. This was lovingly presented with its funky groove and listenable drum and bass duet. However, along the way during the well-executed offerings, the sound system’s bass amplification produced irritating loud hums which threw off concentration. This is surprising for the Nassau, known as a comfortable listening venue, to make these mistakes.

New Beginnings CD Cover

New Beginnings CD Cover

But the CD itself contains jewels of sound, starting off with reference to his family background in “The First Hellabies in Africa”. A familiar few bars of Abdullah Ibrahim’s famous ‘Mannenberg’ sets the scene for England-comes-to-the-Cape where his British father fell in love with a ‘coloured’ girl. The song contains memories and rhythmic changes to connote ethnic realities, flowing between bebop to ghoema, all woven with a bit of salsa. Nice piece. “Me” has, again. a salsa feel with horn duets and a subtle piano improv , again in the minor key. Hellaby displays prowess with chord structures as he unrolls his personal statement. One hears some sadness, wandering (by the sax), different rhythms, many conversations. A delectable piece.

Hellaby appropriately honours fellow jazz spirit, pianist Kyle Shepherd, with whom band members grew up during their respective Cape schooling days and professional boost into the music world. “For Shepherd” is just that, a big ‘thank-you’ for mentoring sounds.

Several songs remind us that God helps fulfil: “He Who Loves Us” is a clear message of what spiritually rules us. It’s in a minor key which one can associate with the interior, hidden, even dark, elements of our soul. A bass solo melodically overrides a piano staccato. Likewise, “Thank You For Listening” has a slow funky gospel-ish groove with lovely, elevating trumpet, guitar, and sax solos. This is a jewel of a song. “Take Me To Church” also suggests how to turn one’s life around through a spiritual purpose driving the process. This happened to Hellaby so he knows.

“All That Surrounds Me” starts with human activity sounds and moves into a delightful arrangement of guitar tinkling around piano phrases. Drums keep pace nicely with Hellaby’s various changing themes. “Noonku” is a restful lullaby with synthesizer, written for youngest son, Daniel, who reminded his family that ‘new beginnings’ meant chasing renewed possibilities. One can hear little Daniel’s advice.

This album is a gem that needs a following. It’s copyrighted by Under the Influence.
www.blakehellaby.com

THE BAND: Marco Maritz | Trumpet & Flugel Horn
Zeke Le Grange | Tenor Saxophone
Bradley Prince | Electric Guitar
Sean Sanby | Double and Electric Bass
Lumanyano Mzi | Drums
Blake Hellaby | Piano, Electric Piano, Organ and Synthesizers

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SKYJACK fuses and dialogues: A South African/Swiss collaboration

Three South African musicians, all previous winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and two well-known Swiss musicians offer an exciting and emotion-packed album, long overdue. This group has toured together in Europe and Grahamstown since 2013, and have finished their jaunts in Capetown last weekend.

skyjack-musos

Energetic drummer Kesivan Naidoo is now home after a finishing his Masters degree at Boston’s fine Berkelee School of Jazz; bassist Shane Cooper continues to grow his sometimes esoteric double bass styles with various groups of musicians, both local and international; pianist Kyle Shephard brings his extraordinary improv renditions to the aural table. Swiss tenor saxophonist Marc Stucki and trombonist Andreas Tschopp are no strangers to Grahamstown’s National Arts Festivals or to South Africa, generally. Tschopp has been on a three month residency in South Africa. Thanks to Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and Concerts SA, they have launched their album here in South Africa with packed-out audiences.

Skyjack cover

Skyjack cover

The first song, “Taffatala”, sets the tension for the rest of the album. One hears Ethiopian chords in pentatonic scales with rumblings of elephants, or are they giraffe herds, and the characteristic spirited drumming of Kesivan Naidoo which comes through loud and clear throughout the album.   Cooper states he resonates more now with African music and jazz idioms, particularly from Mali, Nigeria, and Ethiopia, as in this first song.

“Anonymous in New York” starts in a minor key, following on the Ethio-jazz tradition, but with a contemporary jazz mix of urban aloneness and Tschopp’s extended trombone voicings which sometimes sound mournful, then joyous and meandering.

“Grandmere Dasant” starts with a welcomed shift into Shepherd’s characteristic Cape ghoema beat which is immediately dominated by saxman Stucki who runs a small jazz club in Berne, Switzerland. Each musician adds his chat to the ghoema, with Naidoo’s drum signature ever-present.

Stucki’s ‘Black Box’ has pianist Shepherd conversing with both sax and trombone in a slow ballad. “Flying Without Leaving the Ground” suggests its title. Is there hesitancy or joy that spirit can hover and lead us? Some interesting chord combinations by the horns present wonderment. Then, surprisingly, the take-off happens as Shepherd’s keys up the tempo, propelling the melody into a sonic but terrestrial boom. Naidoo drums keep up the pace.

Slowing the pace comes “Sakura”, another minor key, contemplative ballad. It’s sadness comes across through Tshopp’s clear trombone chorded with the tenor sax, and an almost funereal drum praise.

A very moving piece in this album, for me, is “The Last Rainbow Doesn’t Fade”, again submerged in alternating minor and major keys, with a samba beat mixed with a bit of ghoema and other South African beats. Half way through, the tempo changes with Shepherd’s danceable Cape sound ….and the beat goes on with each musician nourishing the song.

An impressive and emotional end piece is “Freedom Dance” featuring recordings of Nelson Mandela expressing his hope for peace and harmony in the future. It contains his “….for which I am prepared to die” speech as he entered the free world fighting all the way for a unified and dignified democracy for the nation.

This is a wonderful album which shows the individual expertise and soul of each artist, brought together by a common thread of trans-nationalism and cross-culturalism. One can’t really determine whose composition is playing as the songs fuse each musician’s creativity. This is marvellous fusion.

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

Klutz in the Kitchen

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

Restaurant Review

Pescarne, Main Road, Hout Bay

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Grub Rating

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

 

 

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

 

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This weeks Smoothjazz.Com Top 50 Chart For Sep 7, 2015

Smooth Jazz . com Global logoTop 50 Smooth Jazz Radio Play Charts 

Tw Lw Weeks Artist/Title/Label
1 1 23 BONEY JAMES

Futuresoul

Concord Music Group

2 3 11 NAJEE

You, Me and Forever

Shanachie Records

3 2 7 DAVE KOZ

Collaborations

Concord

4 4 19 VINCENT INGALA

Coast To Coast

Independent

5 5 19 THE SAX PACK

Power Of 3

Shanachie Entertainment

6 6 56 GERALD ALBRIGHT

Slam Dunk

Heads Up

7 7 34 JONATHAN FRITZEN

Fritzenized

Nordic Night Records

8 8 23 JEFF GOLUB

The Vault

eOne Music

9 9 9 FOUR80EAST

Positraction

Boomtang

10 10 15 MAYSA

Back 2 Love

Shanachie Entertainment

11 15 4 NILS

Alley Cat

Baja/TSR Records

12 11 16 JESSY J

My One And Only One

Shanachie Records

13 13 5 KEN NAVARRO

Unbreakable Heart

Positive Music Records

14 14 7 PAOLO RUSTICHELLI

Euro Nights (Soul Italiano)

Next Age Music

15 12 14 JAZMIN GHENT

Boss

Independent

16 17 9 BEN TANKARD

Full Tank 2.0

ben-jammin’

17 16 79 MICHAEL LINGTON

Soul Appeal

Copenhagen Music

18 18 18 PAUL BROWN

Truth B Told

Woodward Avenue Records

19 20 7 WALTER BEASLEY

I’m Back

Affable

20 19 18 NICK COLIONNE

Influences

21 23 12 DAVID BENOIT

2 In Love

Concord

22 32 2 Lee RITENOUR

A Twist Of Rit

Concord Music Group

23 21 29 NELSON RANGELL

Red

Independent

24 26 5 THE B. CHRISTOPHER BAND

High Tide

Independent

25 22 22 GREGG KARUKAS

Soul Secrets

Nightowl

26 29 5 SOREN REIFF

Gratitude

daRoof/Gateway Music

27 24 6 LEBRON

New Era

28 27 11 EARTH, WIND & FIRE

The Promise

Kalimba

29 40 2 ERIC MARIENTHAL & CHUCK LOEB

Bridges

Shanachie Entertainment

30 35 3 CINDY BRADLEY

Bliss

31 37 10 BYRON MILLER

Psycho Bass

Byron Lee Miller’s Studio’s LLC

32 38 4 PAULA ATHERTON

Ear Candy

Kalimba

33 34 25 JAMES LLOYD

Here We Go

Shanachie Entertainment

34 33 11 MITCHELL COLEMAN, JR.

Soul Searching

Soul Revelation Music

35 31 13 NATE HARASIM

#ShadesOfNate

Woodward Avenue

36 28 65 RICK BRAUN

Can You Feel It

Artistry

37 36 3 LARRY CARLTON & DAVID T. WALKER

@ Billboard Live Tokyo

335 Records

38 48 4 ERIC DARIUS

Retro Forward

Shanachie

39 60 1 PHIL PERRY

A Better Man

Shanachie Entertainment

40 75 1 CECIL RAMIREZ

Party In The Back

Music Solutions SMG

41 39 8 TERJE LIE

Bright Moments

TCat Records

42 50 48 U-NAM

C’est Le Funk

Skytown

43 25 19 JONATHAN BUTLER

Living My Dream

Artistry/Mack Ave.

44 42 10 FABIANA PASSONI

Inner Bossa

Independent

45 41 12 SHASHATY

Brighter Day

A.H.I. Records

46 46 20 BLAKE AARON

Soul Stories

Innervision

47 57 1 JIM ADKINS

The Journey

Clear Image Records

48 43 10 AYSHA

Take Me Higher

Innervision

49 47 7 LIN ROUNTREE

Soulfunky

50 51 1 DAVID SANBORN

Time And The River

Okeh Records

 

Thanks SmoothJazz.com

 

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PLAYLISTS for THURSDAY 05/29/2015 – ALL JAZZ RADIO Cape Town, South Africa

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1PlaylistsTHURSDAY

10:00 to 13:00- THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

HOUR 1

Joe Sample + NDR Big Band – Creole Eyes – Children of the Sun – USA

Joanna Pascale – I Wanna Be Loved – Wildflower – USA

Joe McBride – Say – Lookin’ For A Change – USA

John McLaughlin with Elvin Jones and Joey DeFrancesco – My Favourite Things – After The Rain – USA

Javier Vercher – Blue Heron – Wish You Were Here – Spain

Jan Garbarek – Where The Rivers Meet – Rites [Disc 1] – Norway

Rob Blaine – Mating Games – South Sea Princess – SAFRO

Hugh Masekela – Soweto Blues – Playing @ Work CD 2 – SAFRO

Winston Mankunku Ngozi – Masihambe – Let’s Go! – Dudula – SAFRO

Peter Liu – Secret Love – Bamboo Groove – USA

Kyle Nasser – Whitestone – Restive Soul – USA

HOUR 2

Sisa Sopazi – Inception – Images & Figures – SAFRO

Lisa Bauer Quartet – Midnight Sun – Finding A New Way – SAFRO

Charlie Haden + Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart) – Tokyo Adagio – USA

Bheki Mseleku – Timelessness – Timelessness – SAFRO

Dave Stryker – Impressions – Messin With Mister T – USA

Clotilde Rullaud – Oblivion – Deux coeurs perdus – In Extremis – France

The Jonathan Rubain Band – Believe – Happy People – SAFRO

Hiromi Uhera feat Anthony Jackson + Simon Phillips – Wanderer – ALIVE – Japan

Mlungisi Gegana – From Home – I Am Who I Am – SAFRO

Wouter Kllerman + Ricky Keji – River of Time – Winds of Smasara – SAFRO

HOUR 3

Derek Gripper – Vanilla – The Sound of Water – SAFRO

Nicky Schrire – You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You – Space and Time – SAFRO UK

Cynthia Felton – The Old Country – Save Your Love For Me: Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics – USA

Jan Garbarek – Evenly They Dance – Rites [Disc 2] – Norway

Errol Dyers – Ou Kaapie – Sonesta – SAFRO

Tamu – Sophiatown Jive – Tamu – SAFRO

Breakfast Included – No Rhythm Method – Breakfast Included – SAFRO

The Tribe – We All Love The Sun – Our Language – SAFRO

Melanie Scholtz – Back In Love – Connected – SAFRO

Mark Elf – Time on My Hands – Mark Elf Returns – USA

Tierney Sutton – Beija Flor – Paris Sessions – USA

Eghard Volschenk – Lakutshon’ Ilanga – Mantra For Chandra – SAFRO

13:00 – 14:00 TODD’S TURNTABLE
Compiled, presented & produced by Todd Gordon in Edinburgh, Scotland
(Vocal Jazz from across the centuries up to today)

HOUR 1

I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER

Intro: A Little White Ship – Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I’ve Got Your Number – Peggy Lee: In Love Again

One – Tony Bennett: The Complete Improv Recordings (Disc 1)

Two Grey Rooms – Claire Martin: Time & Place

Three Little Words – Nat King Cole: L-O-V-E

Four or Five Times – Sy Oliver: Jimmy Lunceford In Hi-Fi

Five Minutes More – Frank Sinatra: Come Swing with Me!

Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga – Mel Tormé: Olé Tormé

Seven Shades of Snow – June Christy: This Time of Year

Eight Days On the Road – Aretha Franklin: Let Me In Your Life

Around About Half Past Nine – Marlene VerPlanck: Once There Was a Moon

Ten Out of Ten – Mavis Rivers: Take a Number

Twelve Past Midnight – Margaret Whiting: Past Midnight !

It Was a Very Good Year – The Kingston Trio: Goin’ Places

Twenty Mile Zone – Dory Previn: On My Way to Where

Forty-Two – Ian Shaw & Liane Carroll: Lifejacket

99 Miles from LA – Nancy Sinatra: California Girl

Outro: Holding On – Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

14:00 – 16:00 TSOANG AFRIKA (Jazz From Africa)
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(Jazz from the African continent, made up of the music by Afro Jazz, Blues and Latin musicians from across all borders)

HOUR 1

 

Herbie Tsoaeli – Work & Wait – African Time Quartet In Concert CD 1 – SAFRO

Gus Poonan – The Light Within – Gus Poonan with Shaggy Scheepers My African Heartbeat – SAFRO

Lana Crowster – Poison – Seasons – SAFRO

Benjamin Jephta Quintet – The Blessing – Homecoming – SAFRO

Dominic Egli’s Plurism Feat Faya Faku – Interlude (lullaby for Joli-Nez) – Fufu Tryout – SAFRO/Italy

HOUR 2

Paco’s Art Emsemble – Se Voce Ficar. – 2 Songs – AFRO Mozambique

Judith Sephuma – Satisfy – One Word – SAFRO

Hilton Schilder – Tesna Part 5 – Rebirth – SAFRO

Dave Reynolds – Winter Sun – The Light of Day – SAFRO

Bänz Oester + The Rainmakers – Wie Di Graue Näbel Schlyche – Playing at the Bird’s Eye – SAFRO Switzerland

16:00 – 18:00 VAGABOND BLUES
Compiled, presented & produced by Brian Currin Cape Town, SA
(Blues from Africa & the Global Village)

HOUR 1

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

B.B. King – She’s Dynamite – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Lucky Millinder – Little John Special – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Bessie Smith – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Mabel Scott – Elevator Boogie – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Big Bill Broonzy – Keep Your Hands Off Her – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Lead Belly – Midnight Special – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Wynonie Harris – I Want My Fanny Brown – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Big Jay McNeely – Deacon’s Hop – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Big Joe Turner – My Gal’s A Jockey – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Louis Jordan – Saturday Night Fish Fry – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Lowell Fulson – Everyday I Have The Blues – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Cab Calloway – Hep Hep,The Jumpin’ Jive – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Bullmoose Jackson – I Want A Bowlegged Woman – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Little Esther With Johnny Otis – Cupid Boogie – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Blind Willie McTell – Statesboro Blues – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Cecil Gant – Rock Little Baby – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Julia Lee – King Size Papa – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Wynonie Harris – All She Wants To Do Is Rock – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

HOUR 2

Leroy Carr + Scrapper Blackwell – How Long, How Long Blues – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Albert Ammons – Boogie Woogie Stomp – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Tiny Bradshaw – Train Kept-A-Rolling – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Ella Mae Morse – Cow Cow Boogie – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Amos Milburn – Chicken Shack Boogie – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

T Bone Walker – Blues Is A Woman – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Nellie Lutcher – Fine Brown Frame – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Sonny Boy Williamson – Better Cut That Out – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Skip James – Devil Got My Woman – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Sam Cooke + The Soul Stirrers – It Won’t Be Very Long – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Jay McShann – The Jumpin’ Blues – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Robert Johnson – Dust My Broom – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Roy Brown – Good Rockin’ Tonight – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Ray Charles – Baby Won’t You Please Come Home? – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Peppermint Harris – I Got Loaded – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

John Lee Hooker – I’m In The Mood – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Howlin’ Wolf – How Many More Years – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Jimmy Rushing + Count Basie – Boogie Woogie – Blues Roots Of Rock ‘n Roll [2011] – USA

Adam Smale – She Knows Me – Out Of The Blue – USA

 

 

WEDNESDAY (REPEATS)

18:00 to 19:00- THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

HOUR 1

Grant Stewart – Uranus – Trio – USA

Joe Sample + NDR Big Band – I Wanna Go Home – Children of the Sun – USA

Christian Finger – Ananda – Ananda – Germany

Herbie Tsoaeli – Ancestral Meeting – African Time Quartet In Concert CD 2 – SAFRO

Jacques Lesure – If I Had Only Known – Camaraderie – USA

Rodrigo Bonelli – Perpetual Search – Septet Works – Brazil

Dave Victorino – You People – Circadian Rhythm – USA

Joanna Pascale – Wildflower – Wildflower – USA

Pearl Django – A Supinator In Italia – Time Flies… – USA

19:00 – 19:15 LIVE JASSMAN BLOG
(Latest jazz news from Jo’burg surrounds and maybe even further afield by Editor Brian Hough)
Weekly chat with the editor of email newsletter The Jazzman covering the jazz beat in Gauteng and other interesting places in the global village from Jo’burg South Africa

19:15 to 21:00- THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

HOUR 2

Delft Big Band Vox Adilia Douw – At Last – Delft Big Band directed by Ian Smith – SAFRO

Ted Kooshian – I Scare Myself – Clowns Will Be Arriving – USA

Guymon Ensley’s GEQ – break; due to snow – Here Put This On – USA

Melanie Scholtz – Simple Melody M v1 – Simple Melody Single – SAFRO

Frankye Kelly – Our Day Will Come – Swingin Blue – USA

Joshua Bruneau Septet – You Don’t Know What Love Is – Bright Idea – USA

Eugenie Jones – Sweet Summer Love – Come Out Swingin’ – USA

Jeff Hackworth – That Old Black Magic – The Heart Of The Matter – USA

Robin Banks – Crazy – Modern Classic – USA

Harry Allen – Love for Sale (Featuring Ehud Asherie, Nicki Parrott, Chuck Redd & Little Johnny Rivero) – For George, Cole and Duke – USA

Jason Lee Bruns + Kevin Bachelder – My Romance – Cherry Avenue – USA

Vince Mendoza – In A Silent Way – Fast City – a tribute to Joe Zawinul – USA

HOUR 3

Al Di Meola – Penny Lane – All Your Life – A Tribute To The Beatles – USA

Danny Rivera – Obsesión feat. Nelson González – Obsesión – Puerto Rico

Fred Wesley – Ashes To Ashes – With A Little Help From My Friends – USA

Mark McGrain + Plunge – Exit Strategy – In for the Out – USA

Priscilla Badhwar – Maladie D’amour – Mademoiselle – USA

Eden MacAdam Somer – Fourteen Miles – My First Love Story – USA

Bongomatik – Bongomatik Beat – Bongomatik Your Life – Netherlands

Danny Rivera – Cristal feat. Nelson González – Obsesión – Puerto Rico

Aaron Diehl – Uranus – Space, Time, Continuum – USA

Vincent Herring – The Gypsy – Night and Day – USA

Devin Gray and RelativE ResonancE – RelativE ResonancE (for Tadd Dameron) – RelativE ResonancE – USA

Kamasi Washington – Cherokee – The Epic Vol.3 The Historic Repetition – USA

Casperous Vine – Saidi Said Sandra Saw – Immigrant – USA

21:00 to 22:00- THE LATIN PERSPECTIVE
Compiled, presented & produced by Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
(Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz)

HOUR 1

Dave Victorino – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes – Circadian Rhythm – USA

Rodrigo Bonelli – El Torero – Septet Works – Brazil

Brigitte Mitchell – Lamento – In Brazil – SAFRO

Casperous Vine – El Lado Oscuro del Negro – Immigrant – USA

Danny Rivera – Obsesión feat. Nelson González – Obsesión – Puerto Rico

Lannie Battistini – Jangueando – Nomenclatura – Puerto Rico

Priscilla Badhwar – Jardin D’hiver – Mademoiselle – USA

Pete Rodriguez – Convergencia – El Conde Negro – USA/Puerto Rico

Michel Portal – Dolce – Bailador – France

Eliane Elias – Incendiando – Made In Brazil – Brazil

Richard Galliano – The Island – Sentimentale – France

22:00 – 24:00- THE MIDWEEK JAZZ MELANGE
Compiled, presented & produced by Ndoxy Hadebe in Cape Town, SA
(Afro Jazz, Afro Soul, World Jazz)

HOUR 1

Pat Bianchi – With Out A Song – A Higher Standard – USA

Joe Sample + NDR Big Band – Rumfire – Children of the Sun – USA

Pearl Django – A Supinator In Italia – Time Flies… – USA

Joanna Pascale – I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) – Wildflower – USA

Melanie Scholtz – Simple Melody M v1 – Simple Melody Single – SAFRO

Ted Kooshian – I Dream Of Jeannie – Clowns Will Be Arriving – USA

Dave Victorino – Shirley – Circadian Rhythm – USA

Delft Big Band Vox David October – Moondance – Delft Big Band directed by Ian Smith – SAFRO

Brigitte Mitchell – Lamento – In Brazil – SAFRO

Christian Finger – For Now – Ananda – Germany

Jeff Hackworth – Fool That I Am – The Heart Of The Matter – USA

Robin Banks – Tonight – Modern Classic – USA

HOUR 2

Frankye Kelly – Secret Love – Swingin Blue – USA

Grant Stewart – A Time To Smile – Trio – USA

Herbie Tsoaeli – How Are The Majors Up There? – African Time Quartet In Concert CD 2 – SAFRO

Pearl Django – Springin’ – Time Flies… – USA

Guymon Ensley’s GEQ – a night in tunisia – Here Put This On – USA

Fred Wesley – Swedish Funkballs – With A Little Help From My Friends – USA

Devin Gray and RelativE ResonancE – Transatlantic Transitions – RelativE ResonancE – USA

Kamasi Washington – Leroy and Lanisha – The Epic Vol.2 The Glorious Tale – USA

Feya Faku + The Spirit Jazz Orchestra – Gweru (for my forefathers) – Feya Faku + The Spirit Jazz Orchestra Live – SAFRO

Blood, Sweat + Tears – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Pop Classics Of The 60’s – USA

24:00 – 02:00- JAZZ, BEYOND
Compiled, presented & produced by Brian Currin in Cape Town, SA
(Progressive, Contemporary and Avant Garde Jazz)

HOUR 1

Van Morrison – Moondance – Moondance – UK

Jody Grind – Paint It Black (single version) – The Complete JG (2CD) – INTERNATIONAL

Santana – Everybody’s Everything – Santana III – INTERNATIONAL

Miles Davis – John McLaughlin – Bitches Brew Disc 1 – USA

Lighthouse – One Fine Morning – One Fine Morning – INTERNATIONAL

Weather Report – Nubian Sundance – Mysterious Traveller – USA

Greatest Show On Earth – Magic Woman Touch – The Going’s Easy – INTERNATIONAL

King Crimson – Cadence & Cascade – In The Wake Of Poseidon – UK

Frank Zappa – Be-Bop Tango (live 1992) – The Yellow Shark [1993] with The Ensemble Modern (live 1992) – USA

Jimi Hendrix – South Saturn Delta – South Saturn Delta [1997] – INTERNATIONAL

Billy Cobham feat Tommy Bolin – Stratus – The Best Of – UK

HOUR 2

Gong – You Never Blow Your Trip Forever – You (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 3) – INTERNATIONAL

Allan Holdsworth Band – White Line – I.O.U. – UK

Cortina Whiplash – Leb 2 Da Knees – mp3 – INTERNATIONAL

Ian Carr’s Nucleus – Bulldance – YouTube – INTERNATIONAL

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll + The Trinity – Season Of The Witch – Open – UK

Supertramp – You Win, I Lose – Retrospectacle: The Supertramp Anthology [CD 2] – INTERNATIONAL

Dixie Dregs – Refried Funky Chicken – The Great Spectacular – INTERNATIONAL

Sweet Smoke – Baby Night (incl The Soft Parade) – Just A Poke – INTERNATIONAL

 

MONDAY (REPEATS)

02:00 – 05:00- THE JAZZ RENDEZVOUS RADIO PINOTAGE & COFFEE STOKVEL CLUB
Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA
(A mixed genres show of the latest International and SAFRO album releases from the global village)

HOUR 1

Themba Mkhize – Reprise (Es’mobeni) – Tales From The South – SAFRO

Bheki Khoza – Night River Echoes – Let’s Go – SAFRO

Darius Brubeck + Afro Cool Concept – Georgia On My Mind – African Jazz Cover – SAFRO USA

Marion Meadows – To Love Her – Dressed To Chill – INTERNATIONAL

Chameleon – El Ninho – En Passant – SAFRO

Wessel Van Rensburg – At Last The Rain – Song For E – SAFRO

Allou April – Saving All My Love – The Living Years – SAFRO

Sipho Gumede – Your Picture Still Hangs On My Wall – Blues For My Mother – SAFRO

Tutu Puoane – Jessica – Tutu’s Night Out – SAFRO Belgium

Ike Moriz – I’ve Got The World On A String – Stardust – SAFRO

HOUR 2

Feya Faku – Journey Home – Tacit – SAFRO

Rich Halley 4 – View through the Ellipse – Creating Structure – USA

Chick Corea Trio – My Foolish Heart – Trilogy [Disc 1] – USA

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Revue – Pretty One – Live at the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse – USA

Charles Mingus – Fables of Faubus – Mingus Ah Um – USA

Jason Lee Bruns + Kevin Bachelder – Ain’t No Sunshine (Featuring Jacques Voyemant) – Cherry Avenue – USA

Polly Gibbons – Please Send Me Someone to Love – Many Faces of Love – USA

Colours Jazz Orchestra – La Danza Infinita – Home Away From Home – Italy

HOUR 3

Jack DeJohnette – This [Live] – Made In Chicago [Live At The Chicago Jazz Festival / 2013] – USA

Vince Mendoza – Numbian Sundance – Fast City – a tribute to Joe Zawinul – USA

Al Di Meola – She’s Leaving Home – All Your Life – A Tribute To The Beatles – USA

Alysha Umphress – Giving Thanks – I’ve Been Played: Alysha Umphress swings Jeff Blumenkrantz (320bps) – USA

James Leary – Joselito – Together – USA

Lannie Battistini – Motivo – Nomenclatura – Puerto Rico

Vincent Herring – Walton – Night and Day – USA

Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, and Dennis Chambers – The Orphan – The HBC – USA

Trigran Hamasyan – Faced – Mockroot – Armenia

Kamasi Washington – Leroy and Lanisha – The Epic Vol.2 The Glorious Tale – USA

Johnny Fourie – It’s You Or No-One For Me – Once Upon A Time – SAFRO

Gerald Veasley – Eighteen Sixty-Three – Gerald Veasley’s Electric Mingus Project – USA

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

HOUR 1

Tears; Fedrico Britos; Fredrico Britos presents

Conga Buena; AC Jazz Project; Conga Buena

Santo Domingo; Cal Tjader; A Fuego Vivo

Juana Mecho; Juan Luis Guerra; El Original 4:40

Take 5; Alex Diaz; Son De La Calle

Despedida; Papo Vazquez; Spirit Warrior

Bomba Azul; David Amram; Latin Jazz Celebration

Storm; Ray Martinez; Legacy

Jubileo; Fania Allstars; Rhythm Machine

06:00 – 08:00- TAKE 5 & THEN SOME…..
Compiled, produced & presented by Clifford Graham in Cape Town, SA
(A Mix of Mainstream, Vocal, Contemporary and Smooth jazz)

HOUR 1

Dancing Fantasy – Take Five – Dancing Fantasy – USA

Abdullah Ibrahim – The Balance – Mukashi – SAFRO USA

Christine Kamau – Nakuru Sunshine – This Is For You (Kenya) – AFRO Kenya

Darius Brubeck – Tshona – Tugela Rail and Other Tracks – SAFRO USA

Franco + T.P.O.K. Jazz – Bolingo Ya Bougie – Francophonic Disc 1 – AFRO Congo

Jaco Maria – Mzansi Africa – The Storyteller – AFRO Mozambique

Jeff Maleluke – Mbombomela – A Twist of Jeff – SAFRO

Jimi Mbaye – Soone Naa – Dakar Heart – AFRO Congo

Jimmy Dludlu – African Dimensions – Echoes From The Past – AFRO/SAFRO

Julian Bahula – Heita Cindi – Spirit Of Malombo 1966-1984 Disc 2 – SAFRO

Julien Colarossi with Chris Engle – Il Postino – Note To Self – SAFRO Ireland

Kyle Shephard, Dylan Tabisher, Claude Cousens, Buddy We – Dylan Goes To Church – FineART – SAFRO

Lex Futshane – Eh! Hello – Innocent Victims and Perpetrators – SAFRO

HOUR 2

Marcus Waytt – Little Ones – Africans In Space – SAFRO

Mulatu Astatke – Hager Fiker(traditionalmusicfromEthiopia) – Serthes of Ethiopea – AFRO Ethiopia

N2 – April Rain – The Journey – SAFRO

Next Collective – Come Smoke My Herb – Cover Art – USA

Steve Newman, Ashish Joshi, Greg Georgiades – Luna Loungin – In The Clouds – SAFRO

Steve Newman Tony Cox – Bluegrass Safari / Hard Hat Jive – About Time – SAFRO

Derek Gripper – Vanilla – The Sound of Water – SAFRO

Steve Newman Tony Cox – Cool and Cloudy – About Time – SAFRO

Derrick Schippers – San Dance – Where We Live – SAFRO

Errol Dyers – Samba Ja – The Best Of Errol Dyers – SAFRO

Greg Georgiades, Ashish Joshi – Oppikoppi – Passages In Time – SAFRO

Gilberto – Desafinado – Blue Note Plays Jobim [1996] – Brazil

08:00 – 10:00- JAZZ AROUND THE WORLD
Compiled, presented & produced by Wolfgang König in Berlin, Germany
(All genre styles of jazz from around the world)

HOUR 1

Guajira; Cucurucho; Ni Antes Ni Después

Lover Man; The Other Woman; Sing

The Maestro; Daniel Weltlingel; Koblenz

Ignorance; Klaus Fey & Christian Knappe; 2nd Hit

Round Midnight; Fredrik Kronkvist; Monk Vibes

Pain Song; Itamar Borochev Quartet; Outset

HOUR 2

Fela Kuti: The Black President; KDRSociety; Dance For Peace

Bandolim Spirit; Meddy Gerville; yet unreleased

Micky’s Groove; Jowee Omicil; Roots & Grooves

Fire; Daphna Sadeh; Born In Parallel

Mouled Sidi El-Latini; Eftekasat; Mouled Sidi El-Latini

Third Eye; Eftekasat; Dandasha

Turkish Dance; Rami Attallah Group; Shokran Jazzilian

 

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

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

 

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

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1Daily Streaming Broadcast Schedule -Tuesday

We stream from the Central African Time Zone. Please note that Central European Time is one hour behind Central African Time and GMT is 1 hour behind.

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

TUESDAY

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

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

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

11:00 – 11:15 LONDON JAZZ NEWS BLOG CHAT

Weekly talk segment covering the European jazz scene from London, UK

(Latest jazz news from Europe with the influential weekly London Jazz News Blog editor Sebastian Scotney)

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

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

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

14:00 – 16:00 MZANTZI (South) AFRICAN JAZZ

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

(100% South African Jazz recordings made up of any number of SAFRO musicians in the band from all corners of the global village)

16:00 – 18:00 THE CAPITAL JAZZ CLUB

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

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

MONDAYS SHOWS (Repeats)

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

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

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

21:00 – 22:00 THE LATIN PERSPECTIVE

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

(Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz)

22:00 – 24:00 TAKE 5 & THEN SOME…..

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

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

24:00 – 02:00 JAZZ AROUND THE WORLD

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

(All genre styles of jazz from around the world)

SATURDAYS SHOWS (Repeat)

02:00 – 06:00 THE NO NAME BRAND SHOW

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

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

06:00 – 08:00 COOKING JAZZ

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

(Contemporary, Mainstream, Nostalgic, Pop Jazz)

08:00 – 10:00 THE KIBBY FACTOR

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

(Acid, Avant Garde, Electronic Jazz, Blues)

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

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

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Buddy Wells Quintet at Straight No Chaser, 5 March 2015

And what a fantastic gig it was! Buddy and group at their best, with some enthusiastic new material.

Trevor Wells says it perfectly on FB:
“Tight, Tight. Tight. Great rhythm section. Great duets on the horns. Brilliant solos by all. Harmonics and overtoning on sax takes this into an art form beyond what has been heard anywhere in the world. Intonation superb. At times pythogorean, At times mean toned. Tension contrasted by relaxation in both the harmonies and the rhythms moves this group into the realms of performance art top class groups all over the world aspire to attain. Well Done. It’s About Time.”

Watch these young guns: Nick Williams (bass), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Jonno Sweetman (drums) and Steven Sokuyeka (trombone) as they plod through original compositions having a strong traditional South African jazz and folk lore.

This group needs to record, studio or liveBuddy Wells, and spread their unique sounds!

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Debut of The Lee Thomson Experience at Straight No Chaser

Straght No Chaser Cape TownLast night (Friday) I headed to Cape Town’s best and only real jazz club, Straight No Chaser. The venue offers unbridled joy of listening to the great music and musicians in performance without the din and clatter of waiter service. Pure jazz all the way, how it should be served to the audience. This night it was the debut of The Lee Thomson Experience, led so ably by the very busy and highly underrated trumpeter, naturally yep you guessed it, Lee Thomson, trumpet, flugel horn and instrument not often seen on the stages of Cape Town, (the pocket trumpet). Band leader Thomson was joined on stage by vocalist Bonj Mpanza, pianist Nick Williams, incredible rhythm master drummer Kesivan Naidoo and incomparable bassist Romy Brauteseth whose task it was to re-imagine the repertoire of traditional and contemporary jazz standards from Miriam Makeba and Duke Ellington to Beyonce and beyond.

Thomson has yet, after all these years to release an album of his own. Here he has the right vehicle to do so, a great combination of musicians to make sure of an awesome debut album. Something I have been on at him for years, I do hope it will be much sooner than later.The Lee Thomson Experience Lee

I was looking forward to hearing vocalist Bonj Mpanza, whom I’d not heard before. When she alighted the stage after an introduction by Thomson she told us she was going to start off with Allan Mzamo Silinga’s beautiful and so well known tune Ntjilo Ntjilo. In doing so she was paying tribute to the late Miriam Makeba. Pianist Williams rose to the occasion with his intro to the song which was just truly sublime, then Mpanza’s voice rang out like the clarion bells of the close by St Georges Cathedral, big and powerful. I thought we were all in for a real treat; she then went on with Mackay Davashe’s Lakutshon’ilanga and followed that with Winston Mankunku Ngozi’s Give Peace a Chance. By this time I was not really enjoying her performance because of her continued use of a delayed echo foot peddle. It was annoying and terrible with words and voice colliding into one another; she was doing battle with herself creating an unpleasant cacophony, oh, why did she choose to spoil her magnificent instrument with the totally unneeded electronic gadgetry. There may be a time and place to use such things perhaps, but most of the time during the set it was not. The few times she did not use the infernal thing she really show what a classy voice she has. Other than that The Lee Thomson Quintet was on point and showed huge potential as a unit to really watch out for, the future is bright for The Lee Thomson Experience. It was a huge privilege to be a part of the listening audience. When next they perform make sure to not miss the event.

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Christmas Greetings and Requests Live on All Jazz Radio.

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1funny206From 18:00 to midnight at All Jazz Radio we will be taking calls and wishes from all corners of the global village, as well as share Christmas music requests Live via Skype, connect with us right now on the handle alljazzradio or via Viber on 0027 82 456 2195. Talk to Family and Friends on Christmas Eve, send real time live greetings via All Jazz Radio, We will also be sharing some great Christmas Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz , join us at 18:00 CAT or 16:00 GMT this Christmas Eve.

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Enter ALL JAZZ RADIO and JASSICS CD Hamper Competition to be the winner

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1Jassics Logo B&WThere are just a few days left before we make the draw and announce the winner of the ALL JAZZ RADIO and JASSICS CD Hamper Competition. Get your entries in before the 1st of January 2015. We want to know what your favourite Top 10 Albums of the Year 2014 are. All that one needs do is email us your list of Album Titles and Artists to info@alljazzradio.co.za with Top 10 CD’s Album’s in the subject line.

The competition is open to all who enjoy listening to the online streaming leader of the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz, All Jazz Radio. It’s not going to be easy, we know only too well. There have been literally thousands of new Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz album releases over the past year.

All Jazz Radio presenter and Jassics head honcho; Etienne Shardlow will, during his first Jazz-E Show of January 2015, announce the lucky winner.

Please make sure to include in your email; Full Name, Full Street Address, Phone Number and ID Number and what country you reside in, failing to do so will justify instant disqualification.

Visit the All Jazz Radio Website for more info at http://www.alljazzradio.co.za

Be the winner and add 10CD’s to your CD collection today and be a winner. Get your email off today.

The hamper will be made up of CD’s chosen by the host of the Jazz-E Show Etienne Shardlow. from the Jazzics/Jazz-E online store.

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Send us your entries to be in the draw, today

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1Jassics Logo B&WEnter the ALL JAZZ RADIO and JASSICS world wide CD Hamper Competition and win 10 CD’s. Simply go to the All Jazz Radio / Jassics Christmas Competition Web page to enter today and you could be be the winner.

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Enjoy the New Year by being a winner, simply enter today

Jassics LogoAll Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1JASSICS, South Africa’s foremost recorded jazz music distributors and ALL JAZZ RADIO is giving away a fabulous hamper of 10 CD’s before the end of 2014. Enter today to ensure a place in the draw that takes place on Tuesday the 1st of January 2015. The competition is open to all who enjoy listening to the online streaming leader of the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz, All Jazz Radio. It’s not going to be easy, we know only too well. There have been literally thousands of new Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz album releases over the past year.

We need you to send us a list of the best 10 new albums that you have added to your own CD Collection over the past 12 months. The list can be a mix of Jazz, Blues, Latin or World Jazz Albums or can be listed under the individual headings, but each heading must have 10 album and artist titles and names.

Entries must reach us by the latest midday on the 31st December 2014. The 3rd person whose list is drawn out of the box on the 1st of January 2015 will be declared the winner and announced by JASSICS main man Etienne Shardlow during his very first Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz Show. The question has been raised why the 3rd person, its really simple neh! All Jazz Radio has been streaming successfully for 3 years and remains, as far as we are aware the world only truly independent international streaming broadcaster with volunteer presenters based on five continents and in 7 countries.

We’d really also like you to join the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group, The All Jazz Radio Facebook Fan Page and Follow our All Jazz Radio Tweets on Twitter if you do so, you’ll double your chances of being the winner

Please note that this is an email only competition. Just email us your list of Album Titles and Artists to info@alljazzradio.co.za with Top 10 CD’s Album’s in the subject line. All Jazz Radio presenter and Jassics head honcho; Etienne Shardlow will, during his first Jazz-E Show of January 2015, announce the lucky winner.

Please make sure to include in your email; Full Name, Full Street Address, Phone Number and ID Number and what country you reside in, failing to do so will justify instant disqualification.

Visit the All Jazz Radio Website for more info at http://www.alljazzradio.co.za

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Celebrate the end of year by winning a Hamper of 10 CD’s, with the compliments of South Africa’s foremost recorded Jazz music distributors, JASSICS AFRICA and ALL JAZZ RADIO

Jassics LogoALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014competiton ChristmasWe are giving away a hamper of 1o CD’s before the end of 2014. Enter today to ensure a place in the draw that takes place on Tuesday the 1st of January 2015. The competition is open to all who enjoy listening to the online streaming leader of the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz, All Jazz Radio. It’s not going to be easy, we know only too well. There have been literally thousands of new Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz album releases over the past year.

We need you to send us a list of the best 10 new albums that you have added to your own CD Collection over the past 12 months. The list can be a mix of Jazz, Blues, Latin or World Jazz Albums or can be listed under the individual headings, but each heading must have 10 album and artist titles and names.

Entries must reach us by the latest midday on the 31st December 2014. The 3rd person whose list is drawn out of the box on the 1st of January 2015 will be declared the winner and announced by JASSICS main man Etienne Shardlow during his very first Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz Show. The question has been raised why the 3rd person, its really simple neh! All Jazz Radio has been streaming successfully for 3 years and remains, as far as we are aware the world only truly independent international streaming broadcaster with volunteer presenters based on five continents and in 7 countries.

We’d really also like you to join the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group, The All Jazz Radio Facebook Fan Page and Follow our All Jazz Radio Tweets on Twitter if you do so, you’ll double your chances of being the winner

Please note that this is an email only competition. Just email us your list of Album Titles and Artists to info@alljazzradio.co.za with Top 10 CD’s Album’s in the subject line. All Jazz Radio presenter and Jassics head honcho; Etienne Shardlow will, during his first Jazz-E Show of January 2015, announce the lucky winner.

Please make sure to include in your email; Full Name, Full Street Address, Phone Number and ID Number and what country you reside in, failing to do so will justify instant disqualification.

Visit the All Jazz Radio Website for more info at http://www.alljazzradio.co.za

 

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The Big international All Jazz Radio/Jassics CD Hamper Christmas Competition

Jassics LogoALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014Win a big CD Hamper before the end of 2014; it’s really very easy.

All that need to be done is compile a list of the 10 best Jazz Blues, Latin or World jazz albums that have been added to your CD Collection over the past 12 months.

We know it’s not going to be too easy so we’ve got a really great incentive for you. All Jazz Radio in association with Jassic’s Africa, distributors of fine jazz recordings to jazz lovers of the entire global village are offering a hamper of 10 CD’s to the person whose list is drawn out of the box at the end of this month of December 2014 entries must reach us by midday on the 31st December 2014.

The is a small catch J we’d really also like you to join the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group, The All Jazz Radio Facebook Fan Page and Follow our All Jazz Radio Tweets on Twitter if you do so, you’ll double your chances of being the winner

Please note that this is an email only competition. Just email us your list of Album Titles and Artists to info@alljazzradio.co.za with Top 10 CD’s Album’s in the subject line. All Jazz Radio presenter and Jassics head honcho; Etienne Shardlow will, during his first Jazz-E Show of January 2015, announce the lucky winner.

Please be sure to include in your email; Full Name, Full Street Address, Phone Number and ID Number and what country you reside in, failing to do so will justify instant disqualification.

Visit the All Jazz Radio Website for more info at http://www.alljazzradio.co.za

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Win a hamper of 10 CD’s to end off the year

Jassics LogoALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014So you’d like to win a big prize before the end of 2014, it’s really easy. All you need do is make a list of your Top 10 favourite Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz albums of 2014. Ok, we know it’s not going to be too easy so here’s an exciting incentive for you. All Jazz Radio in association with Jassic’s Africa, distributors of fine jazz recordings to jazz lovers of the global village are offering a hamper of 10 CD’s to the person whose list is drawn out of the box at the end of this month of December 2014 entries must reach us by midday on the 31st December 2014.

The is a small catch see we’d really like you to join the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group, The All Jazz Radio Facebook Fan Page and Follow our All Jazz Radio Tweets on Twitter if you do so, you’ll double your chances of being the winner

Jazz-EnPlease note that this is an email only competition. Just send us you email list of Album Titles and Artists to info@alljazzradio.co.za with Top 10 CD’s in the subject line. All Jazz Radio presenter and Jassics head honcho; Etienne Shardlow will, during his first Jazz-E Show of January 2015, announce the lucky winner.

Please include the following details in your email; Full Name, Full Street Address, Phone and ID Number.

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