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Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quartet exuded history, texture, and good ole acoustic jazz at District 6 Museum’s Homecoming Center last Friday evening, 27 May.

Having cruised the south Pacific Ocean, I find Irving Berlin’s “How Deep is the Ocean” rings a familiar sensation about what ‘unfathomable’ means, like true love, which is what makes this song rich and textured. The brilliant artistry of pianist Ibrahim Khalil Shihab does just that for 24 minutes in his solo piano album, ‘Solo Piano’, cut in 1999. Known as Chris Schilder of Pacific Express in earlier days, and who converted to Islam in 1975, this Capetownian is no less magical in his musical renditions now. With his fellow team members named below, 70 year old Shihab wishes to revive himself with both established and younger musicians in South Africa.

Ibrahim Khalil Shihab. Photo: David Harrison

Ibrahim Khalil Shihab. Photo: David Harrison

Friday’s concert portrayed an extremely gifted and powerfully alert pianist who excels at improvisation and message. His Scarlotti-styled runs in some pieces reverberated throughout the well-packed hall. Even without an acoustic grand piano which he would prefer, his two electric pianos which admirably served for the evening’s performance managed to do justice to his messages.

In conversation with double bassist, Lionel Beukes, earlier, even Beukes had to haul out his thin Latina semi-electric bass to match Shihab’s piano that evening. “I’ve returned from years in China, and want to continue to perform our South African music, and to promote Ibrahim who has been too silent for too long,” says Beukes. “I teach at the Capetown Music Institute with its musician head, Camiillo Lombard, and try to match our good students with the jazz dons like Ibrahim.”

Ibrahim Khalil Shihab quartet at D6 Homecoming 27 May 2016

Ibrahim Khalil Shihab quartet at D6 Homecoming 27 May 2016

Indeed, Friday’s offerings (promoted by Classic CT) presented 20-year old drummer Liam Webb, formerly from South Peninsula High School jazz band and soon to attend UCT’s College of Music, in his first jazz gig. A student at CMI, Webb displayed confidence and humility during the performance as he was occasionally mentored by Beukes and Shihab. Webb was allowed a drum solo in a Shihab piece, “Pursuits”, which Webb pulled off in clean pizzazz. Another generation later was Buddy Wells whose tenor and alto saxophones provided impressive, clean, and consistent accompaniment to Shihab’s piano runs. The varieties of songs this Quartet played wooed the audience with classic standards, like the whimsical “When You Wish Upon a Star”, with Buddy’s smooth slides in tone. Shihab originals gave tribute to another legendary don, the late Winston Mankunku, in “Spring”, and to elder Chinese people exercising in a Shanghai park across from where Shihab and Beukes worked at the Hilton Hotel.

Liam Webb, drummer

Liam Webb, drummer

The concert ended fittingly with a fast-paced “Bo-Kaap”, another original, which showed everyone’s skills. Shihab is well on his way to performing and, in the near future, recording his pile of compositions which he let to lay for so many of the rainbow nation years.

We can look forward to more mastery from this legend as concert halls gear up for more acoustic jazz performances. A new era to be launched??

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Today’s streaming broadcast schedule on All Jazz Radio Tuesday 21 April 2015

All Jazz Radio Logo Face Book1Daily Streaming Broadcast Schedule



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)


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)


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 A SLICE OF JAZZ

Compiled, presented & produced by Rhys Phillips in Cardiff, Wales, UK

(Interviews, New Album Releases, CD Reviews and an eclectic mix of Jazz)




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)


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)


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

(All genre styles of jazz from around the world)



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)


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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BRAND NEW SHOW STARTING ON TUESDAY AT 16:00 C.A.T. (Central African Time) and every Tuesday thereafter. Presented from Cardiff, Wales by Rhys Phillips.

Rhys Phillips in studio

Rhys Phillips in studio

A SLICE OF JAZZ from Cardiff, Wales see’s host RHYS PHILLIPS presenting a weekly slice of jazz as he shares his favorite tracks, rounds and up the latest news from the world of jazz and will have top guests in conversation and in session. Mike Sims provides the weekly album review and Nadia Hamilton brings her Beginner’s Guide to Jazz. A Slice of Jazz is a Radio Cardiff Production. For more information, go to www.asliceofjazz.uk.

Rhys is a jazz trumpeter and radio presenter based in Cardiff. His love of jazz comes from growing up with a jazz lover and pianist for a father. When not presenting A Slice of Jazz, Rhys can be found gigging with his jazz band Imperfect Tenth or presenting his science radio show, Pythagoras’ Trousers.

More about Rhys Phillips

Rhys had his first experience of broadcasting at Cardiff University’s Xpress Radio in 2006 where he presented a range of programmes. As President of the Cardiff Student Jazz Society, he launched The Jazz Society Radio Show which ran from 2006-2008 featuring the best music (including prereleased tracks), features, competitions and guests. Local musicians including performed live sessions each week and Rhys interviewed well known artists including Karen Sharp, Kirk Lightsey, Courtney Pine, Neil Cowley, Trudy Kerr, Eri Yamamoto, Chris Hodgkins, The Blessing and Empirical. Rhys was also lucky enough to conduct extended interviews with Stacey Kent, Billy Cobham and the late great Humphrey Lyttelton. The show was shortlisted for Best Specialist Show at the Cardiff Student Media Awards 2007.


Between 2006 and 2008, Rhys presented a series entitled Jazz Profile, looking at the life and work of some of the greatest jazz musicians. The shows were broadcast on both Xpress Radio and here on Radio Cardiff and the musicians profiled included Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, The Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, George Melly, Glenn Miller, Chick Corea and Louis Prima. Jazz Profile will return to Radio Cardiff in the Jazz Special time slot during the summer of 2011.

rhys phillips trumpet

In 2008, Rhys was asked to take over as host of Xpress Radio’s weekly music quiz, Beat It! Completely revamping the format, Rhys clinched the award for Best Speech Show at the Cardiff Student Media Awards 2008, awarded by Paddy O’Connell. Other work on Xpress Radio included sitting in for both mainstream and specialist presenters, giving him the chance to interview guests such as singer-songwriter Dean Friedman and comedians Rhod Gilbert and Robin Ince, and hosting a live music event broadcast across South Wales on DAB Radio. He also produced audio diaries for the station for various university based music groups when touring abroad. More recently, Rhys has made small contributions to Feedback on BBC Radio 4 and Serious About Comedy on BBC Radio 7.


Rhys rejoined Radio Cardiff in September 2010 to launch a new science and technology show with the Institution of Engineering & Technology – Pythagoras’ Trousers which is now sponsored by EADS. In January 2011, he also started presenting Jazz Special, playing the best mix of jazz music every week. Rhys also presents the hourly news bulletins on Saturdays and can occasionally be found sitting in for other presenters on shows including Breakfast and Saturday Brunch.


Science and jazz may seem like an unlikely combination but they are both right up Rhys’ street. Rhys studied maths & physics at Cardiff University and now works as a Research Engineer for EADS Innovation Works UK looking at innovative methods of protecting the next generation of composite aircraft against lightning strikes. When not in work or on the air, Rhys is a keen musician, playing trumpet in a number of ensembles including the City of Cardiff Concert Band, Black Hawk Big Band, KT & The Funtime Band, Quintessential Brass and his own jazz ensemble, Imperfect Tenth.


Biog from the Radio Cardiff website

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Had to share this Facebook post, have a read, what say you?

From Facebook – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band posted
10 hrs
Any artist is grateful for their fans. It is a great compliment for somebody to respond positively to your music. And yet, when somebody tells me that they enjoy hearing the BIg Phat Band on Spotify or YouTube, I can’t help but think of the numbers on the chart displayed in this article. In order to make US minimum wage of $1260/month, an artist must get 1,044,430 plays on Spotify during that month. To earn minimum wage on YouTube, you need 4,500,000 plays! Does anybody really think this is an economic model that can lead to artistic growth? Actually, never mind growth, it’s really a matter of survival and nothing less. Many of us are hanging in there and looking for new ways create the music we believe in, but it is a false economic premise to think that this is sustainable. If you love music of content, please share this link.

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It’s all happening today, tune in and listen

The season has started to turn here in the Mother City, Cape Town, there is a definite chill in the early morning air, but who gives a damn about that when there’s hot jazz to be heard on Africa’s best and only 24/7 all genre Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz radio station online. Go to www.alljazzradio.co.za and choose the link you’d like to “tune in” to and download the link to your smartphone, computer or tablet and take us with you on your day’s journey. Its a good way to enjoy great music wherever you may be. Listen in today, here what’s coming up from 10am C,A.,T.;


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

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA


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

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

11:15 – 14:00 JAZZ RENDEZVOUS

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

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA

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

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

Compiled & produced by AJR Staff in Cape Town, SA


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

Compiled, Produced and presented by Jack Ojiambo in Nairobi, Kenya

Don’t forget our special daily re-broadcast programming which starts from 6pm C.A.T. so you won’t miss a moment of the music.

Connect with us on Skype or call our studio on Viber,

Enjoy the best Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz from the African Jazz Capital all day everyday.


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….. and the big winners are – The 2015 Grammy Awards


 Cheek To Cheek 
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
 Label: Streamline/Columbia/RPM/Interscope

 Bass & Mandolin
 Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 
Label: Nonesuch

Winds Of Samsara
 Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Label: Listen 2 Africa

Chick Corea, soloist
 Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio)
 Label: Concord Jazz

 Beautiful Life 
Dianne Reeves
Label: Concord Records

 Chick Corea Trio
 Label: Concord Jazz

Life In The Bubble
 Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
 Label: Telarc International

 The Offense Of The Drum
 Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 
Label: Motema

Step Back
 Johnny Winter
 Label: Megaforce Records

 Angelique Kidjo 
Label: 429 Records

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Southern Hemisphere Trio joins the London jazz scene

Award-winning vocalists Nicky Schrire and Anita Wardell

Award-winning vocalists Nicky Schrire and Anita Wardell

For the love of the southern hemisphere (and music), this trio is sure to make London jazz fans happy this February

Award-winning vocalists Anita Wardell and Nicky Schrire met in 2007. Despite any geographical distance (Australian-raised Wardell was based in London, and Schrire was about to move from her native South Africa to New York) they developed a kinship and became fast friends. With a shared love for “straight tone” singing, the understated, and Southern Hemisphere roots, the two remained in touch over the past five years, when Schrire performed London and Wardell performed in the USA.

Schrire recently returned to live in London and the two singers are thrilled to find themselves on the same side of the pond. To celebrate this coming full circle, they have teamed up with pianist Robin Aspland (Kenny Wheeler, George Coleman, Georgie Fame) to form “The Southern Hemisphere Trio” (Aspland has spent time in both Australia and South Africa making him an honorary Southern Hemisphere-ian). The trio will explore songs from jazz and folk traditions in this intimate formation, celebrating seven years of musical friendship.

“Anita Wardell is a singer who takes no prisoners. The Australian vocalist is an uncompromising exponent of bebop and has won a cult following among her colleagues in London during her time here.”
-Clive Davis, The Times
“… Schrire becomes part of the fabric of her music. Her voice is a warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power.”
-Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Gig Details

Date: Wednesday 11 February; 7:30pm

Venue: 3-7 Delancey St, London NW1 7NL

Tickets: £15; Phone: 020 7383 780

With thanks to The South African


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Wayne Henderson dies at 74; Jazz Crusaders co-founder, trombonist

By CHRIS BARTON – Jazz (Music Genre) Concerts Obituaries Obituary Database Entertainment Music KISS (music group)

Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders in 2001. (Gloria Ellis)

Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders in 2001. (Gloria Ellis)

Wayne Henderson, a trombonist, composer and co-founder of the Jazz Crusaders, who became a powerful force for merging the sound of jazz with elements of funk, soul and R&B, died Friday at a Culver City hospital. He was 74.

His death from heart failure was confirmed by manager Stephanie Pappas.

Read the full story here;


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Cape Bassist Benjamin Jephta to launch his sophomore album – Homecoming

Benjamin Jephta Album - Homecoming

Benjamin Jephta Album – Homecoming

The Benjamin Jephta Quintet will be launching the debut album, Homecoming with a series of tour dates.

Homecoming will be launched at the SA College of Music at the University of Cape Town on Friday, 16 January 2015. The launch tour is proudly supported by the Concerts SA Mobility Fund and features Benjamin Jephta on Basses, Kyle Shepherd (2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner) on Piano, Sphelelo Mazibuko on Drums, Marcus Wyatt on Trumpet and Sisonke Xonti on Sax.

At only 22, Benjamin Jephta has already become one of the premier double and electric bass players in South Africa as a featured musician. He has played with, among others, Sibongile Khumalo, Simphiwe Dana and Loyiso Bala, and Homecoming marks his debut offering as a solo artist. The album is a 12-track disc of Jephta’s original compositions, supported by a stellar line up of SA’s best Jazz musicians.

Date: Friday, 16 January 2015
Time: 20h30
Duration: 80 min (ONE SET ONLY)
Venue: UCT, SA College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre),
Lower Campus off Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Pre-Book & Pay Online at QUICKET:
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/7506-benjamin-jephta-quintet-homecoming-album-launch-in-cape-town and only pay R90.00
*Quicket adds a service fee of R3.90 to each ticket (capped at R10 per transaction)
Book & Pay R110.00 entry fee at door (cash only) – book at www.benjaminjephta.com/album-launch.html OR call 083 700 0581 [Seating Unreserved]

17 January 2015 Straight No Chaser Club (CPT)

7 & 8 February 2015 The Orbit (JHB)

Copies of the new CD will be on sale for R120 at the launch concert on the 16/01 and R150 thereafter. ‘Homecoming’ will also be downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide from February 2015.

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Buddy DeFranco, Clarinet Innovator, Dies at 91

In his 70-year career, he brought his instrument into the bebop era and beyond

By Jeff Tamarkin

Buddy DeFranco Photo by William P. Gottlieb/LO

Buddy DeFranco
Photo by William P. Gottlieb/LO

Buddy DeFranco, who brought the clarinet into the bebop era and maintained a seven-decade career, died Dec. 24 in Panama City, Fla., according to a notice on his website. The cause was not reported. DeFranco was 91.

In the years following the dominance of swing clarinetists such as Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, DeFranco adapted the instrument to the new type of jazz being introduced by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, both of whom were collaborators of his. In an interview posted on the website for the National Endowment for the Arts, DeFranco, who was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2006, said, “When I heard Charlie Parker, I knew that was gonna be the new way to play jazz. And it was right. … It was much more difficult to play as far as fingering and articulation. In fact, even to this day, I can’t explain the articulation of bebop, even though I do it. You know, because it’s a question of the melding between your brain, your tonguing, your phrasing, your breathing and your fingering. It has to work all together. And there’s no way to describe it.”


Read the full story here.

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Guitarist Jeff Golub Dies at 59

Via Jazz Times RSS Feed:

Suffered from rare brain disorder that led to blindness and loss of functions

By Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff Golub, a guitarist who crossed seamlessly between jazz, blues and rock, died today, Jan. 1, following a lengthy illness. He was 59. The precise cause and place of death have not yet been reported but Golub had experienced a series of physical setbacks in recent years that ultimately caused him to no longer be able to perform. First, Golub gradually lost his eyesight in June 2011 due to the collapse of an optic nerve. The following year, he fell onto the subway tracks in New York and was dragged by a train, but was rescued by onlookers and escaped unscathed. He was later diagnosed with more serious, at first unidentified, issues later determined to be a rare and incurable brain disorder called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Fans contributed tens of thousands of dollars toward his medical expenses via crowd-funding websites and an auction.

Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub, who was born in Copley, Ohio, April 15, 1955, played his first gig in 1967 at age 12 and turned professional during the following decade. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and worked in singer James Montgomery’s band while in Boston. In 1980, after moving to New York, Golub joined the band of rock singer Billy Squier, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. Golub released his first solo recording, Unspoken Words, for Gaia Records in 1988.

Golub released more than a dozen albums in all as a leader and three with the Avenue Blue Band, and spent several years (1988-95) in the band of singer Rod Stewart. He also collaborated with dozens of artists as a sideman, including Ashford and Simpson, Alphonse Mouzon, Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Everette Harp, Peter Wolf, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Rick Braun, Tina Turner, Dar Williams, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Marc Cohn, Richard Elliot, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Jeff Lorber and Peter White. Golub was also a member of Dave Koz and the Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show.

Golub’s final album, made with keyboardist Brian Auger, was Train Kept A Rolling, its title inspired by Golub’s subway incident.

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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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Talk to Family and Friends on Christmas Eve, send real time live greetings


Greet family and Friends in the global village live Live On Air

Join us for a very special show on the 25th December from 18:00 Central African time or 16:00 GMT. We will be playing only Christmas Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz, best of all we’ll be opening up our Skype and Viber lines for you to send your seasons greetings live on air. Join us and call in on Skype at alljazzradio or Viber on 0027 82456 2195. Send your festive wishes live around the world on All Jazz Radio.

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

Carlos Emilio Morale

Carlos Emilio Morale

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

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

The younger Carlos Emilio Morale

The younger Carlos Emilio Morale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the whole story here, with thanks to the Guardain


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

Tim Hauser

Tim Hauser

Was only original member still with the famed vocal group

By Jeff Tamarkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manhattan Transfer

Manhattan Transfer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Klutz in the Kitchen’s Recipe Blog – THURSDAY 16th OCTOBER 2014

Today, October 16 is World Food Day

World Food Day 2014World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It is also the Food Engineer day.

Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a different theme each year, in order to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus.


World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20th General Conference in November 1979. The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dr. Pál Romány has played an active role at the 20th Session of the FAO Conference and suggested the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.

The Klutz in the Kitchen is going to pay it forward today by cooking up a large pot of stoup (A thick, rich nutritious combination of a stew and soup) and dish it out to those who are in need of a good meal to celebrate World Food Day today.

In honour of World Food Day here is the recipe he has chosen;

Pork and bean stew

Pork and bean stewPreparation time: 10 min – Cooking time: 20 min – Serves 6


500g good quality, spicy pork sausages

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 big onion, chopped

Olive oil

2 tins of beans

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Fresh thyme and parsley

A glass of red wine

Salt and pepper

sugar just to cut through acidity of tomato


Fried breadcrumbs or pork crackling


Remove the meat from the casings and shape into tiny little meatballs.

In a casserole pot, heat the olive oil and fry the meatballs until they are golden brown on all sides. Set aside and keep warm.

Into the same pot, sauté the onions and garlic until soft then add more olive oil if you needs be.

Add the tomato, red wine and thyme and allow to cook for about 5 minutes, just to reduce the sauce somewhat.

Add the beans and the meatballs and warm through.

To make the fried bread crumbs:

Heat some olive oil to a pan and add 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic, then add about 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs and toss until it becomes golden in colour and season with a little salt.

Serve with chopped parsley, fried breadcrumbs or crackling if you have.

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All Jazz Radio – Music News – WEDNESDAY 15th October 2014

ALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014All Jazz Radio – NewsKenya: Nkulee Dube Jets-in for Dad Lucky Dube’s Anniversary Concert

By Elly Gitau

Nkulee Dube, the daughter of one of Africa’s greatest musicians of all time Lucky Dube, jetted into the country Tuesday evening ahead of her concert slated for Friday night at the Carnivore.

Lucky Dube'sHer show will be a commemoration event marking the seventh anniversary since the demise of her father. The easy-going ethno-soul, jazz, raga and reggae songstress was jovial at his first ever visit to Kenya. She expressed her feelings by taking about ten minutes after her arrival to dance with the Kenyan dancers who were specially waiting for her awaited touch-down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

“I am so happy to be here. It’s my first time in Kenya but I already feel like home. My dad loved this country and so do I. I’m here to show love; and appreciate all the loving I’ve had from the Kenyan fans. I promise an awesome show on Friday,” she told The Star.

She was with her back-up singers Bongi Mabaso and Mary Khumalo. Nkulee is known for her 2013 hit reggae jam, Africa Awake.


Joanne Brackeen Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award

BrackeenJoanne13LJazz pianist, educator, and composer Joanne Brackeen was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 10, 2014. The Living Legacy Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

Guests enjoyed a gala reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium including music by the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra Combo. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Jazz Award, previous Legacy winners joined event guests for the evening, including: Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Reggie Workman. Following the Award presentation, guests were treated to 2012 Living Legacy awardee Muhal Richard Abrams and his group in a rare, Washington, D.C. performance in the Terrace Theater.

Previous Living Legacy Award winners (from 2013-1994) include Nathan Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie” Lowery, and Clark Terry. A Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon with additional support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation and Amtrak – The Official Rail Sponsor of the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with the Kennedy Center.

About BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of June 30, 2014, BNY Mellon had $28.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that isclosely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional perspective. The region includes nine states and jurisdictions: The District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia.


Femi Kuti speaks up against corruption

Femi KutiLagos – Femi Kuti, a musician and son of legendary Afro beat musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, on Monday, urged leaders in the country to shun corruption and implement programs that would develop the country.

Kuti made the call in an interview in Lagos, during the celebration of the 2014 edition of Felabration.

Felabration is a ceremony to celebrate the life and times of Anikulapo-Kuti, which had ‘The Amalgamation of the People of the Niger Area’ as its theme.

Anikulapo-Kuti, who founded the Afro beat genre of music in the late 1960s, achieved worldwide fame with evergreen songs like Shakara, Zombie and Water no get enemy.

Femi Kuti said if corruption was reduced, the nation would stand a good chance to meet its development goals.

”Our leaders should abstain from corruption and have the love of the masses at heart. Corruption is not only carried out by leaders alone, masses also do it. Therefore, both leaders and average citizens should shun corruption and pay attention to national development.’’ he added

On the annual celebration of Felabration, the musician said that it was meant to enlighten the masses and to brainstorm with stakeholders on the need for national development.

Felabration is to impact change on economic development. We want all sectors of the economy to get a boost, such as electricity, roads, tourism and agriculture.’’ he said.



Richard Elliot bring three decades of smooth jazz to weekend Yoshi’s shows

Richard Elliot

Richard Elliot

There’s no end of musical lessons saxophonist Richard Elliot learned in his five years with Tower of Power. That most important, he once told me in an interview, is the need to get your horn heard, even when sharing the stage with an assemblage of top-flight musicians.
”It was a baptism by fire,” Elliot said. ”Tower of Power is such a wall of sound that you either rise to the occasion or get drowned out and you’re history.”
That fate rarely befell Elliot in his time with TOP days and it’s hardly been an issue since he embarked on a solo career. Indeed, the past three decades have seen him emerge as one of contemporary jazz’s most popular acts, a sax man adept at blending the genre’s jazz, pop and R&B sensibilities into a cogent, commercial whole.
Northern California audiences can experience that signature sound for themselves Saturday as Elliot and his band perform two sets at Yoshi’s.
The tour enables Elliot to mark the 30th anniversary of Elliot’s his album, “Initial Approach,” even while featuring music from his latest, “Lip Service.” There have been 20 releases in between, predominantly solo albums (“Take to the Skies,” “Soul Embrace,” “Chill Factor,” “Metro Blue”) but with a few collaborations too (“RnR” with Rick Braun; “Summer Horns” with Dave Koz, Mindi Abair and Gerald Albright).
Raised in Southern California – his first jazz concert was a Dexter Gordon show in Redondo Beach – Elliot’s early influences also included Led Zeppelin and Genesis. By his teen years, he was touring Europe with the likes of Natalie Cole and the Pointer Sisters and backing Smokey Robinson in the studio. Stints with Melissa Manchester and the Yellowjackets preceded his years with Tower of Power.
Through the course of his solo career, Elliot has emphasized the importance of following his instincts rather than any industry or audience expectation.
”You can’t spend your life trying to second-guess (them),” Elliot said. ”I will not do something unless I’m having fun doing it.”


Angola: State of Angolan Music Considered Positive – Says Proletário

Luanda — The Angolan musician Proletário considered on Tuesday in Luanda satisfactory the quality of the current CD production, fruit of investment by the national creators of releasing to public works whose topics are worked with rigor, thus denoting devotion in the valorization, divulgence and preservation of the Angolan cultural roots.

According to the musician, who was speaking at Angop about the Angolan music, despite it has recorded a progress in terms of quality, it is necessary for a more active participation of all Angolan cultural agents and creators.

To Proletário, the Angolan creators should also invest in the research of the musical roots, of the traditional rhythm, stories and proverbs, so as to valorize further the Angolan cultural origin.

Proletário also considered necessary for the national business people to invest more in the promotion and divulgence of the Angolan cultural identity, aiming for greater development of the national music.

Born in 1957, Proletário started his music career in 1970, but he became famous in 1972/73 in Kaputo ward in Luanda, where he used to perform in Maria das Crequenhas recreational centre.


Yoshi’s San Francisco changes name

By Jim Harrington, jharrington@bayareanewsgroup.com

Say goodbye to Yoshi’s San Francisco. The venue will soon be known as The Addition.

Yoshi's San Francisco logoThe name change, which was announced Tuesday, will go into effect on Nov. 1. Organizers will then celebrate the new brand on Nov. 21 with a performance by jazz great Roy Ayers.

The 28,000-square-foot facility — located in the Fillmore District/Western Addition neighbourhood — originally opened in 2007, becoming the Bay Area’s second Yoshi’s venue. It was sold earlier this year to the Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, which continued to operate it under the Yoshi’s brand.

The Addition will host a variety of musical acts, ranging from R&B and rock to jazz and world music.

The music programming will be handled by Peter Williams, a long-time industry veteran who worked for years in the same role for Yoshi’s. More recently, Williams booked music at the Napa Valley Opera House.

The new venue’s website is www.theaddition.com, but it doesn’t go live until Oct. 16.

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PLAYLIST TUESDAY 10/14/2014 – ALL JAZZ RADIO Cape Town, South Africa

ALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014PLAYLIST icon10:00 – 13:00 JAZZ RENDEZVOUS Produced and compiled by Eric Alan


10:03:03 – Lex Futshane – Up and Down – Innocent Victims and Perpetrators – SAFRO

10:13:38 – Ronny Jordan – Mackim – New Morning In Paris Live – INTERNATIONAL

10:25:53 – Tumi Mogorosi – In The Beginning – Project Elo – SAFRO

10:37:24 – Darrell Katz And The JCA Orchestra – A Better Teacher – Why Do You Ride? – INTERNATIONAL

10:48:28 – Ezra Weiss Sextet – Alabama – Before You Know It [Live in Portland] – INTERNATIONAL


11:00:37 – Tutu Puoane – Dreaming On And On – Live At De Roma – SAFRO Belgium

11:10:43 – Rob Derke + the NYJAZZ Quartet – Davey’s Dreams – Blue Divide – INTERNATIONAL

11:22:16 – Kyle Shepherd – The Seeker – Dream State CD1 – SAFRO

11:32:02 – Steve Dyer – Rituals Suite: Somewhere Beyond – Confluence – SAFRO

11:41:33 – Feya Faku + The Spirit Jazz Orchestra – Le Ngoma – Feya Faku + The Spirit Jazz Orchestra Live – SAFRO

11:50:59 – Restless Natives – MJ – Triple Volume Electric 3 – SAFRO

14:00 to 16:00 The J. B. F. SHOW, presented and compiled by Titilayo Adedokun


12:00:15 – Cyrille Aimée – It’s a Good Day – It’s a Good Day – INTERNATIONAL

12:03:13 – Gregory Porter – Feeling Good – Water (Full) – INTERNATIONAL

12:06:13 – Randy Crawford + Joe Sample – Feeling Good (Live) – Live (Featuring Steve Gadd & Nicklas Sample) – INTERNATIONAL

12:10:07 – Blues Ntaka – Nodoli – Happy Times To You – SAFRO

12:13:14 – Alicia Olatuja – Truth in Blue – Timeless – INTERNATIONAL

12:22:26 – Anna Davel – Sway – Linger Longer – SAFRO

12:24:36 – Al Jarreau – Churchyheart (Backyard Ritual) – My Old Friend Celebrating George Duke – INTERNATIONAL

12:29:18 – Deanna Bogart – Thrash Boogie – Out To Get You – INTERNATIONAL

12:32:54 – Titilayo Adedokun – Don’t Blame It On Me – Look At Me – AFRO Nigeria

12:37:14 – Jackie McLean – Don’t Blame Me – Blue Note Beach Classics Presented By José Padilla CD 2 – INTERNATIONAL

12:41:35 – You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Mel Torme’ – – INTERNATIONAL

12:44:25 – Manhattan – Rosemary Clooney – – INTERNATIONAL

12:49:30 – Abbey Lincoln – And It’s Supposed To Be Love – Wholly Earth – INTERNATIONAL

12:55:18 – Tony Bennett – The Lady Is A Tramp feat Lady Gaga – Duets II – INTERNATIONAL


13:00:23 – Ella Fitzgerald – Lover – The Unique Ella Fitzgerald – INTERNATIONAL

13:03:36 – The Peddlers – Lover – How Cool Is Cool [Disc 1] – INTERNATIONAL

13:10:13 – Gretchen Parlato – I Can’t Help It – In A Dream – INTERNATIONAL

13:14:56 – Abdullah Ibrahim – Barakaat – African Suite For Trio And String Orchestra – SAFRO USA

13:19:47 – Dee Daniels – Come Rain Or Come Shine – Wish Me Love – INTERNATIONAL

13:23:30 – Tutu Puoane – Signs & Symphony – Live At De Roma – SAFRO Belgium

13:32:17 – Sibongile Khumalo – Tsakewe/Royal Blue Medley – Live At The Market Theatre – SAFRO

13:41:43 – Janice Borla Group – Run Fer Yer Life – Promises to Burn – INTERNATIONAL

13:48:52 – Femi Kuti – This Is Only the Beginning – No Place for My Dream – AFRO Nigeria

13:50:32 – Torsten Goods – Berlin P.M. – Love Comes To Town – INTERNATIONAL

13:54:39 – Taj Mahal – Statesboro Blues – The Best Of Taj Mahal [2000] – BLUES

14:00 to 16:00 JAZZ-E 100% South African Jazz Produced, presented and compiled by Etienne Shardlow


Maria -Rollo Scott Strings -Whenever I Am Dreaming

My Love Won’t Fade Away -Cuppuccino & SMP Band-Come Back Home

The Pearls-Classic Jazz Masters-Stomps, Swing ‘n Blues

Loafers Corner-Orlando Seven-Township Swing Jazz! Vol 2

Rasta of the Burning Sands-Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades & McCoy Mrubata-Vivid Afrika

Cosmic Rain-Johnny Boshoff and Friends -Featuring the Bob Zotolla Brass Quartet

What’s In A Name-James Scholfield-All Stations

Remember Lucia-Carlo Mombelli-Abstractions Retrospective 86 To 92

Ode To a Folk Song -Nicky Schrire -The End Of A Love Affair

Native Art-Steve Dyer-Native Art

get a head-Tribe-Our Language


Love Poem-Kyle Shepherd-FineArt

Ama Wa-Jazz Ministers -Buck’s Blues

One Note Samba-Dave Lithins Trio-Live At The Green Dolphin Vol 1 – Stop Look ‘n Lithin

African Dreamer -George Lee-Networking

St Louis Blues March-The Glenn Miller Orchestra SA -A Portrait of Glenn Miller

Canadian Sunset -Rollo Scott Big Band -The Start Of Something Big

Sweet Embraceable You-Ian Robertson-All That Jazz Vol 1

If I See Your Eyes (Instrumental)-Breakfast Included-Night Work Ahead

Grooven For Gnat -Bezz Martin-Kerplunk

The Nearness Of You-Michelle Robertson-A Love That Will Last

Nice and Easy -Michael McGovern with the Gerry Bosman Orchestra -One For The Girls

Katsamba-Boereqanga-Made In South Africa

Kwai-Jazz-Don Laka-IJazz Yase Kasi

16:00 to 18:00 THE MUCH, MUCH MORE MUSIC SHOW Produced and compiled by Eric Alan


16:01:19 – C’nky Siwela – Pelo Yaka (Guitar Version) – Reminiscent of the Sounds – SAFRO

16:06:11 – Jason Miles + Global Noise – Fun – Sly Reimagined master – INTERNATIONAL

16:11:02 – Resolution 88 – Doin It – Resolution 88 – INTERNATIONAL

16:16:04 – Joe DeRose and Amici – In A Moment’s Time – Peace Streets – INTERNATIONAL

16:20:56 – Brad Mehldau + Mark Guiliana – London Gloaming – Mehliana: Taming The Dragon – INTERNATIONAL

16:25:49 – Dreaming In Colour – Crosswinds – The Dream Merchant – INTERNATIONAL

16:30:47 – The Boom Yeh – Layin’ In The Cut – Revergeratons to Constellations – INTERNATIONAL

16:35:40 – Me’Shell NdegeOcello – Outside Your Door – Plantation Lullabies – INTERNATIONAL

16:40:33 – Lenski Alfred – I Belong To You – My Life – SAFRO

16:45:30 – Alexander Shulgin – Only You (Tol’ko Ty) – Triptych, Shulgin’s Songbook – Part 1 – INTERNATIONAL

16:49:27 – Denzil Africa – My One And Only Love – Woman – SAFRO

16:53:25 – Ebrahim Kalil Shihab – Start All Over Again – Gift Of Song – SAFRO


17:00:34 – Shakatak – Feels Like The Right Time – Ultimate – INTERNATIONAL

17:04:32 – N2 – Heaven – The Journey – SAFRO

17:08:32 – George Anderson – into u – Expressions – INTERNATIONAL

17:12:36 – Natalie Rungan – Out Of Today – Heart Aflame – SAFRO

17:16:38 – Rick Braun – Dr. Funkenstein – Can You Feel It – CONTEMPORARY

17:20:40 – Jimmy Dludlu – F Town Groove – Live CD 1 – AFRO Mozambique

17:24:53 – Will Ready – It’s On Tonight – Seduction – INTERNATIONAL

17:28:59 – Groove 55 – Cotton Candy (Feat. Rick Braun) – Voyage – INTERNATIONAL

17:33:06 – Universoul Tribe – Thats The Way Love Goes – Universoul Tribe – SAFRO

17:37:19 – Tizer – Autumn Sky – Diversify – INTERNATIONAL

17:41:30 – The Paul Pierce Project – The Other Man – Pierce My Heart – INTERNATIONAL

17:45:41 – Audley Reid – So They Say – On The Upside – INTERNATIONAL

17:49:56 – Al Jarreau – Lean On Me – Tribute To Al Green – INTERNATIONAL

17:54:11 – Zbonics – He Said – Time to Do Your Thing – INTERNATIONAL

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All Jazz Radio – News – MONDAY 13th October 2014

ALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014News WorldNew Blues Documentary Features Up And Coming Talent

GFO Records has released a full length documentary film, Devil In My Kitchen, featuring blues recording artist, Iron Mike Norton. The film follows Iron Mike on his 2013 and 2014 tours and offers viewers an insight into the world of working blues musicians and the challenges they face. Iron Mike discusses his roots, his relationship with mentor Sonny Landreth, and his controversial take on the modern blues genre and the club scene in the United States.

Also featured in the film are various artists from across the globe including Demian Band, Deak Harp, David Dunavent & Evol Love, and Rose Ridge as well as interviews from blues historian Roger Stolle and blues enthusiast Chuck Ellis.

The film has been released to Youtube and can be viewed for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opG4R-YSirA


The Herald – Zimbabwe: Musicians Unite for Charity

Several popular musicians will descend on Masvingo on Saturday next week for a concert to raise funds to benefit a patient who is due to travel to India for a kidney transplant. The musical gala, being organised by the Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association, will be headlined by dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu and will include gospel musicians Mathias Mhere and Sabatian Magacha.

Other performers to entertain the crowd at the show to be held at the Caravan Park will be veteran sungura singer Somandla Ndebele and gifted dancer Zoey Sifelani.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, ZAHA director general Killer Zivhu, who is also the Chivi Rural District Council chairman, said they were touched by Mollen Makoni (27)’s plight and roped in the musicians to assist in raising at least $25 000 for the trip to India.

Mollen will be accompanied by her mother Locardia and sister Tendai (20) who will donate a kidney to her.

Mollen and her mother will spend three months in India, while Tendai will be back after a month.

Zivhu through ZAHA, has provided $4300 for tickets to India for the three. Zivhu called on Zimbabweans to come forward to help Mollen regain her health and live her normal life to continue with her studies at Great Zimbabwe University where she is studying for a degree in marketing.

“As Zimbabweans, we need to love and assist each other during difficult times for the betterment of our country,” he said.

“We cannot let the poor die because they do not have money and as a leader I thought I should engage these artists to assist her with money.

“Zimbabweans must always come together in times like these and I am very confident that will be able to save Mollen’s life.”

Zivhu said Zimbabweans must emulate First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe’s philanthropic work that has benefited a lot of the underprivileged in society.

“I admire the First Lady for the good job she is doing for orphans at Mazowe, may the Lord grant the First Family their wishes in life so that they can continue to help the poor people,” he said.

Speaking while nearly shedding tears, Mollen thanked Zivhu and the musicians for coming up with a programme to help save her life.

She said she had stopped attending lessons at Great Zimbabwe University because of the adverse effects of her condition.

“I need to go for dialysis at least twice a week, I vomit each morning and my body is generally weak,” she said. “Sometimes my whole body becomes swollen and I am no longer able to walk for more than 15 minutes.”

Speaking at the press conference, Suluman, Mathias and Sabatian said they were ready to help Mollen out of her difficult situation. They called on other musicians and Zimbabweans in general to spare their time to help the suffering in their communities.

“As artists we are taking this stance on Mollen to show Zimbabweans that we also got a heart for other people,” said Suluman.

“Lets take this programme to other provinces because it will help others to know there are some who care for them.”

The musical show will run under the theme: “A dollar can save life” and under the banner of “Wezhira Ndionewo”, a programme pioneered by Zivhu to encourage those privileged to help their communities.

Those interested in helping Mollen can deposit funds in her Standard Chartered Bank account number 8700271942400 Rusape Branch under the name Mollen Ndanatsei Makoni. Funds can also be deposited into her Ecocash number 0773026314.


David Bowie Records New Single With Maria Schneider Orchestra

Jazz musicians Donny McCaslin and Ryan Keberle contribute

By Jeff Tamarkin

David Bowie has recorded a new single, called “Sue (or In A Season of Crime),” that is said to be jazz-oriented. The track was recorded this summer in New York with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, with saxophonist Donny McCaslin and trombonist Ryan Kebrle soloing. Schneider also arranged the song and co-wrote it with Bowie. The track will also be released as part of a new album, Nothing Has Changed, on Nov. 14. (The album is a collection of tracks dating as far back as 1964; “Sue” is said to be the only new track on the set.)


Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)Tanzania: Indian Fusion Elates Dar Audience

By Iman Mani

New Delhi-based eight-member ‘Soul Samvaad’ leader Murad Ali (third right and partly hidden), joins other members of the group to provide musical sounds as the traditional Kathak dancer, Mahua Shankar, displays some of the ancient dance steps, at the Indian Cultural Centre, along the Oysterbay coastline on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Iman Mani)

LOCAL music lovers were treated to a different blend of Indian Classical Culture on Tuesday evening. The New Delhi-based eight member ‘Soul Samvaad’ band had come with their blend of fusion, which kept on pumping out rhythmic sounds for well over an hour.

From the time they stepped onto the stage their unique blend of sounds, which brought Indian classical genres together with Western rhythms, flowed uninterrupted.

The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) Representative, Natalia Kanem, told the ‘Daily News’ she loved the show and found the music to be ‘exhilarating’ because of its very “deep seeded in terms of classical culture,” set in a ‘modern’ realm at the same time.

“I could also see a lot of the spirit of international cooperation, especially when the group played a number which they called “Dar es Salaam Blues,” Kanem added. Also present was the local veteran woman activities, who co-founded the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) and the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), Fatma Aloo.

For her the show was ‘amazing.’ Apart from her complimentary words for the music she also noted that the single woman in the group of eight ‘reigned supreme’ for she played a leading directors role while on stage.

In effect the actual leader, Murad Ali, who plays the ‘sarangi,’ told the ‘Daily News’ before the performance, after they had finished sound checking that everybody in the band is the boss. He went on to explain that as the band’s name, Soul Samvaad, implies everybody is the boss.

The simple fact that all members have their own identity on stage, which blends together into forming one musical form, amplifies this for him.

As though to make his point clear, Ali, further explained, “Seeing that Samvaad means dialogue and soul is that inner self, the result is a dialogue of the soul.

Further, he continued this musical dialogue is between Indian and Western classical music. For him it is like experimenting with the goal of blending Indian music with Western.

That is seen and heard in the musical sounds they produce, which echoes sounds of Jazz, Rock and Soul rhythmic styles. Organisers of the concert, which were members of the Indian Culture Centre (ICC), have also reasons to be proud.

They managed to pull between 350 and 400 people to the show, along the Oysterbay peninsula. They even had a bonus seeing that the majority of the spectators were indigenous Tanzanians, who were Hindi students at the centre and their friends. They displayed their appreciation with laud cheers and applause after every number.

The meditative aspect usually associated with Indian music could be clearly heard, especially at the beginning of each song played. These formed a noticeable undercurrent that was ridden by a Jazzy, Funky, Rock rhythm and melody.

Before boarding their flight back to Delhi-India yesterday evening the musicians conducted a twohour workshop at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Department (FPAD) of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).


Saluting the Jazz Greats at St James Studio

The music of the jazz greats – from Scott Joplin and Benny Goodman to Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock – is celebrated at four special shows this autumn at London’s St James Studio, located in St James Theatre, Palace Street, London W1. Hosted by JBGB Events, the ‘Wonderful Music of the Jazz Greats’ series follows the successful four Jazz Divas concerts presented earlier this year and will feature the music, stories and anecdotes of these jazz legends. The Wonderful Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw is on Saturday 18 October featuring clarinetist Mark Crooks with guitarist Colin Oxley, pianist John Pearce, bassist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Matt Home. Herbie Hancock’s music is honoured on 1 November with pianist Simon Browne’s Beyond Cantaloupe including trumpeter Fredie Gavita, saxophonist Kevin Flanagan, bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer Lewis Wright, while Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Masters is celebrated on 15 November by pianist and ragtime expert Keith Nichols with clarinetist Trevor Whiting and guitarist/banjoist Martin Wheatley. The series finishes with a triple-hit on 29 November when music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley is in the capable hands of pianist Chris Ingham’s Rebop, including trumpeter Paul Higgs, saxophonists Colin Watling and Kevin Flanagan, bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer George Double. 

– Jon Newey

For more details visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

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