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  by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 6th July 2018

The Mzantzi Jazz Awards 2018

After numerous problems over the past 24 hours with with regards to both the Mzantzi Jazz Awards 2018 SMS system and their website. I have just received another communiqué from Peter Mashabane the PR dude for Awards, in it he states that the SMS problems are now sorted, so please would you go ahead and cast as many votes as you can for us at All Jazz Radio.

For one to cast ones votes for for us please send your SMS to the number 40439 and add the unique SMS code ZaJazz  BR2 and hit send. One will receive a confirmation of receipt of ones vote.

If you will be casting your votes from outside of South Africa, note please that the South African country code must be added before the number – 27 40439

I don’t know how many problems and questions I discovered and questions I’ve asked over the last 25 hours but I am pleased to say Peter Mashabane the PR fella for the Awards has been most helpful during this rather tedious period of trouble shooting.

I’m now confident and very glad that we can notify all AJR Listeners, Fans, Musicians, Friends, Jazz Lovers, Followers in the Global Village that it’s now time to cast many votes for AJR as possible so please get your fingers walking on your phones keyboard.

Should you have an queries about the Mzantzi Jazz Awards 2018 please give Peter Mashabane a call on mobile +27(0)823930026 or landline +27(0)127517608

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Support South Africa’s only 24/7 online jazz radio station ALL JAZZ RADIO today Remember any day is a good day to listen to All Jazz Radio online at

http://alljazzradio.ndstream.net/flashplayer.htm

http://onlineradiobox.com/za/alljazzra/?cs=za.alljazzra

https://tunein.com/radio/All-Jazz-Radio-s185300/

http://streema.com/radios/play/88609

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FOLLOW us in the Twitterspher https://twitter.com/AllJazzRadioZA

LIKE All Jazz Radio Cape Town ZA Streaming daily from the African Jazz Capitol, Cape Town FB Page https://www.facebook.com/AllJazzRadioCapeTownZA/

JOIN our JOIN the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/alljazzradio/

LIKE The Klutz In The Kitchen’s Grub n’ Cooking News, Reviews, Interviews & Recipes FB Page https://www.facebook.com/theklutzinthekitchen/

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Visit the All Jazz Radio Website at www.alljazzradio.co.za

Read todays All Jazz Radio News from paper.li at http://paper.li/AllJazzRadioSA/1342250877

Why not join us on Linked In at https://www.linkedin.com/hp

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We are mobile, so you can take us with you wherever you may go and enjoy the best Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz music from the South Africa, Africa and the rest of the Global Village any day, all day.

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All Jazz Radiostreams 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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Please shareAnother Quick ‘n Short Note of Note to Note with all of your Friends, Followers and Fans encouraging them in the strongest friendly terms to VOTE for ALL JAZZ RADIO

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A Quick ‘n Short Note to Note No20 by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 6th July 2018

Sadly I have had to unpin yesterdays A Quick ‘n Short Note to Note from all social and other media, though we are really very happy and honoured about being nominated in The Best Radio Station Playing Jazz Category ofthe 2nd Mzantzi Jazz Awards 2018 (https://www.facebook.com/ZaJAzzAwards).We have had a number of All Jazz Radio Fans, Listeners, Friends and Followers, notifiying us that they are experiencing problems with their SMS voting system. The unique code BR2 and number 40439 for voting for AJR is not working, an error message is returned to the sender, and returns an error stating that the message is not formatted correctly. There are other problems with their website as well which I have also notified the powers that be about and am awaiting their reply. As soon as they have sorted the problem out I will once again post all the details, watch this space.

See yesterdays cancelled Note below

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Sjoe! We got a big surprise email this morning, which kind of made our hearts really sing. What is all this happiness about one says well, All Jazz Radio has been nominated for an award. We’ve been nominated in the Best Radio Station Playing Jazz Category of the 2nd Mzantsi Jazz Awards!

Now we really need your help to continue further. Here’s what we need you to do is to vote for All Jazz Radioby sending an SMS.

The Best Radio Station Playing Jazz Categoryis open to public vote using a unique SMS code and number. Vote for All Jazz Radio by sending an SMS using the unique code BR2 to the number 40439.

The awards take place on the 11th August 2018 at The World of Yamaha, in Sandton, Marlboro. So please vote for us, most importantly share this with all Facebook Friends, Twitter Followers and Groups and Jazz Lovers around the global village. We thank you in anticipation of your vote.

The Mzantsi Jazz Awards handles are; Twitter: @ZaJazzAwards – Facebook: Mzantsi Jazz Awards Instagram: zajazzawards and the official hashtag is #MJA2

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Support South Africa’s only 24/7 online jazz radio station ALL JAZZ RADIO today

Remember any day is a good day to listen to All Jazz Radio on any of the following:

http://alljazzradio.ndstream.net/flashplayer.htm

http://onlineradiobox.com/za/alljazzra/?cs=za.alljazzra

https://tunein.com/radio/All-Jazz-Radio-s185300/

http://streema.com/radios/play/88609

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Please would you do the following;

FOLLOW us in the Twitterspher https://twitter.com/AllJazzRadioZA

LIKE All Jazz Radio Cape Town ZA Streaming daily from the African Jazz Capitol, Cape Town FB Page https://www.facebook.com/AllJazzRadioCapeTownZA/

JOIN our JOIN the All Jazz Radio Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/alljazzradio/

LIKE The Klutz In The Kitchen’s Grub n’ Cooking News, Reviews, Interviews & Recipes FB Page https://www.facebook.com/theklutzinthekitchen/

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Visit the All Jazz Radio Website at www.alljazzradio.co.za

Read todays All Jazz Radio News from paper.li at http://paper.li/AllJazzRadioSA/1342250877

Why not join us on Linked In at https://www.linkedin.com/hp

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We are mobile, so you can take us with you wherever you may go and enjoy the best Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz music from the South Africa, Africa and the rest of the Global Village any day, all day.

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All Jazz Radiostreams 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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Short Notes to Note #No 8

by Eric Alan of Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Jeez, where has the year disappeared, huh! I mean we’re halfway through May already very soon we’ll be seeing the retail store putting up their Christmas decorations and other such paraphernalia, yep it go up earlier and earlier annually, doesn’t it does it?

I’m trying to make sure I go live on air in the studio 3 times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, difficult as it might be it going to happen from next week. I’m still trying to reorganise my day’s workload and I think I’ve finally managed to crack the problem.

Your help has been instrumental in achieving this and for that I must thank you all. Hey don’t think this is the time to back off, keep up doing it. The formula we’ve adopted that I’ll post a list artist and album titles that we’ve receive and added to our playlist in any particular month irrespective of the year of release. All we ask is that you choose 48 artists and the albums title from the list and post it on our All Jazz Radio Facebook Groupor email it to us at music@alljazzradio.co.zaplease remember to give us your full name, where you’re from city, tow, country and your contact number. You’ll become a vital cog in the wheel of my program The Jazz Rendezvous Radio Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Showas an associate producer. Like that huh! You’ll also get the credit for your choices during the show too. I’ve decided, for this coming Thursday’s show that’s of 17thMay we’re going to post the list artist and album titles for the month of January 2018.

Remember many of the artists you may not have heard of before so be bold and make your choice and I’ll choose the track from your choices. We do need a total of 48 choices from the list for that day, and any list submitted that contains less that the required number will automatically be disqualified.

In January we added 106 artists with their album and a few singles titles to our playlist. Lets have fun, as you become a member of the Jazz Rendezvous Radio Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show team. It’s an interesting mix of music for you to choose from welcome aboard let the fun and games begin, I kook forward to your list.

THE LIST

Aaron Aranita Segunda Vista (2018)
Abraham Day Am I Ready (Radio Edit) (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Acute Inflections The Brave (2018)
Adam Hawley Can You Feel It Radio Edit (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Adam Shulman Sextet Full Tilt (2018)
Airborne Wave (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Alberto Pibiri Jazz Legacy (2018)
Alexandra Jackson Brazilica (Radio) (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Alexandra Jackson Legacy & Alchemy EP (2018)
Alfredo Rodriguez The Little Dream (2018)
Andrew Distel It Only Takes Time (2018)
As Is (Alan Schulman & Stacey Schulman) Here’s to Life (2018)
Auriol Hays Like Fire (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Ben Paterson That Old Feeling One Sheet.pdf
Benji Kaplan Chorando Sete Cores (2018)
Billy Ray Sheppard Heels and Pearls (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Black Gardenia Lucky Star (2018)
Blanche Blacke Out to Sea (2018)
Boney James On The Prowl (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Brenda Hopkins Miranda Puentes (2018)
Brenda Navarette Mi Mundo (2018)
Brenda Reynolds Never Know A Lover feat. Marion Meadows (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Bryon M Tosoff Holding to the Dream (2018)
Bryon M Tosoff Kick Back Just Relax (2018)
Budha Building Purpose EP (2018)
Charles Overton Group Converge (2018)
Chick Corea and Steve Gadd Chinese Butterfly CD 1 (2018)
Chick Corea and Steve Gadd Chinese Butterfly CD 2 (2018)
Chris Godber Momentum (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence (2018)
ȼheap 3nsemble the ȼheap 3nsemble (2018)
Dan Block Block Party (2018)
Dan Siege Origins (2018)
Dan Siegel  After All (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Danny Fox Trio The Great Nostalgist (2018)
Darryl Williams Do You Remember feat Michael Lington (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Dave Hunt 100 Horses (2018)
Dave Sadler Moondance (2018)
David Ellington Marbles From A Drawer (2018)
Dick Fregulia Trio What Now (2018)
Dr Lonnie Smith All In My Mind (2018)
Dreaming In Colour Morning Star featuring Chuck Loeb (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
El Eco (Guillermo Nojechowicz) Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933  (2018)
Elliot Mason Before Now After (2018)
Emilie-Claire Barlow and  L J Folk Feelin’ Good (SINGLES) (2018).mp3
Eric Reed A Light In Darknessm (2018)
Etuk Ubong Tales of Life (2018)
Evan Harris Skylines (2018)
Fila Brasilia Maim That Tune
Gary Palmer Coast 2 Coast (2018)
Gary Palmer feat Kay-Ta Misunderstanding Radio Edit (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star (2018)
Gordon Hyland’s Living Fossil Never Die! (2018)
Heavyweights Brass Band This City (2018)
Hristo Vitchev Of Light and Shadow (2018)
J Easy Weaver Soul Connection(2018)
James Acid Robot Kibby Toys (2018)
James Hall Lattice (2018)
Jason Marsalis and The 21st Cent (2018)
Jeannie Taylore Rough Diamond (2018)
Jim Gelcer Melodies Pure and True Jazz Folk (2018)
Joanna Wallfisch Blood and Bone (2018)
Jodi Proznick Sun Songs (2018)
Johnny Summers Suite Jubilation (2018)
Joseph Patrick Moore Decade II 2006-2015 (2018)
Julian Lage Modern Lore (2018)
Kate McGarry The Subject Tonight Is Love (2018)
Kathy Kosins Uncovered Soul (2018)
Kay-Ta Synch With Me Radio Edit (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Keith O’Rourke Sketches From The Road (2018)
Kent Miller Quartet Minor Step (2918)
Kevin Sun Trio (2018)
Kirk Fischer Shades of Gray (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Leslie Pintchik You Eat My Food You Drink My Wine You Steal My Girl (2018)
Liberation Music Collective Rebel Portraiture (2018)
Lisa B I Get A Kick Cole Porter (2018)
Little Axe London Blues (2018)
Lori Williams I Like The Way You Talk (To Me) Radio Version (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Madeleine & Salomon A Womans Journey (2018)
Mariea Antoinette Overture (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Mario Cruz Finding Common Ground (2018)
Mark McGrain Love Time Divinat (2018)
Peter Horsfall Nighthawks (2018)
PJ Perry Quartet Alto Gusto Live at the Yardbird Suite (2018)
Prime Time Big Band Live at the Ironwood (2018)
Run n’ Fly Stella (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Sam Taylor Along Th eWay With Guest Larry McKenna (2018)
Satoko Fujii Fukushima (2018)
Scott Allman Radio Waves (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Scott Hamilton Trio Live At Pyatt Hall Featuring Rossano Sportiello (2018)
Shaun Murphy Mighty Gates (2018)
Shpongle Codex VI
Sisonke Xonti Iyonde (2018)
Steve Slagle Alto Manhattan (2018)
Stompin Heat Live At Stummsche Reihalle (2017)
Summer Brothers To Elliot in Remembrance of Wolf (2018)
Sunny Wilkinson Into the Light (2018)
Terry Blankley Cookin’ (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Terry Blankley Nothing But The Blues (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Terry Wollman No Problem Radio Edit (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
The Allen Carman Project Hearsay (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Tony DeSare and Edward Decker One For My Baby (2018)
Tony Zino The Ark Bearers You Alone (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Under The Lake Jazz Groove Attiude (2018)
Walter Beasley Come On Over (SINGLE) (2018).mp3
Wild Card Life Stories (2018)

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Support Africa’s only 24/7 online Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz and World Jazz radio station ALL JAZZ RADIO today.

Remember any day is a good day to listen toAll Jazz Radioon any of the following;

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http://streema.com/radios/play/88609

http://alljazzradio.ndstream.net/flashplayer.htm

http://onlineradiobox.com/za/alljazzra/?cs=za.alljazzra

Please would you do the following;

JOIN our All Jazz Radio Facebook Group

LIKE All Jazz Radio Cape Town ZA Streaming daily from the African Jazz Capitol, Cape Town FB Page

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FOLLOW us in the Twitterspher @AllJazzRadioZA

Join us on Linked In at https://www.linkedin.com/hp

Read todays All Jazz Radio News from paper.li at All Jazz Radio Newspaper

We are mobile, so you can take us with you wherever you may go and enjoy the best Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz music from the South Africa, Africa and the rest of the Global Village any day, all day.

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Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz and World Jazz musicians please would you send your music for airplay consideration to music@alljazzradio.co.za and use Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz and World Jazz musicians please would you send your music for consideration to  music@alljazzradio.co.zaand use the WeTransfer (https://wetransfer.com) file transfer service, which is the simplest and easiest of all services of a similar nature. Note too that we prefer MP3s to any other format due to slow download speeds currently available in our country. Please include an EPK and album cover jpeg and biographical martial as well. Please note to that we are an A.O.J. (Album Oriented Jazz) Station, our presenters are free to make their own choice for their shows and therefore we load and play all tracks from the albums we receive. Please send full album with all details soonest. We add only full albums as we believe that as an artist you are telling a story though the thread of the entire album, after all an author does not write one page and call it a book. AJR is a Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz and World Jazz digital online radio station streaming from the African Jazz capital, Cape Town, South Africa.

Also feel free to share this missive, ‘saamblief (please)

Give us a call in the studio via WhatsApp; +27 82 456 2195 or Viber: +27 82 456 2195

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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.
http://www.theguardian.com/…/how-much-musicians-make-spotif…

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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.;

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

(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

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

(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

16:00 – 18:00 THE CAPITAL JAZZ CLUB

(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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Benjamin Jephta Homecoming Cd Launch

Benjamin Jephta HomecomingGig Promo and Posters

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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.

CONCERT INFO:
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.

RESERVATIONS:
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)
OR
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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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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2015 Grammy Nominations in the Jazz categories

Grammy Nominations 2015 listThe nominees in the five jazz categories in the 57th Grammy Awards have been announced. The full list of all eighty-three categories is here.  The Awards Ceremony will be on February 8th 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

 

The prize

The prize

BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO

The Eye Of The Hurricane

Kenny Barron,

Track from: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio)

Label: Whaling City Sound

Fingerprints

Chick Corea, soloist

Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio)

Label: Concord Jazz

You & The Night & The Music

Fred Hersch, soloist

Track from: Floating (Fred Hersch Trio)

Label: Palmetto Records

Recorda Me

Joe Lovano, soloist

Track from: The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson (Conrad Herwig Featuring Joe Lovano)

Label: Half Note

Sleeping Giant

Brad Mehldau, soloist

Track from: Mehliana: Taming The Dragon (Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana)

Label: Nonesuch

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM

Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

(Billy Childs &) Various Artists

Label: Masterworks

I Wanna Be Evil

René Marie

Label: Motema Music

Live In NYC

Gretchen Parlato

Label: Obliqsound

Beautiful Life

Dianne Reeves

Label: Concord Records

Paris Sessions

Tierney Sutton

Label: BFM Jazz

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Landmarks

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Label: Blue Note Records

Trilogy

Chick Corea Trio

Label: Concord Jazz

Floating

Fred Hersch Trio

Label: Palmetto Records

Enjoy The View

Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco Featuring Billy Hart

Label: Blue Note Records

All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

Jason Moran

Label: Blue Note Records

BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM

The L.A. Treasures Project

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Label: Capri Records, Ltd.

Life In The Bubble

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

Label: Telarc International

Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project

Rufus Reid

Label: Motema Music

Live: I Hear The Sound

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra

Label: Archie Ball

Over Time: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Label: Planet Arts Recordings

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM

The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson

Conrad Herwig Featuring Joe Lovano

Label: Half Note

The Pedrito Martinez Group

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Label: Motema Music

The Offense Of The Drum

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Label: Motema

Second Half

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn

Label: Emilio Solla Music

New Throned King

Yosvany Terry

Label: 5Passion

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Cheek To Cheek

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Label: Streamline/Columbia/RPM/Interscope

Nostalgia

Annie Lennox

Label: Blue Note Records

Night Songs

Barry Manilow

Label: Stiletto Entertainment

Sending You A Little Christmas

Johnny Mathis

Label: Columbia

Partners

Barbra Streisand With Various Artists

Label: Columbia Records

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Wild Heart

Mindi Abair

Mindi Abair

Label: Heads Up International

Slam Dunk

Gerald Albright

Gerald Albright

Label: Heads Up International

Nathan East

Nathan East

Nathan East

Label: Yamaha Entertainment Group

Jazz Funk Soul

Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp

Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp

Label: Shanachie

Bass & Mandolin

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Label: Nonesuch

BEST R&B ALBUM

Black Radio 2

Robert Glasper Experiment

Label: Blue Note Records

Give The People What They Want

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Label: Daptone Records

BEST BLUES ALBUM

Common Ground – Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Label: Yep Roc Records

Promise Of A Brand New Day

Ruthie Foster

Label: Blue Corn Music

Juke Joint Chapel

Charlie Musselwhite

Label: Henrietta Records

Decisions

Bobby Rush With Blinddog Smokin’

Label: Silver Talon Records

Step Back

Johnny Winter

Label: Megaforce Records

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

Toumani & Sidiki

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté

Label: World Circuit

Eve

Angelique Kidjo

Label: 429 Records

Our World In Song

Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho

Label: Daniel Ho Creations & Wind Music

Magic

Sérgio Mendes

Label: OKeh

Traces Of You

Anoushka Shankar

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA

Beautiful Dreamer

Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)

Track from: Strength In Numbers

Label: Summit Records

Daft Punk

Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers (Pentatonix)

Track from: PTX, Vol. 2

Label: RCA Records

Get Smart

Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Track from: Life In The Bubble

Label: Telarc International

Guantanamera

Alfredo Rodríguez, arranger (Alfredo Rodríguez)

Track from: The Invasion Parade

Label: Mack Avenue Records

Moon River

Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson)

Track from: A Summer Place

Label: Sony Classical

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS

All My Tomorrows

Jeremy Fox, arranger (Jeremy Fox Featuring Kate McGarry)

Track from: With Love: Arrangements For Some Of My Favorite Singers

Label: Jazzbill Records

Goodnight America

Vince Mendoza, arranger (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Track from: Songs From The Movie

Label: Rounder

New York Tendaberry

Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)

Track from: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Label: Masterworks

Party Rockers

Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Track from: Life In The Bubble

Label: Telarc International

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)

Track from: Strength In Numbers

Label: Summit Records

 

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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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Jazz Music is the best

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

Dan Shout

Dan Shout

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

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

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

Solo Recordings:

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

Recordings as a Sideman:

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

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

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Duke Ellington

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

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Good music doesn’t have an expiration date. Support local music.

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Jazz Keep calm Listen

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Annie Ross

Annie Ross

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

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

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

Annie Ross

Annie Ross

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

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Seddik Zebiri, Seeds of Creation At London African Music Festival

Seddik Zebiri and Seeds of Creation

Seddik Zebiri and Seeds of Creation

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

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

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

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

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

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group

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

GRAMMY WINNER

Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest

Dr. Clare Fischer – Producer, Composer, Conductor

Brent Fischer – Producer, Composer, Conductor

Gary Foster – Conductor

Catalog Number: CR201309

UPC Code: 888174205687

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

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

2. Miniature 4:15

3. Realización for String Orchestra 19:12

4. Interlude for Piano 3:59

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

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

7. Coming Home 2:18

8. Reflection for Piano 5:15

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

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

1 1. A Moment of Silence 6:15

AFTER THE RAIN

Catalog Number: CFP012201

UPC Code: 634479511127

Label: Clavo Records

Release Date: 2/25/2014

Suite for Cello and String Orchestra

1. After the Rain 6:44

2. The Early Years 9:05

3. Finale 5:38

Time Piece

4. Homage 11:15

5. Elegy and Blues 7:53

6. Fugue and Finale 9:02

Bachludes

7. Bachlude I 4:03

8. Bachlude II 6:35

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Brent Fischer.

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Artist of the Day – Nicky Schrire- Tuesday August 19, 2014

Nicky Schrire

Nicky Schrire

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Dave Brubeck B&W“There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.” — Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck 1920-2012

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Artist of the Day – Bob Dorough – Monday August 18, 2014

BOB DOROUGH at piano

A man and his piano, Bob Dorough

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

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

BOB DOROUGH painting

Bob Dourough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Dorough doing what he does best

Bob Dorough doing what he does best

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Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Album & Concert Review Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Todays Music Quote

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

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

 

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

Time: 12:00

Themba Mkhize – Venue: DSG Hall

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

Themba Mkize

Themba Mkize

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

Time: 15:30

Tshepo Fela – Venue: The Vic

Tshepo Fela

Tshepo Fela

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

 

 

 

Time: 17:00

Dan Patlansky – Venue: St Aidan’s

Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky

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

 

 

 

Time: 17:00

Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz – Venue: DSG Hall

Tutu Puoane

Tutu Puoane

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

Time: 18:00

Steve Newman & Ashish Joshi – Venue: Rhodes Chapel

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

 

 

 

Time: 19:00

Hugh Masekela in Concert – Venue: Guy Butler Theatre

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

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Hugh Masekela – Photo Brett Rubin

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

Time: 20:00

Gary Thomas – Venue: Albany Cabaret Club

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

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

Time: 20:00

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

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

 

 

Time: 21:00

Jimmy Dludlu – Venue: DSG Hall

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

Jimmy Dludlu

Jimmy Dludlu

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

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Grammy-Winning Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden Dead at 77

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

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

Bassist Charlie Haden

Bassist Charlie Haden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very sad news:

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

Tina Pelikan
ECM Records Publicity

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

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

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

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

This post will be updated with reaction….

 

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Artist of the Week

 

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

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

Ella Fitzgerald

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Artist of the Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oscillations, the debut album by Shane Cooper

Oscillations, the debut album by Shane Cooper

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Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion Book Party

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The Sound Of You Project

The Sound Of You Available Soon

 

 

 

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by | 6th July 2014 · 1:12 pm

Singing the praises of South African popular-music legends

Text by: Louise van Niekerk

 

 

 South African Post Office Launch new stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians

South African Post Office Launch new stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians

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

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

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

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

Stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians launched by South African Post Office.

Stamps honouring SAFRO Musicians launched by South African Post Office.

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

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

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

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

James Phillips: 1959-1995

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

Brenda Fassie: 1964-2004

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

Johannes Kerkorrel: 1960-2002

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

Lucky Dube: 1963-2007

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

Miriam Makeba: 1932-2008

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

Solomon Linda: 1909-1962

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

Spokes Mashiyane: 1933-1972

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

Simon Nkabinde: 1935-1999

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

Kippie Moeketsi: 1925-1983

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

Taliep Petersen: 1950-2006

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

 

Technical information

B4 Stamp Sheet:

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

References:

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

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

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

Paul Horn

Paul Horn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Jazz Day 2013

International Jazz Day 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon Faddis at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival - Ben Johnson

Jon Faddis at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival – Ben Johnson

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

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

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

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

Still Grazing

Still Grazing

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

His wish came true.

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

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

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival Day 1 | Ottawa Citizen

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

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

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

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Feed The Pack [Gavin Minter Benefit Concert]

Feed The Pack

Feed The Pack – Gavin Minter Benefit Concert

Bookings have opened – https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=404860567

On the 10th March Gavin Minter entered his first Argus. 24km from the finish line – at the bottom of Chapmans Peak – a cyclist pulled out in front of him. He was doing over 40km/h and after braking went over the handle bars and landed on his elbow.

He shattered his elbow in 6 places and dislocated his shoulder. On the 18th he underwent a successful 4 hour operation and has started physio to get his mobility back into his arm and fingers. Unfortunately it will be months till he picks up the saxophone again and a lot longer till he plays percussion.

There is a den of wolves camping outside his door with a healthy litter ready to be fed [hence “Feed The Pack”] and this concert is to benefit and help with growing hospital and doctors bills. Gavin has created and provided work for countless musicians over the past 20 years and is overwhelmed by the support and commitment he has received for this concert.

The concert will be on the 30th April at 19h30 to 01h00 at The Mercury Lounge. The night will feature many of South Africa’s top jazz and blues artists and include people like Arno Carstens – Albert Frost – Melanie Scholtz – Richard Ceasar – Rus Nerwich – Kevin Gibson – Natasha Meister – Gerald Clark – Schalk Joubert – Andrew Lilley – Tina Schouw – Amanda Tiffin – Kevin Floyd – Doc John – Lee Thomson – Alvin Dyers – Gorm Helfjord – Simon Orange – Richard Pryor – Charles Lazar – Lee Gold – Bobby Minter – Vuyo Sotashe – Kesivan Naidoo – Jonno Sweetman – Reg Edwards – Romy Brauteseth – Marlon Witooi – Shaun Johannes – Mike Horn – Benjamin Jephta – Justin Bellairs – Adam Coolset – Heinrich Goosen – Mike Laatz and a few more to be confirmed.

There will be 2 stages with jazz and blues being the order of the day. The minimum donation at the door will be R150. Presale tickets available at webtickets – https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=404860567 Bothners have donated a Fender Acoustic guitar as a give away – so hold onto your ticket as there will be a draw at 11pm. I would like to thank Kevin Winder and the Mercury, Bothners for the guitar and most importantly all the musicians who have offered their time and talent for Gavin’s cause.

For any of you who cannot make the concert and would still like to contribute – you can deposit any contribution into the following account. Real Wired Productions – Standard Bank – Cheque acc no – 271152052 – Branch code – 036309 – [pls give your name as reference] THANK YOU – Des Kieswetter [For any queries please phone 072-185-1230 or email des.kieswetter@gmail.com]

Gavin Minter

Gavin Minter

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Jazz Articles: CMA Announces Grants to Jazz Presenters – By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles

Chamber Music America (CMA) has announced the recipients of its 2013 Presenting Jazz program, a series of grants supporting concert presenters that engage U.S.-based jazz ensembles.

According to a press release, “A total of $116,875 will be distributed to 11 non-profit presenting organizations to assist with concert-associated costs. In addition, each grantee will receive $5,000 to support general operating expenses related to their jazz programming.” CMA describes itself as “the national network for ensemble musicians.”

Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson

The 2013 Presenting Jazz Grantees are: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, presenting the Claudia Quintet; Carnegie Hall, presenting the Vijay Iyer Trio; The Flushing Council for the Arts and Culture, presenting Jason Kao Hwang and Edge+4; the Jazz Bakery, presenting the Dafnis Prieto Sextet; Outpost Productions, presenting the Mary Halvorson Quintet; Outsound Presents, presenting Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack; Roulette Intermedium, presenting the Joel Harrison Group; the Rubin Museum of Art, presenting the Samuel Torres Group; San Jose Jazz, featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio; Stanford Live, presenting William Parker’s Special Edition; and the Walker Art Center, presenting the Craig Taborn Trio.

For a more information, visit ChamberMusic.org.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Set to Record Jazz Album in June | Music News | Rolling Stone

Tony Bennett. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Amy Winehouse Foundation

Tony Bennett. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Amy Winehouse Foundation

The hip injury that led to Lady Gaga’s canceled world tour last month will not prevent her from recording a jazz album with Tony Bennett as scheduled, Bennett told Rolling Stone in an interview Thursday in New York.

“We’re working on it from now until June, and then we’ll record in June. She’s phenomenal,” he said during a dinner at the Amy Winehouse Gala and Inspiration Awards, which recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement honor. “I get along great with her. She’s looking forward to it and so am I.”

Inspired by their lone collaboration, “The Lady Is a Tramp” for Bennett’s Duets II album, the pair plan to expand on their relationship when they enter a studio in Astoria, Queens. “Once you have an idea, then you go for it,” Bennett said. While they have not settled on a producer, Dae Bennett and Phil Ramone worked on the 2011 song.

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Gladys Knight and Jill Scott to play 2013 Hampton Jazz Festival – dailypress.com

Gladys Knight entertains at the 2003 Hampton Jazz Festival. She's set to return for the 2013 edition of the festival. (Dave Bowman, Daily Press)

Gladys Knight entertains at the 2003 Hampton Jazz Festival. She’s set to return for the 2013 edition of the festival. (Dave Bowman, Daily Press)

The 2013 Hampton Jazz Festival will bring popular favorites Gladys Knight, George Benson and Jill Scott back to Hampton Coliseum while elevating local acts Forte and Karla Crump onto the main stage.

“We were able to offer some slots to hometown artists this year,” said Hampton Coliseum Director Joe Tsao. “We’re glad about that. We’re showcasing local talent, supporting our local artists.”

The festival, taking place in Hampton for the 46th year, will happen June 28-30. Tickets, $58.50 per show, go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, from Ticketmaster and the Coliseum box office.

Knight has been one of the festival’s most reliable performers. This year’s festival will mark her 15th appearance at the event. Her first show there was in 1974.

If there’s an unspoken theme to this year’s lineup, it’s collaborations. Knight will team with The O’Jays as part of a Friday-night headlining performance called Family Reunion. On Saturday, June 29, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, all veterans of New Edition, will perform together as Heads of State.

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Jazz Articles: Kennedy Center Announces 2013-2014 Jazz Season – By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

The Kennedy Center has announced its 2013–2014 jazz season. The jazz program at the prestigious Washington, D.C., venue, now under the leadership of Artistic Advisor Jason Moran, will include more than 70 performances. Featured artists will include Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ramsey Lewis, Kevin Mahagony, Oscar Peñas, John Pizzarelli, Dorado Schmitt, Esperanza Spalding and Cecil Taylor.

Among the themed shows announced by the Kennedy Center is a 75th anniversary celebration of Blue Note Records, a weeklong series of performances that includes Norah Jones, Moran and Cassandra Wilson. Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will be the focus of a concert titled “50 Years: The Life, Passion, and Music of Arturo Sandoval,” with Chick Corea, Bill Cosby, Doc Severinsen, Andy Garcia and more. Soprano Kathleen Battle will perform “Something to Sing About,” a program of songs by Gershwin, Ellington and Joplin with pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

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Jazz Articles: Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 35th Annual Event – By Jeff Tamarkin

The 35th anniversary edition of the Playboy Jazz Festival will take place on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-16, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In addition to announcing the scheduled performers, the festival revealed yesterday that comedian/actor George Lopez will be the master of ceremonies, replacing Bill Cosby, who had hosted the event for over three decades.

Angelique Kidjo | Michael Weintrob

Angelique Kidjo | Michael Weintrob

This year’s lineup reflects the festival’s typically R&B- and world-friendly bent. Among the performers on the 15th will be George Duke with special guest Jeffrey Osborne; Naturally 7 with special guest Herbie Hancock; Angelique Kidjo with special guest Hugh Masekela; “Olé Coltrane” featuring Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band with special guest James Carter; Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with special guest Lee Ritenour; Gregory Porter; Robert Glasper Experiment; Grace Kelly Quintet with special guest Phil Woods; Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo; and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble.

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Jazz Reviews: Live review: Miguel Zenón Quartet and NEC Jazz Orch. in Boston – By Bill Beuttler — Jazz Articles

Miguel Zenon, Birdland, NYC, 10-25-11 | Jeff Tamarkin

Miguel Zenon, Birdland, NYC, 10-25-11 | Jeff Tamarkin

Miguel Zenón brought his multimedia project on Puerto Rican identity to New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on February 22 for a rare performance by his longtime quartet and a jazz orchestra (others will follow at SFJAZZ Center on June 1 and at Carnegie Hall on December 7) of music destined for a recording session in Germany early next year. Zenón himself conducted the interviews with the several New York-based, second-generation Puerto Ricans featured on the video portion of the program, and he composed and arranged all the music.

“Our conversations,” writes Zenón in accompanying program notes, “can basically be summarized into one single question: What makes a Puerto Rican a Puerto Rican?” The answers he gets—as implied by the project’s title, Identities are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora—are various, malleable and interrelated. To reflect that, the music Zenón wrote is shot through with interlocking time signatures. “As a means to represent this unique concept of identity (multiple and changeable) in the music itself,” his notes continue, “all of the compositions explore the idea of multiple rhythmic structures coexisting with each other (e.g., 5 against 7, 3 against 2, 5 against 3). In addition, each piece is meant to be a narrative of the different questions and concerns addressed during the interviews.”

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Blues Guitarist Magic Slim Dead at 75 – Rolling Stone South Africa

Magic Slim

Magic Slim

Blues guitarist Magic Slim died yesterday in a Philadelphia hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 75, and had been dealing with worsening health problems, his manager said.

Slim, born Morris Holt in Mississippi, helped define the sound of post-war electric blues in Chicago as a younger peer of icons like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Slim’s first instrument was piano, but after he lost the little finger on his right hand in a cotton-gin accident, he switched to guitar, and also played bass with his mentor, the guitarist Magic Sam. Slim moved to Chicago in 1955, but found it so difficult to land gigs on a competitive South Side blues scene that he soon returned home.

via Blues Guitarist Magic Slim Dead at 75 – Rolling Stone South Africa.

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