All Jazz Radio People

Odds and ends you must know about AJR Broadcasters, Commentators and Reviewers


AJR Webiter Carol Martin

Our resolute AJR Webiter, wide roving reporter, reviewer of all things jazz and a smidgen of other exposés too. Carol Martin is an American by birth, having spent three decades residing and working in a number of African countries long term in the field of education and social development, starting in newly independent Botswana in 1968. She retired to Capetown, South Africa, in 1996 to pursue her projects in youth creative education, namely jazz music, and with justice and human rights advocacy for people at risk. She has managed two NGOs in the Cape Flats (Gugulethu and Turfhall) engaging youth with music education and performance.

Her professional wish is to development others through skills training. She has contributed to the Amandla Collective for the Capetown-based  Amandla! magazine, writing articles about the South African jazz world. She served on the South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) board for ten years, and remains an active member. Since 2014, she has served as a volunteer reporter and editor with the internet radio station, All Jazz Radio  based in Cape Town, writing a blog focusing on local and international jazz artists, reviewing their live performances, and interviewing artists about their lives and visions and their released  albums.

Recently, Ms Martin co-authored the story of Grizelda  Grootboom,  a survivor from a life of trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction, which was published as ‘EXIT’ with Jacana/Blackbird (2016). Ms. Martin holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in USA.  She welcomes artists to contact her for interviews, and for CD and gig reviews at or mobile: +27 82 740 2829.


LONDONJAZZNEWS – Founder, Editor/Publisher Sebastian Scotney, used with permission

LondonJazzNews was started as a blog by Sebastian Scotney in 2009, and has gone on growing ever since. It now involves a substantial team of contributors and helpers.

The site publishes a daily flow of news, previews, reviews and interviews.
There is a genuine enthusiasm for jazz and related music, for the energy, range and diversity of the scene all around us, and for the people who make it happen. It is a not-for-profit venture. Sebastian is responsible for the running of the site and commissioning written and recorded material. He also contributes regular features to BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up and a London Column to the German magazine Jazzthetik. He also plays baritone sax in the Stan Reynolds Big Band.

He is the primary contact for general enquiries and subscription to the LondonJazz newsletter mailing list. Sebastian founded the site in 2009. He works in the Musicbase at Kings Place in London.
The unmediated voice of the musician is a feature. One commentator wrote: “LJN has given musicians a voice in the jazz press.”
The team has editorial control; up to 20% of the content forms part of advertising packages, and is discreetly marked as such.
LJN also covers jazz and jazz-related news from way beyond London (just as the London Review of Books is not restricted to books on, from or about London).




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SIS GWEN’S JAZZ BLOG used with the permission of Gwen Ansell

A wee bit about Sis Gwen

Gwen Ansell is a freelance writer, researcher and trainer. She writes about jazz (for this blog, The Conversation, the Financial Mail, M&G Friday and more) and reviews books – mainly science fiction & fantasy (these reviews have appeared in the Johannesburg Mail&Guardian and the Chimurenga Chronic, among others). As a Research Associate of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, she has researched and published on jazz and music policy in the creative and cultural industries sector. She trains journalists and academic and organisational writers, and consults on music industry policy, organisational communication and training policies as well as curriculum design.

A former Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, she is the author of Soweto Blues: Jazz, Politics and Popular Music in South Africa and the textbook Introduction to Journalism,, as well as various book chapters and journal articles. Watch out for her chapter on jazz in Johannesburg in the forthcoming second volume of Sounds and the City.


South African Based Volunteer Presenters


Brian Currin

Brian Currin at work at Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town

The Vagabond Show – Wednesdays – 18:00 to 20:00 –Compiled, presented & produced by Brian Currin from Cape Town, SA the show is a mix of blues and jazz beyond the fringes from Africa & the Global Village) The Vagabond Show, or to give it its full title, The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Radio Show,  is an eclectic mix of blues genres and adventurous jazz often tends towards the more avant-garde and off-the-wall side of things. When it comes to Blues, it is pretty much Old, New, Borrowed & Blues, and everything in-between. South African artists get showcased frequently during the show, sometimes the shows focus on only South African blues musicians, past, present & future. One thing for sure, listeners of the Vagabond Show must always expect the unexpected. Hers something about Brian he is the son of a church organist father and pianist mother, and therefore grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn’t sing, so immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching, which he continues to do to this day. He is actively involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which, he founded in 1999. Having spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, which opened up a whole new world for him. Most days he can be found behind-the-counter at Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning “Searching For Sugar Man” film. His voice is heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosts The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Radio Show.

Eric Alan

The Jazz Rendezvous Pinotage, Coffee & Stockvel Show is compiled & produced by Eric Alan from our Cape Town studio, daily Monday to Friday between 16:00 to 18:00 (Central African Time). The show is a mixed genre show of the latest International and SAFRO/AFRO album releases from the whole global village with a special focus on the jazz of Africa. Eric will conduct an interviews during the chat hour, In Conversation with …. chatting to some of the movers and shakers involved in the Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz industry around the global village today. Also a couple of features are include during the show and they are, Wingerd Griep en Ander Stories (Vineyard Flu and Other Stories which is also known as The Wrath of the Grape) the segment covers Beverages, Cocktail ‘n Drinks Recipes, debunking many of the myths of enjoying and drinking Wine, Spirits and Beer with a special focus on Artisanal products. We talk informally about and tasting Cape wines in an informal and somewhat down to earth irreverent manner with no pretention at all. The other is The Klutz In The Kitchen’s Recipes n’ Foodie, Grub n’ Cooking News, Interviews, with some Straight Talkin’ No Punches Pulled Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Food Truck, Street Food & Take Away Grub n’ Cooking Maguffta’s Reviews and during which features, live tastings, interviews and restaurant reviews by the Klutz In The Kitchen. The Klutz also searches for quick, simple, easy and tasty recipes than any Klutz in The Kitchen can do.

Eric has been in the music industry, first as a mobile and club dj for over forty years and twenty four year of that a jazz radio presenter, producer, compiler, reviewer, MC for Jazz Events, writer and jazz reporter. He a has been a Chef, restaurant owner with a healthy love of food but does not count himself a snobbish foodie and enjoys cooking. Eric also enjoys a tipple every now and then, with a penchant for craft beer South African Wine, especially Pinotage South Africa’s only cultivar and is an avid Grand Prix groupie, and also enjoys watching TV Series and Food shows, swimming, spring and high-board diving, track athletics. He also collects music, recipe books and books about jazz, blues, Latin and world jazz albums.

Eric also compiles all music for the time slots which have no “live” presenters or pre-recorded shows from our international volunteer broadcasters.

James “Acid Robot” Kibby

The Kibby Factor – Mondays – 20:00 to 22:00 C.A.T. is compiled, presented and produced by Cape Town based guitarist bandleader, composter and recording artist, James “Acid Robot” Kibby from our Cape Town studio and is a mixed genre show of Acid, Avant Garde, Electronic Jazz, Blues and Beyond. Going where most mortals fear to go, bravely beyond the realms of whatever comes into his fertile mind. James has been involvedon the Cape music scene for too many years to mention having started out with Basil ‘Manenberg’ Coetzee in the late 80’s and continues his career with his current projects, Acid Blues and Ward 10. James also plays solo acoustic gigs under his own name and solo electronic under the name Acid Robot. His show, The Kibby Factor aims to explore what could potentially be the future of jazz, blues and world music. Going where most would fear to go, however James goes bravely, beyond the realms of convention taking one for an exciting ride of possibilities.  Featured albums, tracks and artists are the ones who are seen to be pushing the envelope in terms of using jazz and blues sensibilities to create new offshoots or even new genres. Presenting technology in music as a good thing means exploring the use of software, hardware and synthesized sounds in modern jazz-based composition and improvisation. This does not mean that older music or acoustic music is not featured. It  time when it was released. The show often features interviews with the artists who’s music is featured and is made available as a weekly podcast on Mixcloud and by email to anyone requesting it. It has known listeners in the UK, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, and the USA as well as all the big cities here in SA. The Kibby Factor first aired in January 201

Take 5 & Then Some – Mondays – 18:00 – 20:00 –The program is compiled & produced by Clifford Graham from our suburban studio and is a mix of Mainstream, Nostalgic, Vocal & Pop Jazz with a smattering of balmy natter the odd live interview, theatre, movie, music news and reviews Actor, voice artist, writer, director and editor.

Clifford wishes to remain the “international man of mystery” because of his distant cousin James Bondelski. As we’ve yet to receive his biog we decided to give it a go till he updates it, however he can, at weekends be found behind a flaming grill moving slabs of meat around the grill thingy whilst slathering a home concocted potion on the meaty goodness on the fire. Mind you he does do a good job. He likes music in a big way and is a major Diana Krall fan, he sometimes prances around the stage as an actor and director whenever the urge arises. Clifford is also a huge motor F1 racing fan, nuff  said ’bout that. As a motor buff he also love off-roading in his Jeep roaring around the countryside. He is also a dog person and just loves his little ball of fluff named Larry, who he takes for frequent walks around his neighbourhood carrying a plastic poop bag, y’see he’s a good fella and does the right thing.


Internationally Based Volunteer Presenters


Kari Gaffney and Jeff Williams

Modern Jazz Today – Thursdays – 20:00 to 22:00 – The show is compiled, Presented & produced by Jeff Williams & Kari Gaffney from Evans, Georgia, USA. Modern Jazz Today is a radio show that gives this generation of improvisational music makers, standard’s arrangers and original composers a place to have their music heard by the global village today.Modern Jazz Today is a radio show that focuses on today’s jazz improvisers and creators, cutting their teeth and cutting the edge of sound. We are proud to present Modern Jazz Today as an avenue for discovering a new generation of jazz musicians, composers, improvisers and arrangers.


Jazz Vocalist  and Radio Presenter Todd Gordon

Todd’s Turntable – Fridays 20:00 to 21:00 – Compiled, presented & produced by Jazz Vocalist Todd Gordon from Edinburgh, Scotland a show which includes Vocal Jazz from across the centuries up to today. Todd Gordon is one of the UK’s acclaimed jazz/swing singers and radio presenters. He has recorded almost 200 editions of his weekly show, Todd’s Turntable, which features many of the world’s greatest singers performing terrific songs. Each edition has a theme… songwriters, arrangers, or categories of songs, etc – all wrapped up with Todd’s warm and engaging commentary highlighting his passion for and knowledge of jazz, swing and related musical genres. Aged just 11, he started listening to Sinatra recordings and this led him to also collect albums by other singers, bandleaders, arrangers and musicians. A lifelong passion was born. This was consolidated in 1975 when, still a teenager, he met Ella Fitzgerald who later that day invited the young fan on stage during her concert to serenade him with You Are the Sunshine of My Life – an endearing article on this amazing encounter is featured on his website:

Rhys Phillips in studio

Birdland 21:00 – 22:00   Compiled, presented & produced by Rhys Phillips now residing in Toulouse, France who describes himself as a Scientist, Musician & Broadcaster. His show is an eclectic mix of Jazz, Interviews, New Album Releases, CD Reviews Rhys Phillips presents an hour of classic jazz and new releases along with interviews, sessions, reviews, previews and artist profiles. Each week, Rhys will highlight a featured artist from the jazz world and look ahead to new releases out that week whilst Mike Sims introduces our album of the month. Birdland takes its name from the iconic New York City jazz club as well as the great Weather Report tune of the same name. Rhys first presented a series of jazz radio programmes on student radio in 2006 and hasn’t stopped since. He also hosts a weekly science and technology radio programme, Pythagoras’ Trousers. Away from the mic, Rhys is a research engineer in electromagnetics at Airbus in the UK and an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University. He’s an award winning science presenter and the co-founder of both Cardiff Science Festival and Cardiff Jazz Festival and can also be found on stage with his jazz band, Imperfect Tenth.


Andy Hardy

The Groove Merchant – Saturdays – 20:00 to  22:00 – Compiled, presented & produced by Andy Hardy from Ngongotaha, New Zealand a show of Groove, Fusion & Funk Jazz down the ages. “You are listening to All Jazz and this is the latest edition of the groove merchant, I’m Andy Hardy and I’ll be your host for the next 2 hours” Those words or similar are what you will hear each week on my long-established show The Groove Merchant. I have been recording this show (previously Andy’s Jazz Show on UK Jazz Radio) for over 5 years. I have a huge music data base and my current project is to clean, catalogue and store my massive vinyl collection of Jazz, Funk & Soul. The show title is a clue to the weekly play list, if it’s groovy I play it, anything from 1950 onwards is fair game but in a typical show you’ll hear The Crusaders, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Oscar Peterson, Deodato, Donald Byrd and so on. If you are searching for the avant garde or free jazz you are in the wrong slot! Born in 1960 and raised in London I was exposed to Soul and Jazz music at an early age by DJ’s such as Tony Blackburn and the eclectic John Peel, and later in my teenage years the main man Froggy, the Jazz Funk mafia of Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent and the legendary Caister DJ’s. If I could play music all day I would but to earn a crust I work worldwide as a commissioning engineer, this does of course allow me to dig the crates in many a record store, heaven! If you like my show or just want to comment you can always email me at and if you are a new artist or just want air time send me your music, if it grooves it’s in the mix. Cheers.


Wolfgang König

Jazz Around The World – Sundays – 20:00 to 22:00 Compiled, presented & produced by Wolfgang König from Berlin, Germany A mix genre styles of Contemporary World Jazz from around the world but with a focus on the European scene


2 Responses to All Jazz Radio People

  1. Cedrick

    Good day,
    How can I contribute to your radio station. I am based in Johannesburg.

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