Sjoe, it’s a muggy, cloud filled day in the Mother City today, in with the long pants and out with the T-shirts and shorts again, but as I keep on saying, It’s gonna be a wonderful day no matter what the weather gods decide.
We hope that we have finally shorted out our London connection so we will be able ti chat to Sebastian Scotney, editor in chief of the influential and award winning London Jazz News Blog at around 11am Central African Time. It is also the second program, The J. B. F. Show (Jazz, Blues, Fusion) presented by Titilayo Adedokun from12:00 to 14:00. Join us on All Jazz Radio Website, all day and everyday, just click on the link.
Here is the program schedule for today and tomorrow;
|10:00 to 14:00||Jazz Rendezvous||With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA|
|11:00 to 11:15||London Jazz News Blog Chat||With Sebastian Scotney, London, UK|
|11:15 to 13:00||Jazz Rendezvous||With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA|
|12:00 to 14:00||The J. B. F Show||With Titilayo Adedokun, Cape Town, SA|
|14:00 to 16:00||Jazz-E 100% SAFRO Jazz||With Etienne Shardlow, Jo’burg, SA|
|16:00 to 18:00||The Much, Much More Music Show||Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA|
|10:00 to 14:00||Jazz Rendezvous||With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA|
|13:00 to 14:00||The Latin Perspective||With Tony Vasquez, Pittsburgh USA (Latin)|
|14:00 to 16:00||Midweek Jazz Melange||With Ndoxy Hadebe, Cape Town, SA|
|16:00 to 18:00||The Sundown Show||compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA|
NB: Please note that the live streaming broadcasts commence at 10h00 until 18h00 Central African Time daily then all programs are repeated, eg. Today’s programs are repeated tomorrow evening from 18:00 and the previous days programs are repeated at 2am the following morning. Time Zone is C.A.T.
Wonderful news to hand, Jason Moran’s new album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller
has been released
Acclaimed pianist Jason Moran has announced a September 16 release date for All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The album—which was produced by Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was—is the ninth in a formidable catalog that Moran has been building on Blue Note since 1999.
“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur,” says Moran. “It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC. It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him all at the same time.”
All Rise features Moran hosting a changeable cast of musicians that includes vocalists Ndegeocello and Lisa E. Harris, his longtime trio The Bandwagon featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and a funky horn-inflected ensemble anchored by drummer Charles Haynes that features trumpeter Leron Thomas and trombonist Josh Roseman, as well as guest saxophonist Steve Lehman. The album was recorded and mixed by Bob Power, known for honing the sound on classic hip hop records by A Tribe Called Quest, Common and The Roots.
All Rise is the studio culmination of a project that was born onstage in Harlem as the Fats Waller Dance Party. In 2011—nearly a year after Moran had been named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “genius” fellow and around the time he was named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC—the NYC performing arts venue Harlem Stage Gatehouse commissioned Moran, a longtime resident of Upper Manhattan, to create a tribute to the Harlem stride master as part of its “Harlem Jazz Shrines” series.
“My wife Alicia had the idea that it should be a dance party, and I decided to jump at the task,” says the Houston, Texas-reared pianist. “If you think about Fats, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines—all of them were making the popular sounds of their era: dance music. Unlike today, where jazz audiences generally remain seated, dancing was expected when Fats showed up to a gig.”
“The objective was to construct an evening-length performance in a space that lent itself to dancing,” explains Moran. “I asked myself what could be the extra layer, or the extra couple of layers, we might add to Fats’ music to provide a number of different ways for audiences to enjoy it? That’s when I reached out to Meshell. I wanted someone who could not only sing Fats’ lyrics, but be free with them, and also a musician more accustomed than I am to dealing with a crowd that’s on its feet. She was my only choice.”
The same spirit of radical reinvention can be found on Ndegeocello’s 2012 dedication to Nina Simone, Pour une âme souveraine, and her presence on All Rise guaranteed that the album would be infused with the contemporary kineticism of R&B and hip-hop. “I suggested the drummer, Charles Haynes,” Ndegeocello remembers, “because he has facility and his pocket is one you cannot hear and stand still. The dance aspect of what Jason proposed really excited me.”
From the propulsive afrobeat groove of “Yacht Club Swing” to the simmering slow jam reinvention of “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” Moran and Ndegeocello recast Waller’s repertoire for our times. In concert Moran also adds a layer of performance art by donning a larger-than-life papier-mâché mask of Waller’s head created for him by the Haitian artist Didier Civil.
The track listing for All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller is as follows:
Put Your Hands On It
Yacht Club Swing
Lulu’s Back In Town
Two Sleepy People
The Joint Is Jumpin’
Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Handful Of Keys
Sheik Of Araby / I Found a New Baby
Here’s something about who we’ve not heard in a long time. Vocalist/pianist Peter Cincotti who is to Open Tribeca Spotlight “Main Event” Series Saturday, October 25 at 8PM – Tickets $45 – $35
Peter Cincotti, singer-songwriter-pianist and native New Yorker, began playing piano at the age of three. By the age of 18 he was being called “one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation” by the New York Times. In 2003, Peter’s debut album reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. Hailed as “the rebirth of cool” by Elle magazine, Peter explores musical styles that blend pop, rock, blues and jazz, infusing each new song he writes with originality and startling energy.
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located on 199 Chambers St., on the campus of the BMCC. Call (212) 220 – 1459 www.TribecaPAC.org
Straight No Chaser is located at 79 Buitenkant Street (next to Diva’s pizza), Cape Town.
Bookings are essential via phone or sms on 076 -679-2697. Doors open at 7pm. Shows are at 8:30pm and 10pm. Price is (unless otherwise specified) R60 for a single show and R100 for both performances. With most performances student rates are available at R40 (with student card) for one show and R70 for both.
18 September 2014: Mike Rossi Project
The Mike Rossi Project: Trespassing Permitted is the result of a mixed musical life as a musician and educator who has travelled extensively. While born in the US, much of the music that will be performed reflects his experiences of living in South Africa for over a decade with frequent travels to the US, throughout Africa, Europe and especially Italy with my parents originating from the regions of Benevento and Abruzzo.
The music was specifically orchestrated for three horns that include trumpet, trombone and multiple saxophones with a stellar rhythm section. The music ranges in style from South African township jazz, to hard bop, to modal, to latin, to contemporary.
The MIKE ROSSI PROJECT performed at the 2013 Jazz Festival in Grahamstown and also at the 2013 JAZZKIF International Jazz Festival in Kinshasa, DRC.
This year they performed at the 2014 CT Intl Jazz Festival in March, at Jazz at The Nassau in June, and will perform on Saturday 27 September at the JOY OF JAZZ Festival in Johannesburg.
The Band: Mike Rossi – soprano, altello, alto and tenor saxophones, William Haubrich – trombone, James McClure – trumpet and flugelhorn, Andrew Ford – piano, Wesley Rustin – bass & Kesivan Naidoo – drums
19 September 2014: Shane Cooper Quintet
Shane Cooper is a jazz bassist, composer and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He recently launched his debut record with his quintet. The album, titled Oscillations, is out now on iTunes. In 2013 he was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. He was a member of the groups Babu (SAMA Nominee) and Closet Snare, and still works with the Kyle Shepherd Trio (SAMA Nominee) and the Reza Khota Quartet, and has also worked with artists like Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Malcolm Braff, Jeroen van Vliet, Marcus Wyatt, Soweto Kinch, Melanie Scholtz, Bokani Dyer, Nicky Schrire, Afrika Mkhize, and more.
His debut record ‘Oscillations’ just won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Jazz Album.The album features Kesivan Naidoo (drums), Bokani Dyer (piano, rhodes), Reza Khota (guitar), Justin Bellairs (alto saxophone), Buddy Wells (tenor saxophone). The album was co-produced by Shane Cooper and Carlo Mombelli.
The Band: Shane Cooper (Bass), Reza Khota (Guitar), Bokani Dyer(Piano), Justin Bellairs (Alto Sax) & Kesivan Naidoo (Drums)