Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 19th September 2014


The weekend fast approaches and shows wonderful promise, as does the Standard Banks Joy Of Jazz in Jo’burg. Sadly I’m not going to be able to make it, however we will have representation there. Carol Martin and Etienne Shardlow will be will be there and will keep us informed with regular telephonic crossings during our shows. It also looks like the fringe activities are going to prove popular as well.

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Here is the weekends AJR program schedule;

10:00 to 13:00 Jazz Rendezvous With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
13:00 to 14:00 EuroJazz Frontier With Peter Slavid, London, UK
14:00 to 16:00 The Latin Side With Rudy Nadlir-Nir, Cape Town, SA (Latin)
16:00 to 18:00 5th Floor Jazz Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
10:00 to 14:00 The No Name Brand Show With Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Cooking Jazz With Yaacov Harari, Tel Aviv, Israel
16:00 to 18:00 The Kibby Factor With James Kibby, Cape Town, SA
10:00 to 14:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA
14:00 to 16:00 Now and Then With Ray Porter, London UK
16:00 to 18:00 The Eclectic Mix Compiled by Eric Alan, Cape Town, SA



Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival bannerSandton becomes the centre of the jazz universe for the whole week with a series of free performances, concerts and activations as part of the build up to the weekend of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – which will attract more than 30 000 fans when it takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27 – injects approximately R600 million annually into the Gauteng economy.

Says Alida Canevari, chairperson of the Sandton Tourism Association: “Sandton is geared and ready to welcome Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. It has been embraced by all our members and there’s plenty on offer for everyone visiting – even if they aren’t lucky enough to have secured tickets to this world class festival. Sandton is the place to be this September.”

The action takes place at Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square as well as other Sandton establishments.

Sandton City’s Checkers Forecourt will host performances at 10h15, 11h15 and 14h10 from Heritage Day on Wednesday, September 24, to Saturday, September 27. Included in the line-up are Thandokazi, the Bushy Obazana Jazz Band, Shoe Lace and Gurulogic.

Buskers will be performing in Nelson Mandela Square from noon until 16h00 from September 24 to 27.

There will also be performances at a number of restaurants in the Sandton precinct.

Friday September 26

• Riffs Bar and Grill (Garden Court Sandton City) 19h00 – 20h00 Ayo Solanke; 20h30 – 21h30 – Gurulogic

• Parc Ferme (8 Maude Street) 19h00 – 20h00 Cloud Notes Experiment; 20h30 – 21h30 Native 2120

• Hard Rock Café (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Kyle McDonald; 20h30 – 21h30 Lunggie

• Pappas Greek Restaurant (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Leandro; 20h30 – 21h30 Throwback

Saturday September 27

• Riffs Bar and Grill (Garden Court Sandton City) 19h00 – 20h00 Victor Kgantlape; 20h30 – 21h30 Amandla Freedom Ensemble

• Parc Ferme (8 Maude Street) 19h00 – 20h00 Csana; 20h30 – 21h30 Bushy Obazana Jazz Band

• Hard Rock Café (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Hendrick Mboweni; 20h30 – 21h30 Bongi Mvuyana

• Pappas Greek Restaurant (Nelson Mandela Square) 19h00 – 20h00 Spha Mdlalose; 20h30 – 21h30 Sebenzile Mthombeni

Meanwhile Jazz meets Lounge at the San Deck at Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Sun Hotel, official hotel sponsor of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, on Sunday, September 21, and Sunday, September 28, from 14h30 until late. It features Metro FM’s Nothemba Madumo and Jazzy Vez. Entrance is free.

The Maslow Hotel also has a number of activities:

• Sunday, September 21, and Sunday, September 28, from 13h00 to 17h00 – Jazz Sunday Gourmet Braai with a live performance by the Johannesburg Youth Band (JYO)at the Lacuna Bistro. Cost is R250 a person and includes a glass of bubbly.

• Monday, September 22, to Friday, September 26 from 18h00 to 21h00 – Jazz evenings at Lacuna Bistro and Bar every evening with the JYO.

DAVINCI Hotel and Suites on Nelson Mandela Square is offering jazz at its pool deck every Wednesday to Friday from 16h30 until 21h00 until October 30 with a resident saxophonist.

For more information go to www.sandtontourism.com


London Lazz Small Long LogoRIP Kenny Wheeler (1930 – 2014)

Kenny Wheeler.

Kenny Wheeler. Photo Credit- Tim Dickeson

Nick Smart of the Royal Academy of Music has confirmed the sad news that the inestimably great Kenny Wheeler passed away earlier today. As Nick writes: “Famously self deprecating, Kenny was always modest and humble about his own musical achievements. But the truth is, he was a genius walking amongst us, and it was the most tremendous privilege to have been able to consider him a dear colleague and friend.”

It was with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Kenny Wheeler, the great jazz trumpet player and composer.


Nick Smart
Head of Jazz, Royal Academy of Music

18th September 2014

Here is the obituary from the Guardian in London.



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AIR FRANCE Presents DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL '15th Anniversary'The Wall Street Journal says ” It’s the best Jazz show in town ” (Will Friedwald)Downbeat Magazine just wrote of The Django Festival Allstar’ s appearance at The Newport Jazz Festival this summer “A standout performance…a crowd favorite and top candidate for the hardest swinging group at the fest” (Allen Morrison)

2014 Celebrates 15 years of the Django Reinhardt NY Festival which is has become a big event at Birdland and highly anticipated by the public.  The Festival Allstars tour the US twice a year at major venues and festivals such as The San Francisco Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, and many more.  See info below of the upcoming Fall tour.

Dorado Schmitt, legendary gypsy guitarist, has been coming to the Festival for over 10 years and along the way taught his sons, Samson, Amati, and Bronson,  the lessons of great gypsy guitar. Now they brace the Birdland stage with their ‘teacher,’ … father passing the lessons on as in gypsy manouche culture.  They come from Forbach, a gypsy community near Strasbourg in France, bringing the authenticity of the music to the NY stage.

Django Fest GuitaristsJoining them are two favorites of the Festival, Ludovic Beier who Downbeat Magazine said of his performance at Newport this August …’played as good a solo at Newport as was heard this year.’  The Downbeat article spoke of Samson Schmitt’s lightening licks touching melodic genius. nothing short of sensational”.  Pierre Blanchard on violin was also a sensation.  All this at Birdland on November 4th – 9th with Francko Mehrstein , a cousin of Dorado on rhythm guitar, and Xavier Nikq from France on bass.

The festival is produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta who have  a long history with this music dating back to their many concerts and recordings with the great jazz violinist Stephane GrappelliDjango Reinhardt’s partner in the Hot Club Quintette. It influenced them to launch this festival in 2000 having seen the enormous reaction to HOT JAZZ, which Grappelli and Reinhardt created.  The music evolved in the 30’s and 40’s in France through this important musical partnership, influenced by the likes of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and the great American Songbook.  It took Europe by storm!

Django Fest BandThe Django Festival Allstars have been coming to America and  played alongside many of the tops in Jazz: George Benson, Joe Lovano, Paquito D’Rivera, Anat Cohen, Edmar Castaneda, Frank Wess, Lew Tabakin, Joel Frahm, and so many more.

The Festival Allstars will embark on a major tour this fall: Oct. 24: Chicago Symphony Center, Oct. 26: Howard Theatre in Wash. DC, Oct. 31: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts/Greenvale, L.I., Nov. 1:  Paramount Theatre/ Peekskill NY,  Nov. 11: The Lobero Theatre/ Santa Barbera, Calif.,

Nov. 12:  The Ojai Arts Center, Nov. 13-16: The San Francisco Jazz Festival (4 concerts), and  Nov. 17 Kuumwa Jazz Center before returning to Paris.  BIRDLAND, their ‘home’ is Nov. 4-9.

These talented artists swing like crazy and will break your heart with a ballad.  Each of them are composers and while this music can harken back to the great music of the past, their interpretations, arrangements, virtuosity, and original compositions bring a newness to Django’s style and take it beyond. The Producers call it HIP HOT !…

Birdland, 315 W. 44th Street, NYC   Reservations:  212 581 3080

Full Dinner Menu, Parking Nearby


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