Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – TUESDAY 23rd September 2014


Another day another dollar, jeez, I’ve often wondered about that saying where it came from and why, agh, what the heck, not really so lets not ponder the thought. It is Chocolate and Fish Amnesty Day today

Choc for lifeHere are some Chocolate Fun Facts;

  • Chocolate syrup was used to represent blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho” a scene which took 7 days to shoot. ~
  • Once upon a time, money did grow on trees. Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations over 1400 years ago. When they had too much money to spend, they brewed the excess into hot chocolate drinks.
  • Choc wordThe Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That’s 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.
  • Rumor has it that Napoleon carried chocolate with him on all his military campaigns for a quick energy snack.
  • The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl”, which means “bitter water”.
  • Choc BlocsThe melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.

Fish Amnesty Day no fishingFish Amnesty Day was created by PETA (PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS) a number of years ago as a much less violent alternative to Hunting and Fishing Day, which (by an amazing coincidence) happens to be on the same date.

Fish Amnesty DayFor some reason, fish are often the last animal people cut from their diets when they go vegetarian, so if you’re someone who’s been thinking about giving up eating fish but never got around to it, this is a great time to take the plunge. Whilst I believe that it takes all sorts of things and people in the world who have and believe some strange ideals. I have no such beliefs, being a meat lover and cook. Sadly the closest I come to enjoying fish on a regular basis is when I have fish paste toast for breakfast of get some fish and chips from my local chippy. I think I need to include more fresh fish into diet and have now become motivated to get the Klutz in the Kitchen kicked into fresh fish action, but not today.:} Happy Fish Amnesty Day, everyone!

Heritage MonthSAIt’s Heritage Month this month something we share with our Hispanic and American cousins on the other side of the pond. Tomorrow is the date we Heritage Month celebrate heritagecelebrate our heritage, what are your plans and how are you going to celebrate the day? Looking forward to finding out your ideas. It is also Be Kind to Writers & Editors Month so please remember that when you write that CD of Gig review and send it on for publication.


Today and tomorrows program schedule;

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
11:00 to 11:15 Jo’burg Jazz News Chat With Gwen Ansell, Jo’burg, SA
11:15 to 13:00 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


Kyle Shepherd hits the high notes by Peter Feldman in Artslink 09/22/2014 10:21:18

Kyle Shepherd HeaderCape Town musician Kyle Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the music industry.

This dynamic young pianist, saxophonist, composer and band-leader has just launched his new 21-track double album, Dream State. Read the full story at http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=36495


JAZZ: Spring bounty for jazz lovers By Gwen Ansell 17 September 2014

Gwen Ansell micTHE public holiday next week means no Wednesday paper, no jazz column and no opportunity to explore at length the wealth of live music September still has to offer, or to take on board late concert announcements. For more just follow the link;



Pianist brings jazz competition to Melbourne



Brian Gatchell, owner of Atlantic Music Center and a seasoned concert pianist, wants to right what he considers a cultural oversight of the country’s most precious musical heritage: jazz. Click on the link to read the full story;http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/style/2014/09/20/pianist-brings-jazz-competition-melbourne/15910005/


Leonard Cohen’s ‘Bad Habit’ Talking With Leonard Cohen, Whose Album Comes Out Tuesday

Leonard cohenLeonard Cohen, who just turned 80 years old, releases 'Popular Problems' on Tuesday. The nine songs touch on war, love and religion. Redferns:Getty Images

Leonard Cohen, who just turned 80 years old, releases ‘Popular Problems’ on Tuesday. The nine songs touch on war, love and religion. Redferns/Getty Images

Leonard Cohen returns on Tuesday with his 13th studio album, “Popular Problems,” a nine-song collection that finds the singer-songwriter in vintage form. Click on the link to read the full story;



Lady Gaga goes ‘normal’ for jazz collaboration with Tony Bennett

The duo’s album, Cheek To Cheek, is released today.

Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in Brussels, Belgium. — EPA

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music’s unlikeliest pairs, has launched a jazz album that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. Read the full story at



Gregory Porter: ‘Jazz got me out of the pain of losing my mother’

Gregory Porter-VincentSoyezThe singer found his voice after a childhood beset by poverty, racial abuse, and an absent father, he tells Cole Moreton read the full story at;


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