Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – TUESDAY 30th September 2014


Cloudy day in Cape Town, hey! That sounds like a great song title don’t you think? Who would like to create a song/tune around the title Go for it songwriters and tunesmiths an when done please send the finished product to us for inclusion on our playlist rotation. Looking forward to hearing what is to come.

We start the music day with 2 hours of an eclectic mix of newly released jazz albums during the Jazz Rendezvous, during which we speak to London Lazz Small Long LogoLondon Jazz News editor Sebastian Scotney from 10am C.A.T. At 12pm Titilayo Adedokun is behind the mic and will be play the songs she loves best during The J. B. F. Show. From 2pm it’s the Jazz E Show with self confessed SAFRO Jazz nut Etienne Shardlow who will present his show of 2 hours of100% South African Jazz. $pm Central African Time sees our compiled program The Much, Much More Music Show hitting the streaming waves till 6pm When our re-broadcast scheduled programming takes over, all in all a great excuse to stay tune to All Jazz Radio, all day.

This is final day of September and it is Pumpkin Day; Mud Pack Day; Chewing Gum Day; Mulled Cider Day. it is also Independence Day in Botswana (1966) and International Translation Day, introduced in 1991 by International Federation of Translators. I wonder what recipe the Klutz in the Kitchen can come up with using the humble pumpkin and mulled cider, be interesting.

October begins tomorrow, the final quarter of the year, where has the year gone? Let’s remember tomorrow 1st of October is an important day because of two celebrations. It’s the International Day of Older Persons, which is recognized by the UN and World Vegetarian Day, no I’m not a vegetarian and like many don’t really enjoy too many vege’s, but I don’t begrudge vegie folks following their lifestyle choice, enjoy the day if you are a vegetable lover.


South African flautist Wouter Kellerman Making An Impact In The US

Wouter Kellerman

Wouter Kellerman

Kellerman to Perform His Magical World Music at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 1st at 7PM with Trumpeter David Longoria and Will Make His Carnegie Hall Debut Saturday, October 4th with Pianist Vincent Lyn.

On the heels of the success of his first #1 Billboard album, WINDS OF SAMSARA with Ricky Kej, the grand in stature flautist Wouter Kellerman continues to expand his global presence. Kellerman, whose music is a hybrid of the sounds of Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, embraces his creativity while connecting with people on a profound and personal level. His magical and uplifting music makes the soul dance. A well-known, highly regarded and successful artist in his own country of South Africa, Kellerman is equally at ease expressing himself as a musician and as a dedicated humanitarian. On stage, he becomes one with his flute, his fellow musicians as well as his audience, creating a truly inspired experience. Kellerman explains, “I am proudly following the footsteps of my country’s eternal mentor Nelson Mandela.”

On WINDS OF SAMSARA, Kellerman acknowledges the profound influence Mandela had on his life. His collaborator, music producer Kej, dedicates his work on the album to his own spiritual mentor, Mahatma Gandhi. The beauty and essence of the two great men that have influenced these world-class musicians is apparent in the compositions, the musicianship and the album artwork.

Wouter Kellerman WINDS OF SAMSARAWINDS OF SAMSARA, the multiple-charting album, was two years in the making and features performances from 120 musicians from across five continents, a huge endeavor for two independent artists. The album spotlights the musical, cultural and political connections between South Africa and India. There are plans to film the album live in its entirety next year in India.

Vincent Lynn, a six time Grammy nominated pianist, is returning to Carnegie Hall for the third time as part of Kellerman’s ensemble for the Carnegie Hall concery, and then taking center stage to perform tracks from his newest release VINCENT LYN LIVE IN NYC. Kellerman will sit in on a few tracks during Lynn’s set as well. Trumpeter David Longoria will share the stage and night with Kellerman in Los Angeles and will appear at Carnegie Hall as a special guest during Kellerman’s set.

Wouter Kellerman and VINCENT LYNBoth concerts will be a highly spirited night of outstanding musicianship, featuring mesmerizing rhythm and beats supporting beautiful and lingering melodies, all with the intention of celebrating the soul of humanity. Kellerman will be performing with his band from South Africa which includes Luke Van Der Merwe, on guitar, Phresh Makhene on bass and vocals, David Klassen on drums and percussion and Della Tamin from Cameroon on vocals. The programs will include selections of tracks from various albums Kellerman has released and will include a few tracks from WINDS OF SAMSARA. Mix in lots of air, heavy breathing and connected souls on and off stage, and it promises to stir the WINDS OF SAMSARA all the way from LA and NYC.


Wouter Kellerman

Wouter Kellerman

Born in South Africa, Kellerman started playing the flute at the age of ten, and in 1981 appeared as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Perrenoud Foundation Prize during the 1997 Vienna International Music Competition. His album TWO VOICES won the 2011 SAMA (South African Music Award equivalent to the Grammy) for ‘Best Instrumental Album’, reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. The multi SAMA-winning flute wizard also performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global television audience of 700 million people. A true crossover artist, Kellerman thrives on experimenting musically with his flute, eclectic instrumentation and vocal sounds. Kellerman is the first musician in South Africa to reach #1 on the Billboard New Age Charts in the US. The album also reached #1 on the ZMR (Zone Music Reporter).


David Longoria

David Longoria

Longoria is best known for his world class trumpet playing and singing. His unique combinations of Latin, Jazz and pop have placed his music on many genres of radio stations worldwide. He resides in Los Angeles.


Vincent Lyn

Vincent Lyn

Born in Yemen to a British mother and Chinese mother, his two parallel lifelong passions for music and martial arts were both taught to him by his parents. His first performance at Carnegie Hall was in 2011 when he performed his Grammy nominated album “Heaven Bound.” He is an actor, recording artist and martial arts expert, and he currently lives in New York City.

ABOUT WINDS OF SAMSARA: The album debuted in its first week of release at #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart and #18 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart. WINDS OF SAMSARA was mastered by three-time GRAMMY winner Gavin Lurssen (Raising Sand, a collaborative album featuring Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, and the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?). A deluxe edition of the album will be available later this year and will include a 5.1 HD Surround Sound mix by GRAMMY -winner P.A. Deepak (Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the movie Slumdog Millionaire).



WAWELA awards 2014There are those among us who have spent a lifetime striving for musical excellence. They are individuals who have relentlessly pushed the boundaries and earned a place for themselves in South African music lore.

Every year the Wawela Music Awards honours beloved and respected South African musicians and SAMRO members with 3 Special Awards.

SAMROWe invite you to nominate yourself or the person you believe deserves one of the Special Award titles, based on their career and lifelong contribution to music as a SAMRO member.

So who are we looking for? You or the individual you wish to nominate must have been a creative driving force within the music industry. Naturally, we’re looking for someone who has consistently delivered great music over the course of their career. An individual who is regarded as a fundamental musical and cultural influence in the South African music industry and a leading figure in the promotion of South African music

Below are the Special Awards categories, including the criteria for each one:




The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

October Events

The National Jazz Museum in HarlemStarting on Saturday, October 4th, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will open its new Children’s Corner, dedicated to bringing the spirit of jazz directly to school-age children. The focus will be on the legacy of Afro-Cuban Jazz, and the legacy of Tito Puente, Machito, Bebo Valdes and other giants of the music.

October 2014 Schedule

A Fall Mandocopia -An International Harvest of Jazz Mandolin Including Guitar and Bass, with Tim Porter, Santi Debriano, Joe Selly

We are happy to welcome mandolinist Tim Porter back for another series of informative and immensely enjoyable sessions focusing on the international aspects of jazz. Joined by guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano, Porter’s program highlights the relationship between the mandolin and related instruments and compositions inspired by music found outside the U.S. written by composers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Victor Feldman, Dizzy Gillespie, Cedar Walton, Sonny Rollins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pixinguinha, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Chick Corea, and Charlie Parker.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem logo buildingThis series aims to break new ground with discussions and in some case never-before-performed renditions of tunes that use instrumentation culturally identified with the places for which they are named. Tunes have been selected that reflect the composer’s sense of lands where mandolin or mandolin-like instruments, such as the oud, balalaika, and bouzouki, are part of the distinctive musical culture. Examples among the many selections to be performed include “Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Isfahan” by Billy Strayhorn, “Bolivia” by Cedar Walton, and “Noites Carioca” by Pixinguinha.

Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

Bebo’s Greatest Student: Chucho Valdés


The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

This session looks at the career of Bebo’s son, Chucho Valdés, who is today one of the world’s great pianists. Chucho began playing piano at about the age of three; he doesn’t remember not playing it. He tagged along with Bebo everywhere, played four-handed piano with him at home, observed him at work, and subbed for him on gigs until Bebo left Cuba in 1960. Then the 18-year-old Chucho became his family’s sole support, and in 1973, with the success of the tune “Bacalao Con Pan, ” Chucho’s band Irakere became famous in Cuba. Bebo and Chucho did not communicate for eighteen years, then reunited backstage at Carnegie Hall in 1978. Their relationship grew over subsequent decades into a close collaboration in Bebo’s final years.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem wallHosted by Ned Sublette: Ned Sublette is the author of several books, including Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (Chicago Review Press), and is a musician whose recordings include Kiss You Down South (Postmambo). He is the founder of the Center for Postmambo Studies and co-founder of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep.

Friday, October 3rd, 7:00pm

Harlem in the Himalayas

Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier – ECM CD Release

Location: Rubin Museum of Art

150 W. 17th Street

German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Francois Couturier unveil their new duo and celebrate the release of their ECM CD, Moderato Cantabile, a striking, unusual album produced by Manfred Eicher.

Tuesday, October 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

Got The World on Eight Strings -Sittin’ and Mandolin Musin’ on Safe Havens, Warm Receptions, and the Cold War – Jazz as Diplomacy and Musicians as Refugees and Ambassadors

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

Explores the cross border musical legacy begun during the early part of the twentieth century and typified by trailblazing American musicians and composers like James Reese Europe and Sydney Bechet who found great acceptance in Europe, and immigrants to the U.S. like the accomplished Russian mandolinist Dave Apollon who arrived in the United States in the 1920’s. Reese, who fought with the 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters) in France during WW II and led a military band in France, was himself an accomplished mandolinist, and was the conductor of a widely acclaimed orchestra consisting in part of mandolinists in place of first and second violinists. Apollon became one of the foremost mandolinist for the better part of three decades performing in all styles including jazz. Multi-lateral international musical relationships accelerated throughout the twentieth century and were increasingly dominated by jazz over other forms of music, ultimately finding high level and official recognition in the 1950s with the start of the U.S. State Department’s Jazz Ambassadors Tours. Jazz standards and some not often heard works reflecting the composers’sense or impressions of different lands will be discussed and performed.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem flagTuesday, October 14th, 7:00 pm

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Near East Sweet -“A Thing”Meant Best When East Met West

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

This segment will discuss and musically explore the distinctive sounds of the Near East as interpreted by Duke Ellington, Victor Feldman, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, and others, and as they might have been performed if done using lute-like instruments common to parts of the region, such as the oud. In 1931, Ellington composed “It Don’t Mean a Thing”(If it Ain’t Got That Thing), and later went on to record “The Far East Suite”, where his and Billy Strayhorn’s sense of swing can be said to have taken a new direction. We’ll discuss and examine jazz works evoking India, Persia/Iran, and musically expand the notion of the East to include other parts of Eurasia.

Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

The French Connection and Jazz Without Borders

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter

with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

Explores, among other things, the unique place in the world of jazz occupied by France, which, from the earliest days of jazz, has been home or host not only to jazz innovators and experimentalists like Sidney Bechet, who was in Paris during the 1920’s and permanently relocated to France in the 1950’s, and Django Reinhardt, who added a new dimension to jazz, but also to mandolin maker experimentalists like Lucien Gelas, who was designing and making some of the most innovative instruments in the 1920’s, for which he received a Gold Medal at the Bordeaux Exhibition and a Gold Medal at the Brussels Exhibition in 1910 for his double top instruments, one of which, made in 1928, will be on display during the program. The mandolin was often used in traditional French music some of which, amounting to a kind of proto-jazz, laid the basis for what is sometimes called Gypsy jazz and is now a part of the jazz canon. Jazz standards and some not often heard works reflecting the composers’ sense or impressions of Paris, and other prominent locales in Europe will be discussed and performed.

Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

“Spanish Tinge”, The Reign in Spain, The Caribbean, and Way South of the Border

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Hosted by Tim Porter with guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Santi Debriano

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem October Events pinkExplores the jazz connection with Spain, particularly the Andalusian region with its diverse population of people, reflecting Moorish, Castilian, Sephardic, and Romani backgrounds, the early role of”Latin”elements in jazz, the development of distinctive Latin sounds in South America and the Caribbean, the mandolin’s origins in the Mediterranean, its relationship to a group of instruments in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Near East, and its distinctive role in the music that developed with Spanish influence in the Americas. Will discuss and perform works by Jobim, Cedar Walton, Pixinguinha, Sonny Rollins, and Charlie Parker, among others.

The music of Andalusia, a veritable melting pot of music and cultures for centuries in Spain, is particularly important in identifying the roots of many components of the jazz cannon. For example, the bolero, heard in “Besame Mucho” is related to flamenco, whose origins are in Spain’s Andlusian region. The Romani people sometimes called gypsies arrived in Europe from northern India more than a thousand years ago, and many settled in the Andalusian region, where they and others contributed to the development of flamenco and bolero.

Current Exhibit

Bebo Valdés: Giant of Cuban Music

Bebo Valdés- Giant of Cuban MusicPianist, arranger, bandleader, and composer Bebo Valdés had two splendid careers separated by more than thirty years of obscurity.

Mambo, filin, batanga, descarga – he was a great innovator in Cuba music. For ten years he was music director of the famed Tropicana orchestra. His big band backed Cuba’s greatest stars. He was the pianist on Nat “King” Cole’s famed Havana recordings.

Then everything changed. He left Cuba in 1960 and settled in Sweden. While his music was largely forgotten by the world, his son Chucho Valdés became a dominant musical figure in post-revolutionary Cuba, and one of the world’s great pianists.

Then, beginning in 1994, Bebo Valdés began a dramatic career resurgence via a brilliant series of concerts, recordings, and movies that brought his knowledge, skills, and inimitable style into the twenty-first century, making him a bigger star than every before and culminating in an electrifying series of collaborations with Chucho. We’ll tell the story and play the music…

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