Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – WEDNESDAY 1ST October 2014


October sees the start of the final quarter of the year, where has the year gone? I mean I walked into Pick n Pay the other day and they’ve already started packing out the Christmas decorations and some other goodies. Remember the 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. Jeez, Christmas merchandising already, blerry hell!

October is also Pork Month; Pasta Month; Sausage Month; Seafood Month; Country Ham Month; Chili Month; Spinach Lovers Month and Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month now there is no excuse not to get into the kitchen to practice for that great Christmas/New years eat fest because it’s your turn to have the family over the annual celebrations of goodwill. The Klutz in the Kitchen is over the moon about this so watch out for the incredible recipes to come.

Here’s a bit about October which is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin “octo” meaning “eight”) when January and February were added.


Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe

Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe

Jazz Rendezvous leads off the live streaming day fro 10am Central African time, the at 12pm C.A.T. it’s Latin Perspective with our man Tony Vasquez in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ndoxy Ndodana Hadebe then gets behind the mic in our Cape Town Studio to present the Midweek Jazz Melange. At 4pm C.A.T. our regular compiled program, The Sundown Show hits the streaming waves with a broad mix of genre style of jazz.


We add another now program to our schedule, Now & Then with genial host Ray Porter will be flighted

Ray Porter

Ray Porter

every Sunday from 2 to 4pm Central African Time.

Here’s something about Ray;

He hosts a weekly jazz show and choses recordings from the five and a half thousand albums he have collected over the years. The web address for the All Jazz Radio is www.alljazzradio.co.za just click on the Listen Here link. There is no greater pleasure when you have something wonderful, than sharing it. He did about five years as a DJ on a station called Jazz Syndicate Radio, doing two shows a week, both two hours long. My other interests are classic cars and martial arts. Ray studied Shotokan Karate and a traditional weapons system up to black belt. His classic car is a 1949 Triumph Roadster 2000, which was used in the TV series Bergerac. Ray’s love of jazz goes back a long way. In the early sixties he would go to Ronnie Scotts old club and see people like Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey, Jimmy Deuchar, Peter King and Bobby Wellins as well as all the great American musicians Ronnie brought over to England. He would go to another London called venue, The Marquee to see the great Joe Harriott’s Quintet. Included in the line up was a horn player called Shake Keane, who was so very good, on bass was Coleridge Goode and piano Pat Smythe. It was a superb band. Any way after we left the Marquee we would make our way to Scotts for Saturdays all night jazz session. You would get a lot of musicians and singers in London for other reasons and they would join in and have a jam on the all night session, even though they had no permit. You then found yourself wandering the streets of Soho, at 5am looking for a coffee till the trains started running, which was 7.30 on a Sunday morning. With a head full of the wonderment from the jazz music that had infused itself in your brain, the world seems good. So that is how it began and I have been enjoying the ride ever since


Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar4The Klutz in the Kitchen is truly inspired this month just look at the choices of main ingredients for recipes and has decided that the humble Chilli will be the hero of todays recipe Chili con Carne. See the recipe on the Klutzes page on our website, It’s gonna be yummolicious.


Wheelworks: Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra

Tuesday October 14, 2014 / 8:00 p.m. Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115, United States

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra

Darrell Katz will lead the 20 piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra in a program including his improvisational cantata, “Wheelworks,” due out on a Leo Records release Why Do You Ride, featuring vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton. Also on the bill will be a new composition honouring recently retired Berklee faculty member Phil Wilson, featuring faculty members Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin and Vessela Stoyanova on marimba. Katz and the JCA Orchestra have been presenting new music in the Boston area since 1985.


8 Essential Jazz Piano Albums Some Great Piano Records In Jazz

By Michael Verity

Herein lies pretty much everything you need to know about jazz piano, from Jelly Roll to Duke to Count to Monk.

1. Jelly Roll Morton – Library Of Congress Recordings

There are a number of collections on the market that highlight Jelly Roll Morton’s innovative brilliance as both a soloist (The Pearls) and a bandleader (Jelly Roll Morton 1923-1924) but this record of both music and interviews is a true gem.

Recorded by Alan Lomax on an acetate recorder in Spring of 1938, just a few years before Morton died, it is a “virtual history of the birth pangs of jazz as it happened in the New Orleans of the turn of the century,” according to Richard Cook and Brian Morton.

It also shines a spotlight on the boldly lyrical approach to the piano that since influenced everyone from Art Tatum to Diana KrallMore »

2. Art Tatum – The Best Of Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces

For those inclined to dive into the “deep end,” Art Tatum’s The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces is a great place to make the leap. For those wishing a little more compact taste of what Tatum brought to the keyboard, this “best of” compilation is a worthwhile entry point.

The sheer speed and fluidity Tatum shows on tunes like “Too Marvelous For Words”  and “I’ve Got The World On A String” explain why he was a master. Better to simply listen to this record than read about it. It’s impact is self-evident. More »

3. Count Basie – The Complete Atomic Basie

There are a number of fine collections available that highlight the genius of William James “Count” Basie. But, as Richard Cook and Brian Morton wrote in the third edition of The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, this “might be the last great Basie record.”

Recorded October 1957 with Thad Lewis, Frank Wess and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis in the horn section and the combination of Eddie Jones and Sonny Payne anchoring the rhythm section, this record defines the late Big band era as well any record of its time. “The Kid From Red Bank” features Basie at his swingingest while Jones brings a subtle brand of cool to “Duet.”

Neal Hefti’s arrangements throughout are pitch perfect and Davis’ explosions from time-to-time prevent the record from lapsing into lounge lizard doldrums. A brilliant record through and through. More »

4. Duke Ellington – Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band

The humongous collection that spans Duke Ellington‘s recordings with Columbia is wonderful, of course, as are his sessions with Coltrane and his many “suite” recordings; but, song for song, dollar for dollar, there’s no better set than this.

Along with the contributions of Jimmy Blanton on bass and Ben Webster on sax, this record also includes greats like Barney Bigard Johnny Hodges and Billy Strayhorn.

To know jazz, you need to know Ellington. Here’s the place to start. More »

5. Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1

Once it was invented (largely by Jelly Roll Morton), refined (by Art Tatum) and carried to the bandstand (by Basie and Ellington), jazz piano then arrived at the dawn of bebop.

Bud Powell was one of the keystones of the transition from big band to bop and this record defines that evolution, with his incendiary playing and it’s fascinating rhythmic and harmonic language.

It’s no small note that the band that accompanied Powell (Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes) may be the single most potent quartet of jazz players in the history of the genre. More »

6. Bill Evans – The Complete Riverside Recordings

Bill Evans changed the face of jazz piano an immeasurable way, a sensitive and gentle man whose melodic sensitives were so acute it was as if he were wearing his heart on his sleeve with every note.

He made so many cornerstone recordings for Riverside between 1956 and 1963 it’s difficult to choose one. So why not have them all? Everybody Digs Bill Evans. Live At The Village Vanguard. Waltz For Debby.

They’re all there so dig in and experience the beauty. More »

7. Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert

The story behind this 60-minute concert recording is fairly magnificent. It was promoted by a 17-year old, marked the first jazz concert at the Koln Opera House, was executed at 11:30PM in the evening (at a ticket price of $1.72 US) and was performed on a substandard piano by an player who was in substantial pain due to a back injury.

Even so, Jarrett’s solo expeditions, sometimes over a pair of alternating chords in his left hand, a brilliantly bombastic and often full of brute force and energy. More »

8. Thelonious Monk – Genius Of Modern Music, Volume 1

Brilliant player that he was, Monk’s greatest contribution to jazz was as a composer and here, with this set on Blue Note recorded in 1947 and ‘48, is where it all started. From the infectious swing of “Humph” to the jagged melody of “Who Knows,” Monk followed Bud Powell as the greatest of the bandstand to bop innovators. More »


Abdullah Ibrahim set for four UK dates

Abdullah Ibrahim tours the UK for four nights this November, including a set at the EFG London Jazz Festival with his septet Ekaya

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, once described in the Guardian as “a laid-back South African reincarnation of Thelonious Monk”, plays four English dates shortly after his 80th birthday on 9 October.

He appears both with his new trio (Cleave Guyton, reeds and Noah Jackson, cello) and his township-jazz septet Ekaya at London Royal Festival Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival (15 November) before going on to Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden (trio, 16), Sage Gateshead (solo, 19) and Leeds Howard Assembly Room (solo, 20).

Tickets and more detail from serious.org.uk/abdullahibrahim


Jazzers campaign for pensions

Leading American players have united to seek fair pay and retirement security for jazz musicians working in New York

Jazzers campaign for pensions Justice for Jazz ArtistsThe archetype of the jazzman as the heroic individualist living on the edge of society was dented last week when at a hearing in New York on 17 September, members of the Justice for Jazz Artists Campaign testified in support of improving the working lives of New York’s jazz musicians with fair pay, healthcare benefits and contributions towards pensions.

The campaign, which has been running since 2011, seeks to establish legislation that ensures jazz musicians who play New York’s clubs have fair workplace benefits and aren’t forced to retire in poverty. 

Musicians in support of the campaign include Harry Belafonte, Christian McBride, Bob Cranshaw and Bill Frisell, with testimony at the recent hearing delivered by Jimmy Owens, Gene Perla and Keisha St. Joan, among many others.

Cranshaw, once bassist for Sonny Rollins, said: “I have seen countless musicians in crisis, people who were highly respected, incredibly talented people but who failed to prepare for their retirement due to a lack of benefits available to them. And that is still the case today.” Vanguard Jazz Orchestra leader John Mosca added his support: “This plan would help a lot of people who work at the Vanguard and other jazz clubs, and the jazz musicians that sorely need it.”

For those jazz musicians who work at New York’s clubs, there has appeared to be a disparity for many years when it comes to benefits and pensions compared with those who play on Broadway and in symphony orchestras, who are protected by union contracts. Justice for Jazz Artists, which aims to pass Resolution 207 A, hopes that by working with NYC’s jazz clubs they can ensure jazz musicians receive fair pay, pension contributions, protection of their recording rights and a fair grievance process.

New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer remarked: “Currently, there are hundreds of jazz artists struggling to make a living while performing one of our nation’s greatest art forms. By passing this resolution we aim to work with New York’s jazz venues to give the Justice for Jazz Campaign the momentum it needs to improve the lives of countless musicians.”

Currently over 7,000 have signed a petition in support of the campaign. You can find out more and sign the petition at justiceforjazzartists.org and also see regular updates about the campaign on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Kate Glicksberg


EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 biglogoThis year’s EFG London Jazz Festival is just around the corner, with more acts being regularly added to the jam-packed roster

With the summer jazz festival season over, anticipation is growing for London’s annual winter jazz celebration, the EFG London Jazz Festival, with more acts being regularly added to the line-up.

Reflecting one strand focusing on piano-led jazz from Europe, in July Swiss trio Rusconi and Belgian pianist Jef Neve were confirmed to appear, along with a duet from pianists Alexander Hawkins and Marcin Masecki, who will be performing together for the first time.

Other names include veteran saxophonist Charles Lloyd, a tribute to Wayne Shorter from Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, and bassist Henri Texier with his Hope Quartet. Large-scale concerts were also confirmed from Nikki Iles with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band, Phil Meadows

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

with his new Engines Orchestra, Robert Mitchell (pictured) with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and a centenary celebration of the life of bassist Coleridge Coode led by Gary Cosby.

These acts joined an extensive list of those already announced, which includes Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper + Jason Moran, Dave Holland, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kris Bowers, Ibrahim Maalouf, John McLaughlin, Dedication Orchestra, Chucho Valdés, John Surman, Kenny Barron, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Dan Berglund, Regina Carter, Leszek Możdżer, Jane Monheit, Vinicio Capossela, The Bad Plus, The Hot Sardines, Sam Amidon, Snarky Puppy, Stefano Bollani + Hamilton de Holanda, Tomasz Stanko, Trish Clowes and Zara McFarlane.

The festival runs from 14 to 23 November 2014 at various venues across the city, with tickets for all acts available to book online at efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk, where you can also join the mailing list to be kept up to date with all the latest announcements.

Sally Evans-Darby

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