Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – SUNDAY 5th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEA few wispy clouds around with muddy blue skies in Cape Town today but that makes no difference because there jazz galore on All Jazz Radio today. Choose your platform to Tune In to All Jazz Radio all day and every day, take us with you on the days journey and enjoy the finest Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz online today. We have our first “Live” Sunday Show starting today from Ray Porter hat2pm C.A.T. Jazz buff and Presenter Ray Porter also known as “The Jazz Rep” and former UK/Europe Jazz Radio broadcaster has joined our global broadcast team and will be presenting his show Now and Then every Sunday from 2 to 4pm C,A,T. join him later today.

Either side of Rays program we still compile The Eclectic Mix until we fill the day with a few other new shows, which are in the works. We are very proud the All Jazz Radio has become a truly international online jazz radio station streaming from the City of Cape Town – The African Jazz Capital

We now have expert presenters based on 4 continents and 6 countries on the AJR Team roster making us what we believe to be the first global Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz online radio station. Keep spreading the news go LIKE the All Jazz Radio Facebook page and join the AJR Group, Follow us on Twitter @AllJazzRadioSA and also subscribe to the All Jazz Radio Website


Today is Fluffernutter Day!

Marshmallow Cream Make your ownWhat is a Fluffernutter you ask? It is a yummy sandwich made with bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. It is now a classic American treat enjoyed in school cafeterias, college dorms, and local diners nationwide.

Fluffernutter open sarmieMarshmallow candy can be traced back to ancient Egypt when people first began to harvest the marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis). During the 19th century, French pharmacists extracted the juice from marshmallow plants and heated it with egg whites and sugar, creating a marshmallow cream.

Then, in 1917, Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts created the special formula for the marshmallow fluff we know and love today. The city of Somerville celebrates with the famous “What the Fluff” festival every year!

How will you celebrate Fluffernutter Day? Eating a Fluffernutter sandwich is a great way to start!

Fluffernutter Day sarmieThe Klutz in the Kitchen will be finding a recipe for the sweet treat, remember to have a kook on his page.

October 5 is also International World Teachers’ day, Sukkot and Global James Bond Day

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Chili Month & Dessert Month & Pasta Month & Roller Skating Month & Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

This week is World Space Week & Fire Prevention Week


Today’s None Jazz Birthdays:

Bob Geldof, born 1951, age: 63

Allen Ludden, born 1917, age: 97

Karen Allen, born 1951, age: 63

Donald Pleasence, born 1919, age: 95

Kate Winslet, born 1975, age: 39

Bernie Mac, born 1957, age: 57

Jesse Eisenberg, born 1983, age: 31

For OCTOBER Jazz Birthdays just click here


Trivia of the day – Love Me Do

The Beatles released “Love Me Do” on this day 1962


Drink of the day

The Vesper Martini seems like the right way to toast Global James Bond Day

Vesper Martini-

Vesper Martini-

According to Wikipedia, the Vesper or Vesper Martini is a cocktail that was originally made of gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet.

he drink was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in the 1953 novel Casino Royale.

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

“Oui, monsieur.”

“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

—Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, “Rouge et Noir’

Fleming continues with Bond telling the barman, after taking a long sip, “Excellent … but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better,” and then adds in an aside, “Mais n’enculons pas des mouches” (English: But let’s not bugger flies—a vulgar French expression meaning “let’s not split hairs”).


Sean Hagon Named Chair of Professional Music at Berklee

Sean Hagon

Sean Hagon

Berklee has named Sean Hagon chair of the college’s Professional Music Department. Hagon, a Berklee alumnus and an accomplished educator, composer, and conductor with years of experience in the film, television, video game, and advertising industries, succeeds Kenn Brass, who served as chair of the department for 14 years. Hagon most recently served as director of Continuing Education at New England Conservatory from 2009 to 2014, where he taught courses in music technology, introduced online curriculum, and increased enrollment in certificate programs. Prior to his time at NEC, he was director of music at Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, where he directed jazz and chamber music ensembles, and launched the school’s first music technology lab.

He has composed music for Fox Sports Net New England, PBS, the History Channel, and other major TV networks. He recently scored the German independent film Cibe and is currently writing his next score for the film Luminosity. He also serves as creative director for Sound Advice, a company that produces radio jingles.

Born and raised in Centerville, MA, Hagon plays trumpet, violin, piano, and sings. In the early 90s, he played in the Boston-based rock group Last Cry, whose song “In the Name of Love” charted on Billboard.

Hagon has a degree in professional music from Berklee College of Music, where he focused on music technology, education, and composition. He also received a diploma in media composition from the London School of Creative Studies, where he studied with noted composer and orchestrator Charles Fernandez (Band of Brothers, 101 Dalmatians). He also received a master’s degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Berklee’s professional music major provides students with the opportunity to blaze their own path, and synthesize a variety of skills ranging from performance and songwriting to production and business. Focusing on the entrepreneurial aspect of a professional music career, students work closely with an advisor to achieve individual goals through intensive curricular planning.


The New York Klezmer Series

The New York Klezmer Series

The New York Klezmer Series

New York Klezmer Series announces Fall 2014 Lineup! Opening Concert: The Tarras Band – A Klezmer Supergroup, with Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, Jim Guttman & David Licht. Oct. 7, 2014 7:30pm Concert, 5:30pm workshop, 9pm Jam session. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue 30 W. 68th St., NY NY 10023.

*NY Klezmer Series’ Klezmer Heritage Program is supported in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The New York Klezmer Series (NYKS) has been presenting Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance in New York City since 2010. Originally The East Village Klezmer Series, we moved to a new home in the Upper West Side – at the historic Stephen Wise Free Synagogue – beginning in February 2013. We present concerts, music and dance workshops, and open klezmer jam sessions in an intimate and beautiful setting. Founded by Rabbi Greg Wall and Artistic Director Aaron Alexander, and inspired by the week-long Yiddish Culture events, Klez Kamp, and Klez Kanada, the NYKS aspires to present the music in a respectful setting and allow the artists freedom to present their vision. The series consistently presents world class artists in an intimate setting, in addition to providing education and a place for all to come and participate in this wonderful and often neglected part of Jewish and American Culture.

Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe – (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions. Hasidic nigunim (wordless melodies), Yiddish theater music and Yiddish folk song are all related and will be represented at the series.

Tantsheiser (Dance Parties): Once a month we present, along with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), a Tantshoyz – Yiddish dance party, with a Yiddish Dance specialist, and a professional dance band. Past dance leaders have included Michael Alpert, Steve Weintraub, Zev Feldman, Avia Moore, and Deborah Strauss.

We have a Klezmer Instrumental Workshop every Tuesday that we have a concert, often led by the concert artists of the day, or by Artistic Director Aaron Alexander. This workshop has already been running for over three years and has a devoted following. We work on repertoire, style, form, ornamentation, groove and more. Usually the participants have an opportunity to play the current pieces at the jam session after the concert.

The Fall 2014 Series includes: The Tarras Band, Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell duo, Sy Kushner, Deborah Strauss Trio Figelin, Psoy Korolenko, Binyomin Ginzberg’s Mitzva Tanz, Jordan Hirsch’s Overnight Kugel, dance leaders Steve Weintraub & Avia Moore, Dave Levitt Trio, Montreal’s Shtreiml, and more!

Past concert artists have included: Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Pete Sokolow’s “Klezmer Plus Trio”, Susan Leviton, Isaac Sadigursky, German Goldenshteyn Tribute Band w/Alex Kontorovich, Inna Barmash’s “Hindele”, Brian Glassman’s “Klezmer/Jazz Alliance”, Ichka & Siach HaSadeh from Montreal, Alicia Svigals, Patrick Farrell, Elaine and Susan Hoffman-Watts, Michael Winograd Trio, Levitt Legacy Band, Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Jake Shulman-Ment, Margot Leverett & Klezmer Mountain Boys, Eve Sicular’s “Metropolitan Klezmer”, Christian Dawid, Zev Zions, Arkady Goldenshteyn, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Lisa n Sruli Family Band, Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh, Dmitri Slepovitch’s “Litvakus”, Levitt Legacy Band, Rubin, Rushefsky, Greenman Trio (R2G), Lorin Sklamberg, Klezmerfest with Greg Wall, Ezekiel’s Wheels (from Boston), Yiddish Chanteuse Eleanor Reissa & band, Roger Davidson and Frank London, Mike Cohen Band, Breslev Bar Band, Jake Shulman-Ment, Zev Feldman, Steve Weintraub, and Avia Moore.and many others.

All Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow

Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 5:30-7pm $25 per class,

*Oct 7th – Opening Night of the Fall Series: The Tarras Band! 4541373

with Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, Jim Guttman & David Licht – A Klezmer Supergroup

Oct. 14 – The Ben Holmes-Patrick Farrell Duo

*Oct. 21 – Sy Kushner Ensemble, w/Marty Confurius, Jeremy Brown, Aaron Kushner & Aaron Alexander

*Oct. 28 – Deborah Strauss Fiddle Trio: North German and Yiddish Folk Music for Violins and Voices

Nov. 4 – CTMD Tantshoyz – Yiddish Dance Party! Dance leading by Avia Moore, w/music by Franzi Seehausen and Friends

Nov. 11 Mitzva Tanz! with Binyomin Ginzberg, Boris Corchesko, Avi Fox-Rosen & Ari Folman

Nov. 18 – Psoy Korolenko – KlezBard Cabaret

Nov. 25 – Aaron Alexander & Friends

*Dec. 2 The Dave Levitt Trio, featuring Mike Cohen and Christina Crowder

Dec. 9 – CTMD Tantshoyz – Yiddish Dance Party. Dance leading by Steven Weintraub, w/Music led by Jordan Hirsch’s Overnight Kugel

Dec. 16 From Montreal – Shtreiml w/Jason Rosenblatt. Big Khanike Party Blowout!


Boney James: The Beat Goes On By Belinda Ware from All About Jazz Published: October 4, 2014

Boney James- The Beat Goes On

Boney James- The Beat Goes On

“Music is such a personal thing. When I am making a record, I want to make sure that I am feeling it.”

Saxophonist Boney James is a prolific musician and songwriter gifted with an ear for creating music inspired by artistic expressionism. As an architect of original songs, James is an intellectual man of modest demeanor who has established himself as a musical pioneer in his intuitive discovery of the formula for longevity in his mellifluous career spanning three decades. At the root of his professional success is his meditative passion for exploring uncharted paths as a songwriter and interpreter of songs. As an instrumental artist, James is driven by his personal joy and curiosity to explore and discover new inventive aesthetics to creating sound in the key of jazz.

At the core of his personal perspective, James is a renaissance man motivated by a simple melody or a catchy hook brewing inside his inner being. In the spirit of pure innovation, James manages to keep the saxophone front and center as a veritable lead vocalist of melodic expression in the ever evolving world of contemporary jazz.

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