Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan– THURSDAY 9th October 2014

2014 ALL JAZZ RADIO VERY SMALL LOGOA BLOG SUPREMEOk, so Mother Nature is not playing nice again today and no I will not break out the winter woollies again but will be brave and face the coldish conditions with t-shirt, shorts, sandals and iced beer to hand. That’ll show the weather gods what I think of then playing around with summer.

Well fear not at All Jazz Radio today we have great shows and music lined up, The streaming starts with The Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club from 10am, C.A.T. At 1pm the suave debonair Edinburgh based International Jazz Vocalist,

Todd Gordon

Todd Gordon

Todd Gordon will present is show featuring the great jazz vocalists of the world Tune in for Todd’s Turntable fro 1 to 2pm Central African Time. The it’s 100% South African Jazz from 2 to 4pm with host Etienne Shardlow during his Jazz-E Radio Show, only the best jazz out of Africa to be heard. Our Blues Professor Dr Brian will be behind the mic from 4 to 6pm presenting his show The Vagabond Blues showcasing the best the global village has to offer today. A day not to be missed, tune in here right now and you won’t miss a note.



John Winston Lennon — composer; musician; one fourth of the famed rock group, The Beatles; husband of Yoko Ono; father of Julian and Sean — was born on this day in 1940 in Liverpool, England. It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like without his influence on music.

John Winston Lennon --There is hardly a soul anywhere in the world who isn’t familiar with the songs he wrote as half of the team of Lennon and McCartney. When The Beatles were no longer touring, John Lennon collaborated with Yoko Ono in avant-garde works. He then began to express his political views through his music, and in some cases, his actions. Live Peace in Toronto was his first gesture for world peace. And, he returned the coveted Order of the British Empire award (the MBE) to protest British involvement in the Nigerian Civil War. He continued his quest for peace in Give Peace a Chance and with his bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton following his marriage to Yoko Ono.

His music traced his lifestyles, his views, his childhood, his pain, and jubilation: Cold Turkey, Instant Karma, Mother, Working Class Hero, Jealous Guy, Crippled Inside and How Do You Sleep. Imagine, from the LP of the same title, became his best known work. It also made a statement, paying homage to non-materialism. Then there was the LP, Sometime in New York City, filled with anti-establishment verses. Mind Games and Walls and Bridges followed.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night was cause for celebration. It was his first solo #1 hit in the U.S. Lennon then recorded an LP with Yoko, each alternating songs on Double Fantasy. He celebrated his son Sean with Beautiful Boy, his wife with Woman and his new life with both in Just like Starting Over.

He had barely begun to start over when, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building.

It’s hard to Imagine …


It’s Dessert Day and Month

Dessert DayWe found reference to Dessert Day listed as October 9th at Greeting Card sites. Could this holiday be a movable holiday, which means the date changes each year?? Or is this just ms-types in the date? We don’t know because we could not find the creator or origin of this holiday- but we do know that this holiday IS IN the month of October.  It is a fact that National Dessert Month is the whole month of October!

Eat DessertWhat is dessert?

It is defined by Wikipedia as…

Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, usually consisting of sweet food but sometimes of a strongly flavoured one, such as some cheeses. The word comes from the Old French desservir, “to clear the table”.

What is the origin of this holiday?

Dessert Day stawbs yumOur research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. However, we did not find any records or proclamations for this day. Even though we didn’t, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

Klutz in the Kitchen - Guitar3As is usual The Klutz in the Kitchen will be search for a recipe that will titillate and please the taste buds. It a huge task because there are just so many delightful desserts on the Interweb today, go for it dear Klutz we don’t envy you with this search. His endeavours will be posted on his recipe page later in the day/

BTW, it’s also Fire Prevention Day, World Post Day, Chess Day and wait for it Mouldy Cheese Day


Jazz Beat: 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival

By Larry Kopitnik

Jazz Beat- 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues FestivalKansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival
11 a.m.–12:30 a.m. (Lucky Peterson, 3 p.m.; Roy Hargrove, 5 p.m.) Saturday, October 11, 18th Street and Vine, $25 admission

For a self-proclaimed jazz and blues festival, Saturday’s event at 18th Street and Vine doesn’t feature a preponderance of either musical style (soul and R&B stake near-equal claims). But when the jazz and blues headliners take the main stage, there won’t be doubt in anyone’s mind as to the true loyalties of the fest. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has won Grammy Awards for an album of Cuban jazz and another with Herbie Hancock; he has covered styles ranging from traditional jazz to hip-hop. Meanwhile, guitarist, organist and singer Lucky Peterson plays a modern groove laid over true, gritty blues and the occasional boogie. Other headliners include Meshell Ndegeocello and Midnight Star. The American Jazz Museum stages an exceptionally well-organized event, with performances in the Gem Theatre, the Blue Room and outdoors. Story from Pitch Music


This Day in History, October 9

Isaac Singer

Isaac Singer

1855 – The sewing machine motor was patented by Isaac Singer (the Singer sewing machine guy) of New York. Thank you, Isaac for keeping us in stitches lo these many years.

1855 – Another patent was awarded this day — to one Joshua C. Stoddard, for the calliope. The Worcester, MA inventor originally sold the colourful and somewhat noisy instrument (it produces 135 decibels, compared to the 100 decibels of sound produced by a jet plane at take-off) to churches, believe it or not! Sales, however, took off when Stoddard sold the instrument to circuses and steamboat operators (not a bad idea since the calliope is powered by steam).

1872 – The first mail order catalogue was delivered. It was only one page but it worked. No, it wasn’t the Victoria’s Secret catalogue … nor Land’s End, J. Crew or Lillian Vernon. It was sent out by Mr. Aaron Montgomery Ward of the famous Montgomery Ward catalogue and department stores.

Ross Columbo1931 – Russ Columbo’s Prisoner of Love was recorded — on Victor Records.

1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale — for $39.50 — in Petersburg, VA.

1973 – Priscilla Presley was divorced from Elvis — in Santa Monica, CA. ‘Cilla’ got $1.5 million in cash, $4,200 per month in alimony, half interest in a $750,000 home plus about 5% interest in two of Elvis’ publishing companies.

1973 – Speaking of riches, Paul Simon got a gold record this day for his hit, Loves Me like a Rock.

1975 – John Lennon turned 35. To celebrate, Yoko Ono presented John with a new-born son, Sean Ono Lennon.

1979 – Styx released what would become a megahit. Babe hit number one on December 8, 1979.

1985 – A 2½-acre garden memorial was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow Yoko Ono, on this day and was named Strawberry Fields in New York City’s Central Park.


South Africa: Zhakata, Mhere to Bring Cape Town to Standstill

By Tintswalo Baloyi

Leonard Karikoga ZhakataJohannesburg — ZORA music will meet the long-enduring gospel music when award-winning pioneer of the former, Leonard Karikoga Zhakata, shares the stage with Mathias Mhere, currently the toast of the Bible-inspired music genre, in neighbouring South Africa early next month.

The fact that the pair will both during the tour perform in the coastal city of Cape Town promises a thrilling experience for music lovers.

This will also be Zhakata’s maiden public show in the Mother City.

Read the full story here


Denver-Bred Ron Miles and Bill Frisell Are Among the Greatest Collaborators in Jazz

By Jon Solomon Wed., Oct. 8 2014 at 5:57 AM


Bill Frisell, Ron Miles and Brian Blade Photo = Michael McGrath

Two of the best jazz musicians Denver has ever produced, cornetist Ron Miles and guitarist Bill Frisell, are sitting across from each other at a table in the back corner of Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge’s showroom in mid-September. Last night, they both played here with guitarist Dale Bruning, Frisell’s mentor and former teacher, and they’ll play another two sets tonight.

When Frisell speaks about the decades he’s known Miles, he chooses his words thoughtfully, sometimes trailing off before starting again. He tells the story of a cassette tape he got from Miles, delivered by their mutual friend, producer Hans Wendl. Along with his music, Miles included a note asking if Frisell wanted to record with him. The guitarist couldn’t make the time then, but he wrote Miles a postcard (which Miles has since had framed) expressing admiration for his horn playing.

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Malawi: Jazz Star, Steve Bedi, Performs Birthday Song for Gomani V

By Kondwani Magombo

Steve Bedi

Steve Bedi

Lilongwe — Renowned Ghanaian jazz star, Steve Bedi, Saturday evening spared time to perform a birthday song before the Ngoni’s Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V upon learning that it was the chief’s birthday.

Jovial Bedi, who was key artist at the UNAIDS Protect the Goal Jazz Concert held at the Bingu International Conference centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, kept the audience spell-bound with his saxophone artistry then he came downstage across the dance floor to the first row where the Inkosi was sitting enjoying the music.

Bedi performed before the Chief before the two hugged, exchanged a few sentiments and shook hands. When the Ghanaian sax star went back on stage, he confided in the audience what he had discussed with the Chief.

“I’m very delighted that I have found a new friend: my chief over there, and he has just told me that today is his happiest day because it is his birthday,” disclosed Bedi to the excited audience. “So this one goes to my dear friend, the Chief.”

The African jazz star’s band then launched into an ordinary song which later evolved into the well-known “Happy Birthday to You” lyric.

Then Bedi, leading with his sax, descended down stage again and sang before the Inkosi who stood up, joined by the rest of the audience, and danced to the tune.

Saturday marked the nineteenth birthday for the Inkosi, Mswati Willard Kanjedza Gomani, who officially assumed the highest rank of the Ngoni Chief on August 5, 2012.

Guest of honor at the Saturday UNAIDS fundraising Protect the Goal Jazz Concert was the Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who also ‘jazzed’ the Inkosi’s birthday song.

Bedi is the UNIADS Goodwill Ambassador for Protect the Goal (Ghana) and the Saturday performance was aimed at raising funds for the campaign.

Airtel Malawi donated MK9.1m towards the campaign and the cheque was presented at the show by the mobile service provider’s Director, Heiko Schlittke, to UNAIDS Country Director and Chair of the HIV and AIDS Donor Group, Ama Sande (Ms), in company of the Vice President, Chilima, and Minister of Youth, Sports Development and Culture, Grace Chiumia, among others.


Songs of Fire and ‘Vice’: Jan Hammer on the Music of ‘Miami Vice’

Jan Hammer on 11/27/83 in Dallas, Tx..  Photo by Paul Natkin

Jan Hammer on 11/27/83 in Dallas, Tx.. Photo by Paul Natkin

From the that moment its the sensory-assaulting opening credit sequence kicked in, Miami Vice brought Eighties TV audiences a weekly dose of South Beach escapism — a world of bikini-clad blondes, speedboat formations, palm trees and pink flamingos. Viewers watching at home on Friday nights probably wouldn’t have guessed that the swaggering, synth-filled theme song playing over the credits, and the rest of the instrumental music that gave the show its moody Miamicentric pulse, was actually made in an upstate New York farmhouse by a balding, one man band from Prague.

Prior to scoring Michael Mann’s ground-breaking show, Jan Hammer was best known as the keyboardist from Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham’s monumental Seventies jazz fusion project. Post-Mahavishnu, he led the suitably named prog-rock outfit Hammer, and released collaborative albums with Jeff Beck and Neal Schon. But it was Vice that made him a household name when the show’s theme song topped the Hot 100 in 1985 — the last instrumental recording to do so until 2013’s “Harlem Shuffle.” Hammer’s score compositions (including “Crockett’s Theme,” a No. 1 single across Europe) were also packaged with original songs licensed for the show (Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” Glenn Frey’s “You Belong To The City”) on a soundtrack album that hit No. 1 for an impressive 13 weeks in 1985 and 1986.

The full story will be found here

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