Jazz Rendezvous – A Blog Supreme by Eric Alan – FRIDAY 16th October 2014

ALL JAZZ RADIO LOGO 2014A BLOG SUPREMEA perfect day in Cape Town this day after the fickle weather of yesterday, no fears though ‘cause we, as usual, have the weekend ahead of us, best of all is the great Jazz, Blues, Latin and World jazz to share all day and everyday on All Jazz Radio. We are now a true global streaming broadcaster with passionate volunteer presenters currently based on 5 continents and from 6 countries. Soon we’ll have a couple of new presenters joining the All Jazz Radio team, watch this space. Our search for more presenters is on-going and should you wish to become a part of our presenting family, please send us a list of twenty artists and tunes you’d include in a show should you be accepted as an All Jazz Radio presenter. Remember passion and knowledge of Jazz, Blues, Latin, World Jazz is essential. Also tell us about yourself too, where in the world you reside and anything about yourself you’d like to tell us, send your application to info@alljazzradio.co.za with Presenter Application in the Subject Line.

The Jazz Rendezvous Radio, Pinotage & Coffee Stockvel Club starts the streaming day at 10am and goes on to 1pm C.A.T. showcasing the new releases that have crossed our desk over the past week or so and is compiled by Eric Alan.

Peter Slavid

Peter Slavid

1pm see’s London based Peter Slavid behind the mic presenting his weekly show the EuroJazz Frontier. Rudy Nadler-Nir is behind the mic presenting The Latin Side from 2 to 4pm sharing his favourite Latin tunes. Dr. Kolade Arogundade follows to present the Friday Faaji from 4pm C.A.T. showcasing the sounds of Africa for a couple of hours. Join us for the best music out of the African Jazz Capital, Cape Town, all day, everyday.


It’s Pasta Day!

Pasta Day forkLinguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortellini, ziti—the list of pastas is endless! Pasta is typically thought of as an Italian dish, but there is evidence that people living in Asia in 2000 BC made noodles with millet!

Pasta Day pastaPasta can be made dry (pasta secca) or fresh (pasta fresca). There are over 350 varieties of dried pasta in Italy. The highest quality of dried pasta is made with pure durum semolina flour and water. Did you know that a typical Italian person eats over sixty pounds of pasta per year? In comparison, Americans only eat around twenty pounds of pasta per person per year!

Pasta Day garfield copyTo celebrate Pasta Day, enjoy a delightful dish of your favourite type of pasta topped with a scrumptious sauce!

Naturally The Klutz in the Kitchen is hard at work looking for a great pasta recipe to share on his webpage, it’ll be a goody I’m sure.

Pasta Day lasagnaOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Chili Month & Dessert Month & Pasta Month & Roller Skating Month & Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month & Four Prunes Day & Mulligan Day & Edge Day & Get to Know Your Customers Day

This week is World Rainforest Week

It’s also Spreadsheet Day

Spreadsheet DayA holiday sure to appeal to some people more than others, Spreadsheet Day commemorates the date that VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for personal computers, was released – October 17th, 1979. Since its beginnings, Spreadsheet Day has grown to become a day for celebrating both the advantages and the aggravations of working with spreadsheet software.

The celebration of Spreadsheet Day, like the holiday itself, is enjoyed more by certain types of people. It consists mainly of learning about spreadsheets, reading about spreadsheets, posting or downloading new spreadsheet templates and applications, and wishing a happy spreadsheet day to other celebrants. Some accounting and software companies acknowledge the holiday on their websites. Some suggest using it as a reason to leave work early – perhaps the most popular way to celebrate Spreadsheet Day may be best celebrated by learning some useful computer skills while enjoying a piece of cake.

…. And also Wear Something Gaudy Day

Wear Something Gaudy DayEver wish there was more than one day a year where you could take all the conventions of proper dress and throw them out the window? Wish no more! Wear Something Gaudy allows you to let all your best examples of excruciatingly bad taste hang out for the world to see.


In the 1970’s the hit TV Comedy “Three’s Company” we were introduced to a character by the name of Larry Dallas. It was from this character that we first were told that Wear Something Gaudy Day was something to be celebrated, and were given a fantastic example of how. Ever since then, people have been celebrating Wear Something Gaudy day with a complete lack of style and fashion!

How to Celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day

How's this to wear today

How’s this to wear today

Obviously the best way is to choose something that is utterly without taste or fashion to wear, but that isn’t the only way. You can find your way to thrift stores to locate out of date fashions that are rarely seen out and about today, and put together an ensemble designed to shock and appal. Getting a group of friends together for a ‘Wear Something Gaudy Day’ shindig can bring a lot of fun to the day as well.

The point of Wear Something Gaudy day is to stand out, so choose brightly coloured fabrics with intense patterns. Maybe you can haul down your grandmothers drapes for the day and be seen in a shocking paisley brocade, or dig up those purchases you made that you didn’t realize were awful until you got them home. Wear Something Gaudy Day is your opportunity to show off the bright garishness that has passed through the annals of fashion history! Even throwing on a eye-searing boa can be a simple way to celebrate, or you can just wear colours that clash. Everyone has pieces in their wardrobe that just don’t go, so get in there and make peoples eyes waggle!

Check out old shows and cartoons to really find ways to bring out the gaudy in Wear Something Gaudy day. Check out the fashion accessories of yesteryear, like the ever awful ascot, to the large and ostentatious fashions of the Victorian era, or go all out and rent a neon-yellow zoot suit to really bring attention to yourself. Don’t be shy, it’s all about standing out, causing a scene, and snubbing your nose at the rules of fashion!



The following list is based on votes from a survey of various people in the SA Music industry who where asked to name their 10 Essential SA albums.

Format: Title – Artist (No. of Votes) (Year Released)

  1. Rabbitt


    A Croak and a Grunt in the Night – Rabbitt (9) (1977)

  2. éVoid – éVoid (8) (1983)
  3. Tananas – Tananas (7) (1989)
  4. Astra – Freedoms Children (5) (1970)
  5. One Came Running – No Friends of Harry (5) (1987)
  6. Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand – Bernoldus Niemand (5) (1984)
  7. African Day – Hawk (4) (1971)
  8. Boys Will Be Boys – Rabbitt (4) (1975)
  9. Galactic Vibes – Freedoms Children (4) (1971)
  10. Lesley Rae Dowling – Lesley Rae Dowling (4) (1981)
  11. Live at Jamesons – Cherry Faced Lurchers (4) (1985)
  12. Universal Men – Juluka (4) (1979)
  13. Ag Pleez Deddy – Jeremy Taylor (3) (1997)
  14. Bakgat – David Kramer (3) (1981)
  15. Burning Soul – Flames (3) (1968)
  16. Every Now And Then – Best of – Bright Blue
    Bright Blue

    Bright Blue

    (3) (2001)

  17. Fight It With Your Mind – Asylum Kids (3) (1981)
  18. Fragile – Saron Gas (3) (2000)
  19. In the Arena – Circus (3) (1977)
  20. Into The Night We Slide – Radio Rats (3) (1978)
  21. Johnny Calls The Chemist – Falling Mirror (3) (1986)
  22. Power – Tribe After Tribe (3) (1985)
  23. Sunny Skies – The Lurchers (3) (1994)
  24. The Road Is Much Longer – Roger Lucey (3) (1979)
  25. The Warrior – Ipi N Tombia (3) (1973)
  26. Voëlvry – Various (3) (1988)
  27. A Naartjie In Our Sosatie – Various (2) (1985)
  28. Africa, She Too Can Cry – Hawk (2) (1972)
  29. African Litany – Juluka (2) (1981)
  30. All Comes Round – Just Jinger (2) (1998)
  31. Ballad of a Working Man – Davey James (2) (1968)
  32. Best Kept Secrets – Dog Detachment (2) (2001)
  33. Born Guilty – Colin Shamley (2) (1980)
  34. Deur Die Donker Vallei – Valiant Swart (2) (1999)
  35. Eet Kreef – Johannes Kerkorrel (2) (1989)
  36. Forces Favourites – Various (2) (?)
  37. Giving A Little Away – Kenny Henson & Harambee (2) (1979)
  38. Goema – Genuines (2) (1987)
  39. Have Beans will travel – Psycho Reptiles (2) (1988)
  40. Long Pig – Squeal (2) (1995)
  41. Low Riding – Van Der Want/Letcher (2) (1999)
  42. Made In SA – James Phillips (2) (1995)
  43. Madiba Bay – Koos Kombuis (2) (1997)
  44. n Suitcase Vol Winter – Piet Botha (2) (1997)

    Piet Botha

    Piet Botha

  45. On Loan for Evolution – Peach (2) (1981)
  46. Poles Apart – Karen Zoid (2) (2001)
  47. Polynation – Electric Petals (2) (1995)
  48. Protskrog – Battery 9 (2) (1995)
  49. Rocking Against The System – Various (2) (2002)
  50. Sand Man Sky – Sugardrive (2) (1997)
  51. Scatterlings – Juluka (2) (1982)
  52. Silence is Golden – Square Set (2) (1967)
  53. Steady On – MoodPhase 5ive (2) (2000)
  54. Surpass The Powers – Springbok Nude Girls (2) (1999)
  55. The Best Of Robin Auld Vol 1 – Robin Auld (2) (1999)
  56. The Best Of SA Pop volume 2 – Various (2) (1995)
  57. The Moon Is A Spoon – Sunways (2) (2001)
  58. The Romantic Lure of Possum Worship – Tweak (2) (2001)
  59. Waiting For The Heave – Syd Kitchen (2) (1987)
  60. Zen Boulders – Falling Mirror (2) (1979)


Today in History

1821 – Sierra Leone, Gambia and Gold Coast are taken over by British government to form British West Africa, administered from Freetown.

1882 – Petrus Jacobus (Pietie) le Roux, leader of the “Stellenbosch-Boerorkes”, is born in Moorreesburg, Cape Colony

Karen Blixen

Karen Blixen

1885 – Karen Blixen, Danish author of Out of Africa who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen, is born.

1887 – The Star newspaper makes its first appearance in Johannesburg as The Eastern Star. It was founded in Grahamstown under that title on January 6, 1871, and was moved to the Witwatersrand sixteen years later by its owners, brothers Thomas and George Sheffield.

1908 – Belgium annexes the Congo Free State.

1933 – Saxophonist/arranger/composer Benny Carter records “Lonesome Nights” and “Symphony in Riffs.”

1940 – One year before recording that memorable song, Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard, Will Bradley’s orchestra recorded Five O’Clock Whistle, also on Columbia Records.

Ava Gardner and Artie Shaw1945 – Actress Ava Gardner made news. She married bandleader Artie Shaw.

1945 – Graca Machel, widow of Samora Machel and third wife of former president Nelson Mandela, is born in Gaza, Mozambique

1948 – Thirty-one SA pilots participates in the air-lift to provide food and fuel to West Berlin. The operation continued for seven months

1953 – The first concert of contemporary Canadian music presented in the U.S. was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1962, In between their lunchtime and night shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Beatles travelled to Granada TV Centre in Manchester to make their television debut. They appeared live on the local magazine program People and Places performing two songs ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Love Me Do’

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann

1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters

1967 – “Gimme a head with hair. Long, beautiful hair…” The rock musical HAIR opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater for a limited run. After much trial and error, involving several openings and closings, HAIR eventually opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater on April 29, 1968. It closed on July 1, 1972 after 1,742 performances.

1970, The Jackson Five started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be There’. The group’s fourth No.1 of 1970, it made No.4 in the UK. Motown records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.

1973, The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour’s shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in him being banned by Mick Jagger from future Rolling Stones tours until

1983 – Actor Anthony Quinn lit up the Great White Way in the revival of the 1968 musical, Zorba, that reunited Quinn with Lila Kedrova, who played Madame Hortense. They both had appeared in the film portrayal, Zorba the Greek, which won Quinn a nomination for Best Actor, and an Oscar for Kedrova as Best Supporting Actress. This was one of the few films that came before the Broadway show, rather than the reverse.

1985 – Intel introduced the 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip. It was the first Intel/*86 chip to handle 32-bit data sets. It ran at ‘clock speeds’ of up to 33 MHz — blazingly fast in 1985.

1989, with occasional exceptions. According to legend Bobby missed the gig due to him filling a hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross

1981, Christopher Cross started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Arthur’s Theme, (Best That You Can Do)’, his second US No.1. and a No.7 hit in the UK.

1984 – The United Nations Security Council, by fourteen votes to none, with the United States abstaining, passes a resolution reiterating its condemnation of the South African regime’s policy of apartheid and condemning its continued defiance of United Nations resolutions, the continued massacres of the oppressed people and the arbitrary detention and arrest of their leaders.

1987, The Bee Gees became the only group to have a UK No.1 single in each of the three decades, (60’s, 70’s & 80’s), when ‘You Win Again’ went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The brothers fifth and last No.1.

1991, American singer and television presenter Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had the 1955 US & UK No.1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song ‘Sixteen Tons’. In the 60’s hosted a daytime talk show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on the ABC television network.

1992, Tasmin Archers debut single ‘Sleeping Satellite’ was at No.1 in the UK, the English singer, songwriters only No.1. Archer wrote the song in the late 1980s about the moon landings in 1969, but it was only when Archer got a record deal that the song saw the light of day.

1995, During an interview with The Observer magazine Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Damon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.

President Mandela1996 – President Mandela vows ‘to leave no stone unturned’ in finding the truth behind the air crash ten years before that killed Mozambican leader Samora Machel. Judge Cecil Margo, who headed the official inquiry at the time, says it would be possible to reopen the investigation but only if new evidence is produced.

1995, Sting’s former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer’s 108 bank accounts.

1998, UK newspaper the Daily Star ran a story claiming that R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe had admitted that he was gay during an MTV interview shown in the US. Stipe was voicing his disgust at the killing of a young gay student in the US.

1998, The Barenaked Ladies went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One Week’.

1999, It was reported that Michael Jackson had played a secret gig at a martial arts exhibition in Barnstaple, England. The man who had arrived in the white stretch limo was Navi, a Londoner who claims to be the world’s number one Jako impersonator.

1999, Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ one of Elvis Presley’s early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ”I walk a lonely street,” Durden used the phrase as the basis for ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’

2000, A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the 60’s by Ringo Starr, went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60’s.

2001, Songwriter and composer Jay Livingston died of pneumonia. Best known for writing hits with Ray Evans for Doris Day, (‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’ and Nat King Cole, (Mona Lisa).

2002, Derek Bell instrumentalist in the Irish folk group The Chieftains died of cardiac arrest in Phoenix, Arizona. Joined the group in 1975, released the 1981 solo album Derek Bells Plays With Himself, awarded an MBE in the 2000 for services to traditional music.

2004, Michael Jackson’s long-time lawyer, Steve Cochran, left the star’s defence team. Jackson who was fighting child abuse charges, said in a statement that the lawyer had taken a “temporary leave of absence” but would still “collaborate”.

2005, Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

Teresa Brewer

Teresa Brewer

2007, US singer Teresa Brewer died aged 76. She was one of the most popular US pop singers of the 1950s scoring hits such as ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ and ‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.’ She also sang with Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

2008, Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home, aged 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the following 10 years, making music history with other acts in Berry Gordy’s Motown stable.

2008, Madonna and Guy announced that their seven-year marriage was over because they had drifted apart. The press reported that without a pre-nuptial agreement, Ritchie could be looking at up to £50million of Madonna’s £300million fortune.

2009, Johnny Depp presented Keith Richards with the ‘Rock Immortal’ Award at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of this years Scream Awards.

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