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Saturday 30thJune 2018


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A Quote of the Week

“Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians.” Dave Brubeck


Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz News from the Global Village


Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival 2018 has kicked off and we look forward to an exciting festival. We are please that pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger and educator Amanda Tiffin has taken up the baton to lead The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band who will present a selection of the top young jazz musicians in the country between the ages of 19 and 25 years. Amanda is Head of Jazz Singing and Acting Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Cape Town. She performs regularly at national and international jazz festivals and will have five days in Grahamstown to prepare a programme that showcases the talent of today’s youth.


Great tastes meet good taste at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, in association with Jazz producer Joe Donofrio, have prepared a full-spectrum Jazz brunch at the hotel’s brand new Hard Rock Cafe for the Jazz brunch series.
Promoting both individual and communal expression, Jazz is a particularly American art form. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, in association with Jazz producer Joe Donofrio, have prepared a full-spectrum Jazz brunch experience; where contemporary and classic Jazz will mingle with the sounds of culinary satisfaction at the hotel’s brand new Hard Rock Cafe for the Jazz brunch series serving from 11:00AM until 3:00PM every Sunday. The Hard Rock jazz brunch will combine delectable dining with world-class musicianship, delivering a marriage of fine food and stellar Jazz in the backdrop of an upscale and relaxed setting, specifically designed for the enjoyment of live music.
The series presents a global array of some of the best musicians in the jazz world:

  • Composer, arranger, producer and saxophonist Tom Scott, three-time GRAMMY winner and veteran of more than 500 recordings from Aerosmith to Barbra Streisand, appearing with the Howard Paul Quintet.
  • Classically-trained, GRAMMY-nominated, and official Steinway artist, Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca.
  • Multi-GRAMMY nominee pianist John Beasley, keyboardist for Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and other jazz legends, and Music Director for International Jazz Day celebrations in Paris, Istanbul, Osaka, Washington DC, and Havana.
  • Composer-pianist Ayako Shirasaki, accompanied by composer, bassist, arranger, and bandleader Noriko Ueda, both from Japan, featuring Alejandro Aviles​, part of the GRAMMY-Award Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (from Cuba).
  • GRAMMY-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, who claimed the 2017 Trumpeter of the Year and Record of the Year Awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, appearing with the Alex Minasian Quartet.

Hard Rock Café Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Summer Schedule:
July 1: Tom Scott with the Howard Paul Quartet
July 8: Elio Villafranca Quartet
July 15: Alex Minasian Quartet featuring Brian Lynch
July 22: Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet
July 29: Ayako Shirasaki and Noriko Ueda featuring Alejandro Aviles
August 5: Alex Brown and Victor Provost Quartet
August 12: John Beasley and Friends
August 19: Frank Vignola Quartet with John di Martino Quartet
August 26: Dave Stryker Band
September 2: Hendrik Meurkens and Harry Allen Quintet
September 9: Gabriela Anders Quartet
Through music appreciation and an imaginative environment, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos deliver products for the varied aspects of life – work, play and personal sanctuary.


Standard Bank Joy of Jazz celebrates 21 years

By Peter Feldman

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz celebrates its 21st edition with a diverse line-up of all-star talent.
T Musicman, promoters of the annual jazz event, last night announced a stellar line-up for the three nights of music, which takes place on September 27, 28, and 29 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Five stages will be used where new masters to older jazz giants of music will treat jazz lovers to ground-breaking collaborations and tributes.
The festival kicks off with a megastar one night only set of performances featuring David Sanborn, the iconic American smooth jazz innovator and multi-Grammy award winning saxophonist and composer.
The festivities will then swing into action with a host of diverse performers that include American song-stylist, Cassandra Wilson and The Horn Summit who will honour the memory of Bra Hugh Masekela on the Dinaledi Stage. This musical outfit features such illustrious names as
Feya Faku, Khaya Mahlangu, Mthunzi Mvumbu, Barney Rachabane, Sydney Mavundla, Siphamandla Bhembe and Mandla Mlangeni.
More than 30 musicians representing five continents will be serving up powerhouse music.
A highlight will be the Louis Armstrong All-star band. It features the great trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, tenor man, Roderick Pauli, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Reginald Veal, Courtney Bryan on piano, Herlin Riley on drums. Louis Armstrong was the American musical giant who has Bra Hugh his first trumpet.
Phenomenal pianist, Amina Figarova, who is based in Holland and New York, will lead two collaborative projects. First it will be with the Thaba Jabula School Choir, and then with the award-winning South African pianists, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer on the Dinaledi Stage.
American pianist, Diane Schuur, will share the stage with the reigning Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz, Thandi Ntuli and the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band on the Diphala Stage.
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Buika is set to dazzle jozi jazz junkies with her unique brand of flamenco fusion. The Spanish songstress will perform on the Conga stage. American singer-songwriter, Bilal will lay his retro rooted brand of futuristic soul music on the Mbira Stage.
Continental Africa will get a nod at the Conga and Mbira Stages with acts such as the afro-beat sensation, Femi Koya (Nigeria), Kenya’s Nairobi Horns and the leading voices of Mozambican marrabenta music, Wazimbo and Banda Kakana. Also in the spotlight will be singer songwriter Mbuso Khoza and Zimbabwe’s, Oliver Mutukuzi who will hold the fort along with Gugu Shezi.
Peter Tladi, CEO of T Musicman, spoke about what it meant for him and his company to step into this 21-year milestone. “Twenty-one years ago we began our journey as a jazz festival with world class ambitions. It was a challenge. Today we have the security and confidence of two decades of living up to the promises we make annually to jazz lovers.”
Thulani Sibeko, Standard Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer, said they have a clear sense of the growth of the festival and what still needs to be achieved. “We, as the headline sponsor, are looking forward to providing unparalleled access to the best jazz music in the world through our expertly curated programme and line-up. We are also excited to be able to contribute to the development of our cultural economy. The jobs created annually by the festival, and the education and training opportunities for young people on and off the stage, are all part of one vision that underpins what we mean by Joy, in Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.”
The festival, she added, made a deep social and impact by improving the lives of many young people through training and other opportunities. “We are proud to continue to partner with T-Musicman on a brand that is so proudly African and showcases a wide range of our talent from across the continent, while at the same time welcoming international talent to our shores.”
Ticket Prices (as per on the website)
Opening night: R700 – Day passes: R795 – Week pass: R1 350
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John Coltrane: Lost 1963 recording will be released as album

The full set of material will feature two original songs

A lost recording by saxophonist John Coltrane from 1963 titled Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is to be released.

The record is a full set of material made by the John Coltrane Quartet one day at New Jersey’s Rudy Van Gelder Studio in March 1963; for years it was put away and lost.

Read the full story written by Ilana Kaplan of the Independent at



Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Named National Treasure

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will “seek new protections and evaluate preservation needs” for the North Carolina house by Braudie Blais-Billie Associate Staff Writer at Pitchfork read the full story at https://pitchfork.com/news/nina-simones-childhood-home-named-national-treasure/



Quincy Jones honoured as Montreux Jazz Festival kicks off

MONTREUX, Switzerland Quincy Jones, the legendary American music producer, was honoured on Friday at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the annual event where he served as co-director in the 1990s and continues to be a regular feature. By Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters, read the full story on the Reuters website at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-music-jazz-montreux/quincy-jones-honored-as-montreux-jazz-festival-kicks-off-idUSKBN1JP2WM


Gregory Porter On Channelling Nat King Cole: ‘Nat Got Me Through Some Moments’

Jazz singer Gregory Porter and NPR’s Audie Cornish at a live interview at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Check out the interview at

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624269929/gregory-porter-on-channeling-nat-king-cole-nat-got-me-through-some moments?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=jazz


CD Review – By Eric Alan

The D.A.J.O (Darryl Andrews Jazz Orchestra) album Cape Town released December 2017.

I’ve really been fortunate throughout my broadcast career to meet and interact with so many great musicians from the entire global village, especially those from my own hometown and one such is Guitarist, Teacher, Conductor, Bandleader, Composer and Arranger Darryl Andrews. He is closing in on retirement from the renowned South African College of Music,UCT’s Jazz Studies Program.

It is very pleaseing to be able to write this review of his album, Cape Town by the D.A. Jazz Orchestra which has finally been released. The most exciting aspect of this album is apart from a few of his own compositions it features the music of other equally well known Cape Town composers which include The Late Winston Mankunku Ngozi, The Late Errol Dyers, Professor Mike Campbell and Alvin Dyers.

The band includes some of his students and friends and in the woodwind section are alto-saxophone and clarinet players Justin Bellairs and Evan Froud, the tenor saxs are played by Zeke Le Grange and Sisonke Xonti, with bariti saxophonist Georgia Jones, The horn section comprises of: on trumpet and flugelhorn Lorenzo Blignaut and Marcelle Adams with Robin Fassie-Kok, and the trombonists includes Justin Sasman, Ryan van der Rheede, Kelly Bell and Ryan Kierman. The rhythm section includes pianist Andrew Ford with acoustic and electric bassist Stephen De Souza and drummer Lumanyno Unity Mzi.

The really heavy-duty work of conducting, composing, transcribing and arranging falling Darryl’s broad shoulders, whilst guest players include Prof Mike Campbell, and both of the Dyers brothers, as do vibraphonist Bronwen Clacherty and flautist Bridget Rene. Darryl is quoted as saying, “Jazz is always changing, and it evolves as we speak. We identified with it, being from oppressed people. Look what jazz was born out of, one of the greatest human atrocities – slavery.” This can be heard in countless composers works since the birth of jazz.

The album as a whole offers a new perspective to what an African Big Band when arranging and transcribing of the original works by Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Errol Dyers, Mike Campbell and Alvin Dyers. Giving a fresh new look at the iconic pieces chosen for the album. Darryl’s own compositions can certainly take pride of place alongside these classics many of which I’ve not heard before and again gives great pleasure to hear and know that his work will finally be heard by jazz lovers, specifically big band aficionados. More power to composing and recording more original material Mr Andrews don’t let us wait for your next offering too long, no matter the bands confiuration.

I must add that I rate this album very highly. 4.8 Stars – This is an album that must be part of any selfrespecting jazz lovers collection.

Track Listing

1 Khanya 6:20

2 Blue Natural 8:17

3 A Song For Bra Des Tutu 7:39

4 Hanepoot 4:21

5 Utopian Sunset 7:47

6 Sugar Shake 6:29

7 Imbodlomane 3:16

8 Wesley Street 4:06

9 Sermon 7:15

Please feel free to contact Darryl at either of the following; darryl.andrews@uct.ac.za or darryl.andrews@gmail.com to get your own copy of this exciting album and when you email in your order be sure to ask him to autograph it for you.

The album is also available from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/cape-town/1322945019 and a site I’m not too familiar and is a European based web site named Gobuz check it out at https://www.qobuz.com/ie-en/album/cape-town-darryl-andrews-jazz-orchestra/mjulev7phzkob


Another Quote of the Week

“Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn’t methodical, but jazz isn’t messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians. Jazz is abandon.” Nat Wolff


The Klutz In The Kitchen’s Recipe of the Week n’ Foodie, Grub n’ Cooking News, Interviews & Reviews, maybe some Cocktail ‘n Drinks Recipes and New Stuff as well – 30thJune 2018

As we write in the background we listen to The D.A.J.O (Darryl Andrews Jazz Orchestra) Cape Town released last year.

Another weekend of cold, wet weather, which we don’t mind at all because we need this horrific droughts back broken. What this further does is inspire some simple creativity in the kitchen, not so? Well, this has spurred our intrepid Klutz in the Kitchen to scratch is head and come up with yet another simple quick and easy winters day recipe found on the Interweb to share. As usual using all the shortcuts, resources and tricks the ‘web has to offer. This one has turned out to be one of my favourites and is an ideal winter warmer because we’ve included, wait for it a Pinotage Glühwein recipe to enjoy whilst satisfying the munchies.

Remember have fun in the kitchen; best of all surprise all who doubted you new kitchen confidence and skills,

Buon Appetito

The Klutz & Eric

Here are those recipes

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie served with Creamy Mash and Peas

Recipe by:From the Checkers website


Prep time:15

Cooking time:40

Stuff to make it

1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
2 cups roast chicken; cooked
1 medium-sized white onion
½ red pepper; diced
½ green pepper; diced

3 sprigs of thyme
1 tbsp. garlic; crushed
25 ml oil for frying
½ punnet white mushrooms; sliced
1 chicken stock pot

500 ml fresh cream
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste
4 small round bowls

How to make it

Spray bowls with cooking spray, then shred the chicken, place in bowls and set aside, after that heat up oil and cook peppers, onion, thyme and garlic in a saucepan,  until soft.Add mushrooms and cook until soft once done add the cream and stir in the chicken stock pot.Cook until the cream thickens and add salt and pepper to taste.
Let it cool down slightly and remove thyme sprigs then pour cream mixture into prepared bowls and mix through the chicken. Cut out 4 squares and place over the bowls, brush with egg amd bake at 180 °C for 20 min. or until pastry is crisp and brown.


As a Pinotage Vinoesta and Practised Glühwein Maker and Imbiber the Klutz and I can highly recommended this recipe, Enjoy, but be careful there are side effects. It is suggested the one has a designated drive when using this recipe.

Pinotage Glühwein

Stuff to make it

Bottle of Pinotage


15ml Brandy

1 Large 

2 Pieces whole cinnamon

3 whole cloves

A pinch of ground allspice

A pinch of ground mace

How to make it

Slowly heat the red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and mace in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved

Add the brandy and heat to just below boiling point

Using a vegetable peeler cut strips of orange rind and squeeze out the orange

Add the orange rind and juice to the hot wine mixture

Stand for about an hour over very low heat to allow the flavours to develop

Remove the spices and pour the glühwein into a flask. Serve warm


One Final Quote of the Week

“It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.” Herbie Hancock

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