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All Jazz Radio’s Eric Alan’s musings, ranting’s and mutterings about some tittle-tattle, chit-chatter of this, that and the next thing and maybe some other interesting blather about the World of Jazz, Blues, Latin and World Jazz.

Friday 06thJuly 2018


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Sadly I have had to unpin yesterday’s notification, though we are really very happy and honoured about being nominated in The Best Radio Station Playing Jazz Category of the 2nd Mzantzi Jazz Awards 2018 (https://www.facebook.com/ZaJAzzAwards/). We have had a number of All Jazz Radio Fans, Listeners, Friends and Followers, notifying us that they are experiencing problems with their SMS voting system. The unique code BR2 and number 40439 for voting for AJR is not working, an error message is returned to the sender, and returns an error stating that the message is not formatted correctly. There are other problems with their website as well which I have also notified the powers that be about and am awaiting their reply. As soon as they have sorted the problem out I will once again post all the details, watch this space.


Quote of the Week or maybe a few extra for luck

If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music. Ginger Baker


Nog (Another) A Quote

I wanted to keep pushing the musical ideas I had about jazz, music from Africa and the Caribbean. Taj Mahal


The Klutz In The Kitchen’s Recipe of the Week


This is a favourite of mine because it’s very quick ‘n easy to make.

Cheesy Potato & Tuna Bake

Cheesy Potato & Tuna Bake

Recipe by Knorr

Serves 4-6 depending on how hungry one is

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes

Stuff to make it

450 ml Milk

1 x Knorr Creamy Garlic and Herb Potato Bake

1 Pinch Aromat

2 Tomatoes, sliced

4 Potatoes, washed, peeled and thinly sliced

2 Cans of Tuna

1 Cup grated Cheddar cheese

1 small punnet of tiny whole button mushrooms (optional)

How to make it

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Slice and panfry the mushrooms and chopped garlic in a nob of real butter until soft, season with a touch of garlic salt and pepper

Arrange half the sliced potatoes in a greased, ovenproof dish.

Open the tins of tuna and drain the liquid.

Spread the mushrooms and tuna evenly over the first layer of potatoes and top with layers of sliced tomatoes and the remaining potato.

Season with Aromat and pepper

Mix the sachet contents with a little milk to make a paste and stir in the remaining milk.

Pour over the potatoes, sprinkle with cheese and bake at 180°C for 1 hour until the potatoes are soft and the cheese is golden brown.


Here’s an optional extra Quote of the Week


We don’t live in a jazz world, unfortunately. I think if I had lived in a jazz world, I would have done OK. I’m not sure I would have done great. I’m a lover of jazz music, so I would have been happy, don’t get me wrong. I go to jazz concerts like the biggest jazz fan in world. The drag is that I don’t play jazz for a living. George Benson


Wingerd Griep en Ander Stories (Vineyard Flu and Other Stories) sometime known as The Wrath of Grape-Beverage Cocktail ‘n Drinks Recipe of the Week

Here’s a real winter warmer that, me thinks few would pass up on any chilly winters evening, but beware the tail which could have one wagging the dog neh! We decided to exchange the wine requirement from Cabernet to Pinotage so, go ahead enjoy the treat.

Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate collage

Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate

Recipe from Gourmand and Gourmet

Yes, you read that right. Sit down, breath and above all, remain calm. You’re going to need a steady hand to put this bad boy together. So read on and get ready to taste the greatest winter drink that has ever existed. Or if the whole DIY aspect seems a bit hard, head to the Valley’s Waterloo Hotel and treat yo’self.

Bits and pieces to concoct It

5 x pods cardamom (cracked)

4 x star anise

2 x cinnamon sticks

500g 70% dark chocolate

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 x bottle of good Pinotage

1 x cup of milk


Procedures to rustle it up

Melt chocolate over double boiler. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper

In a separate pot warm milk

Once chocolate is melted, add to milk and whisk until smooth

In a separate pot heat wine until simmering, do not boil

Crack cardamom and add to wine, add cinnamon and star anise. Simmer for 10 minutes

Combine milk and wine mixtures, stirring gently

Remove cardamom and star anise from mixture before serving in mugs

Serve with toasted marshmallows

We’ve mulled over this recipe for too long and now we can finally share it with you!


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


The Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay’s jazz band, still needs help,

PLEASE HELP! The KMA Jazz Band is still R300k short for the tour to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival and we leave in 2 weeks. Government funding has not been forthcoming. Flights bought and accommodation arranged, 4 performances in Edinburgh and London confirmed… we won’t let these kids down!
YOU CAN HELP by introducing us to corporates and businesses who want their logo sported on our branded materials.. or by making a donation to our Back-a-buddy campaign today… every cent counts.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^JazzWeek Summit 2018 August 9-10, 2018 Hotel De Anza, San Jose – California Creating Jazz Radio Success in the Digital Era

Media is in a constant and accelerating state of disruption, as digital content changes the way we produce, distribute and consume entertainment and information.

Jazz radio, artists, promoters, and labels can either be left behind or they can acknowledge the changing landscape … and even take advantage of it!

The 2018 JazzWeek Summit will be tightly focused on creating success in this digital era.

To set the stage for our presentations and panels, JazzWeek is sponsoring detailed surveys and research during the spring and early summer of 2018 to gather economic, artistic, and technological data from radio and the recording industry to provide the basis for this year’s panels and to help us determine our next steps.

Our goals for this year’s Summit are to understand where we are now, take stock of the challenges we face, and to chart a course forward.

Attendance is strictly limited to a maximum of 80 people, so register early to reserve your space!



Some may remember that Renee Lee performed at the Grahamstown Festival and the then Green Dolphin with Dave Young, Richard Ring and others some years ago.

Vocalist Ranee Lee

Here is a Q&A with Ranee who seeks to honour the ‘Dark Divas’ of jazz who inspired her.She also performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival this year

Ranee Lee has been an integral part of the Canadian jazz scene since she arrived in Montreal in 1970 from her native Brooklyn, New York.

She was a multi-instrumentalist whose voice seemed to be her most proficient and mellifluous axe. Her albums on Montreal’s Justin Time label are considered classics.



DownBeat has Announced Winners of the 2018 Int’l Critics Poll here is the complete list of winners listed below.



Jazz Artist: Vijay Iyer

Jazz Album: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dreams And Daggers (Mack Avenue)

Hall of Fame: Benny Golson and Marian McPartland

Historical Album: Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)

Jazz Group: Vijay Iyer Sextet

Big Band: Maria Schneider Orchestra

Trumpet: Ambrose Akinmusire

Trombone: Wycliffe Gordon

Soprano Saxophone: Jane Ira Bloom

Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa

Tenor Saxophone: Charles Lloyd

Baritone Saxophone: Gary Smulyan

Clarinet: Anat Cohen

Flute: Nicole Mitchell

Piano: Geri Allen (1957–2017)

Keyboard: Robert Glasper

Organ: Dr. Lonnie Smith

Guitar: Mary Halvorson

Bass: Christian McBride

Electric Bass: Steve Swallow

Violin: Regina Carter

Drums: Jack DeJohnette

Percussion: Hamid Drake

Vibraphone: Stefon Harris

Miscellaneous Instrument: Akua Dixon (cello)

Female Vocalist: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Male Vocalist: Kurt Elling

Composer: Muhal Richard Abrams (1930–2017)

Arranger: Maria Schneider

Record Label: ECM

Producer: Manfred Eicher

Blues Artist or Group: Bettye LaVette

Blues Album: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, TajMo (Concord)

Beyond Artist or Group: Kendrick Lamar

Beyond Album: Kendrick Lamar, Damn. (Interscope/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Rising Star Categories

Rising Star–Jazz Artist (TIE): Kris Davis and Julian Lage

Rising Star–Jazz Group: Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble

Rising Star–Big Band: John Beasley’s MONK’estra

Rising Star–Trumpet: Amir ElSaffar

Rising Star–Trombone: Jacob Garchik

Rising Star–Soprano Saxophone: Jimmy Greene

Rising Star–Alto Saxophone: Caroline Davis

Rising Star–Tenor Saxophone: Ingrid Laubrock

Rising Star–Baritone Saxophone: Alex Harding

Rising Star–Clarinet: Matana Roberts

Rising Star–Flute: Rhonda Larson

Rising Star–Piano: Orrin Evans

Rising Star–Keyboard: Elio Villafranca

Rising Star–Organ: Roberta Piket

Rising Star–Guitar: Jakob Bro

Rising Star–Bass: Thomas Morgan

Rising Star–Electric Bass: Mimi Jones

Rising Star–Violin: Scott Tixier

Rising Star–Drums: Johnathan Blake

Rising Star–Percussion: Satoshi Takeishi

Rising Star–Vibraphone: Behn Gillece

Rising Star–Miscellaneous Instrument: Tomeka Reid (cello)

Rising Star–Female Vocalist: Jazzmeia Horn

Rising Star–Male Vocalist: Jamison Ross

Rising Star–Composer: Tyshawn Sorey

Rising Star–Arranger: Amir ElSaffar

Rising Star–Producer: Flying Lotus


The August issue of DownBeat has features on numerous winning artists as well the complete results for each category, listing more than 1,200 artists who received votes in the Critics Poll. To subscribe to DownBeat, visit the website. DB


Must Attend Performance Guide in Poster form



sisgwenjazz Blog used with the permission of Gwen Ansell

Nicole Mitchell’s Downbeat award should bring her to South Africa

The Downbeat Critics Awards are out and South Africans can enjoy a slightly smug feeling. We heard the Vijay Iyer sextet before they scored that award for Far From Over, in March at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. It was a joy – but I suppose it would be repetitive to ask that Iyer be invited back?

Read the whole newsletter at https://sisgwenjazz.wordpress.com

A wee bit about Sis Gwen

Gwen Ansell is a freelance writer, researcher and trainer. She writes about jazz (for this blog, The Conversation, the Financial Mail, M&G Friday and more) and reviews books – mainly science fiction & fantasy (these reviews have appeared in the Johannesburg Mail&Guardian and the Chimurenga Chronic, among others). As a Research Associate of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, she has researched and published on jazz and music policy in the creative and cultural industries sector. She trains journalists and academic and organisational writers, and consults on music industry policy, organisational communication and training policies as well as curriculum design.

A former Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, she is the author of Soweto Blues: Jazz, Politics and Popular Music in South Africa and the textbook Introduction to Journalism,, as well as various book chapters and journal articles. Watch out for her chapter on jazz in Johannesburg in the forthcoming second volume of Sounds and the City.


And finally here’s a spare Quote of the Week for good luck

Kenny Burrell that’s the sound I’m looking for. Jimi Hendrix


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