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27 Dec 2007

JAZZATHON 2008 is on

For those of us who are anxious to know if JAZZATHON 2008 is on, don't fear, it is on. Come and support it, and don't forget, support the musicians.

Refer to this
It will happen from 10 to 13 January 2008.

Details to follow at

25 Dec 2007

Hamba Kahle Oscar Peterson

The legendary Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson recorded the track, "Peace for South Africa" on the 1990 Telarc cd(Telarc CD-83304), "The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live at the Blue Note". It featured Oscar, Herb Ellis(guitar), Ray Brown(bass) and Bobby Durham(drums).

Like many others in South Africa and elsewhere, I would have liked to see Oscar Peterson perform live in South Africa.

Oscar Peterson passed away on 23 December 2007. Go Well Oscar.

The New York Times
Chretien recalls Mandela, Peterson meeting

18 Dec 2007

Tucan Tucan at the Festival of the Chariot

Tucan Tucan will perform: Sat 29th January 2007
from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sea Point Promenade - Beach road
Contact: 082 083 3451

The Festival of the Chariot is a two day (29 December - 30 December)
multicultural spirtual and wellness festival, celebrating diversity,
the REAL Peace Formula and Wellness – with lots of music and dance. The
highlight will be on Saturday when a 15 foot Chariot will be
hand-pulled along Beach Road, headed by marching bands, African, Indian
and Western dancers and a chanting group. this festival is offered
FREE to all citizens of and visitors to Cape Town. For more information
log into

Tucan Tucan will also appear at the V & A Waterfront:
V & A Waterfront Amphitheatre Summer Concerts
4th January
Time: 19:30
Contact: 021-408 7600

New album "Make a difference"
AVAILABLE at music stores Nationwide!

Jonathan Butler at the Suidoosterfees

The fifth "Suidoosterfees" will happen from 28 January 2008 until 9 February 2008 at the Artscape.

One of the highlights of this festival will be the appearrance of Jonathan Butler and his band from Los Angeles. JB and his band will give two performances.

Date: 2 February 2008, 15:00 and 20:00
Price: R200, R175, R150
Duration: 120 min
Artscape Opera House.

More info Here (please note that the information here is in Afrikaans)

Also look out for the True Love Jazz Lounge at the festival

09 Dec 2007

Hotep Idris Galeta combines with Onaje Allan Gumbs

It was only after reading through the December issue of All About Jazz - New York that I discovered about pianists Onaje Allan Gumbs's and Hotep Idris Galeta's duo concerts at New York's Shutters Cafe.

The series of concerts will run from 13 December 2007 until 15 December 2007.

On 13 December 2007 it will be a duo concert featuring Hotep's and Onaje's compositions.

On 14 December they will be accompanied by South African jazz vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin, saxophonist TK Blue, bassist Marcus McLaurine, percussionist Bujo Kevin Jones, and drummer George Gray.

The final performance on 15 December 2007 will see Cameroonian vocalist Gino Sitson, saxophonist TK Blue and percussionist Bujo Kevin Jones joining the group.

When I spoke to Hotep in the week he was very excited about these concerts.

We hope to see these musicians in South Africa soon.

If you can make it to Shutters cafe - more info here:
SHUTTERS CAFE: Bar & Restaurant 433 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001 212.279.3446 (Between 9th & 10th Aves. Just off Dyer Ave.)

Media Releases:

08 Dec 2007

An invite from Eric Alan


Have fun with the Double Play back to Back on Sunday and see if you can beat genial host Eric Alan by guessing the name of the song, or find out what’s happening on the jazz scene around the country in the Gig Guide. Find out what’s where and happening on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz Sales Charts and also on the Jazz Week Radio Play Jazz Chart. Listen to the Blues Break of the Day and our Beyond Segment, where anything goes.

We will also have Sean O’Connell member of the Cape Town funky fusion group Airborne in the studio. The band recorded a live concert this past weekend and we’ll find out how it went and the reasons that prompted the concert.

There’s all that and most importantly, great jazz, but that’s not all folks, so make a date to listen to your wireless from 5 to 8 on Sunday. Once again remember, join Eric Alan this coming Sunday evening for Jazz Rendezvous with a glass of your favourite tipple at hand to enjoy and join in fun, That’s Jazz Rendezvous, Sundays from 5pm to 8pm, only on Radio 2000.

Don’t forget to log onto the Jazz Rendezvous website for more of the latest Jazz news and information simply go to

06 Dec 2007

Hanepoot and the Biggish Band in Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West

Hanepoot & the Biggish Band play their last gig for 2007 at the Sunset Picnic Concert on Sunday December 9th at the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West.

This event is hosted by the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve, who run the Educational Environmental Centre at the Reserve.

The Centre introduces young learners from the Helderberg area, including Macassar and Nomzamo, to the importance of our rich environmental heritage, and especially of conserving our fauna, flora and water.

The Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve generates funds for this programme from this Kirstenbosch-style Sunset Concert Series in the Reserve on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Hanepoot & the Biggish Band plays solely South African big band jazz material , including new arrangements of 'standards' by the likes of Errol Dyers, Zakes Nkosi, Hugh Masekela and Dollar Brand, as well as originals by Merton Barrow, Douglas Armstrong, David Ledbetter and Hanepoot himself. You'll hear some Cape goema and Jo'burg marabi tunes, swing and even a tango.

The Biggish Band:
Saxes: Storm de Klerk, John Ntshibilikwana, Chris Tokalon, Fred Block, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Douglas Armstrong, Daniel Kaplan, Stuart Bowen, Dean Manuel
Trombones: Jasper Cook, Andrew O'Donoghue, Mike Nixon, Jeremy Thurgood
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms, perc): Colin Miller, George Werner, Sidney McKinnon, Ted Frazer

Tickets for Sunday's concert are R25 for adults and R5 for scholars. The band plays from 17h30 to 18h45, and the gates close at 20:00.

More info at

Jason Reolon Trio in Concert

Jason Reolon Piano
Wesley Rustin Bass
Heinrich Goosen Drums

This trio is fresh, innovative and highly entertaining in the musical stories they portray.

Following Jason's fantastic Solo Concert at the Studios, this is again an opportunity to hear outstanding Jazz in an intimate setting on a brand new Kawai Grand Piano.

Their album "Off the Record" will be for sale on the evening.

Come and enjoy an evening with excellent wine and meet the artists from this cutting edge trio.

Date: Sunday 9 December 2007
Time:& nbsp; 7:00 for 7:30pm
Price: R100 includes wine

The Kawai Piano Studios - 13 Palmer Road, Muizenberg

Contact 021 788 3720 to book or visit

"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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