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28 Jan 2009

Freddie Hubbard - "Freddie Flys"

The brilliant trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, passed away recently. If you are a true jazz lover, for sure, there must be a Freddie Hubbard recording somewhere in your music collection.

If you are not familiar with Freddie's music or do not have any in your collection, here is a chance to get an excellent introduction.

In paying tribute to Freddie, the guys at Bending Corners showcase his early 70's recordings. Go check out Freddies Flying. Freddie collaborated with some of the A-team jazz musicians. After listening to this I am sure it will urge you to obtain more of his recordings.

Wikipedia has very exhaustive discography here.

Fly High Freddie

20 Jan 2009

International Year of Astronomy 2009 - The Universe Yours To Discover

2009 will be celebrated all across the world as the International Year Of Astronomy (IYA). Close to 140 countries are taking part in activities to celebrate IYA.

The International Astronomical Union(IAU) has set up a website ( as the main IYA2009 resource.

Locally, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is also taking part. Please check out the SAAO link for IYA at

Also check out 365 Days of Astronomy - Daily Podcast of the IYA.
"The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that will publish one podcast per day, for all 365 days of 2009. The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people aroundthe world."

18 Jan 2009

Maidens Cove, Cape Town

Neatly stuck between Clifton and Glenn Beach is Maidens Cove. This little space is undiscovered to many visitors and many Cape Town residents.

There are spectacular views of Camps Bay, Table Mountain and The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range.

Also offer some good vantage points to view common dolphins frolicking in the water. During the June to the November period, this is also a good place for whale spotting.

12 Jan 2009

Celebrate of the Life of Alex van Heerden

from Eric Alan

The sad and tragic passing of Alex van Heerden sees people from all walks of life gathering to Celebrate of the Life of Alex van Heerden. I hope that you will be able to attend the Celebration on Saturday 17th January 2009.

The event takes place on the Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschoek proceedings starting at 3pm. Please arrive early to ensure seating and to tour the Museum to see first hand the work that has been done thus far.

Should you wish to play in the jam session at the end of the program please register your wish to Chris Grobler on Saturday prior to or during the musical segments of the program or call him on 082 301 495.

I have attached a map showing the best way to get to the estate. The program below is subject to change.

The Celebration of the Life of Alex van Heerden Concert

Guests arrive 14h00 for 15h00 Celebration starts at 15h00 sharp

15h00 - 15h05
Introduction of program and guests – Eric Alan

15h05 - 15h20 Music slot 1
David’s Family gospel group tribute from Atlantis

15h20 – 15h25
Tribute speaker 1
Councillor Dirk Oosthuizen – Cape Winelands Municipality representing the Mayor

15h25 – 15h45
Music slot 2
Solms Delta Brass Band

15h45 – 15h52
Tribute speaker 2
David Kramer – Musician & Playwright

15h52 – 16h00
Tribute speaker 3
Cameron Dugmore – MEC - Cultural Affairs & Sport

16h00 – 16h20
Music slot 3
Members of Gramadoelas - Wesley Rustin, Leslie Javan, Hilton Schilder & Friends

16h20 – 16h30
Tribute speaker 4
Themba Wakashe – Director General of National Department of Arts & Culture

16h30 – 16h50
Music slot 4
Robbie Jansen & Friends

16h50 – 17h00
Tribute speaker 5 Last words
Professor Mark Solms

Play out with 3 minute video feature of Alex’s work with communities, including interviews done by Alex. Put together by de Wet van Rooyen

Then a Jam Session with all musicians who wish to pay musical respect to Alex will start and continue until 18h00.

Eric Alan:


Brazilian CARNIVAL in Cape Town

Would you like to take part in a Brazilian Carnival in Cape Town?

Bloco Quilombo is inviting you to get prepared and take part in a Brazilian Carnival right here in Cape Town. They have rehearsals every Sunday from 17:00 until 19:00 at Quilombo Brazil, 87 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town. This is free.

These rehearsals will be every Sunday until the start of the festival on 21 February 2009.

"We would like to encourage Capetonians wanting to learn to play or dance Samba to join our growing Brazilian comunity here in Obs early as there are only few rehearsals until Carnival. Bring your own drum, borrow one of ours or just come and check it out!"

For more info contact Mike at 021 4474409 or

10 Jan 2009

ROSE KORBER's 17th ART SALON extends to 25 January 2009

Celebrating its 17th year, Rose Korber’s ART SALON has extended its exhibition season until 25 January, on account of the enormous interest shown in this year’s event.

In addition, Andrew Lamprecht - noted art writer, curator and lecturer at U.C.T.'s Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town - will conduct a second walkabout tour at Rose Korber Art, 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town on Wednesday 14 January at 11 am. He will discuss aspects of contemporary, South African art and the art market, with reference to the wide range of artists and works on view. Entrance is free.

For further information about this exhibition, please contact Rose Korber or Valerie Botha at ROSE KORBER ART, Tel: 021 438 9152

Fax: 021 438 6262
Mobile 083 261 1173 or 082 781 6144

09 Jan 2009

Reza Khota Trio live at Tagore's

Reza Khota Trio live at Tagore's
with Shane Cooper and Jonno Sweetman

Standards by Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Coltrane and more interpreted in a conversation for three. Come share this rather intimate space and music with us.

Time and Place Date:
Friday, January 16, 2009

9:00pm - 11:00pm

Tagore's, Trill Road, Observatory

Contact Info Phone: 0741820611

08 Jan 2009

Alex Van Heerden

Hey Alex, you have now gone beyond "Droƫland", leaving us with a rich heritage of your creativity.

Where ever you are, hope you will still be able to do the "Vastrap".

You will be remembered...

sad news: Alex van Heerden died in a car accident. This is a big loss for
South African music. Not only was he a brilliant musician but a reconciling
wanderer between those diverse musical worlds as Boeremusick, Jazz,
Ambient, Electronica or local and international ethnic music. Alex, we will
dearly miss you.

We send our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


Andreas, George and Regina and all musicians of Jazz Potjie Projects

Jazz Potjie Projects
9 Bath Street
8001 Cape Town - Gardens
Fon: +27 (0)21 426-1093
Fax: +27 (0)21 426-1094
It is sad and distressing news indeed. I was so looking forward to what would come of Alex's stirling work at Solmes-Delta farm in Franschoek. He was a gifted individual
and a brilliant new South African, who's example placed him ahead of his time.

Paul Sedres

When I settled in Capetown in 1996, and frequented the Adderley Street jazz dive, Alex stood stoically with his trumpet on stage...with the likes of Robbie and Hilton et al, who introduced me to the local [live] Cape sounds. I found this rather interesting - a young Afrikaaner boy who obviously did not have the facial or body 'jive' of his band members... or of the audience. I thought, "Alex, move your body...just a little bit, maan!"

Several years later, I met Alex in a Sea Point taxi as a fellow passenger. "Hey Alex", I said, "I like your style - where did you learn this stuff?" I was trying to sound 'local', too. Alex replied simply, " with my township bros, just listening to them". I looked again. This quiet, humble, blue-eyed male Afrikaaner? I started listening, too.

A few years later, Alex invited me to a Fish Hoek gig whereby he would 'present' his accordion gramadoelas concept. His accordion straps broke that night, but he did well to salvage the sounds, and we had a good laugh! I was a learner - he explained to me 'gramadoelas'; that he wanted to bring the (misunderstood) Afrikaaner motifs into the present, i.e. fusion with other local Cape/South African beats/rhythms to create an authentic South African style. I listened...and kept listening.

Wow, what sounds, I thought, as I watched Alex mature and produce.... Another young musician trying to grow South African music....

I hope those, like me, who have appreciated the little dynamic change to music and its accompanying spirituality Alex has brought to us.

Alex, you can not be forgotten; just forgiven for leaving us so early in your (and our) musical growth! Blessings to you, Alex, you brave young soul! You have taught me so much..... I will sorely miss you.....

Carol Martin


06 Jan 2009

2010 - we are getting there!

jazzathon 2009

Jazzathon 2009 is happening at the V & A Waterfront Amphitheatre from 8 - 11 January 2009.

Below is the provisional program for the festival.

Please check out the Jazzathon website for an up to date program.

DAY 1 -Thursday, 08 JAN 2009 - AMPHITHEATRE
13h00 Darryl Andrews Big Band
15h00 Women Unite
17h00 The Cape Jazz Orchestra
19h00 Ivan Masuze
21h00 Tucan Tucan

DAY 2 - Friday, 09 JAN 2009 - AMPHITHEATRE
13h00 The Verses Project
15h00 Tracey Appollis
17h00 Celeste Williams
19h00 Claire Phillips
21h00 Judith Sephuma

DAY 3 - Saturday, 10 JAN 2009 - AMPHITHEATRE
13h00 Touch
13h45 Just Jazz
15h00 Chad Lawrence
17h00 Little Giants
19h00 Allou April
21h00 Camillo Lombard

DAY 4 - Sunday, 11 JAN 2009 - AMPHITHEATRE
13h00 New Birth
15h00 Jonathan Rubain
17h00 Sylvester Mazanyane
19h00 Hotep Galeta, Robbie Jansen, Allou April

For my info go to the Jazzathon website

03 Jan 2009


‘Mad Max on the highways of matrimony’



5 - 24 January 2009 at 20:15


Opening for a season from 5 to 24th January 2009 in the Baxter Concert Hall, comedian Stuart Taylor and director Heinrich Reisenhofer have teamed up to create the definitive relationship crash course for the modern South African man. Revealing tips and secrets from Stuart's soon-to-be-published book Learner Husband this hysterically funny step-by-step programme prepares you to survive the most perilous of all driving tests … marriage!

Look out for Warning Signs they never tell you about (till it is too late), as well as Stuart's patented rescue formula, 'Sorry, honey, I was wrong!' And that's not all ... Stuart will also reveal the early chapters of his nappy-busting sequel, K53 for Learner Dads.

‘Guys, we are not messing around any more’, states Stuart, it's time to put that learner sticker back on, cause it's Mad Max out there on the highways of matrimony, and we are going to survive!’

Whether you are married, engaged or even thinking of getting married, you won't want to get behind the wheel or the pram until you have seen this show.

Ladies, drag your men, even if it's kicking and screaming, to this life-changing comedy you won’t want to miss.

Performances are Monday to Saturday at 20.15. Tickets cost R80 and R60 for UCT staff, students, senior citizens and block bookings of 10 or more. Book at Computicket, the Baxter, Shoprite Checkers outlets and on line Call Sharon at the Baxter for block bookings and charities 021 685-7880.

01 Jan 2009

Little Sunflower, You Will Bloom Forever

Go Well Freddie Dewayne Hubbard

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard passed away on Monday, December 29, 2009.

Little Sunflower

"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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