Posts Tagged ‘Nigel Vermaas’

Dizzy Gillespie at 100

17/10/2017

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Tonight at 8pm on Connected 2 Jazz on Bush Radio 89.5FM we celebrate another centenary: that of innovative trumpeter and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie, who, with Monk, Charlie Parker and a few others, was responsible for introducing bebop into jazz.

John Birks Gillespie was born on 24 October 1917.

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10/10/2017

Thelonious_Sphere_Monk_Flyer_1 copyThelonious Sphere Monk was born 100 years ago today. This bebop pioneer, who wrote some of the most memorable compositions in jazz, was a true original – as a person, as a pianist, as a composer.

In CONNECTED 2 JAZZ on Bush Radio 89.5fm tonight (Tuesday, 10 October 2017) at 8pm, Nigel Vermaas will profile this great musician.

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The First Lady of Song: Ella at 100

20/04/2017

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Tuesday 25th April is the centenary of the birth of one of the world’s greatest jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald.

So on 25th April from 8-10 p.m. Bush Radio will be celebrating Ella’s 100th Birthday on CONNECTED 2 JAZZ, presented by Nigel Vermaas.

Aside from the music, there’ll be insights from Ella fans of the calibre of Gretchen Parlato, Siya Makuzeni, Melanie Scholtz and Kronendal Music Academy head, Dwyn Griesel.

Celebrate the First Lady of Song this Tuesday with Bush!

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Sinatra at 100 on Connected2Jazz

13/12/2015

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1915 – IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR!

01/12/2015

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On CONNECTED 2 JAZZ, Nigel Vermaas’s Bush Radio 89.5FM show on Tuesday nights in December, he will be marking the centenaries of two music giants: Billy Strayhorn (born 29 November 1915) and Frank Sinatra (born 12 December 1915) Earlier this year CONNECTED 2 JAZZ marked the centenary of another great artist’s birth, Billie Holiday (born 7 April 1915)

Whereas the swaggering Sinatra, whose Hoboken roots never really left him, has been a household name for nearly 80 years, as famous for his love life, punch-ups and gangster connections as he was for his singing and acting talents, the refined Strayhorn is virtually unknown outside the jazz community.

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Billy Strayhorn, who lived most of his working life in the shadow of Duke Ellington, was the writer and co-writer of many of the Ellington Orchestra’s most famous compositions, notably TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN. A discreetly but openly gay black man in a time when many opted for the closet, Strayhorn (‘Swee’pea’, as Duke called him) was also a brilliant orchestrater. The combination of the more flamboyant Ellington with the retiring Strayhorn produced some of the greatest works in jazz.

CONNECTED 2 JAZZ will honour Strayhorn on Tuesday 1 December from 8-10 p.m. on Bush Radio 89.5fm / http://www.bushradio.co.za

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Frank Sinatra – arguably the greatest male singer in the history of popular music – may not have been a jazz vocalist as such but he certainly identified with jazz artists (particularly Billie Holiday and Tony Bennett) and used many jazz instrumentalists on his recordings and live gigs; and most jazz singers admire Sinatra.

CONNECTED 2 JAZZ pays tribute to the “Chairman of the Board’ on Tuesday 15 December from 8-10 p.m. on Bush Radio 89.5fm / http://www.bushradio.co.za

Nobody broke my heart, you know why? It’s already broken. – Sathima Bea Benjamin (1936 – 2013)

21/08/2013
Sathima Bea Benjamin (17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013)

Sathima Bea Benjamin (17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013)

All of us at Bush Radio would like to share our condolences with all the family, friends and fans of Sathima Bea Benjamin who passed away yesterday. South African jazz singer and wife of pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Sathima Bea Benjamin has died at the age of 76. Sathima was born in Johannesburg and raised in Cape Town.In the 1960’s Sathima and husband Abdullah Ibrahim moved between Europe and New York.

Trailer to the 2010 documentary on Sathima: “Sathima’s Windsong”

In 1979, she launched her own record label, Ekapa, primarily to produce and distribute her music. Between 1979 and 2002, she released eight albums: ‘Sathima Sings Ellington’, ‘Dedications’, ‘Memories and Dreams’, ‘Windsong’, ‘Lovelight’, ‘Southern Touch’, ‘Cape Town Love’, and ‘Musical Echoes’.

Jazz Specialist and Bush Radio presenter Nigel Vermaas said Sathima was one of the icons of South African Jazz, however she wasn’t that recognised in this country because she spent most of her career in the United States where she was highly valued.

Sathima and Bush Radio volunteer, Ronnie Green enjoying a laugh and a cup of tea at the station

Sathima and Bush Radio volunteer, Ronnie Green enjoying a laugh and a cup of tea at the station

In October 2004, South African president Thabo Mbeki bestowed upon her the Order of Ikhamanga Silver Award in recognition for her excellent contribution as a jazz artist in South Africa and internationally, as well as for her contribution to the struggle against apartheid.  This year she received the Lifetime achievement award at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

Jazz educator and musician, Paul Sedres said Sathima was able, through her music, to represent a big sector of our population and the ideals that we wanted in terms of our social change during the apartheid era.

Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim had two children Tsakwe and Tsidi (hip-hop artist Jean Grae).

Editor of the South African Association for Jazz Education, Diane Rossi said one of the highlights was when Sathima graced the Crypt Jazz restaurant stage on International Jazz Day this year, and in the audience were her family and fans.

Rossi added that Sathima has gone far too soon.

Listen to Sathima sing (via sathimabeabenjamin.com):

* Loveless Love/Careless Love from SongSpirit

** If You Were the Only Boy in the World from Cape Town Love

Where were you 18 years ago? Check out these promos

02/08/2013

On Friday the 9th of August (National Women’s Day) 2013, Bush Radio, Africa’s oldest volunteer driven community radio station celebrates 18 (legal) years on-air.

We will be having a special programme on the day from 2 – 4pm with many of the “old” Bushies. (see Calling all “old” Bushies)

Nigel Vermaas (host of Connected 2 Jazz) produced three promos (audio) for the programme. We thought we would share them here too. The promos feature Bassie Montewa the current host of Backchat as well as Dr Jeanne du Toit, Brenda Leonard and Sue Valentine and Victor J.



 

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Erika Lundi, from Cape Town

25/10/2012

On CONNECTED 2 JAZZ on Tuesday night at 8pm,  30th October, Nigel Vermaas will be devoting his whole show to singer Erika Lundi, whose excellent cd ERIKA LUNDI, FROM CAPE TOWN has been released on the Jazz Potjie label.

Erika sings jazz, rock, funk, soul, you name it, and has a great voice and a wonderful ear. “She should be far better known than she is”, says Nigel.

Erika will talk about her early days here and outside the country, and the crazy nature of “the jazz life”. Although she is intensely focussed on her music, Erika also loves to laugh – often at her own expense. “And she seems entirely without ego”, adds Nigel.

Her friend Michele Maxwell (well-known singer, pianist & actress) shares her insights about Erika, as does keyboard player and Jazz Potjie Producer Andreas Wellmann.

This two-hour-long feature will, of course, include lots of music, mainly Erika singing with musicians of the calibre of Mac McKenzie, George Werner, Hilton Schilder, James Kibby, Wesley Rustin, Andreas himself and many more, but there’ll also be a few tracks from U.S. artists who’ve influenced or mentored her, such as Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Barron.

LISTEN TO THE PROMO FOR THE PROGRAMME – click here

“Whether she’s talking to you or singing, Erika really knows how to tell a story”, says Nigel, “and I know she’ll make this edition of CONNECTED 2 JAZZ a very special one.”

Nigel Vermaas is CONNECTED 2 JAZZ every Tuesday night from 8 to 10 on Bush Radio 89.5fm or online.

Debating the Spear

11/06/2012

On Tuesday 5 June 2012 at the African Arts Institute offices in Union House, playwright and Executive Director of the Institute, Mike van Graan chaired a panel discussion/forum which considered the implications to artists of the uproar about Brett Murray’s controversial SPEAR painting. It was hosted by Arterial Network. A lively debate, occasionally slightly anarchic, ensued.

Nigel Vermaas, who attended the forum, assembled a 17.30 minute version of the two-hour event for his Arts Update in Friday’s Sakhisizwe show (8 June). Inevitably the choices made will not find favour with all, much nuance is, of course, lost, and some of the edits are a bit abrupt – but the gist is there.

Mike van Graan introduces the panel: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE RECORDING

Connected 2 Jazz tribute show: Zim Ngqawana

08/12/2011

Zim Ngqawana - photograph by Charles Betz

On the 13th December 2011 at 8pm on Connected 2 Jazz ((13 December 2011 at 8pm), Nigel Vermaas will be paying tribute to the late Zim Ngqawana (25 December 1959 – 10 May 2011).

LISTEN TO THE ZIM TRIBUTE SHOW PROMO

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