Take 5 Jazz

The latest show:

  • Start my program with bassist Neil Swainson, track from his album “Fire in the West” recorded November 18th 2021 with Renee Rosnes: piano, Lewis Nash: drums, Brad Turner: trumpet, Kelly Jefferson: tenor sax
  • On alto sax and piano you’ll hear Hank Crawford, track from his album “The Soul Clinic” recorded October 7th 1960 with David “Fathead” Newman: tenor sax, Leroy Cooper: baritone sax, Philip Guilbeau: trumpet, Edgar Willis: bass, Bruno Carr: drums
  • The Spike Wilner trio plays Monk and Elligton, recorded janaury 11th 2022, Spike on piano, Peter Washington on bass and drummer Joe Farnsworth
  • Tenor saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, track from his lp “Straight Ahead” recorded December 21st 1960 with Wynton Kelly: piano, Paul Chambers: bass, Charlie Persip: drums
  • Hammond organist Brian Charette, track from his album “Jackpot” recorded November 4th 2021 with Cory Weeds: tenor sax, Ed Cherry: guitar, Bill Stewart: drums
  • The Ben Webster special, track 212/520, this  week  Ben’s lp “Did You Call??” recorded November 28th 1972 with Tete Montoliu: piano, Eric Peter: bass, Peer Wyboris: drums
  • Pianist Rob van Bavel , track from the cd “Time For Ballads—the Studio Sessions” release date  jan/feb 2023 ( you could order this new cd on Rob’s website—robvanbavel.com) on bass you’ll hear Frans van Geest and on drums Marcel Serierse
  • Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, track from his lp “Cherry” recorded in 1972 with Milt Jackson: vibes, Bob James: piano, Cornell Dupree: guitar, Ron Carter: bass, Billy Cobham: drums
  • Composer/arranger and on keyboards Don Sebesky, track from the album “Giant Box” recorded in 1973 Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Grover Washington, Joe Farrell, Paul desmond on saxes, Milt Jackson: vibes, Bob James: piano, Ron Carter: bass, Billy Cobham & Jack DeJohnette: drums, Airto: percussion
  • Alto saxophonist Sonny Stitt, track from his album “Plays Arrangements from the Pen of Quincy Jones” recorded September 30th 1955 with Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Ernie Royal: trumpets, Jimmy Cleveland & J.J. Johnson: trombones, Seldon Powell: tenor sax, Cecil Payne: baritone sax, Hank Jones: piano, Freddie Green: guitar, Oscar Pettiford: bass, Jo Jones: drums, Quincy Jones: composer/arranger
  • Tenor saxophonist Gene Cipriano ( july 13th 1928—november 12th 2022) track from his album “First Time Out”
  • Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon and on trumpet Benny Bailey, track from the steeplechase lp “Revelation” recorded in 1974 with Lars Sjosten: piano, Torbjorn Hultcranz: bass, Jual Curtis: drums

Kamuli Community Brass Band:

The Kamuli Community Brass Band runs a very successful music project for poor, vulnerable, street children and youth in the kamuli district rural areas in Uganda. Their efforts have saved many child from a life lost to the streets, abuse, drugs and extreme poverty. The project is called Music for Social and economic empowerment.

One of the project activities is a brass band called Kamuli Community Brass Band, which is helping the disadvantaged youth and children. Their method is using music as a tool to rehabilitate and reform children, and youth Education is the key to fighting poverty in Africa.

The band consists of 140 children, but they share only 24 instruments. That is, if the instruments are not in a poor state where slides can’t move or can’t be tuned. As such, the Brass Band is in search of donations of instruments and uniforms- whatever you can no long use they can give a new life as they give a chance for the children in the community to learn music.

What makes their challenge even harsher is the Covid-19 pandemic. The Brass Band had to release the children who still had their families, but over 40 children are orphans with nowhere to go but the orphanage run by the project.  Food is scare, and they are struggling to provide medical care and all other basic needs.

If you wish to help, go visit kamulibrassband.org.

About Take 5 Jazz

In the weekly show of Take 5 Jazz I will take you into the great world of Jazz. Beyond the mainstream and well known recordings, my show is an entrance to the vast range of all the various styles within the genre, such as Bebop, West Coast jazz, and most notable: Latin. Jazz music knows many faces: from the old American Jazz standards to the British scene, and from big bands to Cool Jazz; ranging from the oldest to the most recent of recordings, every week some of the finest from my collection will be played.

One of my aims is present something unknown every week; to give some airplay to those musicians to whom people pay too little attention to, as well as providing rare recordings of well-known musicians. Take 5 Jazz offers a blend of the familiar and unfamiliar, mostly jazz and sometimes a bit of blues, but always with the intent to find something new and interesting.

Jan Klein, the man behind Take 5 Jazz

An article in a Dutch newspaper, marking the 300th show of Take 5 Jazz.
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Back in 1997 people, who knew about my passion for Jazz, asked me to start a radio show at a local radio station. Rather than generic pop music usually aired, this new show, Take 5, offered the best Jazz and Blues that was within my ever-expanding collection.

My collection spans a great number of LPs and CDs, and started in the early seventies. At the time, as a little boy, I bought my first LP: Cal Tjader’s Latin Kick. This marked the beginning of my love for the genre. The quality of his sound and the quality of performance drew me to Ben Webster. Ben, like Cal, is one of the cornerstones of my collection.

For several years I aired this music, but times change. Progressing from a small local radio station to the World Wide Web, I became fully independent. Now I am able to share my love for the music with an audience from all over the world!

For over forty years after I collected every known recording that Cal Tjader produced, making me one of the few in the world who managed to complete the entire discography of Cal. The combination of Jazz and Latin was what started my love for Jazz, and thus it was something I wanted to give special attention in my show. From October 14, 2002, to July 31, 2018, I aired my entire collection: one track a week, every week. It was a monumental task, and I am proud that I managed to complete it.

Once I reached the end of my Cal Tjader special, I had to switch to a different musician. A poll amongst my listeners finalized my decision: for 520 weeks in a row there will be at least one track of Ben Webster in my show!

A painting given to me to celebrate my 500th show of Take 5 Jazz

Sem van Gelder from The Swingmaster, one of the main sources of my collection.

Cal Tjader and Ben Webster are but two examples of the musicians that I count amongst my favourites. The long and wonderful history of the Jazz genre has brought forth many musical geniuses. And while Jazz might originate from the United States, those gifted in the art of music are born all over the world. The jazz scene in Britain, for instance, featured artists such as Tubby Hayes and Phil Seamen. And for me, hailing from Holland, there are many ‘local’ musicians whom I admire, whose albums I collected. The most notable of these are Jan Akkerman and Rob Franken.

For a more expansive summary of the musicians whose music I appreciate, click here.


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