Take 5 Jazz

The latest show:


  • This week I’ll start with vibraphonist Teddy Charles track from his album “Evolution” recorded January 6th 1955 with tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Gerry Segal
  • Trombonist Chris Barber track from “The Chris Barber Soul Band” recorded in 1964 with Jimmy Deuchar & Pat Halcox: trumpet, Ian Wheeler: clarinet, Ronnie Scott: tenor sax, John Slaughter: guitar, Eddie Smith: banjo, Brian Auger: organ, Dick Smith: bass, Graham Burbridge: drums
  • The Woody Herman Big Band  track from his album  “The 40th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Concert” recorded November 20th 1976 with Stan Getz, Flip Phillips, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Rowles, Pat Coil, Billy Bauer, Jake Hanna
  • Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon  : Live Broadcast in N.Y. august 20th 1945 with Don Byas, Herbie Fields & Ben Webster: tenor sax, Stuff Smith: violin, Duke Ellington: piano, Al Lucas: bass, Eddie Nicholson: drums
  • The Ben Webster special track 141/520 now “Ben in London 1964” with tenorist  Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey: piano, Rick Laird: bass, Jackie Dougan: drums
  • Tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes track from his album “Tubbs” recorded march 21st 1961 with Terry Shannon: piano, Jeff Clyne: bass, Bill Eyden: drums
  • Deborah J. Carter(vocals) track from her cd “Daytripper” recorded in 2016 with Coen Molenaar: keyboards, Mark Zandveld: bass, Enrique Firpi: drums, Ed Verhoeff: guitar
  • Steps track from the lp “Smokin”in the Pit” recorded December 15th 1979 Michael Brecker: tenor sax, Mike Mainieri: vibes, Don Gronick: piano, Eddie Gomez: bass, Steve Gadd: drums
  • Baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff  track from “The Complete Serge Chaloff Sessions:  recorded September 21st 1946 Ralph Burns: piano, Chuck Wayne: guitar, Artie Bernstein: bass, Don Lamond: drums
  • Hammond organist Herbert Noord track from the lp “Live at the Kroeg”  recorded October 8th 1979 with Wil van Slogteren: guitar, Harvey Kaiser: tenor sax, John Engels: drums


Show no.1000

Coming October will mark another milestone in the history of Take 5 Jazz. After twenty-two years we soon reach the thousandth show. I would ask of you to help me, much as I did when I reached the 500th show: please send me any rare or special jazzy or bluesy material, or send me a spoken promo, to make this show even more memorable!

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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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