Take 5 Jazz

The latest show:


  • My first track in this program is  with arranger/conductor Harry South track from his album “Further South” Broadcast recordings 1960-1967 now you’ll hear Georgie Fame(vocals) with  the Harry South Big Band with Tubby Hayes on tenor sax recorded October 4th 1966, a 4 cd box on    R & B Records
  • Tenor saxophonist Sonny Stitt track from the lp “My Mother’s Eyes” recorded in 1963 with Charles Kynard: organ, Ray Crawford: guitar, Doug Sides: drums
  • Drummer/percussionist and vibes and marimba Ruslan Moiseev track from his new album “Classica Neo”
  • Tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott, track from the album “BBC Jazz Club 1964-1966( also on R & B Records) Free  Trade Hall, Manchester june 6th 1964 with Stan Tracey: piano, Malcolm Cecil: bass, Jackie Dougan: drums
  • Tenor saxophonist Don Wilkerson, 2 tracks from his lp “Preach Brother” recorded june 18th 1962 with Grant Green: guitar, Sonny Clark: piano, Butch Warren: bass, Billy Higgins: drums(special request!!)
  • The Ben Webster special track 118/520, his lp “My Man” Live at Montmartre 1973 on Steeplechase with Ole Kock Hansen: piano, Bo Stief: bass, Alex Riel: drums
  • The Harry South Big Band track from his 4 cd box on R & B Records “Further South”  recorded march 16th 1965 with Tubby Hayes, Phil Seamen, Ronnie Scott, Terry Shannon,Alan Branscombe, Roy Willox……
  • The Caribbean Jazz Project track from “The Gathering”  recorded june 2002 with Dave Samuels: vibes and marimba, Dave Valentin: flute, Dario Eskenazi: piano, Ruben Rodriguez: bass, Dafnis Prieto: drums, Richie Flores: percussion,Paquito D’Rivera: alto sax
  • Tenor saxophonist George Coleman  track from his album “Blue Insight Out” recorded in 1995 live at the Ronnie Scott’s Club with Peter King: alto sax,Julian Joseph: piano, Dave Green: bass, Mark Taylor: drums
  • The Dutch Blues band “Brainbox” recorded in 1969 with Jan Akkerman: guitars, Andre Reynen: bass, Pierre van der Linden: drums, Kaz Lux: vocals


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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