Showing that Pretoria also has a lot to offer in the mainstream jazz stakes, vocalist ‘Nell’, and ‘The Boulevard Ensemble’ (‘Boulevard’ being the name of her latest album), blew into Johannesburg last month and presented a well-chosen selection of standards to a capacity crowd at the Theatre on The Square in Sandton, with kudos both…

Meeting Benny Goodman It was 1975 and I was in Chicago for my first visit, supposedly all business. I was employed (you’ll notice I did not say worked for) a company that represented Bell & Howell and Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp (EBEC) both Chicago companies. EBEC had given me a tour of the Schlitz Brewery…