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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is proud to present piano maestro Melvin Peters at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on March 27.

Melvin Peters holds Master’s degree Music in Jazz Performance from The University of Natal. He was appointed lecturer in Jazz Studies at the University of Durban-Westville in 1990. He taught here for ten years and during this time was awarded a scholarship to study at Harvard University in 1998/9. He has performed locally and internationally in France, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States South African jazz musicians, including Winston Mankunku, Barney Rachabane, Tandie Klaasen, Sandile Shange and Gloria Bosman.

Personal highlights include performances with such luminaries as guitarist Herb Ellis and drummer Ginger Baker, as well as the opportunity to share the stage with the legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck at Harvard University in 1999. He has also collaborated with Abdullah Ibrahim in the formation of the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, for which he was also appointed Music Director.

Melvin Peters is the regular jazz accompanist for the Samro competition held in August every year. He has taught and performed at the National Schools Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. He is currently the organist and Choir Director at St Pauls Church, Durban, and was recently appointed as an examiner for UNISA. More recently, he performed with the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere of Mandela Trilogy at the Playhouse in July 2011. In November 2011, Peters was invited to present workshops for the Nigerian branch of the Royal Schools of Church Music Summer School in Lagos. In April 2012, he performed with a string quartet for the Freedom Day celebrations at the South African Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Melvin currently performs with several bands including Platform Jazz, the Melvin Peters Quintet as well as Quattro Fusion. He has featured on several jazz and gospel albums.He will be joined by Bruce Baker (drums), Philani Ngidi (bass) and Jonathan Judge (sax)

Melvin Peters appears at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus at 18h00 on March 27. Entry R35 (R20 pensioners/R10 students). For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email