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Monday, March 25, 2013


(Tonya Koenderman)

Popular cabaret artist Tonya Koenderman presents a tribute to the exciting jazz era, as well as to the music that lives on today as much as it did in the 30s and 40s.

The year is 1935 and the music is jazz! Names such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Duke Ellington rule the music scene, despite a very racially-divided America. The likes of Louis Armstrong even got to sit in white-only restaurants as well as access to the upper echelons of American society because of his abundant talent and charm. Such was the power of this vibrant new style of music they called “Jazz”. This did not sit well with his fellow African Americans, however, who regarded him as an “Uncle Tom”, seemingly participating in the oppression of his own group.

In her latest one-woman show, the lively and vivacious Tonya Koenderman gives her own touch of magic to classics such as Honeysuckle Rose, Hit Me With a Hot Note, Feeling Good, Summertime, Fascinating Rhythm, The Blues In the Night, Somewhere over the Rainbow, and many more!

Staged and choreographed by Johannesburg based choreographer, Nicol Sheraton, the show promises to be a jazz delight from start to finish with all the glamour and glitz that befits that era.

When Jazz Was King runs over two weekends from March 29 to April 7 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and Sunday shows starting at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Tickets R100 (first weekend only: R75pp pensioners and tables of eight or more).

Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, email or visit