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Friday, April 19, 2013


South African jazz artist Melvin Peters returns to the Rhumbelow Theatre this weekend in Remembering Dave - A Tribute to the Brubeck Legacy, a show that jazz lovers will most certainly enjoy.

Peters is a household name in jazz circles and is considered to be one of the country’s foremost jazz pianists. He has performed internationally in the US, the UK as well as various parts of Europe. This year he commemorates 30 years of being a professional jazz pianist, having first begun lessons in 1983 at the University of Natal under the tutelage of Darius Brubeck. The jazz world continues to mourn the loss of Dave Brubeck who passed away in December 2012.

The Melvin Peters Quartet will present versions of tunes composed and performed by Brubeck during his illustrious career. Peters has had a most memorable association with Brubeck since 1988 when he first visited the US with the student band, the “Jazzanians”. He was also privileged to have attended a concert whilst studying at Harvard University in 1999, featuring the Dave Brubeck Quartet. During the concert, Brubeck called Peters to join him on stage to perform with his quartet. Brubeck has always inspired Peters because of the eclectic nature of his music. Brubeck’s music encompasses many influences, most notably elements from the European Classical music and church music traditions. Both these genres have been important to Peters since he began his career studying classical music.

Accordingly there is this musical synergy that is evident in the careers of Brubeck and Peters. The show promises to be a nostalgic retrospective and celebration of the music of Dave Brubeck. The quartet comprises Melvin Peters (piano), Jonathan Judge (saxophone), Ildo Nanja (acoustic bass) and Bruce Baker (drums).

Performances take place at Rhumbelow Theatre tonight and tomorrow night (April 19 and 20) at 20h00.

There will be repeat performances next weekend: April 26 and 27 at 20h00 and on April 28 at 14h00 and 18h30 (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner). 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).

Tickets R100 booked through Computicket or contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, email or visit

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.