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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


A stage and a Steinway is all London’s Jazz Cat, Cat Simoni, needs to tell the astonishing life story of Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song.

Simoni’s years entertaining the international crème de la crème at the Bechsteins and Steinways of London’s five star hotels and exclusive clubs with her gorgeous voice and extraordinary piano virtuosity have been the perfect background for Cat Sings Ella!

In Cat Sings Ella!, Simoni rides the exhilarating rollercoaster of Ella’s repertoire; from the early Harlem years through the Decca and Verve recordings; from the breakthrough A-Tisket, A-Tasket to her Cole Porter and Duke Ellington Songbooks and legendary London, Rome and Berlin concerts.

Cat Sings Ella! is an oxygen-rush of bouncing melody; a musical theatre experience of pure pleasure to stir ‘Body and Soul’ and make the heart sing and go bebop with joy! As Ira Gershwin once said: “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.”

Catch Cat Sings Ella! on April 17 and 18 at 19h00 for 19h30 (doors open at 18h45) at the Hexagon Dive, on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus. These are picnic evenings so bring your own food, but no drinks. There is a cash bar. Tickets R100pp (Tables seat 10) To book, email