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Sunday, January 17, 2016


(Melvin Peters, Cathy Peacock, Andreas Kappen, Shelly McLean, Duncan Wooldridge & Kirsten Sayers)

Entertainment out of the top drawer. (Review by Keith Millar)

The fun and excitement of the festive season is well and truly over and the new year is moving ahead at an alarming pace. Most people are back at work and into their boring routine. Even the kids are back at school. As a result, it is not unusual to feel a little gloomy and down at this time of the year.

A perfect antidote to this, and an ideal way to combat the despondency of the daily grind, would be to join Durban’s superb seven- piece ensemble, Platform Jazz, in Celebration Time at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo.

Kicking off their short season at this venue on Friday night this outstanding group was at the top of their form. Playing evergreen favourites from the Gatsby and Swing eras as well as many Latin hits, they created a wonderful party atmosphere which had the audience joining in, dancing in the aisles and even forming a conga line.

Among the many tunes heard were Darktown Stutter’s Ball, Mack The Knife, Minnie The Moocher, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Sing Sing Sing, Rum And Coca Cola, All Of Me, Tequila, That’s Why the Lady Is A Tramp, What A Wonderful World, Quando Quando, In The Mood and Mambo Italiano.

Platform Jazz is a well-established group made up of experienced and very talented musicians. Leading the outfit is trumpeter Cathy Peacock. Other members of the band are Jeff Judge on saxophone, Duncan Wooldridge on trombone and Kirsten Sayers on clarinet. The rhythm section consists of Bruce Baker on drums, Andreas Kappen on double bass and the brilliant Melvin Peters on Piano.

Vocals are handled by Shelly McLean and Jeff Judge and for Rum and Coca Cola the hilarious “Andrew Sisters” consisting of Jeff Judge, Shelly Mclean and Cathy Peacock.

This group makes beautiful music together and offers entertainment out of the top drawer. An evening at the rustic Rhumbelow Theatre with marvellous music provided by Platform Jazz is wonderful festive experience. If you go with a few special friends and enjoy some good food and a few drinks it is a memorable Celebration Time.

Don’t miss this fabulous show which will be on at the Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road (off Bartle Road) In Umbilo until January 24. Performances are on Friday 22 at 20h00, Saturday 23 at 14h00 and 20h00 and on Sunday 24 at 14h00 and 18h30.

The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Bring food picnic baskets, braais will be available for those who wish to cook some meat and there is a bar available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

Tickets R140 ((R120 pensioners and tables of eight or more) Limited secure parking available Booking is essential through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email – Keith Millar