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Sunday, March 6, 2016


A vibrant and stylish show and a must for all traditional Jazz lovers. (Review by Keith Millar)

In its 15th year of existence the idiosyncratic Rhumbelow Theatre, situated in the long-established suburb of Umbilo in Durban, is still churning out high quality music shows. On this occasion it is the turn of the laid-back swing jazz combo with the delightful name of Beat-Route.

This six piece group is certainly a class act. They are very skilled musicians with a tight and well balanced sound. This, along with their affable and unassuming manner, gets the audience swinging along to their music in no time at all.

They start off with a set of smooth jazz numbers which includes several traditional favourites. The group’s very accomplished vocalist, Zoe Masuku, a vivacious lady with a big smile, did great justice to songs such as I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Love Makes Me Treat You The Way That I Do, Jazz ‘n’ Samba, It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing and in a beautiful tribute to Natalie Cole, Unforgettable.

The leader of the group and trumpeter, Daniel Sheldon weighed in with Sweet and Lovely, while the undoubted highlight of the first half was the free-wheeling arrangement of Georgia on My Mind which featured the inspirational Tom Hare on sax. 

Providing the foundation for Beat-Route is the very skilled Gerald Sloan on guitar, while the rock-solid rhythm section is made up of Logan Byrne on double bass and Devon Hore on drums.

For the second half of the show Beat-Route visited New Orleans and really got the party swinging. They showed plenty of energy and flair as they performed songs such as Down on Bourbon Street, Basin Street Blues, When the Saints Go Marching In and Ain’t Misbehavin’. We were also treated to Johnny Cash’s Ring OF Fire, The Pink Panther and Hello Dolly.

Both Logan Byrne on his brilliant blue double bass and Devon Hore on drums got the opportunity to display their considerable solo skills during this set.

Beat-Route’s C’est La Vie, That’s Life Baby is a vibrant and stylish show. It is a must for all traditional Jazz lovers, but would also be excellent entertainment for anyone looking for an easy-going, chilled night out listening to fabulous music played with skill and panache.

C’est la Vie, That’s Life Baby will be on again from March 11 to 13 with Friday and Saturday performances at 20h00 and Sundays at 14h00. There will be an extra show on March 13 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R140 (R120 pensioners and tables of eight or more). Take along food picnic baskets. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Braais will also be available and there is limited secure parking. Booking is essential through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email or visit

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road in Umbilo, Durban. – Keith Millar