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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


(Melvin Peters)

A performance by the Melvin Peters Quartet at The Jazzy Rainbow on January 20 is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

The Melvin Peters Quartet comprises four of Durban’s finest jazz musicians. The group has performed together for several years and have a repertoire that ranges from mainstream to modern jazz. The musicians have an attachment to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and at some point in their careers have either studied or taught at this institution.

Melvin Peters, who leads the group on piano, studied under the tutelage of Darius Brubeck in the early 80’s and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1989. The saxophone player, Dr Jeff Robinson is a retired academic but continues to lecture part-time at UKZN in the field of Music Education. Bassist Ildo Nanja is presently involved in post-graduate studies, whilst drummer Bruce Baker is currently the drum tutor at UKZN.

The Melvin Peters Quartet will perform on January 20 at 19h00. The Jazzy Rainbow is situated at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (Goble Road). Entrance fee R70 including a free drink for students with a valid ID (T&C) More information on 031 303 8398.

Following this January bash, #JazzyStraightAhead will feature Kgethi Nkotsi in the beginning of February with another main act yet to be announced later in the month of February.