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Wednesday, February 1, 2017


(Shelley McLean, Andreas Kappen, Kirsten Sayers, Melvin Peters, Cathy Peacock & Duncan Wooldridge. Missing from the pic is Jeff Judge)

Platform Jazz’s performance in this show is out of the top drawer and splendidly entertaining. (Review by Keith Millar)

Everyone needs a bit of R&R after the usual weekly grind. And what is the best antidote to put the spring back into your step? Well, an evening out in the convivial company of good friends to listen to some invigorating live music will probably do the trick.

The best place to get a dose of this antidote is the fabulous Rhumbelow Supper Theatre, home of top-class musical entertainment.

The show currently on at the venue is The Best of Swing featuring Durban’s marvellous jazz ensemble, Platform Jazz. Back by popular demand for their fifth visit to the Rhumbelow, this group, which is made up of some of the leading musicians in the city, has grown into a slick, polished and very sophisticated band. Their performance in this show is out of the top drawer and splendidly entertaining.

The Best of Swing is made up of the most popular numbers from their previous four shows and features swing music from the 1920’s through to a delightful arrangement of the 2014 hit, Meghan Trainor’s It’s All About the Bass. The show includes all the best-loved music from the swing era such as Mack the Knife, Hello Dolly, When the Saints go Marching In, Big Spender, Sing Sing Sing, Mr. Bo Jangles, Blue Moon, All Off Me, Strangers on The Shore, Sweet Georgia Brown and New York New York.

There is also a nod to the legendry band leader Glen Miller with In the Mood, A String of Pearls Pennsylvania 65000 and Moonlight Serenade.

Township Jazz and recently deceased South African jazz diva Thandi Klaasen are remembered with arrangements of Sophiatown and Meadowlands.

Platform Jazz is made up of Andreas Kappen on double bass, Bruce Baker on drums, the inimitable Melvin Peters on the keyboard, Cathy Peacock on trumpet, Kirsten Sayers on clarinet, Jeff Judge on the sax and vocals, Duncan Wooldridge on trombone and Shelley McLean on vocals.

They are an accomplished and stylish combination who produce an excellent and most entertaining show which is highly recommended to all music lovers. As the Gershwin brothers say in their popular song from the 1927 musical Funny Face, ‘S Wonderful, ‘S Marvelous!

Rhumbelow has a proud record of supporting local artists and producing outstanding musical entertainment. It is the last standing independent theatre in KZN and has expanded to include venues in Umbilo, Pietermaritzburg, Umkomaas and most recently at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof. Visit a Rhumbelow near you soon. You won’t be disappointed.

The Best of Swing will be on at the Rhumbelow theatre in Cunningham Avenue, Umbilo this coming weekend with shows on February 3 and 4 at 20h00 and on February 5 at 14h00 and 18h30. Tickets R150 pp. Bring food picnic baskets. (Braais will be available should you wish to cook some meat) There is limited secure parking and a cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Booking is essential through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email: or – Keith Millar