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Friday, August 23, 2019


Durban’s popular swing jazz band, Platform Jazz, is 30 years old. To celebrate this momentous milestone they - along with Friends of Music - will be hosting a gala, party, concert on September 1, 2019, at the Durban Jewish Centre.

Platform Jazz was originally formed by trumpeter Cathy Peacock in 1989 to play for the arrival of the Rovos Rail train in Durban. Since then, they have gone on to play at numerous events including festivals, schools, churches, restaurants and theatres including the Playhouse, the Heritage, Rhumbelow and Barnyard. They have also entertained at many weddings, milestone parties, and for corporate and private functions.

The celebratory birthday concert will see current and past members of the band making music together. There will be a stellar line-up comprising band leader Cathy Peacock on trumpet, Duncan Wooldridge on trombone, Kirsten Sayers and former original member Ian Holloway on clarinet, Jeff Robinson on flute and sax, Jeff Judge (now resident in the Cape) on sax and vocals, Andreas Kappen on bass, Bruce Baker on kit, Durban's jazz man Melvin Peters on piano with a guest slot by celebrated pianist Christopher Duigan. The singers will be Shelley McLean Downham, Bryan Hiles and Natalie Rungan.

The band will present their most loved and popular pieces and the concert will culminate with all the musicians on stage at the same time.

There will be restaurant style seating so bring picnic baskets and there will be a cash bar.

The gala, party, concert takes place at 14h30 on September 1 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road.

Seating is limited so book early. The concert starts at 14h30 with doors open from 13h00.Tickets R130 (R110 pensioners and students) and can be purchased through Webtickets or at the door on the day. For more information contact Cathy on 082 349 8362.

The evening before, August 31, the band will be celebrating along with their guest artists at the S43 restaurant in Station Drive.  R100 gets you into this event! Phone 031 303 2747 to book. 

The 30th anniversary concerts are supported by the KZN Performing Arts Trust.