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Wednesday, February 19, 2020


(Kirsten Sayers, Shelley McLean & Cathy Peacock. Pic by Val Adamson)

Leap into the 'Roaring 20s' with a Leap Year ‘Great Gatsby' Party at Elephant & Co on February 29, 2020, with Platform Jazz playing music from the 20’s and beyond, presented in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival.

Enduringly one of the most popular party themes, The Great Gatsby Party reflects the “adventurous’' social changes that were in the air in the 1920’s. This was also to be seen in the jazz music of the time.

Be entertained by seven-piece jazz band Platform Jazz performing ‘hot’ jazz numbers such as Georgia, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, Chicago and many more. All the favourites by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong are on the programme.

Durban-based Platform Jazz are a stellar collection of top musicians, including Cathy “Hotlips” Peacock on trumpet, Kirsten “The Kitten” Sayers on clarinet , Jeff “Papa Wok” Robinson on sax, and David Solomon, who completes the frontline, on trombone. Jazz legend, Melvin Peters, is to be heard on keys, “Bashful” Bruce Baker is on drums and Andreas “Bullfiddle” Kappen on bass, completes the rhythm section. Christopher Duigan makes a guest appearance and the sultry voice of glamorous KZN song bird, Shelley McLean, completes the line-up.

The second half of the show will bring in ‘swing' favourites for those that care to dance! Platform Jazz will get you shimmying and flapping, and your toes definitely tapping, at this entertaining show. So, don those spats, bobs and fascinators and join the party!

The Great Gatsby Party takes place on February 29 at 19h00 at the Elephant & Co Restaurant, situated at the Athlone Circle Centre, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets for the evening are R475 include a two course meal and welcome drink. Dress '20s style!

Booking is essential as space is limited. Email Elephant & Co to reserve your table (or call 033 342 4813).