TWO versatile quartets are to be seen this month and next at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban, as part of the Concerts SA initiative that supports live music in communities.
First up, from 7pm on Friday (January 20), is The Melvin Peters Quartet, offering a repertoire ranging from mainstream to modern jazz. Then, from 7pm on February 4, the spotlight will be on the Kgethi Nkotsi Quartet, performing popular and original compositions.
Durban’s longest-running jazz lounge, The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day last September, and is following up with the same concept in 2017.
The Melvin Peters Quartet features musicians that at some point in their careers have either studied or taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Peters, who leads the group on piano, studied under Darius Brubeck in the early 1980s and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1989.
The saxophone player, Dr Jeff Robinson, is a retired academic who continues to lecture part-time at UKZN in the field of Music Education.
Bassist Ildo Nanja is presently involved in post-graduate studies, and drummer Bruce Baker is currently the drum tutor at UKZN.
The Melvin Peters Quartet has a strong musical identity which is a result of their original compositions. Melvin is the main composer; but Ildo and Jeff have also contributed in this regard.
“The music of the quartet is interesting, with an eclectic mix of influences. It would appeal primarily to jazz aficionados who are well versed in the mainstream tradition,” says a concert spokesman, adding that the group also performs material associated with Abdullah Ibrahim, Winston Mankunku and Dave Brubeck.
Admission is R70, which includes a drink. Phone 031 303 8398 to book or for more details.
Admission is R40 a head (including a drink) for the February 4 performance.
Kgethi Nkotsi was born and raised in Tembisa, Johannesburg. He started playing the trombone four years ago at the Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation.
He studied music at Howard College UKZN and got to jam with people he looks up to musically, including Salim Washington, Neil Gonsalves, Mandla Mlangeni and Dalisu Ndlazi, to name a few.
Kgethi – accompanied by Freeman Gumede on bass, Zoe Molelekwa on piano and Stanley Matlou on drums – will play jazz standards and some of his own compositions at The Jazzy Rainbow.
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