Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Sept 6-12)

Platform Jazz… university campus date on Tuesday, September 12.

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BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including performances by Platform Jazz, ARB, Doug Weich, The Gee Jays and Take 2.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

THE excellent party showband entertainment, Gotta Lotta Soul, with an on-form Marion Loudon and an excellent Percy Smith on lead vocals, is to run at 8pm nightly from Wednesday (September 6) until Saturday (September 9), followed by 2pm and 6.30pm performances on Sunday (September 10).

This must-see party show, being staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, also features Calli Thomson on keyboards, Andy Turrell on drums, Jason Kylen on guitar and Jill Murraybrown on bass.

Gotta Lotta Soul is a celebration of American soul music. It salutes artists such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ruth Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Wilson Pickett, to name some of the earlier golden oldies. There are also a couple of highlighted novelty artists like Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the Blues Brothers and James Brown

Seating at Tina’s Hotel is at tables of six. A cash bar is available. Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

NOTE: See my rave review of this delightful show under MUSIC at sosuterbill.com

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THE Antonio Ravell Band, a blues-rock trio better known as ARB, takes the 8.45pm slot at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) meeting this week – in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (September 6).

The group plays a mix of Antonio’s original songs and also offers a unique interpretation of covers. Ravell leads the trio on vocals and guitar.

Antonio Ravell performs at Music in the Hills (MiTH) on Wednesday (September 6). The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

Scheduled to perform from 7.15pm to 7.45pm at the event is Nicky Grieshaber, described as “the man with the limitless repertoire and the amazing agile fingerwork on keys”. His music is said to be entertaining and his instrumental covers are said to flow easily.

Chris Venter and James Shead, performing from 7.45pm to 8.45pm, have both played at MiTH before, but never together. They have now teamed up to blend their different styles and experience.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. It provides an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience that includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!)

Whether you’re a ‘newbie’ looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced/mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – pop along and join the fun. Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions.

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THE Gee Jays – comprising singers Gary McKenzie, Grant Bell and John Didlick – present Our Way at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (September 8 and 9) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (September 10) at the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

Marking the trio’s32nd year together, the show features songs associated with Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Ifield, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams and Simon and Garfunkel, among others.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Also note that the Rhumbelow branch at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg will present Elvis and Me – The Priscilla Story at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, September 10.

Already staged in Durban, the show tells the Elvis story through Priscilla’s eyes – from the time she and the music hero first met until Elvis died on August 16, 1977.

The show has Doug Weich, Claire Rowlett and Sandi Da Cunha on vocals. Wade Wight is on keyboards, Evan Cullum is on piano, Glen Turrell handles bass, Andy Turrell is no drums, David Knott is on lead guitar and Kirsty Madgin is a scene-stealer on sax.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

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TALENTED Keorapetse Kolwane, a performer, songwriter, composer, band leader, music educator and session vocalist, will entertain at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow from 7pm on Saturday, September 9.

For her performance at the Jazzy Rainbow – which is at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road in Morningside – she will be accompanied by Zibusiso Makhathini on piano, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Stanley Matlou on drums, plus a guest horn player.

This performance forms part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchorsmall and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Durban’s The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September 2016 and is following up with the same concept in 2017.

Keorapetse Kolwane entertains at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow from 7pm on Saturday, September 9.

Kolwane, a student in the Jazz and Popular Music Department of University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, previously completed her National Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music at Tshwane University of Technology.

Having begun music at the age of 11, performing and competing successfully, she represented SACSA at an International Student Convention for the enrichment of arts and performance held at the Western Kentucky University, US. She has toured throughout New York, Washington, Louisville, Orlando and Cairo.

Keorapetse was selected at the annual Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Festival to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band of 2015.

She also works well as a session vocalist and band member in various jazz ensembles led by the likes of Concord Nkabinde, Viwe Mkhizwane, Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu and others.

Admission is R40 (including a free drink for students). To book, or for moe info, phone (031) 303 8398.

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BRUCE Boome and Bryan Payne will perform at a British Pub Afternoon as a fundraiser for the South African Legion, at 2pm on Saturday, September 9 – at the Firwood Sports Club, 16 Alexander Avenue, Moseley, Pinetown.

A braai area will be available, as well as a full cash bar. Phone Maureen at 073 057 2414 for more information and bookings. Tickets cost R80 each.

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BBC Beats is held every week at the Berea Bowling Club on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, Durban, where one can enjoy a game of bowls (bowls and advice provided, if need be) from 4pm every Monday

Visitors are encouraged to stay on for varied live music from 6pm to 9pm, with a different artist every Monday evening, when the club pub will be open and eats can be bought.


On Monday, September 11, the spotlight will be on Take 2, comprising Gerald Sloan and Daniel Sheldon. offering a variety of music.

The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). Different musicians perform each week.

If you require any further information contact Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

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DURBAN’S popular Platform Jazz band, headed by trumpeter Cathy Peacock, is scheduled to entertain from 6pm on Tuesday, September 12, at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Platform Jazz was formed back in 1998 as a new-generation-of-early-jazz band. The group offers a fresh alternative to other forms of jazz entertainment. All of the band members are fulltime professionals and some of the leading musicians in their field.

The band performs at hundreds of events each and every year, including weddings, private parties, funerals charity and corporate events. They also have an annual show at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theaare in Umbilo.

Platform Jazz features Shelley McLean (vocals), Cathy Peacock trumpet), Kirsten Sayers (clarinet), Duncan Wooldridge (trombone), Jeff Robinson (sax), Melvin Peters (piano), Andreas Kappen  (bass) and Bruce Baker.

Doors open at 5.30pm show and tickets cost R70 (R45 for pensioners and R20 for students). Contact Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more details.

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