Sound Advice (Sept 9-15)

Swiss band Le Rex performs on Wednesday (October 9) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture by Bastien Bron.

BILLY SUTER reports that a feast of varied music is in store in days to come, including a Westville fundraiser for Durban bassist Jill Murraybrown and tributes to Fleetwood Mac, The Sixties and Leonard Cohen.

SOME of Durban’s top musicians are pooling talents for a fundraiser for medical funds for fellow muso, bassist Jill Murraybrown, who has cancer. This will take place from 1pm, when doors open, until early evening on Sunday,  October 13, at The German Club in Westville.

The Jill Murraybrown It’s All About the Bass Benefit Show will begin at 2pm with singer-songwriter Beverley MacGregor on keyboards, performing some original songs.

Then Martin Sigamoney and Friends will entertain – with Martin on sax, Mark Royyepen on keyboards, Lenski Alfred on bass and Alwyn John Singh on drums. Folk singer Miriam Erasmus will also offer a short tribute to Jill.

Also on the bill are The Blue Suedes, led by popular Elvis Presley impersonator Doug Weich on vocals, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Jill herself on bass, Alec Mackay on drums, Dave Knott on guitar, Kirsty van der Linde on sax and Sando da Cunha on backing vocals.

Elvis impersonator Doug Weich is among acts performing on Sunday at the German Club in Westville – a fundraiser for local bassist Jill Murraybrown.

The Tiffany Sheppard Band is sure to be another highlight – featuring Neil Ford on bass, Mark Swanepoel on drum and Graham Ellis on guitar – as well The Melvin Peters Quartet backed by Philani Ngidi on bass, Bruce Baker on drums and Jeff Robertson on sax.

Singer Marion Loudon will also perform and the concert will close with East Coast Basement Blues Band, featuring guitar maestro Keith Fordyce, drummer Adrian Wilson, bassist Ronnie McNamara, vocalist Beverley Heath and a possible guest appearance by Barry Thomson of The Reals.

Entry is R100 a head, and a cash bar and food will be available,. There will also be fun raffles and auctions. To book, phone (031) 266 0836.


PRIYA Boshoff, who is passionate about poetry, jazz and bossa nova music, will make her Music in the Hills (MiTH) debut when she headlines, from 9pm on Wednesday (October 9), at the event at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Knoll Drive, Hilton.

Held fortnightly on Wednesdays in a barn in Hilton, the event sees doors open at 6pm and the music flow from 7pm. Admission is R40 at the door.

Priya started her musical journey in traditional Indian music at a young age. Her passion for expression through the arts continued to grow and also extended to the Bharatha Natyam dance form.

She will be accompanied by Durban based pianist, Caleb Pillay, whose interest in music began at the age of six. He dedicated many years to classical training, and is currently active in a variety genres.

Priya Boshoff entertains at Music in the Hills (MiTH)  in Hilton from 9pm on Wednesday (October 9).

Adagio, a five-piece band that plays retro rock and folk is the MiTH attraction at 8pm on October 9. The band consists of Andrew Frangs on acoustic guitar and vocals, Rod Robinson  on acoustic guitar and vocals (plus a little harmonica), Garrick Dunstan on bass, Ricardo Chiorboli on percussion and new member Michelle Anderson on drums.

The St Charles College Jazz Band and Senior Band will perform from 7pm.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. It offers an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which 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 – come along and join us!

One can take one’s own booze to MiTH. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. For more details, and directions to MiTH, phone Charles at 082 331 7271.


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, will present renegade Swiss ensemble Le Rex from 6pm on Wednesday, October 9.

Le Rex, which is said to reinvent brass groove music, has released its fourth album, titled Escape of the Fire Ants, highlighting a sound that is street smart: a  new millennium jazz brass band infused with indie rock energy and attitude.

Featuring four horn players and a drummer, the band is a rising force on the European music scene, with an irresistible sound honed for maximum impact in clubs and concert halls.

The group comprises German-born alto saxophonist Benedikt Reising, tenor saxophonist Marc Stucki, trombonist Andreas Tschopp, tuba player extraordinaire Marc Unternährer and drummer Rico Baumann.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music doors open at 5.30pm and admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). Contact Thuli on (031) 2603385 for more details.


SUPPER theatre shows worth checking out this weekend include The Reals band, together with guest singer Samantha Landers and guest guitarist Colin Peddie, presenting another revival of The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story. The show will have nine performances between October 10 and 20 at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

Marion Loudon performs n Pietermaritzburg and Westville this weekend.

Note, too, that singer-guitarist Dave Starke will present his excellent tribute to the music and memories of Leonard Cohen at the Umbilo Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (October 11 and 12) and 2pm on Sunday (October 13).

Also note that the popular The Swinging Sixties, teaming Irish singer-musician Dave Monks and the versatile Marion Loudon, will reopen Pietermaritzburg’s newly refurbished RhumblowTheatre, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, with a performance at 2pm on Sunday, October 13. The show features hits associated with more than 20 popular artists.

Tickets for each of these productions cost R150 each. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 for bookings and any other information.


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