SA greats in jazz line-up

2016-08-31 06:00
Karen Devroop, performer and organiser, says the Friends of Hospice Annual Jazz Dinner has raised more than R100 000 at each previous event.               PHOTO: supplied

Karen Devroop, performer and organiser, says the Friends of Hospice Annual Jazz Dinner has raised more than R100 000 at each previous event. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Friends of Hospice Annual Jazz Dinner, one of Pietermaritzburg’s top events combining world-class jazz and cuisine, takes place on Saturday, 27 August at 7 pm, at the Golden Horse Casino.

Audiences can expect entertainment from some of KwaZulu-Natal’s most talented jazz artists, including the Melvin Peters Trio, jazz saxophonist Karen Devroop and Pietermaritzburg’s Chats Devroop.

Peters, one of South Africa’s top ranked jazz pianists, who performs nationally and internationally, will be accompanied by Ildo Nandja on bass and Bruce Baker on drums.

They will be joined by jazz saxophonist Karen Devroop, who also boasts a prolific career nationally and internationally, and has recently returned from four sold-out performances at the 2016 Amersfoort Jazz Festival with some of South Africa’s foremost jazz artists.

One of Pietermaritzburg’s greatest music exports, Chats Devroop, who is widely acknowledged in jazz, classical and Indian music circles, joins the entertainment line-up for the night.

Adding an extra touch of magic at this year’s dinner is popular South African magician Mo Magic, who will be the emcee and promises to keep audiences entertained with his illusions and antics.

“The idea to introduce magic together with jazz and fine dining is the brainchild of Jenny Budree, one of the organisers of the event, who has always been the creative thinker,” said Karen Devroop, who is also one of the event organisers.

The core committee includes Rashida Vaugh, Jenny Budree, Karen Devroop and Pete Jugmohan, who work year-round to ensure that the Jazz Dinner continuously reinvents itself.

The Friends of Hospice Annual Jazz Dinner was established four years ago as a second fundraiser to the Friends of Hospice Annual Dance, which has been held for over 23 years.

To minimise expenses, individuals involved in the event have volunteered their time and tried to get sponsorship from local businesses.

“Although extremely difficult, this proved to be successful with over R100 000 raised at each of the past Jazz Dinner events,” Devroop said.

For a night of magic, jazz and fine dining, all while supporting a worthy cause, book your tickets by calling 033 344 1560.

Tickets cost R300 each.

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