Jazz favourites to enjoy

2008-07-04 00:00

The SPCA of Pietermaritzburg is presenting a jazz concert at Epworth school hall on Sunday at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Tickets are R100 per person which includes dinner for tables of up to 10 — smaller tables will also be available. There will be safe parking, lucky draw prizes and a cash bar.

The band includes Harry Talas (vocals and double bass) — popular in Johannesburg as an entertainer and singer — singing songs that have been made popular by the likes of Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.

Jeff Judge (piano and saxophone) is a teacher in Pietermaritzburg and also teaches saxophone at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) School of Music where he is also the leader of the big band.

Megeshan Naidoo (guitar) heads the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at UKZN. He studied in the United States as an Albright scholar and received his doctorate.

Lionel Kielly (saxophone and flute) is also from Johannesburg, but was born and schooled in Pietermaritzburg. He started his career with the Scotty Bold Band at the Plough Hotel in the fifties playing in the saxophone section with Scotty Bold (alto), Trevor Ivins, (tenor) and John Gay (baritone and alto), and then with the John Gay Five. He later formed the well-known pop group The Rising Sons with his brother Ricky. Since then he has played professionally in Johannesburg.

John Gay (drums) has been involved with music in Pietermaritzburg since the fifties. He had his own band, The John Gay Five, for about 15 years and played at many dances in and around Pietermaritzburg. Since then he has been able to concentrate on his first love which is jazz.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Pietermaritzburg SPCA. To book tickets/tables, phone Maureen Vida at 033 386 9267.

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