Quartet hosted at Rainbow Restaurant

2016-12-20 06:01
Photo: supplied The Melvin Peters Quartet.

Photo: supplied The Melvin Peters Quartet.

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THE Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown recently hosted the Melvin Peters Quartet.

“The group have performed together for several years and have a repertoire that ranges from mainstream to modern jazz. They are made up of Melvin Peters on piano, Jeff Robinson on saxophone, ldo Nanja an acoustic bassist and Bruce Baker on drums,” says Rainbow Restaurant spokesperson, Nicola Comfort.

Peters, who leads the group, studied under the tutelage of Darius Brubeck in the early eighties and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1989.
Robinson is a retired academic, however he continues to lecture part-time at UKZN in the field of music education. Nanja is involved in post-graduate studies, and Baker is the drum tutor at UKZN.
“As part of their repertoire, the group has also explored music emanating from the South African jazz tradition. In this regard, they have performed music by local luminaries, including Abdullah Ibrahim and Winston Mankunku.
“More recently, the group performed a tribute to world-renowned jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck. These shows were held at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban, Suncoast Casino, and the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, at UKZN.
As individuals, Melvin Peters Quartet members are versatile, and are often engaged by other groups , however, as a collective, they are a strong unit, combining solid musicianship with creativity and imaginative improvisatory skills.”

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