S43: Saturday 31 August 31
Durban Jewish Centre: Sunday 1 September
There are two opportunities to enjoy Platform Jazz, Durban’s well-known swing band, who is celebrating 30 years of making music: a jazz extravaganza in collaboration with Friends of Music on Sunday 1 September at the Durban Jewish Centre at 2.30pm, and the evening before on Saturday 31 August at S43.
Originally formed by Cathy Peacock in 1989 to play for the Rovos Rail arriving in Durban, Platform Jazz has gone on to play at a number of festivals, schools in KZN, churches, restaurants and theatres including the Playhouse, the Heritage, Rhumbelow and Barnyard as well as weddings, milestone parties, and for corporate and private functions.
The celebratory birthday concert will be hosted by Friends of Music at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort Rd). It will see current and past members of the band making music together. This concert has a stellar line-up comprising band leader Cathy Peacock on trumpet, Duncan Wooldridge on trombone, Kirsten Sayers and former original member Ian Holloway on clarinet, Jeff Robinson on flute and sax, Jeff Judge (now resident in the Cape) on sax and vocals, Andreas Kappen on bass, Bruce Baker on kit, Durban’s jazz man Melvin Peters on piano with a guest slot by Christopher Duigan on piano, and the singers are Shelley McLean Downham, Bryan Hiles and Natalie Rungan.
Platform Jazz will present their most loved and popular pieces and the concert will culminate with everyone on stage. The concert is a celebration and patrons are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and beverages as there will be restaurant style seating. There will be a cash bar on the day. Seating is limited so book early. The concert starts at 2.30pm with doors open from 1pm.Tickets are R130 and R110 for pensioners and students and can be purchased through webtickets or at the door on the day. For more info contact Cathy on 0823498362
The evening before there will be a party at S43 on Saturday August 31 where current and past members of the band will be making music together and Platform Jazz will present their most loved and popular pieces. R100 gets you in! Phone 0313032747 to book.
The 30th anniversary concerts are supported by the KZN Performing Arts Trust.