Rainbow Restaurant presents Melvin Peters Quartet on 4 Dec



Sunday 04 December
The Rainbow

23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown
Doors Open 1pm

INFO: nicola@therainbow.co.za
Call: 031 7029161/0834638044

The Melvin Peters Quartet comprises four of Durban’s finest jazz musicians. The group have performed together for several years and have a repertoire that ranges from mainstream to modern jazz. The musicians have an attachment to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and at some point in their careers have either studied or taught at this institution. Melvin 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. The saxophone player, Dr Jeff Robinson is a retired academic, however he continues to lecture part-time at UKZN in the field of Music Education. Bassist Ildo Nanja is presently involved in post-graduate studies, whilst drummer Bruce Baker is currently 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 have performed a tribute to world-renowned jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck. These shows were held at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban, Suncoast Casino, as well as at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, at UKZN. As individuals, the members of the Melvin Peters Quartet are versatile, and are therefore often engaged by other groups or ensembles. However, as a collective, they are a strong unit, combining solid musicianship with creativity and imaginative improvisatory skills. The two pieces on this recording were composed by Melvin Peters. The performance of these pieces bears testimony to the calibre and refinement of the musicians.


Melvin Peters Band - performing at Rainbow Restaurant on 4 DecMelvin Peters – piano
Jeff Robinson – saxophone
Ildo Nanja – Acoustic Bass
Bruce Baker – Drums