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SPECIAL JAZZ CONCERT (article first published : 2002-03-17)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Natal is hosting a special one off jazz concert on March 25 at 17h15. Two American jazz musicians Ron McCurdy (trumpet) and Willie Hill (saxophone) are passing through Durban on their way to play at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town.

Composer Ron McCurdy served as Director of the Walt Disney All-American Summer College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers in Orlando, Florida for seven years. A few of the artists he has worked with include Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Ramsey Lewis and Lionel Hampton.

His compatriot in jazz performance and education Willie Hill has played with Johnny Mathis, Trini Lopez, Grover Washington Jr., James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie. The Temptations and many others.

Both artists are also well known in the States as jazz ensemble directors. They will be joined by local musos Melvin Peters on piano, Bongani Sokhela on bass and Bruce Baker on drums. Darius Brubeck will also play a couple of numbers with his fellow Americans.

Tickets R15 (R7 students with cards). More information from Glynis on 031 260-3385 and a cash bar is available.




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