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TRIBUTE TO NEVILLE PETERSON (article first published : 2007-06-18)

Neville Peterson, a great family man and musician passed away in May. On June, friends and colleagues will perform a musical afternoon at Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo, offering a great afternoon’s entertainment to be enjoyed by all. The event has been put together by Bobby Minter and friends to assist Neville’s widow, Beryle Peterson, in this difficult time.

Neville Peterson was born in East London and then moved up to Northern Rhodesia where he played in a number of night clubs including the Tuger Inn in Ndola. He later moved to Southern Rhodesia where he had his own television show whilst playing at the La Bohème.

He met Beryle, they married and moved to Johannesburg. He played at many night clubs including Ciro's for Joe Kentridge and he spent a number of years playing at the Diamond Horseshoe. Whilst in Johannesburg he accompanied Matt Munro and jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.

The Petersons moved to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) in the late 70's where he worked at the Cosmo Night Club with the late Basil Metaxas and Anita Zucker as well as performing hotel gigs in and around Durban. He formed a band called Leisure with the late John Joustra and Bill McKinlay with Bobby Minter on vocals and was very busy playing jazz at numberous venues in and around Durban. His style was in the vein of Bill Evans and also the great Oscar Peterson. He will be sorely missed.

On June 24, the music will flow from 14h00 to 17h00. There’s a top line-up of Simon Kerdachi, The Noel Bothma trio, The John Drake Trio, Colin Penn and his Pennants, Jerry Kunene, Theo Bophela, Judy Victor, Derek Geldenhuys and Bobby Minter.

Rhumbelow Theatre has sponsored the hire of the theatre and sound equipment sponsored by Black Coffee.

Tickets R60 minimum donation. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available from midday. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

To book contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, email roland@stansell.za.net or visit www.rhumbelow.za.net




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