The annual Msunduzi Hospice Night of the Stars Jazz and Comedy Dinner is almost upon us. As with past editions of this event, audiences can expect an entertaining evening that is jam packed with world class jazz and belly aching comedy accompanied by exquisite cuisine. Over the past several years this event has grown into one of the premier events in Pietermaritzburg and the KZN midlands region. This edition will feature South Africa’s premier jazz artists including Melvin Peters, Karen Devroop, Chats Devroop, Bruce Baker and Philani Ngidi with nationally recognized comedian Arnotte Payne.
Widely considered to be South Africa’s preeminent jazz pianist, Melvin Peters needs no introduction to concert attendees in the city. His performances in Pietermaritzburg go back over 30 years when Melvin first began establishing himself as an artist. Peters has performed with South Africa’s foremost jazz artists and travelled widely to the UK, USA and South Africa. Joining Peters will be the Devroop brothers Karen and Chats who have a long affiliation with Msunduzi Hospice. Both of them have performed with most artists, jazz and pop to emerge from the city. Karen Devroop recently returned from several international concerts most notably his performance with the Orchestra del Teatro Traetta in Italy where he performed as soloist with the orchestra. His quintet also performed at the Seychelles Kreol Festival in November and in February of this year he performed with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and South Africa’s leading house group MICASA. His recent CD recording The South African Jazz Songbook is receiving widespread publicity internationally.
Not to be outdone by his younger brother, Chats has also released his newest CD recording and returned from performances in Cape Town and the UK. Complementing these three artists will be Bruce Baker on drums and Philani Ngidi on bass who are both acclaimed artists and widely recognized nationally. Collectively these artists have performed with most of South Africa’s leading jazz and contemporary artists. Audiences can expect a riveting concert on Friday 21 June 2019 at the Golden Horse Casino and Conference Centre when they take the stage.
The night of the stars will also include the hilarious comedian Arnotte Payne who for the past 15 years has performed with some of South Africa’s leading comedians including Trevor Noah. Payne has a stellar reputation having performed on some of South Africa’s most iconic stages and events. In addition to being a top class comedian, Payne is also an actor, speaker and singer who recently performed at the Comics Choice Awards.
The Night of the Stars has become synonymous with fine music, comedy and food. The event sells out really quickly due to its popularity and appeal to audiences from young to old. Bookings are essential due to the limited number of tickets available hence attendees are encouraged to book early. Tickets are now on sale at R325.00 per person and corporate tables of 10 are available at R3250.00. Tickets can be purchased online via Quicket, or directly from the Msunduzi Hospice Association. For more information please contact Tanya Roux on 082 699 9105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org