A series of vintage New Orleans-inspired evenings are on the cards, for lovers of jazz and authentic cuisine.
A Night Down in New Orleans at Egyptian Ella’s promises to be a fun and novel event laced with live upbeat jazz, the hippest emcee in town and a wonderful dining experience which has three versions in and around Durban from month-end July to month-end August.
The first shows are at The Prep Room at Glenwood Prep School on July 28 and 29. The event then moves to the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof on August 5 and 6 with the final show planned for the Islander Room at the Point Yacht Club in Durban on August 26 and 27.
Performed by the fabulous Jazz Minkeys, A Night Down in New Orleans at Egyptian Ella’s is a tale of “Ella”, an almost-exotic dancing-girl living the high life in the speakeasies and sporting houses of New Orleans, but when life gets too good she begins to put on weight losing her regular appeal.
Join us as we follow her musically in a journey of self-discovery which takes her across the ocean to the banks of the River Nile and then on to the place where she rightly belongs.
Expect a great story told by Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson. Joining the festivities at the Prep Room, Ryan Renaude, celebrated DJ, will be spinning some 1920 tunes with a big gramophone horn. Durban Song Bird and FABuDIVA Chloe Clark will be stepping in for Robinson for the Point Yacht Club event.
The narrative will be woven with great sounds by an eight-piece top-notch jazz orchestra comprising some of Durban finest musicians: The Jazz Minkeys. This post-modern jazz orchestra recreates the vibrant exuberance and stylistic nuances of the early popular jazz ensembles like Kenny Ball, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima.
The group play a wide variety of commercially-appealing jazz and popular music ranging from early jazz classics to more modern day hits and some original tunes.
Daniel Sheldon features on trumpet and flugel horn, with Tom Hare on sax, flute and trumpet, Neil Gonsalves on piano, Brandon Hore on double bass, Demi Fernandez on jazz and flamenco guitar and Riley Giandhari on drums. Jazz vocalist and guitarist, Zoe Masuku, and Nosihle Zulu, a celebrated singer and Idols 2016 top 8 finalist, share the vocals.
Each venue will create their own special themed menu of New Orleans inspired cuisine. The Prep Room will kickstart Ella’s tour with a cooking demo as part of the evening’s entertainment. Judd Campbell has designed a menu that follows the musical journey from the gastronomical exuberance of New Orleans across the Atlantic to the banks of the Nile and back with a cultural fusion dessert.
More info and bookings are through the individual venues or like the Jazz Minkey’s Facebook page.
NEED TO KNOW
The Prep Room – Glenwood Prep School on July 28 and 29. Doors open at 6.30 pm. To book: 083 794 5875
Islander Room, Point Yacht Club on August 26 and 27. Doors open at 6.30 pm. To book: 031 301 4787.