Classics at the Castle – and all that jazz

RICHMOND House Museum and Music Room in Port Alfred will swing and rock to irresistible rhythms for the next Classics at the Castle on Sunday June 10.

John Edwards and his merry men are back to present another show of jazz standards, a selection from their impressive repertoire and generally offer an unforgettable afternoon of warm vibes.

WARM VIBES: John Edwards and his jazz band The John Edwards Trio will perform at Richmond House Museum and Music Room on June 10 Picture: SUPPLIED

The John Edwards Trio is a Port Elizabeth-based jazz trio which features John Edwards on piano, Andrew Warneke on bass guitar and Devon van Rooyen on drums. The musicians are experienced and accomplished jazz performers and their collective musical diversity is reflected in their dynamic and creative interpretations of songs which are representative of the trio’s extensive repertoire of blues, swing, Latin American and South African jazz works.

Edwards is a jazz pianist/composer and educator. Originally from Durban, he graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Masters in Jazz and lectured there from 2004 while pursuing a parallel career as a professional jazz musician.

Although his preferred medium is acoustic jazz, his musical versatility has enabled him to perform, compose and record in several musical contexts including rock bands, jazz/classical fusions, dance productions, cabaret and cruise ship engagements. Edwards recently relocated to Port Elizabeth, and in addition to teaching at NMMU, he is increasingly visible as a jazz performer around the Eastern Cape.

Warneke graduated from NMMU with a BMus degree in 2006 and has been an active part of the Port Elizabeth music scene for several years. He recorded his first solo album Just the Bassics in 2008. Recent projects include 2che, The Jack Rabbit Slims and his work with the John Edwards Trio. He lectures bass guitar at NMMU.

Van Rooyen performed with renowned jazz band The J-Walkers for several years and has been heard in a variety of local musical contexts. A career highlight was his musical participation in the London Notting Hill Carnival. He is a member of the Mandela Bay Symphonic Wind Orchestra and is currently involved in the Arts and Culture World Cup entertainment programme at the Port Elizabeth Opera House. In addition, Devon teaches percussion and flute at Greenwood Primary School.

The concert on June 10 will start at 3pm. Tickets at R60 will be on sale from Monday May 14 at KNA Port Alfred – advance sales only, no tickets at the door. The price includes a welcome drink and programme. Out-of-towners may call Anna at KNA on (046) 624-2036 to reserve tickets for a short period before they collect and pay. For enquiries call Sue on 082-456-7437.

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