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‘They were swinging…’

May 19, 2010

On Sunday the 4th April, four of South Africa’s finest jazz musicians were in full swing. Performing at the first ‘Abound’ presented event, Bruce Baker on drums, Melvyn Peters on piano, Debbie Mari on vocals and Logan Byrne on upright bass came together as the Bruce Baker Quartet. The audience moved from a bit of humming, to a lot of clapping, to a standing ovation. Peters, beaming from the response to their performance, said that the Pietermaritzburg audience is the most appreciative in the country. Besides a bit of bad lighting and a crackly bass cable in the first set, it was a great night of superb jazz. There was even a guest appearance by a field mouse- who managed to steer clear of Bruce’s pumping left foot, on the high-hat cymbal pedal.

Top Left: Bruce Baker. Top Middle: Logan Byrnes. Top Right: The Bruce Baker Quartet. Bottom: Melvyn Peters. Images supplied by John Robinson (

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