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Easter Live Jazz 2011 Review.

May 21, 2011

Natalie Rungan backed by the Bruce Baker Quartet. Images by Dave Larsen/Africa Media Online.

“It’s wonderful to perform in front of an audience that listens,” Natalie Rungan told the 150-strong group of music lovers at Abound’s second Easter Live Jazz Concert. Used to performing in the background, the Jazz musos relished the whoops, claps and calls for encore that this Pietermaritzburg audience served up.

Rungan was backed by the Bruce Baker Quartet made up of Bruce Baker on drums, Burton Naidoo on piano, Llewelyn Chetty on bass and Dane Francis on electric guitar.

Pulling together such talented and well disciplined musicians, and letting them loose on a stage, is bound to produce stimulating sounds- and it did! Some old jazz standards were played, and taken to new levels, along with some of Rungan’s own compositions, including tracks featured on her soon-to-be released album.

Once again, it was a great night of superb jazz. All those who attended were in awe of the talent that South Africa has produced over the years. Abound seeks to keep bringing this  local talent, to Pietermaritzburg audiences, at affordable prices.

Watch press for next year’s Abound Easter Festival.

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