A series of extraordinary vintage New Orleans-inspired evenings are on the cards, as lovers of jazz and authentic cuisine are invited to A Night Down in New Orleans at Egyptian Ella’s.

The Jazz Minkey’s. PHOTO: Publicity matters

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.
Performed by the fabulous Jazz Minkeys, A Night Down in New Orleans at Egyptian Ellas 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.
The Jazz Minkeys is Durban’s fun-filled post-modern jazz orchestra, recreating the vibrant exuberance and stylistic nuances of the early popular jazz ensembles like Kenny Ball, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima. The group plays a wide variety of commercially appealing jazz and popular music ranging from early jazz classics to more modern day hits and some original tunes.
Finally rising sun in the percussion world, Riley Giandhari, the drumming prodigy son of Durban drum legend Pravin Giandhari, holds down the beat with some fiery drumming chops
Each venue will create their own special themed menu of New Orleans inspired cuisine – each adding their own interpretation and nuances. The Prep Room will kick start Ella’s tour with a cooking demo as part of the evening’s entertainment. The creative team is working closely with Black Coffee Event Technical Support to ensure top-notch staging, sound and lighting at each venue.
Mad Savant 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.

The Prep Room

Glenwood Prep School
Dates: 28 – 29 July
Doors open: 18h30
To book: 083 794 5875

Rhumberlow Theatre @ Tina’s Hotel, Kloof

Dates: 5 – 6 August
To book: 031 764 7843

Islander Room, Point Yacht Club

Dates: 26 – 27 August
Doors open: 18h30
To book: 031 301 4787
By: Lisanne Lazarus

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