The Quartet features front-man and band-leader Daniel Sheldon on trumpet, the inimitable giant of the jazz guitar, Mr Gerald Sloan, on guitar, Logan Byrne on upright bass and Mr Tony Muirhead on drums. Beat Route sometimes augments the band with other instrumentalists/vocalists if the need arises.
The Band can be found currently on two regular gigs in Durban; a relaxed Friday lunch gig at ‘Market’ (previously ‘Manna’) on Marriot Road, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, and a more formal evening gig at ‘Society’ on Florida Road, 8:00 -10:00 pm.
Beat-Route is essentially an acoustic swing jazz band; our sound is best suited for sophisticated cocktail type events where people want a polite, classy and certainly seductive background show which still allows for conversation and networking without strain.
Beat Route is a classic traditional jazz combo. The band has, over its 3 years, developed an extensive repertoire of originals, standards, grooves, Latin, Afro, popular and show tunes executed with real panache and style in the jazz idiom, and has made quite a reputation in Durban featuring regularly at corporate functions, parties, weddings, fairs, restaurants and on the local jazz circuit.
Beat Route have played countless gigs now and have built a good following and relationships on the corporate, wedding and entertainment circuits through a professional attitude and polished routine.
Gigs: Siemens: official opening new factory in New Germany 2007, High Profile Client cocktail function at IRRT World Conference at ICC 2008, Tops Spar Whiskey Fairs 2007/8 (Dbn and PE), E.C.R House and Garden Show 2008, The Daly Call Center official opening 2008, Wine week 2007, Mercury Bridal Fair 2007/08, Heritage Bridal Fair 2007, various corporate functions at uShaka Marine World Aquarium - they are one of the recommended function bands, B.A.S.A Arts Launch function at Absa Stadium 2008, Le Domaine Guinness World Record synchronized Swimming Event 2006, Bean Bag Bohemia Birthday Parties as well as their catering subsidiary ‘Blend’ launch and various functions including MTN fashion week party.
They were also a feature at the ‘Naked Heart Party’ at the Durban Manor 2007. Beat Route have also played regularly at restaurants BBB, Upper Deck uShaka Marine World, KZNSA, St Tropez, Zulu Jazz Lounge, Manna and Society, and recently were the main feature established band at the Suncoast Month End Jazz gig.
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