Based: Cape Town
Dezi Ray & Martin Nosworthy (Fancy That?) are a dynamic duo act that will bring a touch of class to any occasion. Dezi’s virtuoso vocals and Martin’s tasteful guitar and laid back trumpet style will take you on a musical journey through a range of jazz standards from the heart stopping, toe tapping “Hit That Jive, Jack” to the very sultry and thoughtful tones of “My Funny Valentine.” Throw in a few more well known numbers like “Summertime” and “Wonderful World” (sung by Martin) and there’s enough for any guest or patron to either just sit back and relax or to try out their Louis Armstrong impersonations!! Both Dezi and Martin are seasoned, experienced musicians who have been playing professionally for many years.
Dezi is well known as an entertainer and singer throughout South Africa. She has performed at all the top venues in the country and abroad.
Her repertoire is extensive, ranging from contemporary music. i.e. music from the musicals to jazz to current chart topping material. Her music has taken her from Cape Town’s foremost jazz restaurant, The Green Dolphin, to the world famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. She is very versatile. Under the direction of the late Gerry Bosman, Dezi appeared with all the different symphony orchestras throughout the land. She appeared with the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, with the National Symphony Orchestra in Johannesburg (many times) and with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, too many times to mention. Gerry devised and orchestrated his Symphonic Pops for which he became famous, with Dezi in mind. She also performed with Gerry Bosman’s big band at the Nico Malan, Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery, at the Nederberg Estate and at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg and at the Gallager Estate in Pretoria. Since moving back to the Cape, Dezi had performed at the Baxter; the City Hall in a Tribute to the late Gerry Bosman; at the Green Dolphin; at Uitsig Restaurant in cabaret etc. A feather in her cap has to be her performance at the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore where she was flown across to do a New Year’s Eve gig with an 18 piece band a few years ago. Dezi won an Artes Award from the South African Broadcasting Corporation for her contribution in the “light music” category. Dezi is currently a vocal coach and freelance vocalist.
Martin started playing guitar and trumpet around the age of 14 after hearing his local school brass band perform. In 1990 after finishing school he joined the South African Navy Band based in Simonstown where he performed as a professional musician for 8 years. In 1998 he left the navy band to pursue a Bachelor of Music Degree (Jazz Guitar) at the University of Cape Town. While at UCT and since graduating Martin has performed for many theatre and television productions with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra around the country including “Evita”, “Honk”, “Scribble”, “West Side Story” and “Love And Green Onions”. Other engagements include playing guitar for the SABC’s television production of “Woman of the Year Awards 2000”, “South African Breweries Annual Awards Ceremony” , “The Smirnoff International Comedy Festival”, “69” and “I’m Every Woman” featuring Amanda Tiffin.
For several years Martin was a member of Mike Campbell’s (Head of Jazz Dept at UCT) function band, “Razzmatazz.” He also played guitar in South Africa’s premier jazz big band, The Jonny Cooper Orchestra for many years. He is currently a freelance musician and teacher who plays for various ensembles performing all over South Africa. The ensembles range from solo work, duos, quartets, tentets, 19 piece big bands to symphony orchestras.