David Bentley Trio
3pm March 29
Butter Factory Arts Centre
11a Maple Street
Jazz group DB3 Plus! traces the rich history of jazz and blues for the first concert in their 2020 series (March 22, Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy).
The group will take listeners on a journey from the music’s beginnings in New Orleans to the contemporary sounds pioneered by musicians like Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
David Bentley (piano and vocals), Andrew Shaw (bass), Nathan Goldman (drums) make up the classic jazz trio that is at the heart of the music
Stellar reedman Mark Spencer adds soaring tenor saxophone and percussionist Duncan Macqueen brings spice and excitement to the mix.
It’s a swinging, multi-faceted lineup that reveres jazz in all its forms, be it a quirky blues by Mose Allison or a jazz standard by reedman Eddie Henderson.
Lyrics for David’s originals often refer to jazz folklore – notably in his song Black and White which offers a paean of praise to pianist Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton.
“To me, jazz and blues are children of the same mother,” says David, “The music’s pioneers opened the way for succeeding jazz generations to evolve.
“Without traditional jazz, modern jazz could not exist.
“The music evolved incredibly swiftly…morphing from raw talent to sophisticated mastery in little more than a century.”
David’s first love is jazz, with a leaning to the blues and he is listed in both the Oxford Companion to Australian Jazz and the NME Encyclopaedia of Rock.
In Britain he is best known as the author of In A Broken Dream – a hit for Python Lee Jackson in the 70s, recently back on the charts thanks to a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap
On the jazz front, he counts gigs with touring U.S. jazz greats including MJQ vibraphonist Milt Jackson and bebop master Phil Woods as career highlights.
David has recorded several albums of original material under his own banner. His most recent album, Everyday Songs, is available via www.davidbentleymusic.com.au.
Appearing with DB3 Plus! are some of Queensland’s best musicians.
Andrew Shaw is the bassist of choice not only for DB3 Plus! but for touring artists like US jazz stars like saxophonist Dave Liebman and guitarist John Scofield. Andrew performs in a diverse range of genres from jazz to world music and classical.
Nathan Goldman is a swinging drummer whose style defies easy categorisation. Prominent in the Brisbane jazz scene for the past 18 years, Nathan has performed with many interstate and overseas touring artists.
Reedman Mark Spencer studied in New York with saxophone greats George Coleman and Chris Potter before taking up a lectureship at the Queensland Conservatorium (2004 to 2008). Renowned for his musicality, improvisational skill and masterly technique, Mark was a finalist in the Jazz Saxophone Awards at Wangaratta in 1995.
Pomona-based percussionist Duncan Macqueen began his jazz career in Melbourne before relocating to Los Angeles, where he was in high demand both for live gigs and as a studio drum programmer.