The David Bentley Trio and special guest Mark Spencer will perform at Brisbane Jazz Club, Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane at 7pm on May 9, 2020.
Personnel comprises David Bentley (piano/vocals), Andrew Shaw (bass), Nathan Goldman (drums) and Mark Spencer (saxophone) – a swinging and spirited lineup that delivers original songs, classic jazz standards and New Orleans grooves.
This gig will also serve as the Brisbane launch for the trio’s new CD, DB3: the lake sessions (recorded at a studio on the shores of Lake Cootharaba).
David Bentley is an award winning jazz/blues pianist, formerly based in Brisbane but now living on the Sunshine Coast David’s jazz trio has backed many jazz luminaries – including vibraphonist Milt Jackson, saxophonist Phil Woods and vocalist Mark Murphy.
The trio performs frequently at jazz clubs in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and has been featured at many music festivals, including the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Crossbows, Restrung and the Brisbane Biennale.
As a songwriter, David is best-known in Britain as the author of In A Broken Dream – a hit for his r&b group Python Lee Jackson (with Rod Stewart on vocals).
Andrew Shaw is Brisbane’s premier bassist and the accompanist of choice not only for DB3 but for touring jazz artists including US jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman and guitarist John Scofield.
Nathan Goldman is a tasty and swinging jazz drummer whose style defies easy categorisation. Prominent in the Brisbane jazz scene for the past 16 years, Nathan has performed with renowned interstate and overseas touring artists including Dale Barlow, Matthew Jodrell, James Sherlock and Hetty Kate.
Mark Spencer studied in New York with saxophone greats George Coleman and Chris Potter before taking up a position at the Queensland Conservatorium (2004 to 2008). Renowned for his musicality and improvisational skill, Mark was a finalist in the 1995 Jazz Saxophone Awards at Wangaratta.
What critics had to say:
“Nothing like a great jazz trio and they don’t come any better than this,” jazz photographer, Geoff Norris.
“The über cool David Bentley Trio…creates a chilled vibe with a New Orleans bluesy edge. The Trio is well established as evidenced by their relaxed, intuitive synergies”. David Herbert, Brisbane Jazz Club.
“Classy jazz-tinged R&B…in style, Bentley fits with the likes of Georgie Fame and the later Van Morrison, easily moving between jazz, soul and blues, with healthy doses of New Orleans”. – Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail.
“One of the unsung heroes of mainstream jazz…” Neville Meyers, The Courier-Mail