There is never a bad night at BJC. But some nights are just so magical. The David Bentley Trio gig on Sunday was one such night.
The David Bentley Trio performs regularly and is well loved at the Club. David on keys and vocals, Andrew Shaw bass and Kerry Jacobson are seasoned jazz and blues musicians who produce deep and intuitive synergies in their music together.
Playing a set of originals, New Orleans style shuffles and funk held together by David’s quirky humour, the large Sunday crowd were well and truly drawn in and there was an excellent vibe created at the intimate venue that is the Brisbane Jazz Club. Cool music delivered by consumate professionals.
Awesome blues guitar legend Paul Cheeseman added new textures to the second set. Just when we didn’t think things could get any better an unexpected guest appearance by didgeridoo maestro Will Barton provided the icing on the cake. Award winning Will has created a formidable career playing the didge in Australia and overseas and has expanded classical music paradigms to include this ancient instrument with marvellous effect. Combine his talent with a piano trio and guitar and the result is absolutely stunning. The audience was thrilled and this modest didge superstar received a rapturous standing ovation.
A contingent of American sailors from USS George Washington who had discovered the Club while on shore leave were totally blown away, not only by the BJC venue with its views across the river and the music of the Trio with Paul, but also to see virtuoso didgeridoo being played in a jazz club. A unique Aussie experience to tell their friends about back in the States.
At the end of the performance the applause was warm and genuine. The superlatives flowed. Our BJC members and guests had enjoyed a night to truly remember. Many people hung around after the gig to chat with friends over a glass of red and to ask Will about his life and his music.
We all know that BJC is a rare place where this kind of magic happens on a regular basis. Not many venues in Australia can match the intimacy, friendliness and quality of music. One of our American sailor guests was so enthralled with his last BJC experience a few years ago that he was hanging out for a return trip to Brisbane so that he could make a return visit.
The BJC and its musical community is pure gold. We Brisbanites are so lucky.