Sunday morning is not a time that people usually think of as being a time to listen to live jazz
But for years, Brisbanites in the know have kicked off the tiredness of a late Saturday night and headed to the Brisbane Jazz Club for the monthly brunch gig
The über cool David Bentley Trio entertained us this month and there was no doubt in the mind of anyone in the large audience that it was well worth the early Sunday start
David (piano, vocals) is well known and loved at BJC and is a highly talented pianist and seasoned performer. He leads Andrew Shaw (bass) and Kerry Jacobson (drum kit) to create a chilled vibe with a New Orleans bluesy edge. The Trio is well established as evidenced by their relaxed, intuitive synergies
They are comfortable putting their own stamp on well known standards and David includes many of his own wonderful compositions in the set list
Interspersed with the outstanding musicianship of the Trio is David’s humorous banter and introductions to the pieces. He is a funny man with great warmth and intelligence that connects immediately with his audience
Coffee, buffet breakfast, gatherings of friends and a few espresso martinis created the backdrop to this exceptional morning of entertainment
It is common to see David’s family members and friends come to support his gigs and this morning we were treated to two very special guests who joined the Trio on the stage to perform a couple of pieces
Firstly Danielle Bentley, highly credentialled in the creative industries field in addition to being an acclaimed cellist in Australia and overseas joined the Trio. With them she played an achingly beautiful cello rendition of Body and Soul, which had the audience absolutely captivated. it was a beautiful BJC moment.
Later Australian legend, international didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton stepped onto the stage and thrilled the audience with a remarkable piece of music, making sounds from his ancient instrument that somehow sounded perfect with a jazz trio. The intimate BJC vibe immersed the audience in the music and took them to a new and amazing place. The applause that followed was long, loud and heartfelt.
The audience had come expecting a morning of brunch, music and time with friends. They left having experienced something very special indeed.