Always encouraging to see the deep pool of young talent playing jazz in Brisbane. And believe me, Will Martineau and his friends are young. But their musical sophistication and ability belies their years and their youthfulness and enthusiasm combined with great technical skill gave us a great gig last Friday.
Traversing a jaw-droppingly wide musical range and dispelling the myth that jazz is only about standards and originals, we heard music by Gershwin, Katy Perry, the Jackson Five andToy Story (Toy Story? Yep, the kids movie) to name but a few, all given the jazz treatment and the band’s own stamp. They created some special moments with tunes we haven’t always associated with the jazz genre, in fact they nailed them.
Essentially a piano trio, Will was also joined on stage with great guitar and trumpet/flugel, also by Raphael Lindquist with great vocals and flamboyant style for a few pieces. Raphael was Will’s music teacher, and there was some amusing banter around that.
The other nice thing about younger musicians is that they attract some different faces and a younger crowd to the club. Judging by the hearty applause and the enthusiastic comments as patrons were leaving, Will and his friends managed to cast the BJC spell and we will be seeing those people back again.
The 70 plus audience were very happy that they came to BJC for their Friday night and old regulars and first timers alike left with a spring in their step.
Remember the name Will Martineau … he is going places and when he is gigging at a place near you make sure you are free that night.
My only complaint is that these guys made me feel so old. I guess with 35 years or more between my age and theirs I probably am, dammit. – DH