Concert Review – Lichfield Jazz All Stars

The Jazz element of Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival was started by an exuberant concert from the five piece Lichfield Jazz All Stars.

The ensemble of Nick Dewhurst on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Guitar, Bassist Tom Moore, Tenor Saxophonist Callum Roxburgh, Dave Ferris on Piano andan, and Carl Hemmingsley on Drums. org

The set list ranged across several genres, from straight jazz, to originals that blended rock dynamics with jazz lyricism, and a few well-chosen covers that showed the ensembles strengths to best effect.

The concert opened with the jazz standard It Could Happen to You, whilst the Nick Dewhurst originals Suspect in You and Sky-Rocket showed his skills in arrangement, ensemble writing and way with a good tune. Stevie Wonder’s I Wish closed the first half with aplomb.

The energy levels of the second half were lifted slightly higher, with Dewhurst changing to guitar for the opening Average White Band number Pick Up The Pieces, whilst the complicated original of Gibraltar Rock showed how well the guitar was integrated into the band’s sound. A number of pieces by the trumpeter and composer Kenny Dorham featured in the set as well, ranging from the soft ballad My Ideal, to the much more complex Lotus Blossom, whilst the original Fusion Line, which closed the concert gave all five of the talented musicians the change to show their pedigree as players to the attentive audience.

Review and photography by Ben Macnair

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