Concert Review – King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys 2nd June 2018
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
After more than thirty years at the fore-front of the live jump jive jazz scene, it is no wonder that the musical institution of King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys know how to put on a show, or draw a large crowd, as they proved when they closed Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival on Sunday 3rd June.
With a crowd-pleasing set list, and retro onstage clothing and musical instruments, the band know how to put on a thrilling show, but they also know how to really play. The group led by King Pleasure himself on vocals and saxophone, also included keyboard player Matt Foundling, double bassist Shark Vab Schtoop, drummer Gary Barber, and guitarist Bullmoose Shirley.
Their set list relied on old swing favourites, such as Roll With my Baby and Bring it on Home Baby, before a slow blues which acted a showcase for the talents of guest saxophone player Paul Murray.
Fats Domino’s I’m Walkin’ was delivered at a fast pace, while Everyday I Have The Blues and Well Alright showed the blues prowess that the band possesses.
Founding keyboard player Danny McCormack joined the ensemble for a frenetic reading of House on the Hill, whilst other crowd pleasers such as Tequilla, Ain’t Nobody Here but us Chickens, and Shake,Rattle and Roll were popular sing-along songs, and were a great way of closing a festival that had presented excellent entertainment for its many audience members.