Lichfield Arts Concert Review – The Tom Morgan Trio

Review and photography by Ben Macnair

The talented local guitarist Tom Morgan and his trio of John Evans on Hammond Organ and Bradleigh White on drums treated Sunday morning jazz fans to a showcase of tasteful jazz and blues when they appeared as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Weekend.

With a set list that weaved between genres, from traditional tunes, to the music of Stevie Wonder Duke Ellington, and Santana there was something for everyone. They started with a spirited instrumental called Sunny, before moving onto Stomping at the Savoy, made famous, originally by the Benny Goodman orchestra, whilst two Duke Ellington pieces, Things I Ought To Be, and Satin Doll showed of the trio’s chordal knowledge to fine effect.
A touching, stripped down, solo guitar version of the traditional hymn Amazing Grace led into a swinging version of I Wish That I Knew How It Felt To Be Free taking more inspiration from The Billy Taylor Trio’s version than Nina Simone’s original, whilst Lately by Stevie Wonder served as a gentle ballad, as did the closing reading of Santana’s Europa.

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