Concert Review – The Nick Dewhurst Band
The local Jazz ambassador, Nick Dewhurst, bought his talented band, and special guest Derek Nash to play an exemplary set of originals, and well-chosen covers when they appeared at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday June 1st.
With Nick Dewhurst on trumpets and guitar, and Derek Nash on Saxophones, they were joined by the equally proficient tenor saxophonist Callum Roxburgh, keyboard player Elliot Sansome, bassist Tom Moore, and drummer Carl Hemmingsley.
As a leading jazz musician, and a stalwart of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek Nash led the band through some of his own music, which included La Chant, and Voodoo Rex, with its elements of audience participation.
Although he is perhaps best known for his trumpet playing skills, Nick Dewhurst is also a fine, tasteful guitarist, showing this element of his talent during Larry Carlton’s iconic piece Room 335. Other music featured included Stevie Wonder’s deathless classic, I Wish, which allowed for some fine soloing from the front line, and sterling support on bass and drums, whilst the originals Fusion Line showed Nick Dewhurst’s fine ear for a tune, and Say What, allowed for a more modern take on Jazz, with an excursion into drum and bass territory.
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