Mark Lewandowski ‘Waller’
Thursday 11 May, 8pm
London trio exploring the work of 1930s jazz icon Fats Waller
Mark Lewandowski – double bass
Liam Noble – piano, fender rhodes
Paul Clarvis – drums
Rising-star bassist, Mark Lewandowski brings together two of the most highly respected musicians on the UK jazz scene to explore the catalogue of one of the most nostalgic early innovators of jazz – the great Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller. They will be delving into Waller’s music and bringing their own personal spin on his repertoire using the intimate trio setting. Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and strong humour, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes. Mixing the traditional with the modern, this trio brings a little of 1930s Harlem into the 21st Century.
“Three musicians, closer to the cutting edge of jazz, have successfully brought Fats Waller’s 1930’s classics into the 20th century without, I would suggest, alienating purists or pathfinders. In his day, of course, Waller was indeed a pathfinder himself.
This isn’t a lip service tribute – how could it be? These guys were born long after Fats died on that train! No it’s a case of bringing Fats’ music to a present day audience and doing this without the mugging and sometimes hammy vocals that distracted the listener from the wonderful piano playing on the originals.” – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
Tickets £10 available online or on the door