Apr 16 – Bruce Adams Trio

The phrase ‘great American songbook’ can conjure feelings of sameness. The same tunes played in the same way by the same artists. This is where jazz has the edge on many other styles of music. The variations in the hands of a trio of very creative musicians are endless. It’s a bit like those paint brands which can mix you any colour you want! Bruce Adams, Brian Dee and Bill Coleman were a match for any colour. They played the tunes that we’d all heard before but the audience was entranced with the inventiveness of all three musicians. Bruce led with his range of sometimes forceful and sometimes very gentle trumpet or flugel. Brian’s keyboard style matched it beautifully while Bill Coleman as always, was the consummate bass player who kept everything swinging all the way through a greatly enjoyable evening. We enjoyed a whole range from Cole Porter through the Gershwins and many others in between. All of them came with a story either about the tune or its composer or even how it came to be written, courtesy of Mr Adams. As they left at the end of the evening, the audience made many very positive comments – their enjoyment of the evening was obvious and certainly not hidden.