David Newton Trio with John Pearce


David Newton’s musical responsiveness is as impressive as his re-harmonization and arranging skills at the piano. It can be a fine line between clever and stupid when it comes to re-setting musical chestnuts to the jazz format, but Newton bridges that gap by a good mile or more. He’s the kind of pianist every drummer and bass player could wish for.

Tonight he is joined by Bristol-based violinist John Pearce who has recently released his debut album with David Newton called 'Just Friends'. John started to play violin at the age of seven and was trained as a classical violinist before he found his way into jazz music. He is not only a sought-after classical violinist but also an active member of the local jazz scene.

Listen to a track from the recent 'Just Friends CD, which is receiving glowing reviews.

‘A violinist of immense virtuosity…a fine record’ The Jazz Rag

‘An outstanding debut from a very fine musician’ London Jazz News Review

‘An unapologetic and skilful celebration of pure jazziness’ – Bristol 24/7 album launch live gig review

‘Uplifting and joyful music…gorgeous’- Something Else Reviews

‘Pearce has a full and beautiful sound…he can tell a story; make you dance or captivates your attention with astonishing melodic play’ – Wulf Muller (All-In-Music)

Lester Leaps In


and completing the line-up Clive Morton (bs), Terry Howard (dms)


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