Rebecca Chambers & The Dave Walton Quartet are a class act, performing jazz standards on Piano, Double Bass, Drums & Vocal. Each band member is a master of their instrument with what seems to be a lot of improvisation. Dave Walton on piano is like a cat playing with a mouse, he flirts around the notes teasing them before they're set free. Dave Roberts on double bass slides too and from notes making his instrument extremely expressive and Geoff Gordon plays the drums like a lead instrument giving his flourishing rhythms tremendous character. These three musician provide Rebecca plenty of room to inject a splash of colour both visually and musically. She compliments the band with her silky tone and exceptional range.
Watching Rebecca Chambers & The Dave Walton Quartet tearing it up quietly is a memorable performance proving that talent and unadulterated musicianship are the most important ingredient in making music.
HOW LONG HAS THE BAND BEEN TOGETHER?
The Dave Walton Trio have been together for two years. Rebecca joined us about a year ago to form what is now 'Rebecca Chambers & The Dave Walton Quartet'.
HOW DID YOU (REBECCA) COME TO JOIN THE BAND?
At the age of 19 I was the singer in a rock/blues band with Geoff our drummer. I left that band but still remained in contact with Geoff, he would come to see me perform in another band. He thought I had a good voice for jazz and convinced me to consider joining the Dave Walton Trio. I was unsure to start with, I thought "I don't want to sing jazz". But now I love singing jazz because it challenges me.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST GIG?
Defiantly the Strode theatre in Street near Glastonbury. Coming from a background of pub bands, usually performing to 20 reasonably drunk people we went there with no expectations. We performed to an audience of 100 people who all sat quietly listening. We had been very lucky and sold out of all the tickets in a week. Later we were told by the Strode theatre that they could have sold the tickets three times over.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A FULL TIME LIVING FROM MUSIC?
Hell yeah, I would love it to be my full time job. I could do this every day of the week with out any question. To some extent we are all full time musicians, Geoff (drummer) has been a professional since he was 17 and played with hundred of different people and bands.
DO YOU ALL ENJOY PLAYING JAZZ?
There are not many bands doing what we're doing. We go into a venue and sometimes people don't know what to make of us. But we stick at it because we love what we do.
HOW ARE YOUR REHEARSALS CONSTRUCTED?
They are very organic, often someone will suggest a song to do and we just have a go. Doing this helps us to approach songs from different angles. One example is 'God Bless The Child' which is usually a jazz ballad but we have given it a gospel edge. We enjoy playing around with music.
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