The John Watson Trio,
(Every Friday and Saturday night. Palm Court, The Langham Hotel, W1. Report by Bob Blizzard)
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John Watson has been the resident pianist for The Langham Hotel for a number of years. Solo piano continues in the afternoon, seven days a week. Since last month, however, he has had a bassist and a drummer for company on Friday and Saturday nights, to play to people dining, or just spending time at the bar. Bob Blizzard, Chair of Jazz Services, reports:
Most often, piano bar music is designed as merely an accompaniment to the meal or drinks, and few take much notice. Not so with the John Watson Trio at The Langham, where the owner loves the jazz. This is powerful piano, with serious solos from John and his bassist, Miles Danso, backed up by Joe Caddy on drums. Their choice of jazz standards and popular tunes attracts a wide audience but the band takes them further with vigorous improvisation that let’s people know what jazz is all about. Their ‘Song for My Father’ by Horace Silver was really mean. The band is truly centre stage, so if you like jazz in elegant surroundings with top quality food, check it out.
Full details, timings and bookings on the Langham Hotel’s Website
I've been too. Definitely a night to recommend, especially for a 'special' night out. Fantastic music .. and great cocktails too!
John Watson is one of the finest pianists I've ever been privileged to meet. He has an inner sense of different musical genres and can adjust so quickly, it makes your head spin. He knows how to draw, attact, bring in a crowd – or a small group. Music is in his soul which is reflected in his own body language. I'm proud to call him a friend. I love him dearly – and so must you.