Remembering Reg Webb. Special Guest Nik Kershaw
“On the basis of some famous people I have met, pride leads to egomania and madness. I’ll stick to being a basically happy guy lucky to be blessed by talent. A talent I did not cause but have done my best to encourage. Love to all and thank you.” – Reg Webb.
When Reg Webb passed away last year, we were robbed of an extremely gifted musician who was very modest about his talent – a talent that saw him excel in both popular music and jazz.
This is borne out by the diverse range of artists Reg worked/ recorded with – from Lennie Kravitz, Vanessa Paradis, Linda Lewis, Shirley Bassey, The Outfield, Steve Harley, Robin Trower and Suzi Quatro, to Martin Taylor, Barney Kessel, John McLaughlin, Roland Kirk, Art Farmer, Jimmy Witherspoon and John Etheridge.
Then there were the various bands Reg fronted – from the Reg Webb Trio, James Webley Trio (later James Webley Fusion) and finally, Fusion, comprising Reg, Kenn Elson on bass, Alan Clarke on drums and Nik Kershaw on guitar. Their final album, retitled Till I Hear From You – has recently been re-released on AngelAir Records. Post-Millennium, Reg formed The 3Bs with drummer Andrew Dowding and the late Lincoln Anderson on bass.
Reg was one of the acts at the jazz club’s 2016 Relaunch Night, when his trio later accompanied guitarist John Etheridge. He also sat in with pianist/singer Janet Seidel later that year and last performed at the club with his fusion group, Reg & The Readers.
This fundraising concert features many of the area’s top musicians who performed with Reg over the years – including two surviving members of Fusion, Nik Kershaw and Alan Clarke – as they pay their own musical tribute to a fellow musician they revered. Expect to hear everything from standards and originals, to jazz fusion – plus a few of Nik’s hits! There may even be a few more surprise guests to announce as the event draws ever closer. . . .
All the performers have generously waived their fees, to help raise as much money as possible for cancer charities in Reg’s memory.
FUSION LEGACY: Nik Kershaw (Electric Guitar/Vocals), Dan Banks (Keyboards), Andy Staples (Electric Bass), Alan Clarke (Drums).
REG’S READERS: Tony Sandeman (Electric Guitar), Zak & Holly Barrett (Saxophones), Dan Banks (Keyboards), Andy Staples (Electric Bass), Andrew Dowding (Drums).
CRISSY LEE QUARTET: Simon Hurley (Electric Guitar), Alec Pittman (Saxophone/Vocals), Sam Edwards (Keyboard), Jose Canha (Double Bass), Crissy Lee (Drums).
FRANK WEATHERLEY TRIO: Frank Weatherley (Saxophone), Jose Canha (Double Bass), Elmer van der Hoek (Drums).
Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Church Street (off Head Street) - Colchester