Davy Nathan Trio continued their improvised “Jazz Crimes” residency at Rockwell: Table & Stage, on Feb. 22.
Davy Nathan is the pianist and keyboardist, Donald Barrett is the drummer and Tarron Crayton is the bassist of Davy Nathan Trio. Nathan and Crayton were joined by Philip Dizack on the trumpet, Peter Ortega on the tenor saxophone, Tony Pulizzi on the guitar, vocalists Dejah Gomez and Kelli Leigh and Derrick Wright on the drums for the second half of the set.
Crayton and Barrett played their respective instruments, before the stage lights turned on. Nathan looked into the crowd, as he listened to find when his piano could fit into the grooves of the drum and bass. When he joined in and the tempo began to pick up, the onlookers began to howl. Barrett and Crayton kept the beat going as Nathan removed his jacket and he went onto play the keyboard with his left hand and the piano with his right.
Barrett kept the beat going by rapidly striking the cymbals of his drum set. When the beating slowed down, Nathan greeted the audience. He pretended he wasn’t able to hear them, greeted them again and the audience gave him a louder cheer.
After an intermission, the Davy Nathan Trio was accompanied by other musicians in attendance. Pulizzi accompanied them, first. As they proceeded to play, they gently played their instruments and allowed those in attendance to applause. Dizack soon joined them on stage, placed a microphone stand at the center of the stage and progressed to play.
Nathan introduced Ortega, as he took center stage. After his moment in the spotlight, he stood beside Nathan and Dizack. Gomez was invited to the stage, covered Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do” and later improvised her lyrics. Then, Nathan performed a piano solo. Later, he stood up and played the keyboard.
Wright was invited on stage, to relieve Barrett of his duties. Nathan requested the instrumentals to remain the same because he loved where they were going with it, after Wright and Barrett switched shifts.
Leigh was invited onto the stage and she covered Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me”. She leaned over Nathan’s piano and sang to him. Her entourage encouraged her to walk the catwalk, which resembled the keys of a piano and which was raised adjacent to the stage. After the set, Nathan mentioned Davy Nathan Trio’s residency was extended.