Published since 2008
Bruce is the author of the blog Delicious Hot Disgusting Cold, and the photoseries "It's Not How It Sounds".
The Pumphouse is a small and intimate venue, seating around 80 people, with basic facilities (although some upgrading is expected before the 2011 Festival). It's one of a seemingly never-ending collection of quirky venues for jazz in England. Far removed from the stereotypical cellar club, the Pumphouse borders a set of allotments filled with fruit and vegetables and looks out across reed beds to the cold and uninviting North Sea. There is a tiny anteroom at the side of the stage but otherwise audience and musicians mingled happily inside and outside the venue on a bright and warm Sunday evening. The technical crew ensured good lights and sound, and the receptive audience gave a warm welcome to each band.
Pearson is the regular pianist at Ronnie Scott's Club in London and was joined by fellow club regular Chris Dagley on drums and by bassist Arnie Somogyi. Somogyi was a constant figure throughout the night: he played bass with all three acts, and also helped to organize the event. Pearson played a fascinating set, presenting music in the styles of a range of master pianists and explaining a little of their histories and approaches to playing between tunes. He demonstrated techniques including George Shearing
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