… From A Smooth Operator
An Evening With The Lincoln Noel Jazz Trio
A cold September evening, we are at Hackleton near Northampton in the Dudley Winterbottom Memorial Hall, and we are about to be entertained by one of the finest jazz trios that you are likely to find in the UK. My latest client is Lincoln “The Maestro” Noel, who wanted photographs of his creation – The Lincoln Noel Jazz Trio – for further promotion via his website and new brochures. The Hackleton gig is an annual event for the trio, and although I had heard Lincoln play before, this was my first experience of the Trio in action.
I knew Lincoln was good on the piano – he’s not known as “The Maestro” for nothing, but with the Trio he ensures that he only has the best musicians working with him. The Trio is in fact 7 individuals, as any one of them may be working on the West End or in far flung places around the world. The constant is always Lincoln, obviously, who is with him may vary but the quality is never in doubt.
My task on the evening was “simple” … to capture the essence of the Trio – cool, sophisticated, smooth and utterly professional, under what was indeed challenging conditions. There was very little light, the stage was high with limited space to get “in amongst” the band without disrupting the performance for those watching.
I focused on they key factors that form the essence of the band:
The individuals of the Trio. Their particular skills and tools – hands, keys, strings, sticks.
The Trio as a whole – working seamlessly as one, watching each other for cues and enjoying each others performance.
The Audience – the Trio has to have one so they have to feature in the pictures.
Overall, a very good evening, with some very pleasing results. The Trio will be back in Hackleton next year as ever, but in the meantime if you need a band for your event then I can’t recommend them enough for weddings, parties or in fact any formal function. Find them on MySpace at – The Lincoln Noel Jazz Trio.
And if you need promotional photographs of your band …. you know where I am.