“I love this kind of grooving, funky organ trio music, and last night Ferris/Lee/Weir took it to new heights of originality, creativity, imagination, feel and chops. We had a full house and I think we all counted ourselves lucky to be in on the act” – Tony Brown, St Ives Jazz Club
“It’s only the first song and we are flying!” – Jazz Knights
“A vibrant mix of this classic (organ trio) sound fused with their own youthful energy” – Jazz at the Lescar
Ferris / Lee / Weir
Bringing a new life to the classic organ trio line up, long term friends and musical collaborators David Ferris, Ben Lee and Billy Weir formed the group in early 2015. Taking inspiration from John Scofield, Larry Goldings and Jimmy Smith, the group throw many musical genres into the pot with the joy of music at the core of everything they play. An electric performance at every show, they are not to be missed.
Originally from Cornwall, David is now resident in Birmingham having graduated from the jazz course at the Conservatoire with first class honours. He has been taught by musicians such as Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard, and performs regularly both with his own groups and as a sideman. Also and active teacher and composer, David was the recipient of the 2014 Mike Gibbs Prize for composition and the 2015 Jazzlines award. “One to watch” – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM.
Included on London Jazz News’ list of musicians under 35 who made a big impression in 2015. Ben Lee is already attracting critical acclaim for both his quintet and large ensemble project “States”. Ben is graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire and National Youth Jazz Collective (where he met Dave and Billy).“For me the most eye catching soloist was Lee who played with power, precision and astonishing technical prowess as he explored the conventional range of his instrument and beyond…” – Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Recipient of the 2014 “Tony Levin Drum Prize”, Billy is a graduate of South West Music School, National Youth Jazz Collective and Birmingham Conservatoire. He has recently performed at the UK National Drum Fair alongside Jean Toussaint and Arnie Somogyi. He has also performed/recorded with renowned saxophonist Simon Spillett (Sir John Dankworth), Jacob Collier (Snarky Puppy), Reuben James (Sam Smith), Bobby Wellins (Stan Tracey) and for the BBC. “Billy’s drum lines perfectly complement each piece, providing a solid framework for the instrumentation to soar above.” – My Glance Turns To A Stare