|Phil Stevenson - Guitar|
An old haunt from those dates in my twenties, The Archduke remains a crossing point for late/early eater drinkers and nervous singletons who are casting their opening gambits in love and jazz.
As a lone wolf I stood out as though wearing sheep's clothing on the first warm plump night of Spring. Add the extra incentive of the imminent Bank Holiday weekend and London's Southbank was a heady mixture of those post-work toilers rubbing shoulders with couples exploding from Waterloo's gates like racehorses bolting from starting stalls.
As Phil Stevenson talked to us through his barely audible microphone it reminded me of my ill-fated night club conversations with women, and like them, I smiled politely and looked like I knew what had been said and what was coming next. Stevenson despite the clamour of shouting couples displayed a light touch on his guitar, swaying frequently at the knees like a Thunderbirds puppet but without any signs of woodenness. He was flushed with nerves and avoided eye contact with the audience, instead looking and smiling coquettishly with his fellow performers. Of course this only made us want him more.
|Pat Levett - Drums|
Between the first and second sets I cast my eye around the ever shifting clientele and wasn't surprised to see amongst the couples some Jazz fans including singers Chantel Reading and Jenny Green. I met Mervyn Peake fan Hannah Wildsmith, and we discussed Michael Hrebeniak and Jazz Poetry. Although she was the most beautiful of women I was surprised to find it was my intellect that was sated in this den of bubbling sexuality.
|Bill Mudge - Organ|
The Trio's second set was a more relaxed affair, we had run out of small talk, bypassed tales of ex partners and at last got to know each other a little better. The Trio came out of their shell with Stevenson's self penned 'Krait' and I felt I'd got to know the 'real' them at last.
Like a good first date I wasn't ready to jump into bed with the threesome but they gave me enough of a tickle to come back for more. Who knows whether this will be a long love affair or a one night stand, just give me the chance to reach second base with the Phil Stevenson Trio sometime soon.