Taking a break from touring worldwide with legendary singer Tony Bennett, bassist Marshall Wood has carved out some time to present, under the auspices of the Seacoast Jazz Society, a lecture titled “From the Bottom Up: A Life in Jazz.” The event is FREE to the public and will be held at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, 973 Islington Street in Portsmouth on Wednesday, January 10, at 7 pm.
The lecture, Mr. Wood promises, will be an informal affair. He’ll be talking about his decision to make a professional career of music (no easy choice) and to do it as a bassist. He’ll be talking about the bass, honoring his influences and mentors and exploring the role of the bass in the band. Performing with Tony Bennett—and also being married to the very popular singer Donna Byrne—Marshall knows much about accompanying a vocalist properly, so you can expect to hear about that, too. Being on the road as a musician is another kind of challenge, which Marshall will speak to. And he’s hoping to field lots of questions from the audience.
As a special bonus, wife and vocalist Donna Byrne will make a cameo appearance with her husband, in a demonstration of just how much music can be made by a singer and a bassist when they as much talent as these two.
The Seacoast Jazz Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote an understanding of and enthusiasm for jazz in the New Hampshire/Maine Seacoast area, providing opportunities for listeners, students, and performers to hear jazz and to learn about its history and techniques. In addition to its ongoing lecture series, SJS presents free jazz performance-and-audience discussion events, organizes regular jazz listening sessions, sends a regular email newsletter of upcoming local jazz events, supports guest artists at local jazz venues, and partners with other jazz organizations. Those interested in considering membership in the SJS are invited to visit on-line at www.seacoastjazz.org.