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ICYMI: Trio brings jazz and blues to Tazewell


Citizens for the Arts presented a concert at Tazewell Middle School. The performance featured a jazz and blues band from Staunton by the name of the Richard Williams Trio.

It may be cold outside, but the Richard Williams Trio is getting ready to heat up the Middle School auditorium, with some of their spicy jazz and blues. Band member Richard Adams can play the sax, trumpet, trombone, bass, and oh yeah, he can also sing. He explains how this group from Waynesboro got together. "I met the piano player in a country band after I got out of college at James Madison University. I met the drummer in Staunton where I live now. We met up and just did a gig together, and it clicked!" 
Besides playing in the trio, the members also play with other groups. Pianist and vocalist William Hayes says they stay pretty busy performing. "As individuals, with other groups, a lot. It's a very... we stay very busy. At least, I would say, as a group... at least three times a month." 
Remember country music group The Statler Brothers? Jimmy Fortune still performs solo, and Hayes says he's played for Fortune. "One contact leads to another contact. And... Eventually you get a gig or two!"
As for Adams, one of his musical highlights includes performing with The Temptations! "The rhythm section walks on the stage... then The Temptations come out, spinning around in their suits. You're looking out the corner of your eye, thinking 'This is The Temptations!' You pick up your trumpet, you blow a couple of notes, and you realize you can't look over there. You have to look at your music. But it was surreal."
So what exactly does the Richard Williams Trio play? Adams says, "We'll do everything from 'Ain't She Sweet' to 'Moving on Up to the East Side'." Throwing in some 'Jeffersons'. So that'll cover the 70's? "That's 1974."

THE  concert was presented by Citizens for the Arts. They say the next performance scheduled will be a family-friendly play called "Nugget & Fang" on February 2.

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