PRS started out as a sort of house band at Newark. Heading up the band is drummer Si Potts. His resume is a name-droppers paradise, playing with artists like Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum and Digby Fairweather, not to mention his time working as a session drummer for the BBC. He has a massive range of styles at his finger tips, but for me, he’s best playing Latin and funk (but hey, what do I know I can’t even manage 6 strings).
Steve Rodda plays guitar with PRS. We first met Steve when he introduced us to his long time side man John Illingworth and their guitar duo Double Take at our jazz and tapas nights back in 2010. Massively talented, Steve has been part of the bigger lineup of Nottingham-based Decent Chaps, has played too many festivals to note and has an ongoing project called Trio Des Chordes, accompanied by Double Bass and Violin, playing Gypsy Jazz.
Part three is Stray’s co-owner Mat Short on bass guitars. Mat originally played saxophone under the tutelage of hardcore avant garde proponent Jan Kopinski, followed by jazz improvisation studies with Trumpeter Nathan Bray. When Mat’s father passed away back in 2015, Mat decided to play the Fender Jazz bass that was left behind by his late dad – he’s since sold his saxophone and has turned to the dark side. Influences are far and wide, from Ellington and Guy Barker, through to the studio work of Hidden Orchestra and of course, the svelte sounds of Steely Dan.
PRS can be seen at Stray’s in Newark, supporting the various headliners there on a Friday night to sell out audiences. They do the same at Oakham for the Saturday sessions, as well as enjoying gigs in Nottingham on a Saturday night at The Pelican, plus regular slots at The Mason’s Arms in Louth, and The Bees Knees in Laneham.
Entry is free and the jazz starts at 3:00pm.