Monday, 14 February 2022

Back on the Road Again in 2022

After many months of wintering and wood-shedding our musical skills,  the trio (and quartet with Elizabeth Bustard) are back on the road again in 2022 to bring you our unique blend of modern melodic jazz. 

You can view a complete list of gigs on the Gig List tab above but why not pop out to the historic and renowned music pub - The Six Bells in Chiddingly this month to hear the band on Sunday 20 & Sunday 27 February between 12.45 & 15.00?

There will be a broad mix of much loved standard jazz tunes, with some latin jazz by Chick Corea and Michel Camilo plus some of John Lake's originals. 

John Lake (piano & synthesizer), Elizabeth Bustard (saxes and flute), Matt Casterton (bass) and Simon Cambers (drums and percussion).

Free admission and ample parking. Lots of great ales, wine and legendary food available at the bar.

Come join us and help blow the winter blues away! 


Saturday, 14 August 2021

His Spanish Heart - a tribute to Chick Corea


The John Lake Quartet feature the latin music of Chick Corea at St Nicholas Church Brighton in their first live gig for 18 months. The trio comprising John Lake on piano, Simon Cambers on drums and Matt Casterton are once again joined by Elizabeth Bustard on saxes and flute playing some of the best known Chick Corea latin-infused tunes.


Photo Courtesy Ice Boy Tell 2019

Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea 

(June 12,   1941 – February 9, 2021) was an American jazz composer, keyboardist, bandleader, and occasional percussionist. His compositions "Spain", "500 Miles High", "La Fiesta", "Armando's Rhumba" and "Windows" are widely considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis's band in the late 1960s, he participated in the birth of jazz fusion. In the 1970s he formed Return to Forever. Along with McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, and Keith Jarrett, Corea is considered one of the foremost jazz pianists of the post-John Coltrane era. He won 25 Grammy Awards and was nominated over 60 times. 

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The concert will be at St Nicholas Church, Dyke Road, Brighton on Wednesday 25 August at 2.00pm. Admission is by donation suggested at £3.00. Tea, coffee and cake will be available in the church. The concert finishes at 2.45pm. https://www.stnicholasbrighton.org.uk/community-sub-pages/lunchtime-concerts

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

John Lake Trio - Wishes All Our Followers Good Health and Safety

At this difficult time for all the world the
Trio are taking an enforced rest from live gigs but we hope you will continue to follow our blog and listen to our music online when you are in need of some entertaining.

Here are a few links to some recent live recordings which have featured the trio playing with Elizabeth Bustard on sax. We will be postings some more live coverage on Youtube in the next few weeks and hope that you will be find that of some diversion until we are back out on the gig circuit and playing live once again.

Keep safe and we wish you the best of health.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PBwy8un8BfU

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rgYYtUOC1y4

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Next gig at The Brunswick - Sunday 8 March 2020

The John Lake Trio are joined by Elizabeth Bustard on sax to play The Brunswick in Hove on Sunday 8 March.


Doors open at 7.00pm and the concert of original jazz fusion will be added to with some high energy jazz from the songbooks of Chick Corea, Michel Camilo, Michael Jackson and Don Fagen.


Elizabeth Bustard

Tickets are available in advance from The Brunswick site online at £5/£4 and on the night on the door at £6/£5/. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

The John Lake Trio were established in 2012 and the personnel are John Lake on keyboards, Matt Casterton on electric bass and Simon Cambers on drums. They play original jazz fusion with strong latin jazz and polyrythmic influences. With Elizabeth Bustard on sax they extend the dynamic and melodic content of the music with her unique style of expression.

The Brunswick, 1-3 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JF
01273 733984

Thursday, 23 January 2020

John Lake Trio at The Depot in Lewes

Sunday 9 February 2020 


Sunday coffee and cake or brunch come lunch. Whichever you choose to take in this excellent eatery, the band will supply it's unique mixture of modern jazz standards (and some not so standard), plus some original tunes and a few rock tunes re-vamped into a jazz style, to accompany it.

John Lake on piano, Simon Cambers on drums and Matt Casterton on double bass.

Free entrance with no cover charge.

Music starts at 11.00 and finishes at 13.00.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

John Lake Trio with Elizabeth Bustard - Live at the Brunswick, Hove on 28 November 2019



Here's a sample of the band at the first full performance of new material as a quartet featuring Elizabeth Bustard on saxes, Matt Casterton on bass and Simon Cambers on drums. The track is a piece written by John Lake in 2017 entitled "Straw Dancing" and can be viewed on Youtube via this link: