Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings (UK):
This year the organizers of the Vilnius Jazz festival, which is traditionally devoted to conceptual, experimental music, decided to vary its program with some joyful and danceable concert. The bass player of "the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" the Rolling Stones Bill Wyman and his all-stars Rhythm Kings will perform in Vilnius Ice Palace on the 7th of October 2005. Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and their special guest soul legend Eddie "Knock on Wood" Floyd will perform Rockin' the Roots, a lengthy set of rock & roll, rockabilly, boogie-woogie and rhythm & blues standards and originals.
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings weren't chosen accidentally. All musicians in the band are brilliant performers playing roots music, which is very close to both jazz and rock. If we were to believe the bluesman Muddy Waters singing The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll, jazz and rock are true brothers. Highest quality live rock music should be quite entertaining for jazz audience and hopefully will become an alternative to synthetic pop and R&B flooding the stages of the biggest jazz festivals.
As a member of the Rolling Stones for three decades, Bill Wyman established himself among the greatest bassists in rock & roll history; in tandem with drummer Charlie Watts, he belonged to one of the most stalwart rhythm sections in popular music. After more than 30 years with the Stones, Bill Wyman left the band in 1993 to allot more time to other projects he was interested in. He developed Sticky Fingers restaurants business, wrote books, worked on archaeology and photography projects.
In 1997 Bill Wyman with Humble Pie former guitarist Peter Frampton and
Procol Harum keyboardist Gary Brooker started Rhythm Kings.
Some of the most prominent rock musicians like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler
were the members of Rhythm Kings or played on their albums over
the last decade. Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings line-up for Vilnius
concert will feature 3 extraordinary guitarists - Terry
Taylor, one of the world's best rockabilly stylists Albert Lee
and the member of Eric Clapton's band Andy Fairweather-Low.
There'll be Graham Brad from Roger Waters's band
on drums, Nick Payn and Frank
Mead on saxophones and harps, Chris Stainton
from Spooky Tooth on keyboards plus young and gifted lady singer
Beverly Skeete. And last but not least, legendary
"rolling stone" Bill Wyman on bass.