P.R.S started out playing as a sort of ‘house band’ for a family owned coffee shop in Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, which is owned by the bassist Mat.
Initially the idea was to provide a trio to back various artists playing sax, trumpet, keys and vocals.
The band kept getting enquiries to provide music outside of this environment and P.R.S. was born.
PRS is driven by drummer Simon Potts, who cites his influences as Buddy Rich, Art Blakey & Max Roach to name a few.
Having worked as a session drummer with the BBC at their Maida Vale and Paris Studios playing with both big and small bands, Simon’s love of jazz was fuelled by his father, a jazz trumpeter, who led his own band for over 40 years.
Following in his dad’s footsteps, Simon has worked with many artists including Jamie Cullum, Digby Fairweather, Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth, Barb Jungr, Denny Illett Jr. and Johnny Mars (American blues harmonica player not to be confused with Johnny Marr guitarist from the Smiths!)
“You can hear the music in Si’s solos – he’s unreal…” – Jan Kopinski – Saxophonist
Steve Rodda picked up his first guitar in 1976 (we know, he doesn’t look old enough!) and has been playing jazz gigs since the late nineties, with strong Django Reinhardt influences apparent in his sound.
Having been previously picked up by a record label in the 80’s playing jazz, blues and ska, Steve went off to “get a proper” job – but over the last 20+ years has become a mainstream name on the Midlands jazz circuit, known best for his work with Alan Walker’s Decent Chaps and also with John Illingworth in their guitar duo Double Take.
He has also just completed recording Trio de Cordes →, which is a gypsy jazz style trio of guitar, double bass and violin.
The third part of P.R.S is the bassist, Mat Short.
Originally playing alto sax, having been taught improvisation by saxophone supremo Jan Kopinski, Mat also spent a couple of years under the watchful eye of jazz trumpeter Nathan Bray, until he switched to playing bass in 2015. This ‘change’ in direction came about after the death of his father, who left him a Fender Jazz Bass – Mat has never looked back!
He cites his musical influences as wide ranging as Stanley Turrentine, Pat Sprakes, Ray Brown, LTJ Bukem, Duke Ellington, Janek Gwizdala and Steely Dan – when he’s not gigging, he also plays bass in his church worship band.