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3 Scott Hamilton Quartet* BOOK NOW
Scott Hamilton – Tenor, John Pearce – Piano, Dave Green – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton from Rhode Island released his first recording in 1977 when he was just 23, and surprised critics and fans alike, with the depth and maturity of his playing. Scott went on to become an international jazz star, at a time when this no longer seemed possible with most jazz instrumentalists. We're overjoyed to have Scott opening our new venue, the first of many appearances we hope!
10 Simon Spillett Quartet BOOK NOW
Simon Spillett – Tenor, Robin Aspland – Piano, Alec Dankworth – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," Simon Spillett is a major
voice on the straight-
17 Stan Tracey Legacy Octet* BOOK NOW
Mark Armstrong – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Sean Payne – Alto, Simon Allen – Tenor, Art Themen – Tenor/Soprano, Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Led by Stan's son Clark on drums, the Legacy Octet was formed shortly after Stan's
death in 2013 and has since performed at sold out venues and festivals, recreating
a selection of the octet's music dating back to its formation in 1973. From the
many suites Stan wrote for this group, Clark has selected some of his personal favourites
which feature some of the best musicians anywhere and nearly all ex-
24 Claire Martin & Liane Carroll* BOOK NOW
Claire Martin – Vocals, Liane Carroll – Vocals/Piano
Linn Recording artist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Claire Martin has spent the last
29 years honing the craft of jazz singing. To worldwide critical acclaim she has
established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining an OBE for her
services to jazz along the way. Singer/pianist Liane Carroll, one of the UK’s greatest
musical treasures is a soulful, emotive artist capable of moving an audience to tears
or have them jumping for joy with her breath-
1 Alan Barnes Sextet* BOOK NOW
Alan Barnes – Alto, Bruce Adams -
No jazz venue should be without a visit from this musician! Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. Alan Barnes’ unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
8 Dave O'Higgins Quartet BOOK NOW
Dave O'Higgins – Tenor/Soprano, Rob Barron – Piano, Geoff Gascoyne – Bass, Sebastiaan DeKrom – Drums
Dave’s tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Parker, Gordon, Coltrane, Henderson through to Turrentine and Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration, and enjoys the learning process which is a constant advancing flow. The Dave O’Higgins Quartet has been together for 5 years now, a band that is unashamed to swing and draw on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary, eschewing fads and fusions.
15 Zoe Rahman Solo BOOK NOW
Zoe Rahman – Piano
Described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe Rahman has
firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz
scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted
in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her
very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-
22 Freddie Gavita Quartet BOOK NOW
Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Tom Cawley – Piano, Calum Gourlay – Bass, James Maddren – Drums
Aimed at the heart, not the head, this is Freddie’s highly evocative collection of compositions written for long time collaborators and quartet members. The music has global appeal with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing taking you on a musical journey inspired by many travels and tales of Freddie’s life. A collective of mature and virtuosic improvisers, each selflessly supporting the others to create a unique band dynamic.
29 Jump Monk BOOK NOW
Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Tony Kofi – Alto/Baritone, Jeremy Price – Bass, Mark Edwards – Piano, Clark Tracey – Drums
Led by bassist Arnie Somogyi, Jump Monk pays tribute to two of the greatest composers
in jazz: Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. Arnie stood in at Ronnie Scott's Club
with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, a high accolade indeed and confirmation of his
reputation as one of the UK's leading bassists. He has played on over 50 albums,
including four as a leader and has worked, recorded and performed with many of the
world’s leading jazz musicians including James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Farmer,
Herb Ellis, Eddie Henderson, Joey Calderazzo, Steve Grossman and The Mingus Big Band.
This stellar line-
5 Rossano Sportiello Trio* BOOK NOW
Rossano Sportiello – Piano, Dave Green – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums
12 Mark Nightingale Sextet – Tribute to Mancini* BOOK NOW
Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Steve Waterman – Trumpet, Sammy Mayne – Alto, Gareth Williams – Piano, Adam King – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Mark came through the ranks of the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra emerging onto
the scene with his debut album, ‘Bonestructure’ in the late 1980’s. Since then he
has flourished as a much in demand session musician in the London studios and has
gained a reputation as one of the top-
19 Pete Long's Sextet -
Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg – Trumpet, Callum Au -
Space and Space Travel form the theme of this week's selection by the Peter Long Sextet. Expect some of Ellington's musings on the subject such as Blues In Orbit and Ballet of the Flying Saucers, some conveniently entitled standards – Star Eyes, Stardust, Pete's jazz reworking of the entire Planets Suite by Gustav Holst and, of course, Star Trek to finish it all off. Great fun, fancy dress optional!
26 James Pearson Trio BOOK NOW
James Pearson -
James is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. Their last album ‘Swing the Club’ recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board. James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks. His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world. This year his trio played a four night run in Birdland Jazz Club in New York. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. Amongst the many people James has worked with are Dame Cleo Laine, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Buddy Greco, Johnny Griffin, Richard Rodney Bennett, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney.
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