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James Pearson  possesses a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality that is rarely heard, making him one of the most exciting musicians to have emerged from the UK in the last 25 years. As well as being the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts, where his trio are the house band, he is also a pianist, composer and creative tour de force.

Together, accompanied by special guests – yet to be announced – James will make his annual trip north.

James’s work covers all genres of music, especially contemporary music, jazz and classical. He has played concertos with the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many others. He has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks: Classic FM broadcast his concert of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, and BBC Radio 2 broadcast his performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue. James was also the pianist in the Steve Martland Band.

With collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis, James’s work as a jazz musician has taken him all over the world. Other artists that he has worked with include Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Petula Clark, Kevin Spacey, Marian Montgomery, John Wilson, Elvin Jones, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Buddy Greco, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Horowitz, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck and Richard Rodney Bennett.


‘Pearson is in shattering form on these sessions’ Sunday Times

‘One of the world’s most talented pianists’  The Observer

‘Unquestionably the next big name on the jazz circuit’ Pizza Express Jazz Club Dean St

‘An astonishingly mature performance…Exceptional agility’  The Times

‘Emotive power’  Evening Standard

‘Top drawer musicality’ The Telegraph



Sara Dowling, a graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music in cello, after 10 years she gave up music completely and became a class room teacher. One day she walked past Matt and Phreds jazz club in Manchester, went in and sung a number. In 2010 she gave up teaching and in 2015 won the Jazz Media Award!

‘How soon before it will become normal to think about her as one of the best jazz singers this country has?’ Sebastian Scotney, Editor of London Jazz

‘A vocal with timeless quality, 5 stars’ Jazz Journal

‘The Jazz world has been waiting a long time for Sara Dowling to come along’ Nigel Price, Jazz Guitarist



Alex Garnett, often referred to as ‘Son’ or ‘Sonny’ has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over 2 decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. A hugely versatile musician, he has enjoyed success as both a professional creative jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless album sideman and recording credits along the way.





Tickets £18.50, £24, £29, Students £10 + Group Discount (10%) available 10+

Doors Open 6pm

Performance Starts 7pm

Interval 70 minute supper interval

Dining Options Pre-order supper, hamper, canapé basket, or bring your own picnic


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