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James Pearson is a pianist, composer and creative tour de force.

He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. There last album ‘Swing the Club’ recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board.

Together, accompanied by special guests, Sara Dowling on vocals and Alex Garnett on saxophone, James will make his annual trip north.

 

James Pearson is in shattering form on these sessionsSunday Times

Three already outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen toThe Observer

 

The recording was ranked at No.6 in the Sunday Times albums of 2009 and they were delighted to sell out four nights at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York.

James is equally at home as a concert pianist. He has played concertos with the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many others. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano Concerto was broadcast on Classic FM and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue on BBC Radio 2. With collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis James is fast becoming one of the country’s most sought after pianists.

Recent commissions by the BFI and BBC have seen James back in the composing chair. The Big Smoke, commissioned by the BFI is collection of footage of London accompanied by an 80 minute score composed by James. His work can also be heard performed by Brodsky String Quartet, Sir John Dankworth, The BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Big Band.

The harmony of Messiaen mixed with the rhythmic pulse of George ShearingThe Sunday Times

There will be no slowing up of James’s output this year. He will be back in the studio this year to add to add to his already impressive tally of over 50 album credits. More news on this very soon.

Performer

James Pearson is one of the countries most respected musicians. His work covers all genres of music, especially contempory music, jazz and classical. He graduated from the Guildhall School, having completed his degree and the Advanced Solo Studies Course. Whilst at college he studied with Robert Saxton, Francis Shaw, Peter Bithell and James Gibb. He regularly performed with the symphony orchestra, including a concert at the Barbican with Takemitzu.

James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks. Classic F.M broadcast his concert of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto, and BBC Radio 2 broadcast his performance of the Gershwin Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue. He was the pianist in the Steve Martland Band. His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world. This year his trio The James Pearson 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, Maria Ewing, Marian Montgomery, Petula Clark, The John Wilson Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Buddy Greco, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Horowitz, Richard Rodney Bennett, Ray Davies, Polly Gibbons, Nigel Kennedy, Robbie Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Gregory Porter, Imelda May, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney.

 

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