JAZZ IN JUNE – PEARSON PLAYS PORTER
Saturday 11th June 2022 - 7:00 pm
Promo – Jazz in June – Pearson Plays Porter
Jazz in June – James Pearson & Friends 2016
James Pearson will be making his annual trip north, together with special guests Emma Smith and Quentin Collins, for Pearson Plays Porter.
Cole Porter – Where to start. You’re The Top, Night & Day, Anything Goes, Begin the Begiune, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye. The list goes on and on.
For those who have enjoyed James Pearson lightness for imparting just some of his wealth of knowledge of the history of Jazz, to have him present an evening dedicated to Cole Porter is something Clonter is delighted to be able to share with you..
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. Their last album ‘Swing the Club’, recorded live at the venue, received excellent reviews across the board.
“James Pearson is in shattering form on these sessions.” – The Sunday Times
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 a 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 Shearing.” – The Sunday Times
James Pearson is one of the country’s most respected musicians. His work covers all genres of music, especially contemporary 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, and he was the pianist in the Steve Martland Band. His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world. 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.
Clonter is particularly glad to welcome back Emma Smith, winner of the 2013 Jazz Young Musician Award, established by Clonter’s founder, Jeffery Lockett, during his time as Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Having already shared the stage with the likes of Kurt Elling, Michael Buble, Georgie Fame, Goldie and the late Sir John Dankworth, won the Rising Star award at the London music awards 2015, been nominated for a BBC jazz award, and won the aforementioned Worshipful Company of Musicians jazz medal, Emma is well on her way to achieving her dream of being an accomplished jazz singer.
Brought up around the sounds of jazz by a music loving father, Quentin had seen many of the greats by a young age, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Dave Brubeck. This had a profound influence upon his decision to become a professional musician. In 20 years as a professional, Quentin has established himself as one of the UK’s top Jazz/Commercial trumpeters, having performed, toured and recorded with a plethora of internationally renowned artists across many genres. These include Fred Wesley, Gregory Porter, Mark Ronson, Kyle Eastwood, Omar, Basement Jaxx, Roy Ayers, Alicia Keys, Dennis Rollins and Mulatu Astatke. Quentin released his debut solo album ‘If Not Now, Then When?’ on Sunlight Square Records in 2007 to much critical acclaim.
Whilst we seem well on the way to finally emerging from the pandemic (touching much wood) as Omicron is still very much about, Clonter would like to still reassure bookers that should you need to cancel due to Covid, a full refund will be offered.
Ticket Pricing & Booking Information
Tickets £24, £30, £35, £40, Students & Children (Under 16) £15
Early Bird Ticket (10% Discount) Available until 30 April
Group Discount (10% Discount) 10+
Doors Open 6pm
Performance Starts 7pm
Interval 70 minute supper interval; pre-order supper, or bring your own picnic
Drink Arrangements As of May 2022, the bar is under new management, and all drink consumed inside the premises must be purchased from the bar. These may be ordered in advance.