JAZZ IN JUNE
Saturday 9 June 2018 - 7:00 pm
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.
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.
Hot foot from a packed Bridgewater Hall – an electrifying performance alongside the Halle Orchestra for an evening celebrating 100 years of the ‘Giants of Jazz’ – the James Pearson will be accompanied by special guests.
‘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
The concert will feature songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Sarah Vaughan and Gene Krupa to name a few artists and of course James will pay tribute to some of the piano greats such as Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner.
Natalie Williams is one of the UK’s most endearing and popular soul/jazz artists, singer-songwriters, with 7 critically acclaimed albums under her belt and a dedicated following that extends throughout the world. Her Ronnie Scott’s residency, Soul Family Sundays has sold out every month for over 10 years, seeing her perform to over 30,000 enthusiastic fans at the world renowned jazz club.Natalie has toured the globe as both a solo artist and lead vocalist of Jazz-Funk sensation, Incognito, and has performed at many of the world’s leading live music events and venues, including the London Jazz Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican Centre, Montreux Jazz Festival, BB Kings in New York, Jakarta Jazz Festival, Blue Note in Tokyo, Love Supreme Festival, Glastonbury and many more.
“One of the UK’s hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.” Time Out
“The moment she starts to sing she becomes a commanding, strutting presence, scatting with an infectious relish.” Telegraph
“Natalie helped me understand Soul music!! And her Soul Family Sundays residency at Ronnie’s is what made me realise ‘this is what I really wanna do!” Sam Smith, Grammy Winning Artist
“…People can’t help but go away with a bit of Williams’ natural sparkle having attached itself to them” Deuce
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 £15.50, £21, £26, Students £10 + Group Discount (10%) available 10+
EARLY BIRD TICKET (20% Discount) available until Friday 31st March
DOORS OPEN 6pm
PERFORMANCE STARTS 7pm
INTERVAL 70 minute supper interval
DINING OPTIONS Pre-order supper, hamper, canapé basket, or bring your own picnic