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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.

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 Trio will be accompanied by special guests, Emma Smith and Alex Garnett, for their annual trip north.


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

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


Emma Smith a 21 year old singer ‘whose musicality and presence have been creating a buzz within the UK jazz community for a while now…’ Sebastian Scotty, London Jazz News. Clonter is particularly glad to welcome Emma, as 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 Smith is well on her way to her achieving her dream of being an accomplished jazz singer.


“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 musicalityThe Telegraph

She sings with a poise and facility that many singers twice her age would kill for 606 Club

If you want a name for the future, then agents should not wait too long to beat a path to the door of Emma Smith from Hertforshire, who is patiently building her craft under the watchful eyes of the jazz faculty at the Royal Academy of Music. Whisper it gently, she’s in her twenties, but this could, should, be a major career.

Sebastian Scotney for The Telegraph


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 is in demand  as a session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless album sideman and recording credits along the way.



Tickets £15, £20, £25, 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