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Jazz in June
Sat 5 June, 7pm
Live entertainment will return to Clonter on Saturday 5th June, and news just in – James Pearson’s trio will be joined by Emma Smith on vocals and Alex Garnett on saxophone for this historic event. Both no strangers to Clonter – The dream team, for our reopening, with a show appropriately entitled ‘Swinging Out of Lockdown’.
We very much hope you will be able to join us to finally throw off the Lockdown Blues, with some soul soothing jazz, and perhaps even a cocktail or two, purveyed from an outside bar.
Due to the Covid restrictions still in place (for further details click here), Clonter will open its grounds at 5pm to enable anyone wishing to picnic outdoors to get started earlier.
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
Clonter is particularly glad to welcome Emma, 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.
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.
Booking & Ticket Prices
Tickets £45 (Side Aisle – Row U), £55 (Rows M, P, R, Side Aisle – Row U, Left Balcony – Row V & Right Balcony – Row W), £75 (Rows B, D, F, H & K)
Grounds Open 5pm (To enable anyone wishing to picnic outdoors – Please ensure that you take your rubbish home with you, and remove all gazebo pegs)
Doors Open 6pm
Performance 7pm (Length approx. 70 minutes + Encore/s)
Interval No interval
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