Tuesday 11th December
- Wednesday 12th December
£25.00 - £40.00
“Jeremy Sassoon – The Ray Charles Project” -
Manchester-based Jazz & Blues singer/pianist Jeremy Sassoon returns to Ronnie Scotts for 4 more shows following his memorable sell-out debut at the club this summer during the London 2012 Olympics, and once again he brings a stunning line-up of musicians comprising London and Manchester’s finest.
Jeremy’s Ray Charles Project was first launched at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2009, with Jeremy assembling a team involving tenor saxophonist/arranger Iain Dixon (Michael Brecker, BBC Big Band, Bryan Ferry) and guitarist Mike Walker (Impossible Gentlemen, Mike Gibbs, George Russell) and since then the band has received rapturous responses wherever it has performed. The show features a 4-piece horn section, 3 backing singers (the Jaelettes) and has a mix of well-known Ray Charles classics (Georgia, What I’d Say) and lesser known gems from the late great ‘Brother Ray’ (The Jealous Kind, This Little Girl of Mine). A 17-piece big band version of the show was also launched in November 2011.
Jeremy kicked off 2012 performing at the “A Trane” Jazz Club in Berlin in January with his quartet, teaming up with drummer Michael Kersting (Jaco Pastorius/Bireli Lagrene trio). He has also played the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Iridium Jazz Club (NYC), The Jazz Café. He has regularly toured Spain and entertained at The Americas Cup Final sailing regatta in Valencia. He has also performed in San Francisco, Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Austria and Switzerland.
Jeremy released his debut solo jazz and blues album “Coming Out” in 2011. It was featured on the Jazz FM playlist and he was recently featured on the Jazz FM Discovery Show in September 2012.
Ray Charles Project promo video
Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars
The Ronnie Scott's All Stars are comprised of some of the greatest talents on the U.K scene, including some of our most regular performers James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Pedro Segundo (drums)
Musical Director at Ronnie Scott’s and the owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James Pearson is one of the most exciting to musicians to have emerged from the U.K in the last 25 years. After working with him, the late jazz legend Sir John Dankworth declared: "James Pearson is an exceptionally gifted artist. His masterful playing makes him head and shoulders above the rest of his contemporaries. He shows signs of true greatness".
Double Bass Despite only being in his early 30’s, already Sam is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as appearing on numerous film soundtracks such as 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and 'Hannibal'. Sam’s thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass lines have been heard accompanying the likes of Bob James, Billy Kilson, Gary Novak, Joe Lock, Dave Kekowski, Guy Barker, Dave O'Higgins, Pete King, Gareth Williams, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, John Horler, Gwyneth Herbert, John Dankworth, The BBC Big Band and Robbie Williams.
At 22 years old Pedro Segundo, Portuguese drummer joins the James Pearson Trio at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Born and raised in Lisbon, picked up the drums seriously at the age of eight starting studying classical percussion a year later. In June 2011 he graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Timpani and Classical Percussion. His musical ability combines a blend of styles creating a unique sound on the drum set. He has played regularly with Dennis Rollins, Femi Temowo, Mário Franco, Cleveland Watkiss and many other artists touring in festivals all around the globe.
Other regular performers include:
Dave Ohm (drums), Natalie Williams (vocals), Alex Garnett (sax), Nigel Price (guitar), Steve Rushton (drums), Polly Gibbons (vocals), Alistair White (trombone), Gary Baldwin (hammond), Al Cherry (guitar), Matt Home (drums), Alan Barnes (sax), Ralph Salmins (drums), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Mark Smith (bass), James Nisbet (guitar), Pete Long (sax), Gerard Presencer (Trumpet), Dave O’Higgins (sax), Alec Dankworth (bass), Steve Fishwick (trumpet) and others...
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