Monday 12th November
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
The Ronnie Scott's Late Late Show!
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
ENTRY ON THE DOOR (NO PREBOOKING)
£10 Entry, £5 Students (with ID), FREE entry to MU, Club members and main show ticket holders
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolest late night hang.
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
Since saxophonist Jean Toussaint left Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, he hasn’t looked back. Nor has he spent a career trying to repeat the past. The experiences gained in that world-class hothouse have enable him to push forward and embrace challenging and often high profile musical collaborations in many different jazz styles. Today he works out of London as a band leader/composer, and educator.
Born in the Caribbean, Toussaint studied at Berklee with peers Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and others. He joined Blakey in 1982 and toured and recorded with him for four years with fellow band members Lonnie Plaxico, Terence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller and Donald Harrison. Based in New York with the Messengers, Toussaint regularly led the jam sessions at the famous Blue Note club.
Initially invited to teach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Toussaint came to London in 1987 and still uses the city as his base. He has released 10 CDs as a Leader and guested on many more. Collaborations with musicians based in the UK have included Bheki Mseleku, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson and others. Toussaint is also invited to join tours with US musicians visiting Europe. In the last couple of years, he has played North Sea Festival (Den Haag), The New Morning (Paris), Montreux Festival (Switzerland), Clemont Ferrand Festival (France), Cork Festival (Ireland) as well as many clubs and theatres.
Troy studied at the Guildhall School of music in London and started out performing with Jean Toussaint and Soweto Kinch.
Between 2004 and 2008 Troy toured with American Vibes Legend Roy Ayers who he has also recorded with. These included tours in Europe, Asia, Australia and the States, notably concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and a Blue Note tour of Japan and New York. He has also toured with Don Blackman, Michael Urbaniak, Tom Browne and Ronnie Laws.
In 2004-2006, Troy toured extensively with Soul artists Roachford and Jocelyn Brown and in 2007 joined with Amy Winehouse and Producer Mark Ronson which has included performances at the Grammies and Brits in 2008 as well as many other major festivals around Europe. In 2010, Troy played on the Platinum selling Record from Rumer.
Troy has also played with Adele, Lu Lu, Chaka Khan, Cliff Richard, Macy Gray, Branford Marsalis, Kyle Eastwood, Gary Bartz, Lonnie Liston Smith, Daniel Merriweather, Suggs , Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Sister Sledge and Q-Tip.
Recent productions include 2 Albums for Sony Poland for artist Mika Urbaniak which won a ‘Frederic’ award for Best Pop Album and went Gold. He also recently wrote the theme music for ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ for Channel 5 presented by Emma Bunton.
Troy’s debut album ’40 Days’ was released in June 2006 under J’Noir Records and features veteran UK and US musicians Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello, Eric Revis and Marcus Printup as well as long standing partners, Soweto Kinch, Michael Olatuja, Femi Temowo and Karim Merchant. The Album also features the Prague Philharmonic strings. Recorded in Brooklyn, New York, this stunning album fuses a blend of Jazz, Gospel and music from the Streets – now available on itunes and Amazon.
Troy is now a visiting professor at The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama in London and has been asked to give clinics at other institutions around the UK including Drum Tech, Trinity college of music and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Troy has had featured interviews with Drummer Magazine, Jazzwise and Rhythm Magazine and he endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian cymbals, Pro-Mark Sticks and Evans Drumheads.
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