Monday 12th November 2012
“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.
The stageposts along Toussaint's career have all made their mark - the Caribbean, New York, and London. From a calypso band in his teens in St Thomas, Toussaint moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where fellow students included Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Jeff Watts.
In 1982, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. 'I learned more in four years with Art than I'd have learned in ten had I not got through that audition,'says Toussaint, who played alongside Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison and Lonnie Plaxico. While in New York, Toussaint also worked with Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner and Gil Evans, and regularly led the jam session at New York's Blue Note club. Touring with the Messengers, he always looked forward to London where he made friends amongst the capital's young musicians.
'I met Cleveland and Trevor Watkiss, Steve Williamson and Julian Joseph. Being of Caribbean descent myself, I saw similarities in the blend of musical influences - jazz, African, calypso and reggae.
In 1987, Toussaint accepted an invitation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to teach improvisation for three months. He's still here. From London, Toussaint works extensively in Europe and the US with his bands: Nazaire and the Jean Toussaint Quartet.
In the last few years he has toured Europe with Max Roach, headlined at the world-famous Sweet Basil in New York, joined Cedar Walton in London and worked with Horace Silver. With a commission for composition from the Arts Council he has toured the UK with old friends Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard and Reginald Veal.
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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