Tuesday 27th November
Pekka Pylkkanen Hi-Fi Quintuplet plus Nick Smart (trumpet), Ronan Guilfoyle (Bass), Kit Downes (Piano) & Jaska Lukkarinen (Drums)
“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 jaz
PEKKA PYLKKANEN SUPERIOR QUINTUPLET FEAT. Kit Downes and Nick Smart
This saxophonist/woodwind player and composer and conductor has performed with dozens of groups, orchestras and artists as well in his native Finland as around the globe. He studied at the Sibelius Academy and Rotterdam Conservatory, recieving Master’s Degree from Sibelius on 2001, possessing also a degree on Education from the University of Helsinki.
His experiences as a sideman include working with David Liebman, Odean Pope, Vince Mendoza, Eumir Deodato, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band, Espoo Big Band, among others. As a leader he started in the early 90's, heading, conducting and recording with the 16-piece jazz-rock group Big Bad Family (after the founder Upi Sorvali's death), for the work with the recording he also received the ‘Emma’ Prize in 1996. Pekka formed the ‘Tube Factory’ in 1996, and later on started working as a leader for several groups, like *Global Unit’ and this ‘Superior Quintuplet feat. Kit Downes and Nick Smart’.
Pekka has performed as a leader (outside Finland), Norway, Denmark, USA, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Korea, Japan and China, and during only the last 7 years or so, has had more than 400 concerts abroad. The performances include dozens of festivals and concert hall appearances around the world, such as: Trondheim Jazz Festival, Hong Kong Int. Jazz Festival, Beijing Jazz festival, La Plata Jazz Festival, Providencia Festival de Jazz, Copenhagen Winter Jazz Festival and many others. His‘Tube Factory’ has been reviewed warmly in the world press several times, like: 'a fine compositional pen, expressive, accomplished technical skills and a keen ear for arranging.' (All About Jazz/Glenn Astarita).
He has also worked as a conductor for big bands, and has done projects on for example Hermeto Pascoal’s music and other Brazilian music projects as well, including one with the Joensuu City Orchestra.
Pekka's first two recordings as a leader were made for the Naxos Jazz Label, with a worldwide distribution. The latest recording, entitled 'Listen!' was digitally released by the US-based Art Of Life Records, and later on as a CD by the leader’s own Lumino Records label. ‘Listen’ has also been licenced to China and is being distributed in Japan as well.
He is also an active educator, currently heading the Pop/Jazz Music Degree Program at the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences. He has also been lecturing and giving master classes and workshops around the world, like in Sweden, Denmark, USA, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan and Hong Kong.
Kit Downes (pianist and composer) - After studying at both the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music - Kit now plays regularly with his own Quintet, Stan Sulzmann's 'Neon', Troyka, The Golden Age of Steam, Julian Arguelles Quartet and Seb Rochford - he has also played with Lee Konitz, Paul Rogers, Leafcutter John, Micachu, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert and Eugene Skeef. He has also performed with leading British bands Fraud, Asaf Sirkis’ Inner Noise, Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Acoustic Ladyland, Nostalgia 77, 2000 Black, Silhouette Brown and Dennis Rollins’ Badbone and Co. He worked with composer/songwriter Micachu, with whome he recorded in Abbey Road for Matthew Herbert, recorded for BBC Radio 6 and played at the Sonar Music Festival ’07 in Barcelona. Kit’s work with Empirical took him to The North Sea Jazz Festival, The JVC Festivals in New York, Montreal and Newport, and Vancouver Jazz Festival. Empirical won ‘Best Album of the Year 2007’ in Jazzwise and the EBU Award at the North Sea Festival. Kit won the BBC ‘Rising Star’ Award in 2008 and was nominated for a British Jazz Award in both 2008 and 2009, he also won one of 'Yamaha Jazz Scholarship' Awards in 2009. In 2010 Kit's debut album 'Golden' was nominated for a Mercury Music Award. Kit is also a member of the F-IRE Collective, an initiative set up by Barak Schmool, which is a musician-led collective to encourage shared learning and sharing of resources. He enjoys the music of Bill Frisell, Bjork and Bela Bartok, the films of Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch and the artwork of Alberto Giacometti and Joan Miro.
Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, Nick Smart is an internationally renowned jazz educator, trumpeter and musical director who has given guest masterclasses and performances around the world. In the UK he is recognised as one of the leading musicians on the London jazz scene, where as well as being in regular demand as a sideman to players of all generations, he continues to record and tour with his own projects.
In 2005 Nick released his debut album “Remembering Nick Drake” to critical acclaim. The album featured Smart’s arrangements of Nick Drake’s music played by an all star line-up including John Parricelli, Paul Clarvis, Christine Tobin and Stan Sulzmann amongst others. It was described by Straight No Chaser magazine as “…a future classic because it really captures all that is best about British jazz….” and by John Fordham in Jazz UK as “…fascinating music devoted to a fascinating inspiration.” In December 2008 Nick released his highly praised trio album “Remembering Louis Armstrong” featuring Hans Koller and Paul Clarvis. His latest band, Nick Smart’s Jazz Matanzas, merges contemporary jazz sounds with Afro Cuban concepts and is due to record in 2013.
His versatility as a trumpet player has allowed him to perform alongside many international jazz stars including George Russell, Bob Brookmeyer, John Hollenbeck, the New York Voices, Mike Gibbs and Dave Douglas. Amongst other things Nick is currently a member of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, the musical director of the Stan Sulzmann Big Band and the regular soloist with the James Taylor Quartet.
Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. He began his career with Louis Stewart's group in the early 1980's and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987 where his teachers included John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, and Steve Coleman. Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is now much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andrea Keller, Andy Laster, Emily Remler, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning "Devsirme" in 1997. Ronan has been composing for classical ensembles since 1993, specialising in compositions which feature both improvised and written music. He has also been commissioned to write works for many great soloists including the saxophonist David Liebman, the violinist Michael D'arcy and the virtuoso accordionist Dermot Dunne. Ronan has also acquired a formidable reputation as a composer in the world of contemporary jazz, and his music has been performed by such jazz luminaries as Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, John Abercrombie, Andy Laster, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, Tom Rainey, Julian Arguelles, Rick Peckham, and Sonny Fortune. In 1997 he won the Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Competition in the United States. Over the past 10 years Ronan has become very well known for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation" which covers such areas as metric modulation and odd metre playing, is now seen as the standard text for this area. He has been invited to teach this subject at many schools around the world including Berklee College of Music, The New School, and is an associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has also lectured on it for the International Music Congress (UNESCO) in Copenhagen. Ronan is the founder of and head of the jazz department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin.
Jaska Lukkarinen (born 1982) is known as a versatile musician who moves smoothly between different genres and styles. With his latest album, Neutral Terrain, Jaska also establishes himself at the forefront of the young jazz musicians in Finland. Jaska is also an active teacher and composer, and runs his own record label, Jaskaa.
Jaska graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 2009. His teachers included Jukkis Uotila, Mika Kallio, Marko Timonen, Sonny Heinilä, Jukka Perko, Jarmo Savolainen and Jarno Kukkonen. Jaska studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York (2006-2007) led by John Riley, and took private lessons from Ari Hoenig, Adam Nussbaum, and Carl Allen. In Finland his most important teachers, in addition to Parkkonen, have been Sami Kuoppamäki, Kepa Kettunen and Rami Eskelinen.
Despite his young age Lukkarinen has gained a lot of international experience by playing and touring with European and American jazz musicians including Dayna Stephens, Phil Markowitz, European Youth Jazz Orcestra, Axel Schlosser and Martin Sjöstedt.
He is also known for his work with the top Finnish folk music group Värttinä (2000-2006). Apart from his own Trio, Lukkarinen performs with Dalindèo, Honey B & T-Bones and Jukka Eskola Quintet.
Lukkarinen has received recognition for his work by winning the Sony Jazz Price in 2008 and the Pori Jazz artist of the year in 2009.
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