Monday 1st July
- Tuesday 2nd July
£25.00 - £40.00
Spok – Saxophone alto and Soprano, Carlos Cléber (Kebinha) - Saxophone alto, Gilberto Pontes, Rafael Santos – Saxophone tenor / Enok Chagas, Augusto França, Flávio Santana, Erico Veríssimo – Trumpet / Elci Ramos, Marcone Túlio, Adonis Garcia, Thomas de Lima– Trombone / Renato Bandeira – Guitar / Hélio Silva – Double bass / Adelson Silva – Drums / Augusto Silva – Drums and percussions / Dedé Simpatia – Percussions
Launched in December 2004 and funded by Funcultura/State of Pernambuco (Brazil), SpokFrevo Orquestra's first album, "Passo de Anjo" (Via Som Records), was considered by indutry critics the beginning of a new era in the history of frevo.
The 22-piece Spok Frevo Orchestra, enhance traditional frevos with blistering new arrangements and opening spaces for jazzy solos and improvisations. They've also added electric guitars and the forró-associated accordion to the nimble-fingered, frenzied rhythms of trumpets, piccolos, clarinets, trombones and saxophones - an intoxicating blend.
The Frevo is, outside Brazil, one of the least-known of its dance rhythms. It’s also, quite possibly, the most infectious. Frevo comes from the Portuguese word ferver (to boil) and is a kind of super-charged Polka and has its own umbrella-wielding dance.
The orchestra proposes to give frevo a different treatment with modern arrangements and refined harmonies. The musicians exploit the freedom of expression in improvisations with clear influences from jazz.
"Frevo is a unique rhythm, different from all others, cheerful and with a special magic: the one to transmit happiness," Spok explains.
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 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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