Monday 5th May
- Saturday 10th May
£25.00 - £45.00
Lineup: Flutes: EDDIE PARKER, Clarinets: DAI PRITCHARD Alto / Soprano saxophones: STEVE BUCKLEY & IAIN BALLAMY. Tenor Saxophone: MARK LOCKHEART & JULIAN NICHOLAS Baritone: JULIAN ARGUELLES, Trumpets: LANCE KELLY, NOEL LANGLEY, CHRIS BATCHELOR, JOHN EACOTT, Trombones: JOHN HARBORNE, ASHLEY SLATER, RICHARD PYWELL, Bass Trombone: RICHARD HENRY Tuba: DAVE POWELL, Keyboards: DJANGO BATES Guitar: JOHN PARRICELLI, Bass: STEVE WATTS, Drums: MARTIN FRANCE, Percussion: LOUISE PETERSEN MATJEKA
“Fearlessly Cutting Edge Band” *****The Evening Standard
“In the late 80s, as jazz made a rare dent on popular consciousness, the brashest, brightest sounds came from Loose Tubes. Gleefully mixing Swing and Ska, Dolphy and Zappa” ****The Times
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Thirty years after it first blew into Europe’s jazz consciousness, Loose Tubes’ anarchic, freewheeling and uniquely exhilarating music still reverberates through the UK’s music scene. The 21 piece big-band line-up reads like a veritable Who’s Who of a brilliant generation of musicians. From keyboardist, composer and arranger Django Bates to saxophonists Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear), Iain Ballamy (Food) and Julian Argüelles to irrepressible trombonist and charismatic MC Ashley Slater (Freak Power) and trumpeter Chris Batchelor (Big Air), its members have been at the heart of some of the UK’s most inspired music of the last three decades. Indeed, the band’s open-minded, risk-taking approach to their music has influenced large ensembles and rehearsal ensembles across Europe. But it isn’t just the music that has left its mark. Conceived as an agitprop anarcho- syndicate collective without a single clear leader, you can trace the genesis of the F-ire and Loop Collectives back to its approach and it’s perhaps no surprise to find that F-ire driving force Barak Schmool was a onetime keyboard roadie for the band.
Loose Tubes evolved in 1984 from a lively youth-workshop outfit and Ronnie Scott’s was at the very heart of the Loose Tubes story. The anarchic big-band appeared regularly on Frith Street – legend has them stopping the traffic to play outside the club – and the band’s valedictory performances in September 1990 are caught on two brilliant live albums (Sad Afrika and Dancing On Frith Street). These shows – the band’s first London shows in 24 years offer a unique chance to hear the band in all their tradition twisting glory. Equal parts genius and mayhem, expect beautiful inter-woven melodies, squalling horns, rip-roaring sax lines, distorted sambas, sneaky New Orleans grooves and much more from one of jazz’s greatest ever groups.
And as you would expect from such an iconoclastic outfit, as well as playing their greatest hits (including Yellow Hill, Shelley, The Last Word, Sticklebacks and Sunny) the band will also present new music after a collective decision that they “definitely didn't want to be their own tribute band" resulted in a commission from BBC Radio 3 (in association with Jazz on 3) for new works from principal composers Chris Batchelor, Steve Berry, Eddie Parker and Django Bates. These will be premiered at Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Saturday 3rd May 2014, before the band commences their week-long Ronnie’s residency on Monday 5th. Catch them while you can!
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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