Monday 23rd December 2013
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
Click The Video Below For A Taster Of The Late Late Show (actual bands on the night vary)...
The Ronnie Scott's Late Late Show!
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
ENTRY ON THE DOOR OR PREBOOKING MON-THURS
£10 in advance, £12 on the door, £6 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.
Callum Au is a professional trombonist, composer, orchestrator, and arranger. He was taught by veteran trumpet player Terry Reaney and pianist Brian Harrison, and has since studied with top UK jazz trombonists Mark Nightingale and Gordon Campbell. He was a member of Bill Ashton’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 2005 – 2010, during which time he played lead trombone and was one of the band’s principal arrangers.
Callum now works as a trombonist with two of the house bands at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club – the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and the Ronnie Scott’s Jook Joint Orchestra (both directed by illustrious bandleader and clarinettist Pete Long). With these bands, he has worked with many of the world’s top professional jazz and commercial artists, including Joss Stone, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Melua, Liane Carroll, Tim Minchin, Peter Erskine, and two thirds of the Spice Girls! He also arranges a lot of music for both of these ensembles. Outside of Ronnie’s, Callum is active as a freelance tenor and bass trombonist, having worked with many of the top ensembles in the UK, including the John Wilson Orchestra, the Laurence Cottle Big Band, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Reuben Fowler Big Band, the Guy Barker Big Band, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in the pit on several West End shows. In 2014 he was selected to play at the BBC Proms Battle of the Big Bands in the James Pearson Big Band, where he also contributed several of the arrangements.
As a freelance composer and arranger, Callum has written or arranged music for a huge variety of ensembles and artists including the BBC Big Band, Jamie Cullum, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Clare Teal, and the Swingle Singers. In 2014, Callum was selected as one of seven up-and-coming arrangers from around the world to participate in the Metropole Orchestra Arrangers’ Workshop, where he worked with composer/conductor Vince Mendoza, and vocalist Gregory Porter. Callum has also arranged for a variety of TV, film and library music, and his transcriptions of some of Glenn Miller’s repertoire will be used in the upcoming film ‘Girls Night Out’, starring Juno Temple.
Callum is the orchestral manager and musical director of the (imaginatively named) Callum Au Big Band, his own large jazz ensemble, which features some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK. He released his debut album ‘Something’s Coming’ with this band in 2012, which featured as its centrepiece a suite of music based on the musical ‘West Side Story’, and guest soloists Nigel Hitchcock and Gareth Lockrane. More recently, the band has been working on a new arrangement of George Gershwin’s masterpiece ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, which received its premiere at Ronnie Scott’s in 2014 featuring pianist James Pearson. The big band has also been in demand recently in the studio, backing artists including Anthony Strong and Iain Mackenzie for their upcoming projects.
Callum is the trombonist and principal arranger for a new collaboration between the acclaimed Tippett Quartet and drummer Matt Skelton, the ‘Close To You Ensemble’. A chamber ensemble featuring both jazz and classical elements, this hand-picked group explores the canon of the Great American Songbook in settings with strings, and is currently working with top vocalists Matthew Ford and Claire Martin.
Callum can occasionally be seen performing with his jazz quintet. Inspired by the Brookmeyer/Mulligan group, this band is co-led by baritone saxophonist Richard Shepherd, and features a hard-swinging rhythm section of Matt Skelton, Jeremy Brown, and Chris Eldred. This band first performed together at Ronnie Scott’s in September 2014, and are headlining at the 2015 Wigmore Hall Jazz Lates series.
In Autumn 2014, Callum was appointed as the guest MD of the Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, where he directed the band through his West Side Story Suite for a term. Callum has also directed workshops with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and his arrangements are played in many schools and colleges around the world.
In his free time, Callum likes tropical fish, Asian food, Star Trek, and strategy games.
Tell us what you think of Callum Au Quartet presented by Alex Garnett below..