Tuesday 8th July 2014
- Wednesday 9th July 2014
£30.00 - £55.00
Trumpet player, composer and arranger TOM HARRELL explores new textures and grooves with one of his latest musical creations,piano-less sextet COLORS OF A DREAM, which features Grammy Award-winning ESPERANZA SPALDING (bass & vocals) and JALEEL SHAW (alto sax ) as well as his long time musical partners WAYNE ESCOFFERY (tenor sax), JONATHAN BLAKE (drums) and UGONNA OKEGWO (bass). Expect unforgettable arrangements, mesmerizing solos and delicate vocals.
While many baby boomers and artists are heading into retirement, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell, at a youthful-looking 67, is busier than ever and at the top of his game. He's excited about one of his new projects, Colors of a Dream. The band’s name was inspired by Harrell’s fascination with dream imagery, as in the surrealism of Salvador Dali. The veteran musician (like Carl Jung and
the concept of dreamtime in aboriginal Australian mythology) feels that we can all learn from our dreams.
Colors of a Dream celebrates a new group, a new sound, a new album. Harrell has added alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and Esperanza Spalding doubling on bass and vocal, to core members of his long-standing quintet: Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. While this group is piano-less, it is not without chords. There is plenty of harmony played by the horns, voice and the basses. Harrell himself explains that he chose the instrumentation to achieve clarity in sound, the kind of clarity that one experiences at a beautiful park on a sunny day. He wrote the music with this instrumentation in mind and specifically to feature Spalding on voice and bass. The repertoire of the group ranges from Latin to swing to funk, with emphasis on catchy melodies and driving grooves and polyrhythms played by the two basses. Spalding's vocal work for this band provides a touch of dreaminess to the musical landscapes. Harrell premiered this group at the Village Vanguard in late March of 2013 and headed to the studio to record the album the following week.
Harrell all but transcends musical labels. He's a jazz trumpeter known for his burnished tone and lyrical improvisational style but his music runs the gamut from the modal and melodic to uncommon modernisms that sonically broach the film soundtrack and/or the
avant-garde. Never content to stay the course, he continues to explore and expand his musical vision with each new project. Colors of a Dream is in fact one of three projects he recorded in 2013, along with yet-to-be-released albums, Trip (with Mark Turner, Ugonna Okegwo and Adam Cruz) and First Impressions, a chamber ensemble recording for which he wrote arrangements of works by Debussy
and Ravel. For almost 50 years, he has steadily created new music, building a formidable body of work. Harrell's discography is a mile long; he's made over 270 recordings, won Down Beat and JazzTimes polls many times over and has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards. His compositions are much in demand; among the many artists who've recorded or performed his work include Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Germany's WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Amsterdam's Metropole Jazz Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine and Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Born in Urbana Illinois and raised in Los Altos, California, Harrell studied music composition at Stanford University. After playing with Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, he moved to NY in the early 1970s to join the quintet of Horace Silver, with whom he made five albums. He's been based in NY since but is often on the road, performing to audiences world-wide. His musical associations include those with Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the late 70s), Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Joe Lovano, Jane Monheit, Kathleen Battle, and Sheila Jordan, Philip Catherine, and Jim Hall. Over the course of his career, he's led his own trios, quartets, quintets, big bands, chamber orchestras and ensembles.
Colors of a Dream is an apt title for the album. The band is Tom Harrell's dream band and musical family; everybody in it loves making music together. The group's special synergy is evident from the first note to the last.
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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