Friday 8th April 2016
- Saturday 9th April 2016
£35.00 - £50.00
There’s no question about it: Five time GRAMMY® Award Nominee, four time “Gold Disc Award” recipient and three time winner of “Best Vocal Album” in Japan, #1 artist in sales and radio in France, with all recordings reaching top five on USA Billboard’s Jazz Charts, Jazz radio charts, and several reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon.com to name a few accolades, Eliane Elias has taken her place in the pantheon of music giants.
Elias’ new release, Made in Brazil, marks a musical homecoming for her. In her three-decade long career as a solo artist, Made In Brazil results from the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981. Elias wears many hats on this project as producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. On December 7, 2015, it was nominated for a GRAMMY® in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album.
Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 23 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer and arranger as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Eliane Elias is as Jazziz magazine has called her, “A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.”
Find out more here: http://elianeelias.com/
(Jazz Masters Series)
Ronnie Scott's is proud to announce the creation of its Jazz Masters strand. As one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world, Ronnie Scotts prides itself in presenting the depth and the breadth of the jazz canon – from jazz legends to hotly-tipped rising stars, from classic jazz to visionary trailblazers. The Jazz Masters strand therefore, aims to throw a spotlight on those artists whose rich heritage and masterful interpretation of the jazz tradition has pushed the music forward providing the touchstone for their fellow artists. They are instantly recognisable, vastly influential and their artistry illuminates the jazz world. Some are innovators and boundary pushers while others keep the flame of tradition burning brightly. A Jazz Master artist has built a global fanbase and carved out their own niche as a musical icon. Ronnie Scott’s are proud to present these true Jazz Masters to the Frith Street stage.BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson Quartet Feat. Antonio Farao Monday 7th – Tuesday 8th March
Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend - composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and a fine, ever evolving tenor saxophonist, Benny Golson appears here with renowned pianist Antonio Farao and his trio. Golson first came to prominence with Dizzy Gillespie in the mid-fifties, before a brief but important stint with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and in the late fifties and early sixties he led the highly influential soul-jazz group the Jazztet with Art Farmer. A forceful saxophonist, Golson is rightly revered as one of jazz’s greatest composers. Amongst his most memorable themes are the classic "I Remember Clifford" (for the late Clifford Brown), "Killer Joe," "Stablemates," "Whisper Not," "Along Came Betty," and "Blues March. Expect classic hard-bop and soul jazz in the great tradition from a true jazz master! He appears here with a fine piano trio, led by contemporary Italian bop master Farao.Doors 6.00pm / £25.00 - £40.00 DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Trio Feat: Kevin Eubanks & Obed Calvaire Wednesday 9th March A very welcome return for a genuine legend of British jazz and international star, Dave Holland. A master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. His path has led him from the frontiers of free improvisation to his own superb modern ensembles via the finishing school of Miles Davis with whom he played during the trumpet legend’s epochal Bitches Brew period. He appears here with his brand new trio featuring noted guitarist Kevin Eubanks, who first played with Holland in the ‘90s, and rising star drummer Obed Calvaire, a resident of Miami of Haitian descent noted for his work with the SF Collective. Line-up: Dave Holland double-bass, Kevin Eubanks electric guitar and Obed Calvaire drums Doors 5.30pm & 9.30pm (two shows) / £35.00-£50.00
Monday 28th – Tuesday 29th March
Kenny Barron ranks among jazz’s piano aristocracy as a bandleader, composer, arranger and mentor to young musicians. Deemed by critics as “the most lyrical piano player of our time”, he first came to international prominence for his remarkable recordings with the late, great Stan Getz. However, his storied career is marked by an insatiable musical curiosity and a commitment to artistic honesty. Tonight, Barron presents material from his debut Impulse! album, Book Of Intuition a collection of peerless modern jazz piano trio recordings - that is his most accomplished record to date.
Line-Up: With Kenny Barron piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa bass and Jonathan Blake drums.Doors 6.00pm / £35.00 - £50.00
Friday 8th April – Saturday 9th April
A welcome return for multi award-winning, top selling pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias. Her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. Elias’ new release, the Grammy nominated Made in Brazil, marks a musical homecoming for her. In her three-decade long career as a solo artist, Made in Brazil results from the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.
Lind-Up: Eliane Elias piano & vocals, Marc Johnson bass and Rafael Barata drums
Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm (two shows) / £35.00-£50.00
Joey Defrancesco Trio
Wednesday 13th April – Thursday 14th April
twice Grammy award nominated Hammond B3 maestro, trumpeter and vocalist, renowned as an important force in the revival of the Hammond B-3 organ as a jazz instrument, Defrancesco has featured in the bands of Miles Davis and John McLaughlin. His own music runs from the soul-jazz and bluesy grooves of the great Jimmy Smith through to hard bop and the more advanced modal style of John Coltrane disciple, the great Larry Young.
Line-up Joey DeFrancesco- organ/vocals/trumpet, Jason Brown drums & Dan Wilson guitar
Doors 6.00pm / £20.00-£37.50
Kenny Garrett Quintet
Friday 15th April – Saturday 16th April
Kenny Garrett is widely recognised as one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation, his soaring, burning tone and blistering technique marking him out as a contemporary giant. He has recorded and worked with jazz legends including Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner. His early days included periods in groups playing the music of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Charles Mingus before his career really took off with the release of his first album, Introducing Kenny Garrett, in 1984. His music is very much open to outside influences and, as his acclaimed 2006 album Beyond the Wall made apparent, he shows no signs of slowing down as a cutting edge artist and performer. Unmissable.
Line-up tba but likely to be: Kenny Garrett alto & soprano saxophones, Corcoran Holt acoustic bass, McClenty Hunter drums, Vernell Brown piano and Rudy Bird percussion
Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £30.00-£50.00 (two shows)
The David Sanborn Electric Band
Friday 6th – Saturday 7th May
Saxophonist David Sanborn is one of the most influential musicians of the last 20-30 years. He has released twenty-four albums, won six GRAMMY Awards, and has one Platinum and eight Gold albums under his belt. He has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B, alongside more traditional jazz.
Having contracted polio at the age of three, Sanborn was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of fourteen, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. He went on to tour with Stevie Wonder (appearing on Talking Book), played with The Rolling Stones, toured with David Bowie (with whom he recorded the famous solo on “Young Americans”), toured and recorded with the great Gil Evans and collaborated with such artists as Paul Simon and James Taylor, all before beginning his solo career in 1975. His superb, instantly recognizable style has brought him considerable commercial success as he is equally at home playing groovy, intelligent hard-bop as he is smooth-jazz. For these shows, Sanborn performs with his electric band.
Line-Up: David Sanborn - saxophone, Nicky Moroch - guitar, Ricky Peterson - B3 and keys, Billy Kilson - drums, Andre Berry - bass & Karl Vanden Bossche - percussion
Monty Alexander Trio
Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express 2
Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th May
In a career spanning five decades, Jamaican jazz piano virtuoso Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Alexander’s winging, highly engaging style draws on the classic inspiration of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, as well as the music of his homeland and his Ronnie’s show are amongst some of the most eagerly anticipated of the year. To date Monty Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader and performed and recorded with an array of artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin to name a few. Indeed, in Hal Leonard’s 2005 book The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time, Alexander was listed among the top five!
Monty Alexander returns to Ronnie’s for a six night residency. The first three days in a trio setting and for the final three he presents Harlem-Kinston Express 2, a project in which he merges classic Jazz with rhythms and vibrations of his native Jamaica.
Trio Line-Up: Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass) and Jason Brown (drums)
Harlem-Kingston Express 2 Line-Up: The trio as above with Andy Bassford (guitar), Leon Duncan (elec. Bass) Karl Wright (drums)
Doors 6pm (6pm & 10.30pm on Fri and Saturday) / £35-£50
with Antonio Sanchez drums, Gwilym Simcock piano & Linda Oh bass
Wednesday 29th June - Saturday 2nd July
Ronnie Scott's is thrilled to present one of music's great artists; the 20 time Grammy winning guitarist Pat Metheny. Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member and only the fourth guitarist (joining Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery), Metheny will present a range of music from throughout his career. In a step to break his usual cycle of “write some music, make a record, do a tour”, Metheny said he wanted “to break that pattern …. I have so much music from over the years that I almost never play, I thought it would be fun and interesting to put together a really select group of musicians who could cover the widest range of everything I have done previously and could also possibly develop into something beyond that with a lot of playing together under our belts”.
Line-Up: Pat Metheny (guitars) Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh (bass), Gwilym Simcock (piano)
Doors 5.30pm and 9.30pm (two shows) / £100.00 - £175.00
Charles McPherson Quartet
Thursday 7th – Friday 8th July
For over 50 years, Charles McPherson has been one of the most expressive and highly regarded voices in jazz. His rich musical style, rooted in the blues and bebop, has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners. His masterful technique and improvisational ingenuity can be heard on dozens of albums that form part of an astonishing musical legacy, so at 76, the alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader has earned the title ‘legend’. Blistering post-bop is his trademark and although a Charlie Parker disciple he brings his own lyricism to the bebop language, playing with passion, fire and sophistication in equal measure. Much has been written about his 12 years with Charles Mingus and his recordings with Eric Dolphy and Eddie Jefferson, but it as a solo artist that he is most revered. He released his debut in 1964, Bebop Revisited and has since then amassed an incredible body of work that includes 1966's The Charles McPherson Quintet Live, 1972's Siku Ya Bibi, 1995's Come Play With Me and 1998's Manhattan Nocturne to name a few. And he shows no sign of slowing down. Last year he released a highly acclaimed, thrilling album, ‘ The Journey’, which, says London Jazz News, “really set the pulse racing”.
Line-Up: Charles McPherson – alto sax / Bruce Barth - piano / Darryl Hall - bass / Stephen Keogh – drums
Doors 5.30pm and 9.30pm (two shows) / £24-£42.50
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