Monday 31st December 2012
Bring in the New Year with us at Ronnie's in what is sure to be a truly special night. The musical programme will come from the legendary vocalist, organ/keyboard, guitarist BOOKER T JONES (Booker T and the MG's) Ray Gelato's Giants, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars + special guest vocalist.
The pit section of the club will be cleared to make room for a dance floor. We very much hope you choose to bring in the New Year with us - Booker T and the Band, Ray Gelato and the RS All Stars will be sure to bring it in with a bang! When booking, please choose a dining time and disregard the mention of 'dinner not included in ticket price'
It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.
Ranked in the 100 greatest songs of all time, the number one, million-selling smash Green Onions, the 12-bar blues with a rippling Hammond Organ line was recorded by Booker T & The MG’s for Stax. Booker T went on to become one of the architects of the unique Memphis soul sound and over the next decade, Booker T & the MG’s played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and many others, alongside many other titles under their own name. 1971’s Melting Pot was the last Booker T & the MGs album, although as a producer, songwriter, arranger, and instrumentalist, Jones has gone on to work with a remarkable variety of artists, from Willie Nelson to John Lee Hooker, from Soul Asylum to the Roots, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton.
Ray Gelato is probably the UK’s foremost exponent of swinging good-time jazz, and if he’s good enough to perform privately for Paul McCartney and the Queen, he’s good enough for Ronnie Scott’s! Following in the footsteps of Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter, Gelato has been getting audiences jumpin’ and jivin’ since he picked up the saxophone in the late ‘70s. He has recorded several albums as both a leader and sideman, but it is in his live performances where his energy really comes to the fore. Gelato is a familiar face at Ronnie Scott’s and he makes a welcome return to the club, his driving tenor and effervescent vocals backed up by his stunning band, the Giants,
Ronnie Scott's allstars are comprised of some of the greatest talents on the U.K scene, including our most regular performers James Pearson (piano) and Sam Burgess (bass)
The owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James is one of the most exciting to musicians to have emerged from the U.K in the last 25 years. After working with him, British jazz legend Sir John Dankworth recently 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" The Trio also includes:
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.
Other regular performers include:
Steve Rushton (drums), Alex Garnett (sax), Nigel Price (guitar), Alistair White (trombone), Gary Baldwin (hammond), Al Cherry (guitar), Matt Home (drums), Dave Ohm (drums), Pedro Segundo (drums), Alan Barnes (sax), Natalie Williams (vocals), Ralph Salmins (drums), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Mark Smith (bass), James Nisbet (guitar), Pete Long (sax), Gerard Presencer (Trumpet), Dave O’Higgins (sax), Alec Dankworth, Steve Fishwick and others...
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