Tuesday 6th March 2012
- Thursday 8th March 2012
£35.00 - £50.00
Jack Bruce the composer, the singer, the multi-instrumentalist, the Legend. Hailed as one of the most powerful vocalists and greatest bassists of his time, his improvisational skill and utterly unique, free-spirited approach to composition and performance would forever change electric music. His pioneering, full-toned, free-wheeling playing on the electric bass revolutionised the way the instrument is used and influenced the playing of countless bassists to today, including Sting and Jaco Pastorius. His work with bands such as Cream and the Tony Williams Lifetime, as well as his solo material, unlocked the doors to the pent-up energy of a new approach to the art of sound, breaking the barriers of tradition and creating a kind of music that had never been heard.
Jack Bruce, composer, bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist was born in the industrial, Scottish city of Glasgow to working class parents. His love of music was stimulated by his mother (Scots folk music) and father (jazz). At age sixteen he won a scholarship in cello and composition to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama of which he now holds an Honorary Doctorate of Music. There is also the 'Jack Bruce Zone' at the RSAMD which features a wall sculpture by Hazel Blue depicting his life story.
He left home at seventeen to seek fame and fortune and travelled around Europe playing with many jazz bands before settling in London. There he played with Alexis Korner's Blues Inc., The Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall and Manfred Mann before forming the world's first super group, Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. He composed most of Cream's hits, including I Feel Free, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room and many others during the band's meteoric career. After the demise of Cream he began his
dream of pursuing his personal goal of forging his own musical language and playing with many of the finest musicians in the world in his own bands.
In 1993 Jack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, and the band had a tremendously successful reunion in 2005. The following year, Jack was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with Cream.
He continues to be prolific musically and records and plays concerts all over the globe. In 2009 Jack released the 'Seven Moons' CD and live DVD with guitar god, Robin Trower as well as the six CD box set entitled 'Can You Follow?' which
traces Jack’s career from the age of nineteen up until (almost) the present day. The tour of Europe and the UK was very successful. He was also awarded the degree Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University. 2010 saw the release of Jack’s authorized biography, ‘Composing Himself’
and that year as well as touring, the amazing album ‘Jack Bruce and the Cuicoland Express Live at the Milky Way was released and the long awaited release of the seminal documentary film about Jack by Tony Palmer, ‘Rope
Ladder to the Moon was mooted to come out.
Early in 2011, Jack toured in the US with a new band, Spectrum Road. This project has, as well as Jack in its line-up, Vernon Reid, guitar, John Medeski, keyboards and Cindy Blackman-Santana on drums. The music’s starting point is that of Tony Williams Lifetime and a studio album is due to be released in the autumn of 2011. Jack was awarded the Bass Player Lifetime achievement award during his visit to the NAMM show.
In the spring of 2011 Jack formed his tremendously exciting new band, The Big Blues Band and had a sell out tour of the UK. He has been playing major summer festivals all over Europe with his Big Blues Band as well as having
been invited to play in Australia and Brazil with them. In September a television special is planned for BBC Scotland/BBC4 featuring many of his compositions performed by various ensembles.
Jack Bruce and the Big Blues Band are booked to tour all over the UK in March 2012 and in the meantime he is planning a new studio album with them as well as some guests.
Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars
+ support tonight: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars with Special Guest vocalists Emma Smith (Mon) and Natalie Williams (Tues)
Monday's band line up: Alex Garnett (tenor sax), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Ed Richardson (drums).
Tuesday's band line up: is Alex Garnett (tenor sax), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Chris Higginbottom
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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