These shows are on sale to Ronnie's members wednesday 11th dec, and to the general public on fri 13th dec
On Sunday 16th, Tuesday 18th & 19th February 2014
A special project offering an extremely rare opportunity to catch this legendary artist perform music from one of his most acclaimed albums ‘Jarreau’ in the intimate surroundings of Ronnie Scott’s.TimingsSunday 16th February - 2 showsDoors 12 noon, support 1pm, onstage 2.00 pmANDDoors 6.30pm, support 7.15pm, onstage 8.30pm Tuesday 18th & 19th February 2014 – 2 Shows per nightDoors 5.30pm, support 6.15, onstage 7.30pmANDDoors 9.30pm, onstage 10.15pm, late set 12 midnight.
ABOUT THE SHOW…To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘Jarreau’, the Platinum-certified album released in 1983, premier British trumpeter Tom Walsh and Larry Williams, Al Jarreau’s pianist, horn player, and album producer, have enlisted their friends and colleagues to perform this fantastic, high-octane album in whole, with Al Jarreau himself!
Thus the line-up will comprise...
Al Jarreau – lead vocals
Larry Williams - keyboard & MD
Louis Dowdeswell– trumpet
Tom Walsh - trumpet
Andrew Greenwood – trumpet
Mark Nightingale – trombone
Robbie Harvey – trombone
Rob Barron – 2nd keyboard
Tommy Emmerton – guitar
Laurence Cottle – bass
Ian Thomas – drums
Annabel Williams – backing vocals
Tommy Blaize – backing vocals
One of the series of albums produced by Jay Graydon that established Al Jarreau as an international superstar, the eponymously entitled ‘Jarreau’ was recorded in 1981 and released in 1983. With strong co-composed material, catchy radio-friendly arrangements and top LA session players, ‘Jarreau’ continued the commercial groove established by ‘Breakin’ Away’, it’s predecessor. With two big R&B hits, the life-affirming "Mornin'" and the foot-stomping "Boogie Down”, plus the classy "Save Me", another classic, this superb collection was Al Jarreau’s third consecutive #1 album on the Billboard Jazz charts, while also placing at #4 on the R&B album charts and #13 on the Billboard 200. In 1984, the album received four Grammy Award nominations. In 2001, it was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
1. "Mornin'" David Foster / Jay Graydon / Al Jarreau
2. "Boogie Down" Al Jarreau / Michael Omartian
3. "I Will Be Here for You (NitakungodeaMilele)" Steve George / John Lang / Richard Page
4. "Save Me" David Foster / Jay Graydon / Al Jarreau
5. "Step by Step" Tom Canning / Jay Graydon / Al Jarreau
6. "Black and Blues" Tom Canning / Jay Graydon / Al Jarreau
7. "Trouble in Paradise" Jay Graydon / Greg Mathieson / Trevor Veitch
8. "Not Like This" Jeremy Lubbock
9. "Love Is Waiting" Tom Canning / Jay Graydon / Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau is one of the world's musical treasures. With his unique vocal style, seven Grammys, scores of international music awards, and popular accolades worldwide, he is one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time.
He started singing at the age of four, harmonizing with his brothers and performing solo at a variety of local events in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Music, however, was not always the major force in his life. He excelled in sports and was an above-average student throughout high school and college.
Enrolling at Ripon College in Wisconsin, Jarreau continued singing for fun, performing locally with a group called the Indigos. He graduated with a BS degree in psychology. After moving on to the University of Iowa to earn his master's degree in vocational rehabilitation, Jarreau relocated to San Francisco to begin a career in rehabilitation counseling.
In San Francisco, Jarreau's natural musical gifts began to shape his future. He found himself performing at a small jazz club with a trio headed by George Duke, and by the late '60s he knew that he would make singing his life. He moved to Los Angeles, and began his apprenticeship in such famed nightspots as Dino's, the Troubadour, and the Bitter End West. Shortly thereafter he gained national network television exposure with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Frost, and Mike Douglas. Jarreau teamed with guitarist Julio Martinez to "spell" up-and-coming comics John Belushi, Bette Midler, Robert Klein, David Brenner, Jimmie Walker, and others at famed comedy venue The Improv.
In 1975, following an extended stint at the Bla-Bla Cafe in Los Angeles, he was spotted by Warner Bros. Records talent scouts and signed to a recording contract. His debut album for the label, We Got By, was released to unanimous acclaim.
Jarreau's career breakthrough came in 1977 when Warner Bros. Records released Look to the Rainbow, his live double album, which was culled from his first world tour, and which earned the vocalist his first Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Jarreau is considered one of the greatest, and most innovative, vocalists in the world. Time magazine recently named him "the greatest jazz singer alive."
Jarreau continues to tour extensively worldwide. He is currently working on a new album for release in 2014, which will be his 24th solo project.