Top UK contemporary pianist follows in her father John's musical footsteps - brings her swinging quartet to the ronnie's late late show.
We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
The Ronnie Scott's Late Late Show!
EVERY MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
& EVERY FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
Click The Video Below For A Taster Of The Late Late Show (actual band on the night varies!)
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
ENTRY ON THE DOOR (NO PREBOOKING) £10/£5 Students with ID, FREE ENTRY to MU, Club Members and main show ticket holders
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolest late night hang.
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.
She has released several CDs, each one to critical acclaim. Her most recent one being 'Smoke And Mirrors', a live duo recording with award-winning Scottish tenorist Bobby Wellins. "The opening bars of "Smoke And Mirrors," one of three jointly composed tunes on the album, set the standard: languid, relaxed interplay between tenor saxophone and piano that has the effortless ease that can only come from players in total command of their craft." (Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz)
In 2011, she recorded with her new septet featuring Gareth Lockrane, Steve Fishwick, Ben Somers, Julian Siegel, Jeremy Brown, Oli Hayhurst, and Tristan Mailliot. 'Made Up' was released in October 2011, and was ranked 7th in Mojo's top jazz albums of 2011. The septet was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award in March 2012.
She has also performed with many of the UK’s leading musicians, including Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, John Etheridge, Anita Wardell, Georgia Mancio, Dave Cliff, Tony Woods, Tim Whitehead, Julian Siegel, Karen Sharpe, Allison Neale, and is a member of Chris Biscoe's Mingus Moves. Kate currently teaches on the jazz degree course at Middlesex University.
Gareth Lockrane (flutes) co-founded the band ‘Grooveyard’ with saxophonist Alex Garnett, releasing the critically acclaimed CD ‘Put The Cat Out’. The group went on to win the Best European Jazz Group award at the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival.Gareth has also performed with The James Taylor Quartet, Hans Koller Big Band, Anita Wardell, The Urban Jazz Quintet (with Pete King), and and worked with the late Bheki Mseleku. He also has his own septet, and recently formed the Gareth Lockrane Big Band.
“...Lockrane's flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity on the one hand with an acute adventurousness on the other...”
“the formidable Lockrane...a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas.”
John Fordham,The Guardian.
Oli Hayhurst (double bass) studied at the Royal Academy Of Music in 1995 and has since worked in a wide range of musical fields. He was a founder member of Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble, played in Tim Whitehead's quartet from 2002 - 2009, featured on Zoe Rahman's Mercury nominated album 'Melting Pot', and played on Sam Crockatt's award-winning album 'Howeird'.
"...but it was actually the wiry strength of Hayhurst's bass solos that were the real highlight." Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph
Tristan Mailliot (drums) has worked with leading UK and international artists including Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Claire Martin, Peter King, Stan Tracey, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Anita Wardell, Jim Mullen, and the Gareth Lockrane Big Band.
He is currently working with the Christian Brewer Quintet, John Critchinson Quartet, and Gareth Williams Trio. Tris also runs the annual Loire Jazz summer school in France as well as courses in London.