Alex Garnett presents... The Kit Downes Quartet featuring Ben Van Gelder

Alex Garnett presents... The Kit Downes Quartet featuring Ben Van Gelder

Alex Garnett presents... The Kit Downes Quartet featuring Ben Van Gelder

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Kit Downes, one of the finest pianists of his generation will be playing tonight with his quintet featuring New York based saxophonist Ben Van Gelder.

“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis

The Ronnie Scott's Late Late Show!

MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am

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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.

BIOGRAPHY

Kit Downes Quintet - At once both dark and detailed, colourful and chaotic, this Quintet is the new project from UK pianist and composer Kit Downes. It features the talents of Calum Gourlay (bass), James Maddren (drums), Lucy Railton (cello) and James Allsopp (bass clarinet). Featuring lopsided blues and speedy corners (taking their influences from blues greats such as Skip James and Robert Johnson to free jazz icons such as Paul Bley and Ornette Coleman) - the band  have enjoyed many trips to Europe and beyond (such as Jazz Festivals in London, Coutances, Munsterland, Trondheim, Tel Aviv and Bremen Jazzahead). The have just released Kit's third album on Basho Records in April 2013 entitled 'Light from Old Stars' - following on from Kit's Mercury Award nominated album 'Golden' (Basho 2009) and the critically acclaimed 'Quiet Tiger' (Basho 2011).

Kit Downes (pianist and composer) - After studying at both the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music - Kit now plays regularly with his own Trio and Quintet, Stan Sulzmann's 'Neon', Troyka, The Golden Age of Steam, Sam Crockatt Quartet and Seb Rochford - he has also played with Julian Arguelles, Lee Konitz, Paul Rogers, Leafcutter John, Micachu, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert and Eugene Skeef. He has also performed with leading British bands Fraud, Asaf Sirkis’ Inner Noise, Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Acoustic Ladyland, Nostalgia 77, 2000 Black, Silhouette Brown and Dennis Rollins’ Badbone and Co. He worked with composer/songwriter Micachu, with whome he recorded in Abbey Road for Matthew Herbert, recorded for BBC Radio 6 and played at the Sonar Music Festival ’07 in Barcelona. Kit’s work with Empirical took him to The North Sea Jazz Festival, The JVC Festivals in New York, Montreal and Newport, and Vancouver Jazz Festival. Empirical won ‘Best Album of the Year 2007’ in Jazzwise and the EBU Award at the North Sea Festival. Kit won the BBC ‘Rising Star’ Award in 2008 and was nominated for a British Jazz Award in both 2008 and 2009, he also won one of 'Yamaha Jazz Scholarship' Awards in 2009. In 2010 Kit's debut album 'Golden' was nominated for a Mercury Music Award. Kit is also a member of the F-IRE Collective, an initiative set up by Barak Schmool, which is a musician-led collective to encourage shared learning and sharing of resources. He enjoys the music of Bill Frisell, Bjork and Bela Bartok, the films of Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch and the artwork of Alberto Giacometti and Joan Miro.

Kit Downes Trio - Having been together since their first year at the Royal Academy of Music, the 'Kit Downes Trio' have been playing together since 2005. Their music walks a line between the improvised and the composed using an eclectic mix of influences. The band, featuring Calum Gourlay (Tommy Smith, Martin Speake, Tom Cawley) on bass and James Maddren (Marc Copland, Stan Sulzmann, Gwilym Simcock) on drums, has played at the London Jazz Festival 2008/09/10/11, Ronnie Scotts British Jazz Festival, BBC 2, BBC Radio 2 and 3 Live Broadcasts, Nattjazz Norway,Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Coutances Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festivals 2010/11 and have toured extensively throughout Germany and Austria. Their influences range from Bela Bartok to Bill Frisell to David Lynch, the trio celebrates the classic piano trio tradition as well as perform dangerous experiments on it. They released their first album on Basho Records ('Golden') in November 2009 which was subsequently (and surprisingly) nominated for the Mercury Music Award in 2010. Their second album 'Quiet Tiger' was released in March 2011, and was voted no. 4 in Jazzwise's Albums of the Year in 2011 as well as having extensive radio play on BBC Radio 2 and 3.

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