5th / 19th / 25th & 26th of April 2014
“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
ENTRY ON THE DOOR (NO PREBOOKING)
£10 Entry, £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.
RECENT RAVE REVIEW!
Debates about just what ‘jazz-fusion’ is, where it begins and where it ends will never be completely resolved, but watching the London based band, Fletch’s Brew, that doesn’t really matter. Fletch’s Brew is a ‘fusion’ band in the most fundamental sense. It is a fusion of radically different personalities with vastly different musical pedigrees, all coming together to play some of the most exciting and challenging music that can be found in London. Leading the band is Mark Fletcher whose CV reads a bit like a modern jazz lovers record shelf. From Ronnie Scott and Pete King, Hatfield and The North and Gary Husband to the final line-up of Soft Machine to feature Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper, if you know their name Mark Fletcher has probably played with them. Fletcher’s style is deeply aggressive whilst rock solid whether swinging, grooving or dancing round odd metres. Drummers come to learn and other musicians come to ask to play with him. He is equally comfortable playing a manic Cobham style solo as he is doing a steady shuffle. At home as much in Elvin Jones territory as he is Tony Williams Lifetime territory. And if you don’t think brushes can be played loud just come to one of his gigs.
On bass is Steve Pearce. Steve often plays in the BBC Orchestra, does session work for the great and good and even tours with major pop stars like Tom Jones, though his ultimate passion is the jazz he plays with ‘The Brew’. An accomplished double-bass player, with The Brew you’ll see him standing calmly with his Fender Jazz Bass. His warm rounded timbre holds this wild band together. You can count on a flawless, unmissable performance but one where the excesses of some over-zealous bass players never comes at the expense of holding down the rhythm section.
On trumpet and flugelhorn is the band’s youngest member, Royal Academy trained Freddie Gavita. When not in The Brew you’ll find him playing at the more bop-orientated Late, Late Shows at Ronnie Scott’s or indeed taking his place in the Ronnie Scott’s in house big band. But with the Brew his most experimental playing shines. Whether delving blistering solos on new arrangements of jazz standards(often his own arrangements), playing his original deeply melodic compositions, or playing his trumpet through guitar effects pedals, Gavita is never one to retreat into safe conservative jazz trumpet territory.
Finally the bands primary writer and guitar player, Carl Orr. Whether teaching music at a conservatory level or touring with the likes of Billy Cobham and George Duke, Orr is the consummate perfectionist. Much of the music on ‘The Brew’s’ set list are his own compositions, some written specifically for Fletch’s Brew. Whether using his lush and unobtrusive chords to fill out the sound pallet of the usually keyboard-less band or playing rich, colourful and often loud solos, even non-musicians soon realise they are in the presence of a man who is a true master of his instrument. And if that’s not enough the band is occasionally rounded out with the keyboard playing of Jim Watson and the sax stylings of Julian Siegal, two very much in demand players in the UK and around the world.
When these four come together they are able to cover some of the most interesting periods in jazz. Indeed they force audiences to question the limitations of modern jazz, limitations often set far too low. From Kind of Blue to Headhunters, new arrangements of jazz standards to material from Steely Dan. From ultra-groovy tracks from Billy Cobham to the intricate odd rhythms of Mahavishnu Orchestra and finishing off with new compositions by Gavita and Orr; it’s often amazing how much musical diversity Fletch’s Brew can cram into set-lists which often last for just over an hour at their most popular gig playing almost every weekend at the Ronnie Scott’s Late Show.
In an age where so much music is chewed up and spat out, Fletch’s Brew offer music that is technical without being overly obscure. Virtuosity is on display and still people want to get up and dance.
For anyone who thinks jazz has become overly introspective or too academic need over the last 20 years, one only needs to listen to Fletcher’s jokes which bookend each song to realise that the band are having as much fun as the audiences. So for a late night or early morning of jazz in London why not drink a jug of Fletch’s Brew. It’s still legal…for now.
|Mark Fletcher||Jim Watson||Steve Pearce||Freddie Gavita||Carl Orr|
| MARK is one of England's most versatile and in demand drummers. Equally at home in straight ahead jazz, free improvised music, rock and world music; Mark has been a regular at Ronnie Scott's since the late 1980's working with Dizzy Gillespie, Mark Murphy, Michel LeGrand, James Moody, Dave Gilmore, Tim Garland, Liane Carroll, Norma Winstone, Georgie Fame, Ian Shaw, Cedar Walton, Kenny Wheeler.
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JIM is a globe-trotting keyboard wizard and piano improviser. Well regarded on the international session scene and the global jazz circuit, Jim has worked with a galaxy of stars including Charlie Watts, Chris Difford (Squeeze), Katie Melua, Bobby Watson, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Marti Pellow, Peter King, Jean Toussaint, New Heavies, Incognito, US3, Jim Mullen. This is a rare opportunity to see a unique musical talent.
| STEVE is one of the busiest bass-guitar session stars in the world. His astonishing career includes work with Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Madonna, Elton John, Sting, George Michael, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker, Tom Jones, Al Jarreau, Mark Knopfler, Annie Lennox, Diana Ross, Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde, Take That, Boyzone, Mick Hucknell, The Osmonds and the one and only, Placido Domingo.
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| Freddie is a London-based jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and teacher. He plays regularly with the John Dankworth Orchestra, the Ronnie Scott's Big Band, Empirical, and the Ronnie Scott's All-Stars. He has performed with many of the worlds biggest jazz and pop stars, the Laurence Cottle Big Band, the London Jazz Orch, the Andy Panayi Big Band, Tom Cawley Quartet, Huw White's Neon Bedroom and Symbiosis.
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| Carl has played with Jackie Orszacky, Dale Barlow, Marcia Hines, Steve Hunter, Wanderlust and James Greening. After moving to London in 1995, he worked with Billy Cobham from 1996-2000 and in that context, he performed with Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts, Gary Husband and George Duke. Since then he's been working on his own music as well as working with many other artists and enjoys teaching students.
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