Tuesday 3rd September
- Thursday 5th September
£20.00 - £40.00
Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione are delighted to team up for a special series of duo concerts. Famed for her association with The Communards, Sarah Jane has always attracted as much attention for her politics as for her soul-driven voice. Numerous solo albums later and a diverse set of musical collaborations on record, film and stage, Morris continues to steer her unorthodox career to greater heights. Award-winning Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of most conventional, popular guitar sounds be it in the field of jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian or improvised music. ...
Sarah Jane Morris
‘Leave your preconceptions at home,’ begins one London critic’s assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris, who straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul with a goosebump-raising four octave range that rumbles from the heels of her size eight shoes to the tips of her flame-red mane. “Those in-the-know rate her as one of the world's great jazz-soul vocalists of the past twenty years and more.” (Vogue Italia)
Famed for her association with the ‘Communards’ in the mid-80s (the fabulous hit “Don’t leave me this way” is still requested at every party!) and infamous for a banned rendition of the classic ‘Me and Mrs Jones’, Sarah Jane Morris has always attracted as much attention for her politics as for her soul-driven voice. Numerous solo albums later, pop stardom on the continent, and a diverse set of musical collaborations on record, film and stage, Morris continues to steer her unorthodox career to greater heights
Forcione’s rise to recognition is a tale of talent, passion, and a relentless ferocity in his determination to wring every possible sound and emotion from the guitar. The result? A cocktail of dazzling virtuosity, ferocious rhythms and a burning spiritual aspiration coupled with a touch of natural humour. His 16 albums and numerous awards not to mention his charity concerts have made him a much loved performer who never fails to capture his audience’s imagination and hearts. It is no wonder he is considered the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar'
International tours have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe. Artistic, intense, and formidably inventive, Antonio is a performer of genuine distinction. Ever unpredictable, his is a celebration of the unexpected elements in life, a music of rare delicacy, humour and, not least, passion.
"Forcione plays unstringed parts of the guitar other players can’t hope to reach" (The Independent)
"Forcione brings more sounds from an acoustic guitar than you’ve ever dreamed of … superb" (Daily Mail)
"One of the great acoustic guitarists" (The Guardian)
Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars
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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