Thursday 15th May
- Saturday 17th May
£25.00 - £50.00
Kenny Barron, piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass, Lee Pearson, drums
Kenny Barron ranks among jazz’s piano aristocracy as a bandleader, composer, arranger and mentor to young musicians. Deemed by critics as “the most lyrical piano player of our time”, he first came to international prominence for his remarkable recordings with the late, great Stan Getz. However, his storied career is marked by an insatiable musical curiosity and a commitment to artistic honesty. Tonight, Barron presents material from his current Universal album, The Traveller, an elegant album of ballads - almost all originals - that is his most personal and accomplished record to date.
Over the last five decades, Kenny Barron has ranked among jazz’s piano aristocracy as a bandleader, composer, arranger and mentor to young musicians. He has been honored with the top prizes in the U.S. that recognize and celebrate artistry and contributions to the legacy of jazz, including the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Masters, the American Jazz Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Deemed by critics as “one of the foremost exponents of the modern mainstream” and “the most lyrical piano player of our time,” Barron has recorded more than 40 albums, been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and has collaborated with a who’s who of the jazz world as a leader and, on occasion, sideman. Heralded for a storied career marked by an insatiable musical curiosity and a commitment to artistic honesty, Barron today continues to tour widely with his trio and quintet.
Tonight, Barron presents material from his new recording ‘The Traveller’ (Universal France), an elegant album of ballads, almost all originals, that is his most personal and accomplished record to date.
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 to 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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