Live Band line-up:
Phil Meadows - Sax/electronics
Michael De Souza - Guitar
Joe Downard - Bass
Jay Davis - Drums
Beware of the Bear is the brainchild of multi-award winning UK saxophonist Phil Meadows. Recognised as one of the most distinctive, creative and talented musicians in Europe; his music is inspired by global sounds combining jazz elements with classical, hip-hop, electronica, contemporary music and more. With the world divided Beware of the Bear highlight the importance of peace between people, respect for each other and brings you a performance of unity and positivity, highlighting important issues whilst celebrating the beauty of human kind.
The band name pays tribute to the great Brown Bear, an animal often featured in children’s tales as a friend and companion but in reality a deadly beast of nature with a killer instinct. Beware of the Bear draw direct comparison to key public and political figures, stating that; not everybody who's warm and cuddly are the way they appear to be!
Beware of the Bear have already toured the UK twice (in Autumn 17 and Spring 18) under the Phil Meadows Project and tonight’s Late, Late Show celebrates the launch of their new name, featuring music from their unreleased debut album with live, interactive electronics built by Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke/Matthew Herbert) and Nick Tyson (Gentleman’s Dub Club/XOA).
As the gig takes flight you’ll be transported through Meadows’ stories by soaring melodies, atmospheric soundscapes and head-nodding grooves with the bands new sound tipping influence towards GoGo Penguin, Portico Quartet, Donny McCaslin, Bill Laurance and more.
'A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style... Meadows has a formidable reputation as an innovative composer' - JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
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.
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
ENTRY ON THE DOOR OR PREBOOKING MON-THURS
£10 in advance, £12 on the door, £6 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.