Friday 13th September - Saturday 14th September
Shez Raja - Bass Guitar
Vasilis Xenopoulos - Saxophone
Alex Stanford - Keyboards
Chris Nickolls - Drums
Dynamic electric bass player Shez Raja and his world-class band will be performing their unique brand of Indo-jazz funk.
Inspired by travels with his father to the Punjab region of the Indian sub-continent as a boy, Raja immersed himself in the musical culture of his South Asian roots. He now merges his rich musical heritage with a hugely diverse playing experience to create dynamic and passionate music which blends East with West.
Tonight the band will be presenting material from their brand new album 'Journey to Shambhala', which tells the tale of a young man who embarks on an adventure to discover the mystical city of Shambhala. The album was recorded with US guitar genius Wayne Krantz and Indian percussion guru Trilok Gurtu. The group will also be performing music from their previous highly acclaimed album ‘Gurutopia’, recorded with global jazz legends Randy Brecker and Mike Stern.
The band has headlined festivals from Russia to New Zealand as well as performing at the Royal Festival Hall on BBC Radio 3 and opening for Emmy-award winning violinist Damien Escobar.
Their live show is an eclectic headcharge of raw energy and always leaves audiences uplifted, inspired and asking for more. Expect exciting music that’s full of surprises – a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves.
"A tailor-made festival band with a unique identity" - The Guardian ★★★★
"Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician" - All About Jazz ★★★★+
"I thought my head was going to explode. It sounds like it's come from the future!" - Bradford Telegraph ★★★★★
"Shez rocks!" - Claire Martin OBE, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3
“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)
£12 on the door, £6 Students/MU (with valid card), FREE entry to club members and main show ticket holders
From Monday to Saturday and following the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents UK’s finest talents in the Late Late Show. A late night ‘blowing session’ where invited guests and musical celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, Lady Gaga and Christian Scott who happen to be in town are showcased – you never know who might drop by! Doors 11pm (weekdays) & 1am (weekends).