Sunday 13th June
Jivin' Miss Daisy, London's premier swing band, will be playing great songs from Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin as well as classics from Basie, Ellington and others. Bass player Simon Thorpe leads these five top musicians in a guaranteed swinging Sunday session.
ABOUT THE BAND:
Simon Thorpe, nominated in 2016 and again in 2017 for a British Jazz Award, is one of Britain's best-known jazz bass players. In addition to recording and touring with artists like Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes, Elaine Delmar, Bobby Wellins and Bheki Mseleku, he has also written music for a BAFTA-winning film, for the theatre and for BBC TV, and leads a number of his own projects. He established Jivin’ Miss Daisy in 1999.
Liz Fletcher started her career in theatre and dance but soon moved into singing and has become one of Britain's best known jazz vocalists, recently starring in a Nina Simone show at London's Cadogan Hall. Liz has led her own band many times at Ronnie Scott’s, as well as at the Glastonbury Festival, and Southport, Swanage, Scarborough and Zoetermeer (Holland) jazz festivals. She recorded two albums written by saxophonist Alan Barnes with acclaimed British playwright Alan Plater.
John Pearce is one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians and also one of our best kept secrets - working in Geraldo's Navy aboard the Carmania, he joined the QE2 for her maiden voyage to New York in 1969. He had a long association with the liner, and during the time accompanied an array of cabaret artistes. He then became a regular session player, working with the BBC Radio Orchestra, Jack Parnell's Orchestra, Robert Farnon, Billy May, He has accompanied many singers, including Anita O'Day, Selina Jones, Peggy Lee, Elaine Delmar and Annie Ross, Mark Murphy and a multitude of instrumentalists: Dick Morrisey, Art Farmer, and Ronnie Scott.
Alex Garnett, multi award-winning sax player, has appeared with many diverse artists across the spectrum such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Humphrey Littleton, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones. Alex is a well-known face at Ronnie Scott’s with regular appearances hosting at the club, and has toured extensively as leader of Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars.
Matt Skelton enjoys a diverse musical career that encompasses jazz, west end shows, big bands and orchestral music. He has accompanied many leading internationally known jazz figures such as Harry ''Sweets'' Edison, Conte Candoli, Curtis Stigers and Kurt Elling. He was Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s drummer, and for eight years played in Stacey Kent's group. Matt regularly plays with The LSO and other symphony orchestras in the UK and Ireland.