UPSTAIRS@RONNIES: TWO FOR THE ROAD

UPSTAIRS@RONNIES: TWO FOR THE ROAD

UPSTAIRS@RONNIES: TWO FOR THE ROAD

Selected performance:
Thursday 2nd December

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Bar opens from 6pm. Music starts at 7pm.

£10 online, £12 on the door subject to availability.

The club reserves the right to give away ticketed seats in the event of the ticket holder arriving later than 30 minutes after the advertised start time of the show. In this case, the ticket holder will still be granted entry subject to availability with no guarantee of seating.

Live music returns with a passion to the intimate and plush surroundings of our upstairs bar for our Monday to Thursday programme. Here is a rare opportunity to experience some of the best singers and instrumentalists on the London scene:  from popular New Orleans fused singer/pianists such as TJ Johnson on Monday, through ‘jazz ‘n samba’ sets from leading vocalists such as Georgia Mancino and Luna Cohen on Tuesdays, ebullient trumpeter Andy Davies with guest accompanists on Wednesdays plus mouthwatering guitar duos featuring the likes of Jim Mullen and Ant Law on Thursdays. Club DJ Mike Vitti and friends will be spinning soul, funk and jazz vinyl on Fridays and Saturdays.

Guitar solo or guitar duos … from straight ahead to fusion, folk, blues & gypsy jazz & occasionally singers:

2 December - DEIRDRE CARTWRIGHT guitar & EMILY ROBERTS guitar

Deirdre Cartwright is a London based guitarist and composer who first became well known in the 1980s for presenting the BBC TV’s ground breaking series 'Rockschool' and for playing in the Afro Latin Jazz group 'The Guest Stars'.She has recorded five albums with her own Deirdre Cartwright Group and played with legendary guitarist Tal Farlow. s. She founded Blow the Fuse with Alison Rayner in 1989 and they won Services to Jazz last year at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards.  “If there is a more complete guitarist in contemporary music than Deirdre Cartwright - I'd like to know who it is” Dave Gelly The Observer.  

Emily Roberts has played at some of the most prestigious music venues across the UK: the O2 Sheperd's Bush Empire, the O2 Academy Oxford, the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End and the Royal Festival Hall for various commercial bands and artists. She also leads her own eclectic jazz ensemble influenced by Emily Remler, John Scofield and the Brecker Brothers. Originally from Cheshire, she graduated in 2020 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she is now completing the Guildhall Artists Fellowship programme and was recently a semi-finalist of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020.

9 December  – SAM DUNN guitar & JAMIE TAYLOR guitar 

Sam Dunn is a jazz guitarist, whose playing style is rooted in the swinging tradition of the music, but with a keen ear for contemporary improvisational expression. "Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners. And with his fast ears and quick wit, he's great fun on the bandstand" - Judy Carmichael, US Pianist 

Taylor has worked with leading American and European musicians such as Baptiste Herbin, John Stowell, Sheryl Bailey, Steve Fishwick, and Alan Barnes amongst many others. He features regularly with a trio led by the drummer Sebastiaan de Krom and has for many years been a principal lecturer in jazz guitar at Leeds Conservatoire. “Restlessly inquisitive guitar”– Jazzwise “An uncanny ability” – Just Jazz Guitar. This convivial duo performances are the result of a long and varied musical friendship.

16 December – CIYO BROWN guitar & NEVILLE MALCOM bass

From early beginnings having first been taught to play the guitar at the age of nine by his father, Ciyo has participated musically in theatre, studio recordings and live performances alongside a parade of internationally acclaimed artists. These have included  Ann Nesby (Sounds of Blackness), Ruby Turner, Annie Lennox, Jason Rebello, soca queen Alison Hinds, Tomorrow’s Warriors and  Talvin Singh. Neville Malcolm is a first call bassist on the London who can get funky as well as swinging deeply.

23 December – HARRY CHRISTELIS guitar & PEDRO VELASCO guitar

Harry and Pedro formed a guitar duo that explores and challenges the boundaries of improvised music. Theirs is a melting pot of jazz and folk harmony, immersive sonic textures, and calm, introspective moments that are interjected with wild intensity. In a world that rushes to excite and distract, their music focuses on taking time to develop and create space. 

30 December – JAMES KITCHMAN guitar & BRUNO HEINEN piano/keys  

Musical synergy was evident from the first two notes of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Bemsha Swing’ that were played by guitarist James Kitchman and pianist Bruno Heinen without any count-in, prior discussion, or eye contact. The duo has developed a common improvisational language which takes influence from the chronology of great guitar/piano duos in jazz: Jim Hall and Bill Evans; through to Fred Hersch and Julian Lage. 

About James Kitchman: “Huge amounts of style and panache" BBC Radio 3 About Bruno Heinen: “Demonstrating that originality doesn't have to be complicated" The Observer

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