posted Friday 15th June
Best known as keyboard player in prog rock band Yes, Rick Wakeman opens this year’s International Piano Trio Festival. With a career spanning almost five decades, the world-renowned keyboardist will make his Ronne Scott’s debut and will perform a unique piano trio acoustic set.
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The Chick Corea Akoustic Band reunites Chick with longtime brothers-in-music John Patitucci and Dave Weckl, bringing the whipshot runs and lyrical flights that they pioneered in Chick’s Elektric Band back to a classic acoustic piano trio. Expect Chick’s signature boundless energy on piano and brilliant songwriting, John’s unparalleled mastery on the bass, and Dave’s unmistakable brilliance on drums. Don’t miss the Akoustic Band’s first tour in more than 20 years!
Late show on 31st July: PETER EDWARDS TRIO
Late show on 1st Aug: REMBRANDT FRERICHS TRIO
Late show on 2nd Aug: JESSICA LAUREN TRIOJEJESSICA LAUREN TRIOSSICA LAUJESSICA LAUREN TRIOREN TRIO
"It’s a personal exploration. I'm discovering my own voice, my own sound all the time", explains Bill Laurance. "I get a kick out of that journey.”
That journey has led Laurance, an English native currently living in London, across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects. A three times Grammy winning, world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian. Laurance is also a member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy.
2018 has seen Bill exploring his first love, the Piano, with the recording of a solo piano album and an album of piano and electronics in a further exploration of the meeting of Classical and Jazz.
For this special performance at a special venue, Bill will perform for the first time an exclusive acoustic piano trio performance.
support & late show: LRK TRIO
The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15.
Ten years and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the internationally acclaimed orchestra of charismatic sonero Ibrahim Ferrer, touring the world and recording and producing his late release “Mi sueño. A bolero Songbook“. Fonseca also played with Buena Vista Social Club™ and recorded and toured with another of its solo stars Omara Portuondo.
Support on 5th August: JOHN CRAWFORD TRIO
FESTIVAL EVENT - 100 YEARS OF JAZZ PIANO
with house pianist and Artistic Director James Pearson
Wednesday 1 August - 6pm - 8pm.
In this whistlestop tour James Pearson salutes the greats of jazz piano. From early ragtime, Harlem stride to mainstream swing and bebop, secrets of the greats will be revealed as we look at the different playing styles of pianists like Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, Jellyroll Morton, Fats Waller to name just a few. Even the famous ‘Count Basie ending’ will be explored!
In addition James will look at some of the aspects of their lives in relation to their work as musician, and as ever, the musical examples will be interspersed with anecdotes in this fun celebration of 100 years of jazz piano.
This year's International Piano Trio Festival is supported by Yamaha UK, who have kindly loaned Ronnie Scott's their flagship concert Grand Piano, the Yamaha CFX, for use during the festival.