Jean Toussaint Album Launch Night

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Tuesday 18th March 2014
Date: Tuesday 18th March Ticket Prices: £15.00 - £25.00
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Tuesday 18th March 2014

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£15.00 - £25.00


Jean Toussaint Album Launch Night Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars

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Jean Toussaint Album Launch Night Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars

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Jean Toussaint - Saxophone

Troy Miller - Drums

 Andrew McCormack - Piano

Larry Bartley - Double Bass


Born in the US Virgin Islands and raised in New York, Grammy-winning US jazz saxophone giant Jean Toussaint began his international career as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1982. After four and a half years in the band alongside Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Lonnie Plaxico and Mulgrew Miller, he settled in London, quickly becoming a key figure in British jazz. Toussaint has maintained a considerable presence as bandleader in Europe, especially in Britain and France, and worked in the groups of Americans such as McCoy Tyner, Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Gil Evans and Jeff 'Tain' Watts.

Tate Song features Toussaint's working quartet of pianist Andrew McCormack, bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Troy Miller. The set includes originals by Toussaint and McCormack, plus the standard ‘These Foolish Things’ and Milton Nascimento’s ‘Vera Cruz’. Following his 2010 release Live In Paris And London, which The Independent described as "a state-of-the-art disquisition on both sax technique and post-bop jazz", Tate Song is Toussaint’s tenth album and includes liner notes by pianist/broadcaster Julian Joseph. Following its release on February 24th the band, also known as JT4, will perform fourteen UK dates in March, including a headlining show at Ronnie Scott's, London.

CD Launch JT4, Jean Toussaint Quartet, "Tate Song" This fine recording is Toussaint's tenth as a leader co-leader and, according to all reports, his greatest thus far.

The CD was produced and recorded by master drummer Troy Miller who also fills the drum chair with great flare and interaction. It also features, presently living in Brooklyn USA, fantastic British pianist/composer Andrew McCormack and it's all held together by the steadily striving pulse of ace bassist Larry Bartley.

This is all led from the front by the great saxophonist, who has been described as, a master of sound, rhythmic, harmonic and melodic synergy. They will both surprise and delight you with their repertoire of unique originals and interestingly arranged standards. Not to be missed

Supporting Artist/Band

Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars

+ support tonight: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars with Special Guest vocalists Emma Smith (Mon) and Natalie Williams (Tues) 

Monday's band line up: Alex Garnett (tenor sax), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Ed Richardson (drums).

Tuesday's band line up: is Alex Garnett (tenor sax), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Chris Higginbottom


The Ronnie Scott's All Stars are comprised of some of  the greatest talents on the U.K scene, including some of our most regular performers James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Pedro Segundo (drums)

James Pearson:-

Musical Director at Ronnie Scott’s and the owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James Pearson is one of the most exciting musicians to have emerged from the U.K in the last 25 years. After working with him, the late jazz legend Sir John Dankworth declared: "James Pearson is an exceptionally gifted artist. His masterful playing makes him head and shoulders above the rest of his contemporaries. He shows signs of true greatness".

Sam Burgess:- 

Double Bass Despite only being in his early 30’s, already Sam is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as appearing on numerous film soundtracks such as 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and 'Hannibal'. Sam’s thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass lines have been heard accompanying the likes of Bob James, Billy Kilson, Gary Novak, Joe Lock, Dave Kekowski, Guy Barker, Dave O'Higgins, Pete King, Gareth Williams, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, John Horler, Gwyneth Herbert, John Dankworth, The BBC Big Band and Robbie Williams. 

Pedro Segundo:-

At 22 years old Pedro Segundo, Portuguese drummer joins the James Pearson Trio at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Born and raised in Lisbon, picked up the drums seriously at the age of eight starting studying classical percussion a year later. In June 2011 he graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Timpani and Classical Percussion. His musical ability combines a blend of styles creating a unique sound on the drum set. He has played regularly with Dennis Rollins, Femi Temowo, Mário Franco, Cleveland Watkiss and many other artists touring in festivals all around the globe.

Other regular performers include:

Dave Ohm (drums), Natalie Williams (vocals), Alex Garnett (sax), Nigel Price (guitar), Steve Rushton (drums), Polly Gibbons (vocals), Alistair White (trombone), Gary Baldwin (hammond), Al Cherry (guitar), Matt Home (drums), Alan Barnes (sax), Ralph Salmins (drums), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Mark Smith (bass), James Nisbet (guitar), Pete Long (sax), Gerard Presencer (Trumpet), Dave O’Higgins (sax), Alec Dankworth (bass), Steve Fishwick (trumpet) and others...

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