Wednesday 17th August 2016
£20.00 - £37.50
WE WILL BE LIVE WEBSTREAMING JAMES PEARSON'S SET ON THIS WEBPAGE. TUNE IN ON WED 17th AUGUST @ 7.30pm. VIDEO PLAYER WILL APPEAR BELOW
Doors open 6pm, James Pearson: 7.30-8.45pm // Mozdzer/Danielsson/Fresco 9.15-10.30pm // Late Late Set: Lyle Barton Trio 11pm-late
Club Debut for Lesław Możdżer, Polish jazz pianist, music producer and film music composer. Możdżer started playing piano at the age of five, after being encouraged by his parents. In 1996 he graduated with honours from the Instrumental Faculty of the Academy of Music in Gdansk. He is a winner of many music and culture awards, including Ad Astra, Jazz Oscars, Jazz Forum Award, and Jazz Melomani Awards. He started in a band of clarinetist Emil Kowalski and later played with the band Milosc, which was hugely successful. He is famous for his "Impressions", subtle new interpretations of Chopin's compositions.
Opening this stunning evening will be Ronnie Scott's very own musical director, house pianist James Pearson and his Trio.
JAMES PEARSON TRIO: JAMES PEARSON piano, SAM BURGESS bass & IAN THOMAS drums
James Pearson - Artistic 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 UK 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’.
Amongst the many people James has worked with are, Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Marian Montgomery, Petula Clark, Kevin Spacey, John Wilson, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Buddy Greco, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Horowitz, Richard Rodney Bennett, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney. Recent commissions by the BFI and BBC have seen James back in the composing chair. The Big Smoke, commissioned by the BFI is collection of footage of London accompanied by an 80 minute score composed by James. His work can also be heard performed by Brodsky String Quartet, Sir John Dankworth, The BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Big Band.
Ian Thomas - Ian Thomas is a session drummer from London, UK, born 1963 in Cardiff, Wales. Without doubt Ian is one of the UK's most sought after and respected session players. In 1984, he moved to London to pursue his career. There, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Ian’s musical credits see him playing in diverse musical genres from Big Bands through to working with artists such as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, George Michael, Tom Jones, Seal, Rufus Wainwright, Mike & The Mechanics, Michael Jackson and many others.
Ian also has numerous credits for TV and film scores and was the drummer for „The Voice” in Great Britain. From the jazz and soul worlds some credits are: Hamish Stuart, Kenny Wheeler, Jamie Cullum, Jim Mullen, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau and the NDR Big Band.
Sam Burgess - Double bass player Sam Burgess 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.
MOŻDŻER DANIELSSON FRESCO TRIO: LESZEK MOŻDŻER piano, LARS DANIELSSON bass & ZOHAR FRESCO drums
Leszek Możdżer – a distinguished pianist and composer has managed to trigger a mental and stylistic revolution in Polish jazz that has never been achieved by any other jazzman before. Challenging jazz phrases, sophisticated improvisations, the melodics of standards and the subtlety of composition were put together into the framework of specific jazz that – without any exuberance towards the audience, commerce or pugnaciousness – is known as tense with expression “Leszek Możdżer's jazz”. Jazzy imagination, an interesting sense of improvisation, the subtlety of Chopin Etudes and Mazurkas and inspirations with Komeda’s music – offer a new tone in piano jazz chamber music. He is one of the most interesting phenomena in Polish jazz of the last decades. Initially associated with Miłość (“Love”) “yass” group. Later on, he appeared in various jazz configurations: the ensembles of Emil Kowalski, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Buddy de Franco, David Friesen, Archie Shepp, Michał Urbaniak, Adam Pierończyk or Arthur Blythe. A vast discography of the pianist consists of over one hundred albums recorded as his individual projects or in collaboration with remarkable artists.
He records and plays concerts with such artists as, among others, David Gilmour, Nana Vasconcelos, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, Tan Dun or Pat Matheny. The pianist has gained great popularity and recognition by concerts, recordings and cooperation with composer Zbigniew Preisner. Their mutual projects, such as “Requiem for my Friend” or “10 Easy Pieces for Piano” turned out to be outstanding artistic events. The album entitled “Impressions on Chopin” (recorded in 1999) is already a part of a specific canon of recordings inspired by the work of the ingenious Polish composer. Leszek Możdżer cooperates also with Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (recordings for the Oscar-winning original score for “Finding Neverland” and the “Kaczmarek by Możdżer” album) and he also composes music for films and theatre himself. The pianist feels best in his solo projects and the original projects of Lars Danielsson and Zohar Fresco Trio (“The Time” album recorded in 2005 achieved the status of a Diamond Record while “Between Us And The Light” (2006), “Live” (2007) and “Poland” (2013) achieved the statuses of Double Platinum). Furthermore, Leszek Możdżer runs large-scale festival projects (The Solidarity Of Arts or Enter Music Festival). Thus, he turns out to be a creator of a new stylistics in jazz music where the sound and ambience are built up by impression and mood as well as the unique individual style of a performer. Maybe that is why he is perceived as an exquisite jazz artist of the new generation: a refined artistic proposal embracing musical fascinations and findings by Leszek Możdżer – the most popular jazz musician in Poland today. © Dionizy Piątkowski, The author of Polish Jazz Encyclopaedia
Lars Danielsson - The Swedish cellist and bassist Lars Danielsson (born 1958) has an inimitable sound, which comes both from his background and from his classical education. Danielsson is one of the most in-demand bass players in the world and has played with a virtually endless phalanx of international stars like Michael and Randy Brecker, John Scofield and Charles Lloyd.
His singing, warm, melodic and highly cultivated sound is recognisable in an instant.His music as leader is characterised by his unparalleled talent for simple and catchy melodies, by his feel for sounds and arrangements, and by his flair for putting together very special groups of musicians – with major stars the likes of Leszek Mozdzer, Tigran, Magnus Öström, Arve Henriksen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Eric Harland and many more, appearing on Danielsson's albums time and time again.
Zohar Fresco - Zohar Izhak Fresco is known as a pioneer of the tof miriam, the ancient frame drum originated in the Middle East more than three thousand years ago. Born in Israel to a family with deep roots in Turkey and as a descendant of Tamburi Izhak Fresco, remarkable, well known Jewish Turkish composer who lived in 18th-19th centuries, Zohar was drawn to music at an early age and revealed a major influence of the music of his origins. Fresco understood the great value and the wide musical range that exists in the tof miriam and dedicated his life to the development of a new fingering technique and a unique musical language by the name MANEGINA.
In doing so Fresco created his own drumming style and became a mentor to musicians all over the world who followed him, learned the secrets of his musical method and adapted his drumming style in their musical work. With the Turkish compositions in his backbones, the intersection of music from the Middle East appeared to carry multiple of fruits. In his numerous original compositions Zohar Fresco expresses a new Middle Eastern style. He draws his inspiration from musicians originated in Asia, Mediterranean as well as from collaborations with musicians from various cultures. As an appealing performer, Zohar Fresco’s solo concerts present his original compositions based on vocal and drums the fascinating combination which is considered as the earliest music form. Fresco is the co-founder of the well-known Arabs & Jews ensemble Bustan Abraham and in the last few years he has been part of an international jazz trio with Leszek Mozdzer and Lars Danielsson with whom he toured the world and recorded three albums. Other co-operations include outstanding musicians all over the world.
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