Tuesday 16th January 2018
£10.00 - £10.00
Tonight's Late Late Show offers a unique opportunity to relive over 60 years of Johnny Griffin's music through the saxophone talents of Alex Western-King.
Alex Western-King – Tenor Saxophone
Will Barry – Piano
Adam King – Bass
Dave Ingamells – Drums
With a career spanning more than half a century, Johnny “little giant” Griffin “straddled the melodic intricacies of modern jazz, the flying-trapeze showmanship of the earlier swing era and a swaggering bluesiness often associated with the Count Basie circle”. Nicknamed as the “little giant” due to his short stature and forceful saxophone playing, Johnny Griffin is recognised as being one of the main pioneers of hard bop jazz. Whilst making many records as a band leader, Griffin also had notable stints as a sideman with Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey in partnership with fellow saxophone titan Eddie “lockjaw” Davis. Griffin moved to Europe in 1963 due partly to his rejection of the free jazz movement in America. It was at this point that he began to appear regularly under his own name at Ronnie Scott’s.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alex Western-King has quickly emerged onto the UK jazz scene and can be seen playing regular shows around the country.
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
£10 in advance (Mon - Thurs only), £12 on the door, £6 M.U. Members & Students (with valid card), FREE entry Club members and main show ticket holders.
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolest late night hang.
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