Monday 7th January 2019
- Wednesday 9th January 2019
£25.00 - £42.50
The immensely talented all star band joining her on stage will be Tony Remy (Guitar), Tim Cansfield (Guitar), Henry Thomas (Bass), Martyn Barker (Drums & Percussion), Otis, Lilybud and Jasper on backing vocals and special guest Dominic Miller.
“Leave your preconceptions at home,” begins one London critic’s assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris, who straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul with a goosebump-raising four octave range that rumbles from the heels of her size eight shoes to the tips of her flame-red mane.
Famed for topping the UK pop charts for a month in the mid-80s with the Communards with Don’t Leave Me This Way and infamous for a banned rendition of the classic Me and Mrs Jones, Sarah Jane Morris has always attracted as much attention for her politics as for her soul-driven, seismic voice.
In 2019, powerful and passionate Sarah Jane releases “Sweet Little Mystery” which celebrates the music of revered folk-jazz songwriter John Martyn, who produced a canon of music that is both breath-taking and brittle in its complex, atmospheric beauty. John Martyn’s music continues to resonate many years after his passing, and Sarah Jane Morris, through her own brilliant interpretive vocal talents, picks up the torch and shines a light on this great musical maverick.
In 2017 & 2018, Sarah Jane toured Worldwide with Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione to promote the launch of their collaborative album Compared to What.
In 2015 & 2016, she toured Bloody Rain, the ambitious collection of love-songs, tributes, warnings and protests that she regards as the best album of her life. “…this is a remarkable album…for its ambition, its sound world, its powerful stories and, at its centre, the breath-taking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris’s voice.” JAZZWISE.
Dedicated to the people of Africa and the music of that continent that has inspired so many artists for so long, Sarah Jane’s previous album, Bloody Rain, brought together a stunningly diverse group of performers. Among a raft of guests on the album, are the Zimbabwe-born singer Eska, Senegal’s Seckou Keita on kora, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Adam Glasser from South Africa, American/Israeli jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen, the UK-Caribbean saxophonist Courtney Pine and the former James Brown arranger Pee Wee Ellis - and of course the soulmates from Morris’s touring band including guitarist and co-writer of many of the new songs Tony Remy, Sting sideman Dominic Miller, Henry Thomas, Martyn Barker, Tim Cansfield and Adriano Adewale. On vocals Morris is accompanied on the album by a magnificent choir – well-known British jazz singer Ian Shaw, her son Otis Coulter, Janine Johnson, Lilybud Dearsley, Gianluca Di Martini and Roberto Angrisani. The music makes you want to dance whilst asking you to think.
The immensely talented all star band joining her on stage will be Tony Remy (Guitar), Tim Cansfield (Guitar), Henry Thomas (Bass), Martyn Barker (Drums & Percussion), Anders Olinder (Keyboards) and special guests.
With “Cello Songs” recorded with Enrico Melozzi, “Where it Hurts” with Dominic Miller and “Migratory Birds” with Marc Ribot, Sarah Jane has celebrated international success all over the World. This includes hits in Japan, Germany, Greece (two #1 records), and Italy, where she was been awarded the key to the city of Verona, honoured with a European Grammy and won the international Sanremo song festival.
Concert highlights have included a Swing Ladies concert with Chaka Khan and Monserrat Caballe, a performance in front of 10,000 fans in Athens, the Red Wedge Tour, Venice Opera House, The Verona Arena, Taormina Amphitheatre in Sicily, Royal Albert Hall, European Tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, numerous sell-out weeks at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, and the What Women Want concert with Sinead O’Connor and Chrissie Hynde at the Royal Festival Hall.
support: James Pearson Trio
The James Pearson trio tonight
The owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James is one of the most exciting to musicians to have emerged from the U.K in the last 25 years. After working with him, British 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". James also leads the Ronnie Scott's All Stars and Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet and also finds time to be the musical director of Ronnie Scott's Club!
The Trio also includes:
Double Bass 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.
Chris Higginbottom is one of the UK’s top drummers, currently a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Allstars and Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble. A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris lived in New York for eight years where he played with many of the biggest names in jazz including Mark Murphy and Seamus Blake.
He has performed all over the world including the Blue Note Tokyo, Birdland in New York, the House of Blues in Chicago, The Roxy in LA, Montreal Jazz Festival and countless other venues.
Since relocating to London in 2010 Chris has also performed/toured with Kyle Eastwood, Westlife, Marti Pellow, Georgie Fame, Carleen Anderson and Omar. He has released two albums as a leader - 'One' (2005, Basho records), and ‘Where Land Ends’ (2013, F-IRE)
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