Monday 12th November 2018
£10.00 - £10.00
Gwilym Jones – Drums
Bruno Heinen – Piano
Fergus Ireland – Bass
After clinching the coveted kinsey award at the Birmingham conservatoire, Jones has gone on to provide explosive and creative rhythm to a myriad of UK and overseas artists.
Tonight his trio focuses on his personal passion for the writings and stylings of the lesser known piano genius Elmo Hope. Overshadowed throughout his life by his friends Budd Powell and Thelonius Monk, Hope was a talented pianist and composer whose life was cut short by drugs. He recorded in New York as a leader (starting in 1953) and with Sonny Rollins, Lou Donaldson, Clifford Brown, and Jackie McClean but the loss of his cabaret card (due to his drug use) made it very difficult for him to make a living in New York. After touring with Chet Baker in 1957, Hope relocated to Los Angeles. He performed with Lionel Hampton in 1959, recorded with Harold land and Curtis Counce and returned to New York in 1961. He died a little over a year later leaving his legacy as a leader on Blue Note, Prestige, Pacific Jazz, Hi Fi Jazz, Riverside, Celebrity, Beacon, and Audio Fidelity. Hope was also a fine composer and some of his finer work will be aired by the trio.
From Monday to Saturday and following the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents UK’s finest talents in the Late Late Show. A late night ‘blowing session’ where invited guests and musical celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, Lady Gaga, Christian Scott etc who happen to be in town are showcased – you never know who might drop by! Doors 11pm (weekdays) & 1am (weekends).
Tell us what you think of The Music of Elmo Hope – played by Gwilym Jones Trio below..