Friday 16th September 2022
£12.00 - £12.00
Every Friday and Saturday night, following the second show, 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. We are changing the vibe with music that includes and is influenced by jazz-funk, soul, R&B and hip hop.
A DJ will augment the evening starting the night at 10.30pm until close. DJs (Fri) Noble & Heath, (Sat) Ed Adoo.
"Multi-faceted and smart as a pin ...of a very high order" MOJO ★★★★
Line-up: SAM LEAK piano/keys/synth; ALEX HITCHCOCK tenor sax; NICK LINNIK guitar; FLO MOORE electric bass & LAURIE LOWE drums
Tonight London Jazz scene heavyweights Sam Leak, Alex Hitchcock, David Preston, Kevin Glasgow, and George Hart present a set of Jazz-infused fusion and groove music inspired by the likes of Allan Holdsworth, Weather Report, and John McLaughlin. Expect space-age textures, intense interaction, and virtuosic improvising. From contemporary soundscapes to infectious grooves, this line-up bring something fresh to the music while maintaining a deep connection with its roots. Leak has been described by Marcus O’Dair (The Wire) as ‘one of the best pianists of his generation …astonishing,’ and between them the musicians have performed with musicians including Chris Cheek, Soweto Kinch, Derrick May, Dan Tepfer, Melody Gardot, and Gary Husband.
“the music is magical... constantly evolving and engaging...” The New York City Jazz Record
"The Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme has produced a remarkable crop of newcomers in recent times: notably the Mercury-nominated pianists Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes. Now comes Sam Leak, an artist of comparable promise...Leak is a subtle storyteller who keeps the grooves and colours changing." John Fordham, The Guardian
Sam Leak is a London-based Jazz pianist described by JazzFM's Helen Mayhew as 'One of the brightest stars in the Jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser, and a brilliant prospect for the future.' His eponymous 2011 debut album was listed in MOJO Magazine as one of the 'Top Ten International Releases of the Year.' The 2013 follow up, "Places," was described by the Guardian's John Fordham as 'surefooted creativity... way beyond respectful expertise,' and by BBC Music Magazine's Daniel Spicer as ‘assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it's trying to do - and succeeds.’ Jamie Cullum introduced Leak's cohort as ‘the heavyweights of the British Jazz scene’ and described himself as a ‘fan’ of the band in his regular BBC broadcast. In 2018 Leak released 'Adrift,' a duet with New York's Dan Tepfer, a long-time collaborator of legendary veteran saxophonist Lee Konitz. Of this album, The Wire's Marcus O'Dair has said: “Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer are two of the best pianists of their generation, and their convergence on this recording is astonishing.” The New York City Jazz Record have described it as "magical" and "constantly evolving and engaging."