Wednesday 25th July 2012
£15.00 - £28.50
Under the direction of Mark Armstrong, NYJO returns to Ronnie Scott’s for its annual January residency, bringing two nights of thrilling big band jazz to the world’s most famous jazz club. Classics from the big band canon sit alongside brand new commissions and arrangements in this world class band featuring the next generation of the UK’s finest jazz musicians.
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s leading ensemble for young people up to 25 playing big-band jazz. Its mission is to perform exceptional music to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the country. In addition to the main performing orchestra, the organisation operates the weekly NYJO Academy which contains several training bands and a vocal ensemble, and a nationwide series of workshops and educational events intended to inspire children and young people with a love of music and jazz.
The organisation has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most-renowned musicians including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale, Laura Jurd and Gwilym Simcock. NYJO is a registered charity (no. 274578), it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and recently released a special double-album ‘NYJO FIFTY’.
‘It takes only two tracks of this celebratory double album to establish the breadth, maturity and technical excellence of this long-established proving ground of UK jazz talent.’ - Financial Times
LINE UP CONFIRMED:
Alto saxophone: JIM GOLD, SAM GLASER
Tenor saxophone: DAVID HEALEY & TOM RIDOUT
Baritone saxophone: JESS HOLDER
Trumpet: JAMES DAVISON, SAM MOFFITT, TOM SYSON, HARRY EVANS, ALEX RIDOUT
Trombone: TOM DUNNETT, CHRIS VALENTINE, MADDIE DOWDESWELL, RORY INGHAM
Bass trombone: JAMES MAUND
Flute: JAYMEE COONJOBEEHARRY
French horn: ANNA DRYSDALE
Piano: JOE HILL
Bass: JACK TUSTIN
Guitar: NICK FITCH
Drums: DAVID DYSON
Percussion: MAX MILLS
Vocalists: ELLIE BIGNALL, FREDDIE BENEDICT
Music Director: MARK ARMSTRONG
Support, 23 January
JIM GOLD (Alto Saxophone), TOM DUNNETT (Trombone), JOE HILL (Piano), JACK TUSTIN (Bass), DAVID DYSON (Drums)
Support, 24 January
DAVID HEALEY (Tenor saxophone), NICK FITCH (Guitar), JOE HILL (Piano), JACK TUSTIN (Bass) & DAVID DYSON (Drums)
Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars
+ support tonight: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars with Special Guest vocalists Emma Smith (Mon) and Natalie Williams (Tues)
Monday's band line up: Alex Garnett (tenor sax), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Ed Richardson (drums).
Tuesday's band line up: is Alex Garnett (tenor sax), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Chris Higginbottom
The Ronnie Scott's All Stars are comprised of some of the greatest talents on the U.K scene, including some of our most regular performers James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Pedro Segundo (drums)
Musical 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 U.K 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".
Double Bass Despite only being in his early 30’s, already 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.
At 22 years old Pedro Segundo, Portuguese drummer joins the James Pearson Trio at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Born and raised in Lisbon, picked up the drums seriously at the age of eight starting studying classical percussion a year later. In June 2011 he graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Timpani and Classical Percussion. His musical ability combines a blend of styles creating a unique sound on the drum set. He has played regularly with Dennis Rollins, Femi Temowo, Mário Franco, Cleveland Watkiss and many other artists touring in festivals all around the globe.
Other regular performers include:
Dave Ohm (drums), Natalie Williams (vocals), Alex Garnett (sax), Nigel Price (guitar), Steve Rushton (drums), Polly Gibbons (vocals), Alistair White (trombone), Gary Baldwin (hammond), Al Cherry (guitar), Matt Home (drums), Alan Barnes (sax), Ralph Salmins (drums), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Mark Smith (bass), James Nisbet (guitar), Pete Long (sax), Gerard Presencer (Trumpet), Dave O’Higgins (sax), Alec Dankworth (bass), Steve Fishwick (trumpet) and others...
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