See below for details of this and many more unmissable Ronnie Scott’s shows…
Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th February
Featuring Mark King & Michael Lindup of Level 42 Saturday 28th only
Master drum legend Billy Cobham appears at Ronnie Scott’s for a very special week residency.
With his matchless, dazzling, ambidextrous skills, Cobham has applied the same insistent fervour to his long list of monumental achievements including his classic album ‘spectrum’ and his stint in the original jazz-fusion juggernaut Mahavishnu Orchestra. He is also an accomplished composer and record producer. As one of the first percussionists ( along with Max Roach and Tony Williams) to utilize the Electronic Drum Controller made in 1968 by the Italian Meazzi Drum Company he was at the forefront of the electronic music industry and its development through Jazz. In addition, he is one of the few percussionists specializing in the jazz drum set to lead his own band. The award winning Cobham has custom-designed trend setting acoustic and electronic drum sets and has endorsed products that he created and refined.
Billy will be inviting musical guests Gregg Brown to join him on Wednesday and as a special one-off exclusive, Michael Lindup & Mark King of Level 42 fame will join him for his second show on Saturday.
Monday – Saturday
Tickets £35.00 – £55.00
Saturday 2nd show feat King and Lindup
Tickets £50 – £70
BILL STEWART with the Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstien and Bill Stewart Trio.
Monday 19th January – Tuesday 20thJanuary
Percussionist Bill Stewart is the rhythmic force behind guitarist John Scofield ‘s band who he worked with for five years . Self-taught on drums, Stewart is also a capable pianist, the instrument on which he composes. It was while studying with Dave Samuels, Rufus Reid and Harold Mabern that he met future collaborator, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and establishing his reputation by regular appearances at jam sessions and by word of mouth, leading to his first gigs with the Larry Goldings trio. Stewart went on to record two solo albums boasting nine original compositions, highlighting a sophisticated compositional technique that Lovano once analogized as being that of ‘a melody player within the concept of rhythm’.
He performs at Ronnie Scott’ with a storming trio featuring the classic Hammond B3, guitar and drums format that drove the soul jazz boom of the 60s. With renowned Hammond maestro Larry Goldings and world-class guitarist Petr Bernstein. Expect top class groove-based and scintillating straight ahead jazz of the highest order.
Tickets £20.00 – £35.00
Friday 13th –Saturday 14th March
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time GRAMMY® winner Dr. John is New Orleans’ most prominent living musical icon. The embodiment of his hometown’s freewheeling creative spirit and multiple musical traditions, he’s built a visionary, idiosyncratic body of work that’s deeply rooted in the Crescent City’s myriad blues, R&B, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll traditions.
His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.
For these specials shows Dr John & The NiteTrippers perform crowd favourites alongside music from their most recent album, ‘Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch’, released September 2014.
The Spirit of Satch sees Dr John pay a heartfelt tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: the seminal trumpeter and vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. His musical innovations created the template for 20th-century jazz, and whose playful attitude and life-embracing spirit made him a beloved figure whose worldwide appeal transcended music. Critically acclaimed, the album reached number 50 in Mojo Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014
1st house: Doors 6pm (Turn house around 10.00pm, all guests for 1st house must leave)
2nd house: Doors open 10.30pm
Tickets: £80.00 – £125.00
BIRELI LAGRENE GYPSY PROJECT
Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th March
Born into a gypsy family, French guitarist Biréli Lagrène started playing the guitar at the age of four and by the age of eight was performing material from his idol Django Reinhardt earning him the title of child prodigy. Lagrène went on to mix with some of the most distinguished jazz musicians on the international scene including Stéphane Grappelli, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter and Larry Coryell and explored jazz fusion with bassist Jaco Pastorius with whom he toured Europe. For this string of shows, Lagrène is back performing his classic gypsy sound with a fiery quartet. Described by Lagrene as “Blues with a bit of harmony” , he performs with his electric band featuring Hono Winterstein on guitar, Franck Wolf on sax and William Brunard on double bass.
Tickets £25 – £47.50
THE DAVE WECKL ACOUSTIC BAND
Monday 27th – Tuesday 28th April
Following on from his highly successful Yamaha drum clinic in November, enthusiastic innovator, educator and superb drummer Dave Weckl is back with a new and exciting offering; The Dave Weckl Acoustic Band’ eaturing a stunning line-up of ferocious talents.
For more than 25 years, Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. Inducted into Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame and named “one of the 25 best drummers of all time”, Dave Weckl’s incredibly dynamic and diverse drumming , which has inspired musicians worldwide, is built on a solid foundation of knowledge and respect for music. During the 1980’s he worked with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel , George Benson, Peabo Bryson, Diana Ross, Robert Plant and Michel Camilo to name a few, but is probably best known for his seven years with the Chick Corea Elektric Band which showcased his cutting-edge drumming and innovative use of electronic and acoustic drums, bringing him world-wide recognition. After leaving Corea’s band in ‘91 Weckl recorded and toured with guitarist Mike Stern then went on to become leader of his own band recording ten albums.
The Dave Weckl Acoustic Band features Gary Meek (sax) Makoto Ozone (piano / Hammond B3), Tom Kennedy (bass) DAVE Weckl (drums)
Tickets £30 – £45
PAT MARTINO TRIO
11th – 12th May
With his distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, Pat Martino is recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. As a youngster , he would have first-hand encounters with `Trane and Montgomery who became an enormous influence. Actively involved with the early rock scene in Philadelphia, Martino’s reputation spread among jazz players until he found himself sharing the bandstand with Charles Earland and his organ trio. This concept became a profound influence on Martino’s approach and he remained in that idiom as a sideman, gigging with Jack McDuff and Don Patterson for many years. An icon before his eighteenth birthday, Pat was signed as a leader for Prestige Records when he was twenty. In 1980 Pat Martino suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery yet made a remarkable recovery and through intensive study of his own recordings and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. He was awarded Guitar Player of the Year on Down Beat magazine’s 2004 Reader’s Poll and continues to release highly acclaimed albums.
Tickets £24 – £42.50
Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th May
Fearsome bassist, vocalist and prolific songwriter, Meshell Ndegeocello has the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. Mercurial and masterful, she has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans who have come to expect the unexpected from her and faithfully followed her whether she’s pumping out funk, booming hip-hop, and tortured soul or surging towards the heights of jazz. Indeed Meshell covers the entire spectrum of Great Black Music with brio – and then goes even further.
Meshell returns to Ronnie Scott’s following her magnificent 2013 shows in which she performed music from her album ‘Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), a dedication to Nina Simone. Performing classic Nina songs she superbly illustrated her elder’s fragility and complex personality, her spirituality and her enduring legacy. For these shows, Meshell included music from her current album (released in 2014), Comet, Come To Me, a collection of groove driven, infectiously melodic and lyrically meditative songs that finds her returning to the same well of creativity that launched her career. Expect a lush, vocal, seeking and wise set, driven by the signature bounce and precise pocket of Ndegeocello on bass.
Joining Meshell Ndegeocello on bass and vocals is Chris Bruce on guitar, Jebin Bruni on keys & Abe Rounds on drums
Tickets £35 – £50
BILLY HART performs with The Cookers
Monday 13th – Wednesday 14th April
US drum veteran Billy Hart preforms as part of an all-star sextet led by legendary Herbie Hancock trumpeter Eddie Henderson. Hart himself performed with Hancock in the early 70’s before playing with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Billy Harper, Clark Terry, The New York Jazz Quartet, Quest, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, and many others. Indeed, Hart has recorded over 500 albums as a sideman and released over a dozen as leader. His last,’One is the Other’ was released last year on ECM of which the Guardian awarded four stars and claimed it a “beautifully crafted album …. superb quartet constantly hinting at references from all over the jazz tradition”. Expect hard-hitting pulsing, thunderous hard bop in the great New York tradition.
The Cookers are: David Weiss – trumpet, Eddie Henderson – trumpet, Jaleel Shaw – alto sax, Billy Harper –tenor sax, George Cables – piano, Cecil Mcbee – bass and Billy Hart – drums
Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
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