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Mercury nominated pianist Gwilym Simcock to star at Ronnie Scott’s Brit-Jazz fest

| On 21, Jul 2011

Mercury nominated pianist Gwilym Simcock to star at Ronnie Scott’s Brit-Jazz Fest

Gwilym Simcock Trio

11th August 2011

Ronnie Scott’s

47 Frith Street, Soho, W1

Doors 6pm / Tickets £10.00 – £22.00  / Reservations: | 020 7439 0747

Now in its third year, Ronnie Scott’s mini-summer festival celebrates the very best of Brit-Jazz.  This year the festival proves once again to feature the stars of British jazz with an appearance from Gwilym Simcock whose album, Good Days at Schloss Elmau was today nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music prize Album of the Year. Gwilym Simcock appears with his world class trio at the Ronnie Scott’s Brit-Jazz Fest with support from Stephano D’Silva performing the music of Amancio D’Silva on August 11th

29 year old, Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene.  Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, he can, at times, inhabit both worlds and has been described as stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’ as well as being a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability.  His music has been widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex and wonderfully optimistic’ and he appears here with bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer James Maddren.

The Ronnie Scott’s Brit Jazz Fest 2011 runs from Sunday 31st July – Sunday 14th August and celebrates British Jazz in all its multi-faceted glory with a diverse range of home-grown talent, from established names to up and coming stars, covering all aspects of jazz in the UK.

This year’s festival is as diverse as ever, with over 100 musicians performing over the course of the two weeks, with double bills each night, maintaining the tradition of Ronnie Scott’s presenting the finest in jazz.   Highlights include jazz vocalist Claire Martin who this year was awarded an OBE, performing with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and media darling, harpist and singer-songwriter LLucinda Belle appears with her orchestra. There is an especially strong showing for big bands, with the fabulous Ronnie Scott’s Big-Band paying a storming tribute to soundtrack-great, John Barry; Manchester’s feted Beats And Pieces and maverick producer and sampling genius Matthew Herbert’s thundering Matthew Herbert Big Band.

For full Brit-Jazz listings visit