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London Jazz Festival at Ronnie Scotts, November ’11

| On 16, Oct 2011


London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3


Ronnie Scott’s

Friday 11th November – Sunday 20th November


Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith St, London, W1D 4HT

For ten nights in November, London becomes the centre of the jazz universe as the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3 brings jazz to the capital.  Renowned for its innovative programming of artists from all walks of the jazz spectrum, the Festival takes a fresh look at a rich  tradition that continues to surprise and excite to over 50 London venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, one of the most famous clubs in the world.


In keeping with its own traditions and reflecting the ethos of the Festival, Ronnie Scott’s presents a ten day diary of special collaborations, emerging talent and established stars from across the generations and continents, as well as the ubiquitous festival after-hours hang! 


On Friday 11th and 12th November, pianist Darius plus bothers Chris and Dan Brubeck pay homage to their father, Dave Brubeck and give his superlative body of iconic jazz classics a 21st century twist in Brubecks play Brubeck.  American piano great Joey Calderazzo, best known as the lynchpin of the Branford Marsalis quartet, joins the dots between swing, bop and classical themes on Sunday 13th.  The club is also delighted to welcome classical influenced piano star Billy Childs on Monday 14th with his six-piece chamber project featuring impressionistic drummer Brian Blade (a key member of Wayne Shorter’s quartet).


The epitome of cool, Italian soul-jazz singer Mario Biondi, marks his massively sold-out club debut with an irresistible slice of 60’s style rat-pack cool on Tuesday 15th, while the  Yellowjackets, originators of cool acoustic – meets-blazing fusion, celebrate 30 years in the business with an all- star line up from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th November.

On Saturday 19th, the Laurence Cottle Big Band pay tribute to the late great Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorious, performing tunes from his big band repertoire on what would have been his 60th birthday.  Finally on Sunday 20th, one of the most precociously talented vocalists of the new generation, Alexander Stewart brings a contemporary twist to swinging jazz standards at the Sunday Lunch session, while UK guitar hero Tony Remy leads the brilliant Ronnie Scott’s Blues explosion as the world famous jazz club sees out the festival with a bang.

The world’s greatest festivals are also known for their great after hours hang, and as usual, Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show, will be the place to go once the musicians have taken their final bows.  The charismatic compere, Michael Mwenso, hosts this fun late night session featuring the cream of London’s up and coming jazz talent, with  guest turns from visiting festival stars. 





Full listings, prices and opening times:-


Monday 14th November – Thursday 17th November

11pm-3am / £10 or free to MU/Club members and ticket holders.


THE LATE LATE SHOW (in London Jazz Festival brochure as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz  Jam)

Anchored by the charismatic compere, vocalist and occasional trombonist , Michael Mwenso, the Late Late Show recreates the glamour of the legendary jazz joints of 1950’s New York’s 52nd Street. Following the main act, the host introduces some of the capital’s finest young jazzers, plus regular guest turns from visiting stars.



Wednesday 9th November – Saturday 12h November

Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm (two shows Saturday only):  £25.00 – £48.50



Featuring Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck with special guest Dave O’Higgins.

The Brubeck family is unique in the world of music. Seldom has an entire family been as prolific and talented. Four of Dave Brubeck’s five children are professional musicians, each with their own direction, coming together at special times. Darius, the eldest Brubeck son, is a jazz pianist, composer, educator and band-leader. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer and superlative bassist, Dan, is a renowned, Grammy-nominated percussionist, acclaimed for his exciting drum solos who has been featured with musicians as diverse as Gerry Mulligan and The Band. For these very special shows they are joined by UK saxophonist Dave O’Higgins for a unique Brubecks play Brubeck show in which they’ll explore the repertoire of their father Dave Brubeck – one of jazz’s most iconic composers.


+ Support: The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

Sunday 13th November

Doors 6.30pm:  £15.00 – £28.50



Muscular US pianist, best known for his work with Branford Marsalis, but a fine band leader in his own right. A powerful, resourceful soloist who can leap through any stylistic hoop from classical influenced ballads to powerful modal jazz.  Calderazzo appears here with an ace rhythm section featuring ex-pat UK bass star (now based in NYC), Orlando Le Fleming and drummer Donald Edwards.


Sunday 136h November

12 noon – 4pm:  £12.00 – £15.00


SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH: The Sounds of New Orleans with TJ Johnson & His Band    

Relaxed family friendly lunchtime session featuring top quality entertainment and Sunday lunch available to order. This week with New Orleans style singer/pianist who has absorbed the musical gumbo and mardi-gras of the Crescent City. Featuring tunes from his new album, Jazz ‘n’ Blues, a heady mix of Jazz, Blues and Swing. Expect material from Ray Charles to Dr John and beyond.

Monday 14th November

Doors 6.00pm / £20.00 – £40.00



Superlative classical influenced pianist and composer who moves effortlessly between gentle neo-bop and fusion with a gentle majesty to his music.  Here playing impressionistic chamber jazz and contemporary jazz with a top class band  featuring UK saxophonist Tim Garland, harpist Carol Robbins, guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Hamilton Price and acclaimed drummer Brian Blade – best known for his work with Wayne Shorter.


+ Support: The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars


Tuesday 15th November

Doors 6.00pm / £25.00 – £42.50


Classy Italian soul-jazz singer influenced by Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes and Mark Murphy.  Championed by legendary DJ Norman Jay he has a cult following here in theUK, and is a huge star in his Native Italy.   He appears with his top class band featuring Claudio Filippini, piano, Lorenzo Tucci, drums, Tommaso Scannapieco, bass /double bass, Luca Florian, percussions, Daniele Scannapieco, saxophone, Giovanni Amato, trumpet and Beppe di Benedetto, trombone.


+ Support: The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars


Wednesday 16th November – Friday 18th November

Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm (two shows Friday only) / £25.00 – £40.00



Superb, classy jazz-fusion band, combining a sophisticated rhythmic approach with top notch arrangements and brilliant solos. Always hugely enjoyable, this tour finds them celebrating 30 years at the very top of their game. With Russell Ferante on piano and keys, bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer William Kennedy and top-notch saxophonist Bob Mintzer.


+ Support: CAST: Coryell, Auger, Sample Trio

Featuring the offspring of some of jazz’s most famous names, all of whom are great players in their own right: American singer-songwriter and guitarist Julian Coryell (son of famous guitarist Larry), drummer Karma Auger (son of Brit-jazz organ hero Brian) and bassist Niklas Sample (son of key board legend Joe Sample).


Saturday 19th November

Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm (two shows) / £20.00 – £42.50



Brilliant Welsh bassist Laurence Cottle leads his UK big band in a storming tribute to the great bass player Jaco Pastorius. Pastorius who would have celebrated his 60th birthday this year was one of the most innovative bass players of all time.  A key member of Weather Report, Pastorius also led the acclaimed ‘Word Of Mouth’ big band and tonight’s concert will feature new arrangements of Pastorius tunes as well as recreating some of  his own arrangements for the first time since his untimely death. Featuring the cream of UK jazz talent with Gareth Lockrane on flute, saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock, Alex Garnett, Sammy Mayne, Claire McInerney and Julian Siegel, trumpeters Noel Langley, Pat White, Sid Gauld and Martin Shaw, trombonists Barnaby Dickinson, Ade Halliwell, Alistair White and Neil Sidwell, percussionist Miles Bould, powerhouse drummer Gary Husband and Cottle on bass.


+ Support: The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars


Sunday 20th November

Doors 6.30pm / £15.00 – £28.50



Co-Led by Pianist/Vocalist Paddy Milner and explosive funk, blues and jazz guitarist Tony Remy (Incognito, Annie Lennox and Craig David), the electrifying Blues Explosion specialises in blues music from Chicago to the Delta, West Coast and British. Expect blues classics from Eric Clapton, BB King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Cray amongst others.


Sunday 206h November

12 noon – 4pm / £12.00 – £15.00


SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH: Alexander Stewart and the Alex Webb Trio

See Sunday 13th.  This week with classy Mark Murphy influenced UK jazz singer Stewart,. Appearing here with

A fine band led by pianist, arranger, composer Webb and featuring bassist Gary Crosby, tenor saxophonist Frank Griffiths, trumpeter Dave Runkel, trombonist Winston Rollins and fiery altoist Nathaniel Facey.