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Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho, London - news and programme for September 2018.

Friday, August 03, 2018

We have received the following press release;

Ronnie Scotts September 2018 listings;


Livestreams: We’ll be livestreaming the Bill Laurance Trio on Friday 3rd August as part of the International Piano Trio Festival live from approx. 11.15pm BST on the Ronnie Scott’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

60 Years of Music and Movies: Michel Le Grand and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra comes to Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 18th September. The acclaimed musician and composer will play and conduct music from his sixty-year career:

Ronnie Scott’s presents two amazing acts at the newly revamped Alexandra Palace Theatre in December: legendary vocal group Take 6 take to the stage on 5th December (, and our act for 6th December is completely sold out (and we haven’t even announced the act yet!).

As part of the summer festival season, Ronnie Scott’s presents The Pee Wee Funk Ensemble at Wilderness Festival from 2-5th August.


Saturday 1st September:
China Moses is a high voltage soul/jazz diva with a career as a singer as well as presenter for MTV France, TSF Jazz Radio and more. The daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater and director Gilbert Moses was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paris, France. Her albums brought her work with renowned names like Guru, DJ Mehdi, Karriem Riggins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Anthony Marshall and sound engineer Bob Power. Surrounded by a cross-genre cadre of musicians, China Moses is poised to reinvent the Jazz Vocal archetype for a new age, jettisoning that which is unneeded on her trajectory - taking listeners beyond the known to a universe uniquely her own. Besides China’s weekly radio show ‘Made in China’ on TSF Jazz in France, she was recently announced as new host on JazzFM in the UK where she presents ‘JazzFM Loves’.
Line-up: China Moses (vocals); Luigi Grasso (saxophone + keys); Joe Armon-Jones (piano); Neil Charles (bass); Marijus Aleksa (drums).
Doors 6.00pm or 10.30pm/ £20.00-£45.00

Sunday 2nd September:
Now in its eleventh year, Natalie Williams Soul Family is Ronnie Scott’s most successful residency. Hosted by MOBO nominee vocalist Natalie Williams, the monthly event features an incredible group of regular musicians and singers with an ever-changing cast of special guests fromthe world of UK R&B, soul and jazz, that have in the past included Jamie Woon, Jamie Cullum, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, Alice Russell, Krystle Warren, Terri Walker and Shaun Escoffery to name a few. At the heart of the ‘Soul Family’ night is the informal, welcoming open-mic feel she creates that keep audiences returning for more.
Doors 6.30pm/£20.00-£45.00

Sunday Jazz Lunch: Iain MacKenzie
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional). With music ranging from boogie-woogie, jive and jazz vocalists there is music to suit every taste. With a kid’s menu and concessions, it presents a great opportunity to introduce children to jazz in a setting that is informal yet retains the ambience expected from this iconic Soho venue.
Coming from a pedigree of British jazz musicians to have passed through the Guildhall School of Music, Iain Mackenzie is one of the most in demand jazz, lounge and big band singers in the UK. Performing with world class orchestras and big bands, including those of the BBC and RTE, Iain is currently the principle male vocalist for the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and leader of the Ronnie Scott’s Singers - The iTones.
Doors 12 noon/£15.00 - £20.00

Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th September:
Set to be a series of historic nights at Ronnie Scott’s, legendary singer/hammond B3 player Georgie Fame performs with the Guy Barker Big Band.
A genuine legend of the British music scene for over fifty years, Fame’s blend of jazz and R&B earned him three number one hits in the early ‘60s. He has been a fixture of the Soho scene since then, when his cool vocals and superlative Hammond B-3 playing lit up such legendary venues as the Flamingo and Wag club and a key member of Van Morrison’s groups. He appears here with a cracking big band led by trumpeter Guy Barker and featuring some of the finest names in UK Jazz. Expect swinging soul-jazz and rip-roaring arrangements of classic R&B from a man still at the top of his game after over 50 years in the business.
Line-up: Georgie Fame (vocals/piano); Nathan Bray, Tom Rees-Roberts, Pat White, Guy Barker (trumpets); Barnaby Dickinson, Nichol Thomson, Winston Rollins (trombones); Callum Au (trombones on Sat); Mark Frost (bass trombone); Sam Mayne, James Gardiner-Bateman (alto saxophones); Graeme Blevins, Alex Garnett (tenor saxophones); Colin Skinner (baritone); Jim Watson (piano); Chris Hill (bass); James Powell (drums); James Powell (guitar).
Mon 3rd – Thurs 6th: Doors 6.00pm
Fri 7th – Sat 8th: Doors 6.00pm or 10.30pm
£50 -£80

Sunday 9th September:
The virtuosic and vibrant Judith Owen announces her only UK date of 2018. Returning to London’s Ronnie Scott’s – where her live career began - Judith and her band will also be joined on stage by special guests (to be announced). This firebrand singer, songwriter, pianist and raconteur is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years. Her previous album Somebody’s Child was adored by critics around the world with The Sunday Times selecting it as one of the best records of 2016 and Analog Planet said that it “sparkles with Owen’s witty energy” noting that “the songs will stay with you long after the record ends”. Her new album rediscovered was released in May 2018. As she has done since her earliest days attempting to plunk out the music of Mozart and Debussy on her family’s piano to her days playing four hour sets in piano bars fulfilling customer requests, Judith makes these songs her own. She moulds the familiar melodies and lyrics to contemporary pop hits and longtime favorites to her unmistakable voice and style.
Line-up: Judith Owen (vocals), rest of band TBC
Doors 6.30pm/ £20.00-£40.00

Sunday Jazz Lunch: Elaine Delmar
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional). With music ranging from boogie-woogie, jive and jazz vocalists there is music to suit every taste. With a kid’s menu and concessions, it presents a great opportunity to introduce children to jazz in a setting that is informal yet retains the ambience expected from this iconic Soho venue.
Born in Hertfordshire, UK, Elaine was raised in a strong musical environment, her father being the renowned trumpeter Leslie ‘Jiver’ Hutchinson, a leading influence in the jazz and dance band movement in Britain from the 1930s onwards. After initially studying classical piano, Elaine found a natural progression in singing and became a vocalist in her father’s own band at sixteen. It was soon apparent that her vocal talent and natural affinity with the stage would lead her to triumph in many areas of the entertainment world. By popular demand, she will once again be headlining at the club.
Doors 12 noon/£13.50 - £16.50

Mon 10th September – club closed for a private event

Tuesday 11th September:
Harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret pays tribute to his main inspiration, Toots Thielemans who passed away in 2016 at the age of 94. With this project, Grégoire calls on pianist and long-time Toots collaborator, KENNY WERNER. The program will include songs written by or associated with Toots, including Bluesette, Midnight Sun, Theme from Midnight Cowboy, The Dolphin, I Do It For Your Love and What a Wonderful World. Out of respect for the musician Toots Thielemans, Gregoire and Kenny will play the music of Toots Thielemans in their own style.
Line-up: Gregoire Maret (harmonica); Kenny Werner (piano); Conor Chaplin (bass); Martin France (drums).
Doors 6.00pm/£20.00 - £37.50

Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th September
Known globally for his uncompromising musical vision, staggering virtuosity and deep reserves of soul, Wayne Krantz is one of very few modern guitarists to venture beyond the instrument’s limitations and create an identifiably original style and sound. Good Piranha/Bad Piranha is his full-throttle double-take on four contemporary pop and hip-hop songs, from which he plunders the textural, rhythmic and harmonic intrigue that has come to define each of his unique projects.
Line-up: Wayne Krantz (guitar); Kevin Scott (bass); Jeremy Stacey (drums).
Doors 6.00pm/£20.00 - £40.00

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th September
Nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat 82nd Annual Readers’ Poll of 2017, “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has recorded a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. In 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village label and recorded his first album, the best-selling The Theory Of Joy for them, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Ian toured the album in Canada, the Far East, Australia and Europe in club dates and at festivals. Shine Sister Shine is Shaw’s current studio album, also for Jazz Village, and is a celebration of the actions and art of extraordinary women – “an album crammed with sharp pain, deeply felt, then countered with soaring, resonant hope” (Stella Duffy).
Line-up: Ian Shaw (vocals); Barry Green (piano); Mick Hutton (bass); Dave Ohm (drums)
Doors 6.00pm or 10.30pm/£25.00 - £50.00

Sunday 16th September
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
One of the UK’s finest Big Bands teeming with first-call players and appearing under the Musical Directorship of award winning band leader Pete Long. The Ronnie Scott’s Big Band is comprised of some of the greatest talents on the UK jazz scene and presents “The Story So Far…” featuring the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, The Rat Pack and Benny Goodman.
Doors 6.30pm/ £25.00 - £45.00

Sunday Jazz Lunch: The Fallen Heroes
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional). With music ranging from boogie-woogie, jive and jazz vocalists there is music to suit every taste. With a kid’s menu and concessions, it presents a great opportunity to introduce children to jazz in a setting that is informal yet retains the ambience expected from this iconic Soho venue.
Brothers Ben Martyn and Emile Martyn spent their formative years living in New Orleans surrounded by world class musicians from the New Orleans music world and on their return to Europe, The Fallen Heroes was born. Expect a selection of tunes from artists such Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino and Elvis.
Doors 12 noon/£13.50 - £16.50

Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th September
Award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis. His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.
Line-up: Soweto Kinch (alto sax), other TBC
Doors 6.00pm/£12.50 - £35.00

Wednesday 19th September
With dancing drums like a legendary New Orleans funeral band, brass full of soul, guitars that fuse every style of blues and folk, Hugh Coltman has built himself a sublime backdrop over which his warm journeyman’s voice expresses his deep understanding of human emotions and sentiments, an indulgent listen for evening lovers, loners at dawn or the melancholic listener at midday… Who’s Happy?, his new album asks. Everyone and no-one, he seems to reply…
Line-Up: Hugh Coltman (Vox), George Hogg (Trumpet), Freddy Koella (Guitar), Paddy Milner (Piano), Robbie Robson (Sousaphone), Raphael Chassin (Drums).
Doors 6.00pm/£20.00 - £40.00

Thursday 20th - TBC

Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd September
“A funk revival is happening and this band should be king”. London Jazz
The PB UNDERGROUND (PBUG), led by drummer extraordinaire Pete Ray Biggin, are at the forefront of the New Wave of Funk and the UK’s hottest funk sensation. Recently nominated Best Live UK Show Of The Year for the Jazz FM Awards, the band released an album ‘Stand Up’ to rave reviews.
The band is led by star drummer Pete Ray the band’s MD and predominant songwriter – a drummer of cult status as a member of the elite, and a regular performer with bands including Level 42, Incognito, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan and Mark Ronson.
Since forming in 2008 the band has been taking the UK funk scene by storm, building its loyal fan base and sweeping reviewers off their feet in a blitz of energy, showmanship and ferocious musical talent. The PBUG musicians are a who’s who of the hottest session players on the London scene.
Line- up: Pete Ray Biggin (Drums); D-Tale (Vocals); Zoe Kypri (Vocals); Izzy Chase (Vocals); Ben Epstein (Bass); Ben Jones (Guitar); Tomasz Bura (Keys); Nichol Thomson (Trombone); Dan Carpenter (Trumpet); Sean Freeman (Saxophone).
Doors 6.00pm or 10.30pm/£20.00 - £50.00

Sunday 23rd September
Ronnie Scott’s monthly blues show co-led by pianist/vocalist Paddy Milner and explosive funk, blues and jazz guitarist Tony Remy (Incognito, Annie Lennox and Craig David). This electrifying band also features superb guitarist/vocalist Marcus Bonfanti and specialises in blues music from Chicago to the Delta, the West Coast of the US and Great Britain.
Doors 6.30pm/£25.00-£45.00

Sunday Jazz Lunch: Tina May ‘Berlin-Paris-Broadway’ with Nikki Iles, Karen Street & Julie Walkington
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional). With music ranging from boogie-woogie, jive and jazz vocalists there is music to suit every taste. With a kid’s menu and concessions, it presents a great opportunity to introduce children to jazz in a setting that is informal yet retains the ambience expected from this iconic Soho venue.
See Tina May perform ‘Berlin-Paris-Broadway’ with ‘Les Girls’: pianist and composer Nikki Iles; accordionist, saxophonist and composer Karen Street and bassist Julie Walkington as they take you on a jazz-filled journey from Berlin to Paris to Broadway!
Doors 12 noon/£13.50 - £16.50

Monday 24th – Tuesday 25th September
“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”
Line-up: TBC
Doors 6.00pm/£25.00 - £45.00

Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th September
With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones , Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight - string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.
Hunter has previously recorded for the venerable Blue Note label, Concord, Ropeadope, GroundUP and others. His recent independent venture is steered by his motivation to release music that most inspires him. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it’s his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. Hunter’s signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today’s great guitarists
Line-up: Charlie Hunter (guitar), Carter McLean (drums), special guest Yelfris Valdes (trumpet)
Doors 6.00pm/£20.00 - £40.00

Friday 28th – Tuesday 2nd October
It’s a big year ahead for acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, who returns to Ronnie Scott’s this autumn, just before the release of her most ambitious project yet, her first orchestral album, and another worldwide tour. Stacey returns to the club with her 5-piece band, featuring songs from the new album, I KNOW I DREAM: The Orchestral Sessions. Stacey’s appearance at Ronnie Scott’s Club is an annual homecoming not to be missed!
Line-up: Stacey Kent (vocals); Jim Tomlinson (saxes, flute); Graham Harvey (piano, fender); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums).
28th/29th September: Doors 6.00pm or 10.30pm/£40.00 - £60.00
30th September: Doors 6.30pm /£40.00 - £60.00
1st/2nd October: Doors 6.00pm /£40.00 - £60.00

Sunday Jazz Lunch (30th September): Gary Williams
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional). With music ranging from boogie-woogie, jive and jazz vocalists there is music to suit every taste. With a kid’s menu and concessions, it presents a great opportunity to introduce children to jazz in a setting that is informal yet retains the ambience expected from this iconic Soho venue.
Singer, broadcaster and author Gary Williams has been described as “a true song stylist” by London What’s On and “the UK’s leading standard bearer for the supercool era” by the London Evening Standard. He is a favourite with big bands and concert orchestras throughout the world, from the BBC Concert Orchestra to the Melbourne Symphony. As a broadcaster he’s presented and written shows for BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and The Wireless where he hosts the weekly show: Legends of Las Vegas. His book on stagecraft has been described as “an invaluable guide” by Playbill.
Doors 12 noon/£15.00 - £20.00


Every Monday – Saturday
“We haven’t had anything like this in New York for over twenty years”. Wynton Marsalis
Following the evening’s main performance, doors re-open for a late night after-show session with a more informal vibe than the earlier show. Londoners spill into the buzzing room to hear some of the finest UK talent while enjoying a late-night hang with friends. Occasional ‘Late Late show Specials’ see headline acts and rising stars making exclusive, intimate appearances – Snarky Puppy, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Richard Spaven (drummer with Flying Lotus and The Cinematic Orchestra) have all appeared on the late night stage. Often the night’s headline act or big names performing elsewhere will drop by and sit in- Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Mos Def, Lady GaGa and Stevie Wonder have all thrilled audiences with their impromptu appearances. And with a cheaper ticket price it provides first-timers the perfect opportunity to sample an iconic club steeped in history having played host to some of the greatest legends in jazz.
£12 on the door, £10 in advance (pre-booking available Mon - Thurs only £6 Students/MU (with valid card), FREE entry to club members and main show ticket holders.
Monday – Thursday, 11pm - 3am / Friday & Saturday 1am - 3am

Ronnie Scott’s
47 Frith St, London, W1D 4HT
Box office 020 7439 0747

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