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Gigs & Newsletter JUNE 2009

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT

Box Office: 020 7439 0747

Ronnie Scott’s is pleased to announce an incredible month of world class music which includes the breathtaking Hammond organ playing of Barbara Dennerlein, soul sensation Mica Paris performing tracks from her brand new album, legends Benny Golson and Buddy Greco, and the electrifying sounds of Erik Truffaz & Talvin Singh.

July is shaping up to be equally as impressive with Christian McBride, Curtis Stigers and Roy Hargrove all already confirmed. Keep an eye on www.airmtm.com for updates.

For more information, please contact AirMTM, 020 7386 1600

Joe Baxter joe@airmtm.com

1st – 3rd June

RONNIE SCOTT’S 50TH PRESENTS...KENNY GARRETT

£25 - £40

Throughout his career, multiple Grammy-nominee Kenny Garrett has explored a vast spectrum of music. His muscular yet melodic saxophone playing was first documented on 1984’s Introducing Kenny Garrett, and since has been featured on recordings by artists as definitive and diverse as jazz legends Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, rock loyalty Sting, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, and progressive rap pioneer Guru. A very welcome return to the club for one of contemporary jazz’s greats. KENNY GARRETT – alto sax / keyboards, JOHNNY MERCIER – Hammond Organ, KONA KHASU – bass, JUSTIN BROWN – drums.

4th June

NEIL COWLEY TRIO

£15 - £30

Known for a remarkable rapport with their audience, helped by Cowley’s often hilarious and always amusing chat, the trio’s captivating and exciting live shows led many shows on their tour attract full houses and standing ovations. The group won the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album, and Cowley is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation as well as a modern ambassador for the music, broadening the boundaries of jazz to a include a wider, more popular-minded audience through his intelligent but accessible melodies and hooks.

5th – 6th June

BARBARA DENNERLEIN

£20 - £36 (1st house Saturday £25 - £40)

Barbara Dennerlein has created an innovative and distinctive style that opened up totally new musical dimensions for the Hammond B3 organ, re-popularising the instrument through a string of forward thinking hard and post-bop recordings in the 1980s. Above all, she is one of the very few organists who can fully utilize the bass pedals to a melodic and harmonic advantage, and is surely unequalled in her breathtaking technique. Barbara and her regular drummer Daniel Messina will be joined by UK musicians DAVE LEWIS on tenor and MARK RIDOUT on guitar.

7th June

FUNK AFFAIR

£15- £26

Regular night of deep funk grooves from some of the country’s best love funk heavyweights, including alumni from Jamiroquai and singer Louise Pollock.

8th June - CLUB WILL BE CLOSED

9th June

THE RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF BUDDY RICH AND MAYNARD FERGUSON

£20- £36

The famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra will present a storming tribute to the music of two of the most revered figureheads of popular big band music, recreating the sounds and atmosphere of the legendary drummer and trumpeter’s best loved tunes.

10th June - TBC

11th – 12th June

MICA PARIS

£20 - £36

British soul singer Mica Paris started off singing in church before turning professional in her mid-teens. She has fronted a number of radio and television shows as well as a highly successful monthly residency at Ronnie’s. For this return to the club, Mica will draw upon music from her forthcoming new album Born Again as well as tracks from her extensive back catalogue, which cemented her reputation as one of the finest soul vocalists to have emerged this side of the Atlantic.

13th June

THE RAY CHARLES REVUE

£20 - £40

Pianist, singer, showman and universally acknowledged legend of modern music, Ray Charles fused soul, country and pop through his Modern Sounds recordings, quickly rising through the ranks of popular music history to become one of the best loved entertainers of all time, in any genre - Frank Sinatra himself once called him "the only true genius in the business". This revue show will pay tribute to the great man, headed by our artistic director James Pearson, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and a very special guest, to be announced.

14th June

NATALIE WILLIAMS SOUL FAMILY

Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul singer Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sunday offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul and jazz musicians in the UK up close and personal. While guests vary from month to month, there is always the opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their material in an exciting ad hoc setting.

15th – 17th June

BENNY GOLSON

£20 - £36

A welcome return for this pioneer of the saxophone, Benny Golson is famed as an arranger and composer as much as he is for his stunning tenor playing, penning such standards as Along Came Betty, Stablemates, Killer Joe and I Remember Clifford, written as a tribute to the late Clifford Brown who played with Golson in Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. Golson also played alongside Blakey, as well as Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Red Garland and Art Farmer, and has composed and arranged music for countless other musicians with his work also featuring in film and television since the ’50s. Golson has brought his many years of experience and devotion to the art of jazz and is actively involved in keeping the spirit of the music alive in the younger generations, holding clinics and seminars across the world.

18th – 20th June

BUDDY GRECO

£20 - £40

A showman from the golden age of classic entertainers, Buddy Greco’s swinging style is hardly matched on any stage today. A truly talented jazz pianist as well as a honey voiced crooner, Greco has been singing the hits and gaining the admiration of audiences and peers for decades. He has released over 60 albums and more than a hundred singles, including The Lady Is A Tramp, Around The World and Ooh Look A-Her, Ain’t She Pretty, performed on request for the Queen, tours relentlessly across the globe and still finds the time to regularly appear at his own club in California - Greco is one of that rare breed of artists who has a boundless energy and enthusiasm that shines in everything he does.

21st June

RONNIE SCOTT’S BLUES EXPERIENCE WITH SPECIAL GUEST

£20-30

The club’s monthly blues night, hosted by guitarist Tony Remy and keyboardist Sam Grimley, sees a host of special guests turning up to perform at what is quickly becoming the most talked about blues night in town.

22nd – 24th June

TERRY REID

£20 - £36

After famously turning down the job as vocalist for Led Zeppelin, Terry went on to recommend both Robert Plant and John Bonham to Jimmy Page for their jobs, demonstrating excellent musical taste at an early stage. Reid was a professional rock n’ roller with Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers at age 15, later pursuing his solo career and touring the UK, US and Europe extensively in the company of bands such as Cream and The Rolling Stones. Rebuffing advances not only from Zeppelin but also Deep Purple before the age of 20, he has been hailed by The Independent as ‘the most soulful British vocalist ever’ - who are we to disagree?

25th June

YOLANDA BROWN

£15 - £26

YolanDa Brown is someone who has made the saxophone truly her own, a very gifted saxophonist fluent in a whole lot more than just that one genre. The 26 year old MOBO Best Jazz winner (2008) has already collaborated with the likes of other Ronnie’s regulars such as Soweto Kinch and Mica Paris. Described as “an accessible mix of jazz tones with a twist of R&B and funk