James Pearson

May News

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May started off with a fantastic tour of Holland with the bass Maestro Dominic Seldis. Many tulips to be seen and of course playing some classical music (with a bit of a swing) in such beautiful venues is a sheer joy. There are a few Ronnie Scotts Quintet performances telling the Story the Club, with films and images alongside the music. Also at Ronnie’s I am doing a special ‘musical portrait of Errol Garner’ with Matt Skelton, Sam Burgess and James Turner. The English Speaking Union’s series is kicking off…read more

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A Musical Portrait of Oscar Peterson

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Ronnie Scott’s is delighted to be able to celebrate its new piano by presenting James Pearson and Dave Newton in concert, on 2 pianos, with 2 rhythm sections. Two nights at Ronnie’s 19th and 20th March. See forthcoming shows for venue address and details.

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The Invention Re-invented

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James will perform the J.S.Bach 2 part inventions, fused with improviations that could go in any direction….could be jazz, could be classical… the only criteria is that the must last the same length as the Bach.. The beautiful atmosphere of the historic church of St.Martin’s in The Fields will provide a unique setting for what will be a most unusual concert. The concert is at 9.30 pm, on Tuesday 12th November…

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Its High-Time for High-Tide

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James Pearson and Polly Gibbons will do a Late Night Jazz Duo in the legendary High Tide festival, on saturday 4th may. Venue is the ‘cut’ in halesworth…time 10.00 pm…

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Tribute to the Trios

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A rare opportunity to hear James’s trio outside Ronnie Scott’s as the once again bring this fabulous show to Maidstone on friday April 12th. In addition they will be joined by the incredible Polly Gibbons, who is a regular performer with James and has the most incredible voice.

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Remembering Oscar Peterson

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A two piano spectactular portrait of one of the greatest pianists of them all. James and David Newton celebrate in style at Ronnie Scott’s on 1st and 2nd april.

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Christmas Cabaret at Ronnie’s!

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The Christmas season is approaching, like a steam train that has been given a new bag of coal..and James’s uniquely devised Christmas Lunches at Ronnie Scott’s – will be ringing through the streets of Soho, from 5th December. Challenge The Band…The “X” factor Kazoo competition, and you could even get a chance to perform on the historic stage…

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Erroll Garner Tribute

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James will perform his unique musical portrait of the piano giant, Erroll Garner on 4th July at Ronnie Scott’s. Come and hear some of Errolls lesser known compositions alongside selections from the “concert by the sea” …

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Moonlighting on Sunday…a rare duo!

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This Sunday, the 20th May holds a rare opportunity to hear James in Duo with the fantastic vocalist Georgia Mancio. The duo is re-united after their sell out show last year. The performance will be at London’s Pizza Express in Dean street, where they have a delightful Steinway… The unique sound of Piano and Voice together is a time tested artform and to hear James and Georgia in such intimate surroundings is one not to be missed! Check out Georgia’s website www.georgiamancio.com for more details. See You There!

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Ronnie Scott’s Christmas Lunches

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For the third year running James Pearson’s unique lunchtime Christmas Cabaret has started. Alongside fellow  Ronnie Scotts Allstars Natalie Williams and Alex Garnett this is a christmas show with a differnce.  Audiences can take part in the Kazoo competition as well as hear Rachmaninoff interpret Jingle Bells or a rap version of “Ding Dong”….A Boogie Woogie “In The Bleak Midwinter” to Chas and Dave  style “Rudolf”…complete with Cockney singing. Check out www.ronniescotts.co.uk for timings and info.

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Jazzwise Review

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As usual at Ronnie’s Saturday night at the club features two houses, turned around  a little after 10pm, and the ideal opening set to the first house was provided by the trio of artistic director pianist James Pearson, bassist Tim Thornton, and drummer Mark Fletcher (formerly with poet Don Paterson’s much missed band Lammas), with singer Polly Gibbons joining. Gibbons when she was a complete unknown was nominated for a BBC jazz award and has grown artistically since this early recognition. Gibbons has a very unmannered soulful voice, and excelled…read more

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Blues and The Abstract Truth

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This Saturday James has put together an AllStar re-creation of Oliver Nelson’s seminal album from 1961. It will be performed in the Barbican before McCoy Tyner and stars Byron Wallen, Jean Touissaint, and Nathaniel Facey.

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Children In Need-Weekend Wogan

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On 30th October James will direct the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra in a BBCradio 2 special, live from the Savoy. Guests to include Joss Stone, Gary Barlow, Dionne Bromfield, Katie Melua and Englebert Humperdink…you can listen live between 11am and 1pm…

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Rhapsody in Blue on Radio 2

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Hear James play George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, this friday on Radio 2′s Friday Night Is Music Night, live from the Mermaid Theatre, with the BBC Concert Orchestra

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George Shearing Remembered

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James Pearson to perform George Shearing Tribute. In the Stables Theatre, Wavendon on July 10th. After a sell out performance at Ronnie Scott’s James takes the show to Wavendon, where they musically recreate the George Shearing Quintet. He has dug out some rare material including many Shearing originals

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James Fort-Knox interviews… The Naked Pianist

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Another instalment from the archive. In this episode we hear James Fort-Knox interviewing the Naked Pianist…

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CHRIS DAGLEY RIP

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Our amazing drummer Chris Dagley has been tragically killed, whilst driving home on his scooter. It happened on tuesday night after a glorious night where he once again dazzled us with his incredible drumming. As a drummer he will be missed, but as a friend he will be missed more. Chris simply was unique and everybody loved him. The Musical world is in deep shock. My heart is with his beautiful family who were the reason his world was a happy one… This photo will be the last one taken…read more

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Marlborough College

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A rare opportunity to hear James in a solo recital. On Monday 26th July James returns to one of his old haunts to entertain the participants of the Marlborough Summer School.

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A Musical Portrait of Erroll Garner

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On Thursday 8th July, at Ronnie Scotts, James will play a special tribute to one of the greatest pianists of all time, the wonderful Erroll Garner. Check out the www.ronniescotts.co.uk for full details and special ticket offer

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