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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Special Candle lit concert at St Martin in the Fields

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Late Night Jazz by Candlelight – an atmospheric retrospective of the Brandenburg Choral Festival ***SPECIAL £15 TICKET just quote JIMMY’S SPECIAL RATE at the box office*** Thursday 7th April sees Ronnie Scotts artistic director and internationally acclaimed pianist, James Pearson return to St Martin in the Fields for a unique concert. Following the Mozart Requiem James will perform by candlelight drawing inspiration from the many Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival concerts. As a jazz artist, James will improvise the concert entirely drawing themes and highlights from such master works as the…read more

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James Fort-Knox interviews… the Blindman

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

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James Fort-Knox interviews… Bruddy Stitch

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Here is the first instalment from the ‘cleaned up’ interviews that Mr.Fort-Knox did about 35 years ago. The tapes have been ‘caked’ and some quality has been lost. However as archival material they are a testament to a time sadly now gone. In this episode we hear James Fort-Knox interviewing Bruddy Stitch…

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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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James Pearson at St Martin in the Fields

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This is what the venue have to say…. James Pearson is regarded as one of the world’s most talented pianists. His diverse career has seen extraordinary musical achievements. He has given numerous concerts in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Liverpool Philarmonic Hall and broadcast on all the major radio and television networks, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 on Classic FM, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue on BBC Radio 2. He has performed with Principal Bass of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Dominic Seldis for over 15…read more

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James Pearson shares his tips in the Guardian

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The insiders’ guide to the world’s best small music venues. Musicians, DJs and authors to reveal their favourite hangouts. See full article here

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James Pearson and Sir John Dankworth at the BFI last year

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From the BFI site: Jazz Weekender With live jazz in the Riverfront and foyer, screenings of archive TV jazz classics, and a live performance by the legendary Sir John Dankworth, this was a Weekender to remember at BFI Southbank. Running from June 12-14, the weekend of events also marked the culmination of our London in Motion competition, whereby young people submitted a short film evoking the capital on the move to win a soundtrack by Ronnie Scott’s house band. With a judging panel including Sir John Dankworth, Nicholas Hoult, and…read more

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James Pearson vs The Archers vs Chopin on BBC Radio 4

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James was invited to compose a special version of the Archers in the style of Chopin for BBC Radio 4. Bonkers! Have a listen here.

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Old London Street Scenes – Extract from BFI commissioned film

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James was recently commissioned by the BFI to compose a score for The Big Smoke. This is an extract from the film. This is what the BFI say: Experience London life in a bygone age, from the bustle of the Victorian commute to the ordeal of the Blitz, with this programme of silent films from the BFI National Archive – brought to dazzling life with a newly-commissioned score and featuring a selection of treasures from the Imperial War Museum and London’s Screen Archives. Score composed and performed by celebrated pianist…read more

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James Fort Knox – an explanation

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When James Pearson became Artistic Director of RSJC he discovered an old box, full of Reel to Reel tapes. On listening to them he discovered that they were interviews and archive recordings. He is currently in the process of catologing them and here are some of the ones that are slightly better quality. These extremly rare interviews are in the ‘listen’ section on the website. James Robert Aluisious Fort-Knox

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Revolver Blog – an explanation

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This is the first post from my revolver blog. Over the year I plan to record my own versions of the entirety of Revolver by the Beatles. I aim to post a song every month and then release the finished collection as album at the end of the year. All the sounds you will hear will be made by my piano or me.

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No.6 in The Sunday Times top 100 albums of 2009

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James Pearson Trio No.6 in The Sunday Times top 100 albums of 2009 jazz category. The Ronnie Scott’s house band is in safe hands. The pianist James Pearson gives a nod in the direction of Dudley Moore as he blows the roof off the Soho room. See full article here

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The House that Jazz Built – James Pearson on BBC Radio 4

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James Pearson can be heard talking to Paul Merton and showing him around the backstage side of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on Radio 4′s The House That Jazz Built. If you missed it on 3rd December, you can hear the programme on the BBC Radio website here.

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Ronnie Scott’s Christmas Show

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Ridiculous fun at Frolics last week…as we launched a series of Jazz Christmas Shows, with the trio and Natalie Williams. The fun started and the tone was set when one satisfied customer requested miss.Williams to sing a ‘rap’ version of Jingle Bells….then we has reggae “hark the Herald’ and scott joplin playing Good King Wencesslass. The week ahead offers even more of the same, and we have lunchtime performances on Tues-Fri, and of courtse will be there in the evening- making sure that the club is having a truly ‘swinging’…read more

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Last Week at Ronnie’s

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We had a great time last week, playing at the club and enjoying working with such fabulous musicians as Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Gerald Clayton. The atmosphere inside the club was amazing and the late night sessions went on ’till at least 3 every night. Charlie Hunter got the joint rockin’ on Thursday and Friday, and the multi talented Esperanza Spalding astounded us all on Saturday night with her singing and playing.

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The James Pearson Trio – Blues and Soul Review

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If you’re lucky enough to get into a packed Ronnie Scotts these days you’d be in for more than a treat with resident house band,The James Pearson Trio. Upholding the legacy left behind by the greats such as Oscar Peterson and our very own Dudley Moore is a tough act to follow but its in good hands. This mighty triumvirate are there most nights swinging with the stars and doing their own thing too. Nine numbers, recorded live at the club, emphasize what fun and vibrant jazz can be in…read more

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Joss Stone and James Pearson playing ‘Alfie’

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The James Pearson Trio – The Sunday Times

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The James Pearson Trio Diehards may not care for the cocktail ambience and crossover gigs at the new-look Ronnie Scott’s, but there’s no question the house band, led by James Pearson, upholds the old traditions. One of those multifaceted players capable of invoking everyone from George Gershwin to Oscar Peterson and Dudley Moore, Pearson is in shattering form on these sessions. Even a tune as overfamiliar as Cherokee comes up looking invigorated in a ferocious stop-time arrangement. Sam Burgess (bass) and Chris Dagley (drums) keep things boiling along. In a…read more

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UK Jazz Radio – CD of the month

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Ukjazzradio first CD of the month is Swing the Club from the James Pearson Trio. This CD was recorded live over four nights at Ronnie Scott’s where the trio is the house band The tapes were simply left running during the Trio’s normal sets and left for a while until James and Pete North, who recorded the album, started listening to them. This process is helpful when recording improvised music, “sometimes you remain too close to it, other times you are able to distance yourself and judge the music for…read more

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James Pearson Trio – The Observer

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One of an almost extinct species – resident band at a major jazz club – this trio have been appearing at Ronnie Scott’s for three years, both in their own right and as accompanists to big jazz stars. These nine numbers, recorded live at the club, show what regular, concentrated playing together can do for three already outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to. Close your eyes and the ambient sound of glasses, cocktail shaker and subdued conversation will put you right there at…read more

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James Pearson Trio perform at Tatler’s 300th Birthday

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The James Pearson Trio performed at Tatler’s 300th birthday party at Lancaster house on wednesday 14th. Special guests were Natalie Williams and Sam Mayne. In addition there was an impromptu performance of “my Baby don’t care” by the wonderful actress Ginny Holder.

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Frosty the Tinsel Man

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The James Pearson Trio get into the festive spirit with this unusual rendition of Frosty The Snowman, filmed Live at Ronnie Scotts. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYLjQtvpook]

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Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear

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James Pearson Trio performs Randy Newman’s song a la Oscar Peterson. Piano James Pearson, Bass Sam Burgess, Drums Mike Smith.

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