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James Pearson

He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. There last album ‘Swing the Club’ recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board. The recording was ranked at No.6 in the Sunday Times albums of 2009 and they were delighted to sell out four nights at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York. James is equally at home as a concert pianist. He has played concertos with the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many others. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano Concerto was broadcast on Classic FM and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue on BBC Radio 2

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Polly Gibbons: All I Can Do

Read "All I Can Do" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È sufficiente ascoltare qualche brano dell'inglese Polly Gibbons per lasciarsi prendere dal suo esuberante feeling. Niente a che vedere con le molte vocalist che hanno invaso la scena con una mediocre e plastificata sintesi di pop, jazz e soul. La giovane scoperta dal produttore Ian Shaw è qualcosa di speciale. Il suo timbro è profondo, la ...

Five Women IV – Linda Carone, Gunilla Törnfeldt, Polly Gibbons, Angie Wells, Jeannie Tanner

Read "Five Women IV – Linda Carone, Gunilla Törnfeldt, Polly Gibbons, Angie Wells, Jeannie Tanner" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Linda Carone Black Moonlight Self Produced 2017 Canadian singer Linda Carone's debut recording, Black Moonlight is an intentional period piece. It is a collection of ten pieces given an organic swing workout. Carone possesses a mature, sensual instrument that when combined with her period support makes for irresistible listening. The singer ...

ARTICLE: SCUMBLES

Jazz in the UK now

Read "Jazz in the UK now" reviewed by Sammy Stein

The jazz scene in the UK is buzzing at the moment. Clubs whose managers not so long ago were faced with the difficult decision whether to continue offering new sounds to a dwindling audience or turn themselves into a wine bar--offering small slices of live music to appease their consciences perhaps--are finding it was worth hanging ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicolas Meier: From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile

Read "From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Long ago, when the world was younger and far more innocent, a British TV commercial challenged its viewers. Take a particular brand of fruit pastille (Rowntree's, to be specific), place it in the mouth, resist the temptation to chew. So deliciously fruity was the pastille that such resistance would be futile. A similar challenge might be ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

Am I "Jazz People?"

Read "Am I "Jazz People?"" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

I rarely write anything too serious in a JazzLife UK article and, for the most part, this month's missive will be no different. However, the summer of 2010 started very sadly for UK jazz with the deaths of four popular, talented and influential musicians, and it seems appropriate to write a few words to remember each ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Griffin: Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Once known as the “fastest tenor in the west" for executing fast notes with ease, saxophonist Johnny Griffin leaves one last recording to remember him by with Live At Ronnie Scott's. The album documents a two-night engagement in May 2008, at the legendary London jazz club, to celebrate the artist's eightieth birthday, and features a host ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

"Dancing:" It's A Dirty Word

Read ""Dancing:" It's A Dirty Word" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

JazzLife UK continued apace during May and June 2010, adding many more photographs to the project and hearing more great jazz in yet more odd and unusual venues. Early May brought more indications of summer to the British weather, and ushered in a General Election. JazzLife UK can now reveal--as promised in my previous article--that the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Griffin: Live At Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live At Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Live At Ronnie Scott's is likely to draw in a lot of jazz listeners for two reasons. First, this album was the final recording that the late Johnny Griffin--known as a saxophone speed demon--made as a leader. While other unreleased material might make its way to the market at a later date, this is Grffin's last ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Aldeburgh Festival 2010: Jazz at the Pumphouse

Read "Aldeburgh Festival 2010: Jazz at the Pumphouse" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Aldeburgh Festival Aldeburgh, UK June 13, 2010 Aldeburgh Festival is now in its 63rd year and is a well-established event in the UK music calendar. Known primarily for classical music and opera, major events take place in the beautiful concert hall at Snape, a few miles inland from ...


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