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Marcus Miller, Endea Owens and Jo Harrop - summertime in Ronnie's

Making waves: bassist Endea Owens plays Ronnie's on 3 July. Ronnie's shuts for refurbishment during August. Summer highlights include: Thursday 6th June - Saturday 8th June 2024 5.30pm & 8.30pm (£40.00 - £60.00) James Taylor Quartet Sunday …

Published: 6 Jun 2024. Updated: 43 days.

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Making waves: bassist Endea Owens plays Ronnie's on 3 July.

Ronnie's shuts for refurbishment during August. Summer highlights include:

Thursday 6th June - Saturday 8th June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£40.00 - £60.00)

James Taylor Quartet

Sunday 9th June 2024

12.00pm (£15.00 - £25.00)

Kitty La Roar Quartet: Lyrically Yours

Sunday 9th June 2024

6.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion

Monday 10th June 2024

6.00pm (£35.00 - £40.00)

John Surman

See our best of 2024 to date list that includes Surman's latest album Words Unspoken (ECM) released ahead of the English jazz reedist icon's 80th birthday this summer.

Tuesday 11th June 2024

6.00pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Ben Sidran presents Rainmaker

Wednesday 12th June 2024

5.30pm (£25.00 - £40.00)

Nishla Smith

Wednesday 12th June 2024

8.30pm (£30.00 - £50.00)

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard

Thursday 13th June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Citrus Sun

Citrus Sun is the Incognito rhythm section, featuring Bluey, bassist Francis Hylton, drummer Francesco Mendolia, percussionist João Caetano, and guitarist Charlie Allen, along with guests.

Friday 14th June 2024

5.30pm (£30.00 - £45.00)

La Via Del Ferro

Alex Hitchcock with Myele Manzanza, Maria Chiara Argirò and Michelangelo Scandroglio.

Friday 14th June 2024

8.30pm (£30.00 - £45.00)

Jay Phelps - The Now!

Read an interview with charismatic trumpeter Jay here

Saturday 15th June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

RC & The Gritz

Sunday 16th June 2024

12.00pm (£15.00 - £25.00)

Kim Cypher

Sunday 16th June 2024

6.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Natalie Williams’ Soul Family

Monday 17th June - Thursday 20th June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£60.00 - £80.00)

Buddy Rich Big Band featuring Cathy Rich & Gregg Potter with guest Benny Greb

Friday 21st June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Secret Night Gang

Saturday 22nd June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Dan Casimir Big Band

Sunday 23rd June 2024

12.00pm, 6.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Bobby Watson

Monday 24th June – Friday 28th June 2024

5.30pm, 6.00pm, 8.30pm (£50.00 - £70.00)

Monty Alexander

Read a review of Monty's brilliant new album, D-Day

Saturday 29th June 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Black Art Jazz Ensemble

Sunday 30th June 2024

12.00pm (£15.00 - £25.00)

Pixie & the Gypsies

Formed by UK vocalist Taylor Notcutt, Pixie and The Gypsies’ most recent album Caught In The Rain was released in the summer of 2020.

Sunday 30th June 2024

6.30pm (£30.00 - £45.00)

W3 Funk Sessions

July
Monday 1st July 2024

6.00pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday 2nd July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Arturo O'Farrill - Afro Latin Jazz Quintet

Wednesday 3rd July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£30.00 - £50.00)

Endea Owens and the Cookout

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Thursday 4th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Jo Harrop

Friday 5th July 2024

5.30pm (£30.00 - £45.00)

Daniel García Trio

Friday 5th July 2024

8.30pm (£30.00 - £50.00)

Sean Khan and the Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble

Read a review of the remarkable new album full of Khan do-ness and folky sigh days with Rosie released by Acid Jazz here

Saturday 6th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Olatuja

Sunday 7th July 2024

12.00pm (£15.00 - £25.00)

James Hudson

Read a review of classy singer James Hudson's Moonray.

Sunday 7th July 2024

6.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion

Monday 8th July - Tuesday 9th July 2024

6.00pm (£45.00 - £65.00)

Madeline Bell

Wednesday 10th July - Saturday 13th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£100.00 - £160.00)

Marcus Miller

Sunday 14th July 2024

12.00pm (£15.00 - £25.00)

Greg Abate Sextet

Read a review of Greg Abate live at the Spice of Life in 2021 here

Sunday 14th July 2024

6.30pm (£30.00 - £45.00)

Joe Farnsworth Band featuring Sarah Hanahan and Ruben Fox

Monday 15th July - Tuesday 16th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£50.00 - £75.00)

Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott)

Wednesday 17th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £50.00)

Marcus Strickland Twi-Life presents The Universe’s Wildest Dream

Thursday 18th July - Saturday 20th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£45.00 - £50.00)

Patrice Rushen

Sunday 21st July 2024

12.00pm (£15.00 - £25.00)

Blue Harlem ‘From Harlem to Soho’

Sunday 21st July 2024

6.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

Natalie Williams’ Soul Family

Monday 22nd July - Tuesday 23rd July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£45.00 - £50.00)

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

Wednesday 24th July - Thursday 25th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £40.00)

Natalie Williams’ Soul Family present: A Philly Soul Summer Festival

Friday 26th July - Saturday 27th July 2024

5.30pm & 8.30pm (£35.00 - £55.00)

The Headhunters

AFTER THE REFURB
  • September headliners include Richard Carpenter, Ian Shaw, fabulous with Tony Kofi playing Duke & Sweetpea on An Adventurous Life recently, plus the return to Frith Street of classical and jazz violin genius and the world's biggest Aston Villa fan, possibly - Nigel Kennedy.
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Eric Alexander, Timing is Everything, Cellar Live ***1/2

Eric Alexander makes even his fellow countryman Scott Hamilton seem avant-garde - but riffing on Lady Day's take on 'Ill Wind' ''the good wind who is blowing us no ill,'' as Leonard Feather quipped about Hamilton, the phrase then used as the title …

Published: 6 Jun 2024. Updated: 43 days.

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Eric Alexander makes even his fellow countryman Scott Hamilton seem avant-garde - but riffing on Lady Day's take on 'Ill Wind' ''the good wind who is blowing us no ill,'' as Leonard Feather quipped about Hamilton, the phrase then used as the title of his 1977 debut, speaks to us more personally and his dogged approach makes sense at a deep primeval, no longer fogey-ish, and emotional level more with us.

On the UK and Irish scene the closest player to come close to Alexander is English-Irish player Dave O'Higgins although we do prefer his Hig(h)ness' all-round approach and timbral individualism to the creamier Alexander sound particularly on a fairly recent classic of the O's such as O'Higgins and Luft Play Monk and Trane.

So much for the chitchat. To cut to the chase what's here is like that super O'Higgins record mentioned above a comfort blanket of a listen - the tunes come first delivered so accurately and with feeling. Obscurantism is banished. And how could you not like an album with Roland Kirk's 'Serenade to a Cuckoo' on it? No cuckoo clock was harmed or indeed appears in the making of the album. The flute feature on it is by Jed Paradies but could be a bit more out there than it is. Better-known players on the album include pianist Rick Germanson and that fine bassist Alexander Claffy - who made a great contribution on 2014 JD Allen classic Bloom. And it's Jason Tiemann on drums. There's a very good vocal from Alma Micic on 'Evergreen' that lands very much in the Barbra Streisand mould.

Duetting conversationally with Alexander - the saxophone, close your eyes becomes a voice itself - on the Paul Williams/Streisand classic it's the best thing on the record by a mile. Middle of the road and soppy certainly - in a good way - tunes are fairly well selected although there are too many versions of 'Misty' around at the moment. Get Laufey on speed dial to talk about this if you must however coincidental the choice given that the singer kind of ''owns'' the Erroll Garner classic these days. US player Alexander is a master of his instrument and to his many, many fans CAN DO NO WRONG. Nobody's bubble is burst here you may be relieved to know. And sonics are exemplary if you are an audiophile head and is refreshing given so many albums these days sound as if they were recorded on an iPhone stood in a bus shelter - not this, the album was laid down in April last year where A Love Supreme was created. The sound engineering by the legendary Maureen Sickler faithful to Rudy - like a message to you - sounds perfect for the Alexander approach in the most revered jazz recording studio shrine after all on the planet, fact, Van Gelder's in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.