Preview: Ronnie Scott's in October

Ronnie Scott's October line-up features stars including Stacey Kent, Steve Gadd and Charlie Wood, plus celebrations of Tubby Hayes and Jaco Pastorius

London's Ronnie Scott's Club has announced its October programme, with a host of performers from the international jazz scene.

The lineup features:

Saturday 1st October, 6pm & 10.30pm / £40.00-£60.00
STACEY KENT + support from Nate Najar
Stacey Kent, vocals; Jim Tomlinson, saxes, flute; Graham Harvey, piano, fender; Jeremy Brown, bass; Josh Morrison, drums

Stacey Kent (pictured right by Nicolas Nodland) returns to present her best-loved songs and material from her new release Tenderly. Support comes from guitarist Nate Najar, one of the few guitarists to play jazz on classical guitar in the mainstream tradition of such masters as Charlie Byrd.

Sunday 2nd October, 6.30pm / £20-£42.50
Line up to be confirmed but likely to be: Saxes: Martin Kershaw / Howard McGill / Phil Todd / Martin Williams / Mick Foster - Trombones: Andy Wood / Chris Greive / Neil Sidwell / Ade Hallowell - Trumpets: Pat White / Freddie Gavita / Louis Dowdswell / George Hogg - Piano: Gwilym Simcock - Drums: Alyn Cosker and Bass: Laurence Cottle

Welsh bassist Laurence Cottle leads his UK big band in a tribute to bass player Jaco Pastorius. Pastorius is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative bass players of all time and his eponymous 1976 album as one of the most influential jazz albums ever released. A key member of Weather Report for six years, Pastorius also led the Word Of Mouth big band. Tonight’s concert will feature new arrangements of Pastorius tunes as well as recreating some of Pastorius's own arrangements.

Sunday 2nd October, Jazz Lunch, 12.00pm / £13.50-£16.50
Simon Spillett (tenor sax), David Ferris (piano), Stuart Barker (bass), Mark Hale (drums)

Arguably the legendary figure of post-war British jazz, Hayes died tragically in 1973, but left a rich legacy of recordings, compositions and arrangements which continue to inspire. Simon Spillett is a ferocious player in his own right and a world-renowned expert on Hayes and his legacy. (Sunday lunch available to order).

Monday 3rd October – Saturday 8th October, 6pm & 10.30pm (two shows Friday-Saturday only) / £45.00-£60.00
STEVE GADD BAND (featuring Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Landau & Walt Fowler) Steve Gadd - drums, Kevin Hays - keys, Jimmy Johnson - bass, Michael Landau - guitar, Walt Fowler - flugelhorn and trumpet

Regarded as one of the most influential drummers in contemporary music, Gadd can play almost anything, bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's Fifty Ways, Steely Dan's Aja, and Chick Corea's Nite Sprite propelled him to international stardom. For tonight’s show he is back doing what he arguably does best; providing the percussive drive in a band of world-class musicians.

Sunday 9th October, 6.30pm / £15-£30.00
Line-up to be confirmed but likely to be: Charlie Wood - voc/piano (pictured left), Chris Allard - guitar, Dudley Phillips - bass, Nic France - drums, Graeme Blevins - sax, Mark Nightingale - trombone

Memphis-born singer/songwriter and keyboardist Wood incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music, creating echoes of Mose Allison and Georgie Fame. Here he performs selections from his recent album New Souvenirs.

The October line-up also includes appearances by Ian Shaw (Friday 14 - Saturday 15 October), Digby Fairweather & Friends (Sunday Jazz Lunch 16 October), Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano Quintet (Thursday 20 - Friday 21) and Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band (Wednesday 26 - Saturday 29).

For further information and ticket bookings go to the Ronnie Scott's website.

Bruce Lindsay

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