No seven-year hitch for Ronnie's




Despite early fears that new management might lead to dilution, Ronnie Scott's spring 2013 roster, including Courtney Pine, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Chick Corea and Mark Murphy, shows that seven years into the new regime the Soho club is still at the forefront of modern mainstream jazz programming

They might more often be seen in cavernous concert arenas, but Ronnie Scott's club in London's Soho still, miraculously, offers the opportunity to see some of  the biggest names in modern jazz in an intimate setting.

John Scofield takes to the stage on 3-4 March, with his Organic Trio featuring Larry Goldings and Greg Hutchinson. The Organic Trio is the latest in a long line of stylistic manifestations for the former Miles Davis guitarist whose playing was amongst the most imitated through the 80s and 90s.

Chick Corea (pictured right) will play 5-6 March, joined by the latest incarnation of his band: Hadrien Geraud (b), Marcus Gilmore (d), Tim Garland (s) and Charles Altura (g). The sets will feature the band's new material as well as new arrangements of Corea classics.

Courtney Pine explores new soprano sax territory in his first club performance on the instrument on 7-8 March, with a heady mix of ska, merengue, and calypso and featuring new material from his 15th studio album, House Of Legends.

Celebrated vocalist Mark Murphy will appear 3-4 April. Having quashed rumours of poor health a year or so ago Murphy at 79 is still going strong on the international circuit and is expected to demonstrate his unique mixture of traditional lyric delivery and off-the-wall improvisation. Murphy is followed by a singer whose scat singing has often suggested Murphy's influence: Kurt Elling (pictured left) appears 15 to 20 April with Tin Pan Alley evocations as featured on his recent Brill Building Project.

Other Scott's highlights include jazz fusion band the Yellowjackets on 16 and 18 March, now featuring bassist Felix Pastorius, son of the revolutionary Jaco Pastorius. Pastorius Jr. announced in January that he was joining the band while longstanding bassist Jimmy Haslip takes a sabbatical.

Back on home ground, the Humphrey Lyttelton Septet celebrates the legendary trumpeter/broadcaster from 31 March to 1 April with Barry Cryer as MC. The band features Robert Fowler (s, cl), Tony Fisher (t), Jimmy Hastings (reeds), John Rees-Jones (b) and Adrian Macintosh (d).

For the full spring schedule and to book tickets online, visit ronniescotts.co.uk.

Sally Evans-Darby


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