Charles Tolliverís one night at Ronnieís

Trumpeter Charles Tolliver, who appeared to drop off the jazz map in the 1970s, will play one night only at Ronnie Scott’s this month

Florida-born trumpeter Charles Tolliver will play for one night at Ronnie Scott’s this month. The concert will take place on Sunday 13 April and will continue the trumpeter’s current “comeback” after an apparent 30-year hiatus.

Born in Jacksonville in 1942, at eight years old Tolliver was initially encouraged to play cornet by his grandmother. Emerging as a bop trumpeter in the 1960s, he went on to record with players such as Horace Silver, Max Roach and Sonny Rollins, and founded his own record label with pianist Stanley Cowell in 1971, Strata-East Records.

After the label folded in 1975, however, Tolliver largely disappeared from the jazz scene. Little was known of him until 2007, which saw the release of his debut big band album on Blue Note, With Love, followed by another big band recording, Emperor March: Live At The Blue Note, in 2009. He also made an acclaimed appearance at Ronnie Scott’s for the 2008 London Jazz Festival, leading his big band.

Tolliver’s rare appearance in London this month will see him reunited with his 1970s quintet Music Inc, featuring Theo Hill on piano, Bruce Edwards on guitar, Devin Starks on bass and Gene Jackson on drums. The concert starts at 6.30pm and tickets are from £20 to £35.

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Sally Evans-Darby

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