Preview: Buddy Rich Big Band at Ronnie's

The Buddy Rich Big Band celebrates the centenary of the legendary drummer's birth with six nights of concerts at Ronnie Scott's Club in May

Buddy Rich made a last request to his daughter Cathy: to keep his band working, keep his music alive and do something for young people. Rich died in 1987 and the following year Cathy produced the first Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall. This year, the 30th anniversary of Rich’s death as well as the centenary of his birth, the reformed Buddy Rich Big Band (pictured right) comes to Ronnie Scott’s.

The band - featuring guest drummer Dave Weckl, who will talk in the May issue of Jazz Journal about Rich’s life and music - will play 12 shows over six nights from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 May. Members of the band come from the US and the UK and include Buddy Rich Big Band drummer Gregg Potter as well as saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock and trombonist Mark Nightingale. Cathy Rich will host the shows, which will include Rich’s arrangements of Love For Sale, Nutville, Birdland and Mercy, Mercy alongside new charts in a similar style.

There will be two shows each night: Monday-Thursday the band will be onstage at 7.00pm and 10.15pm, Friday and Saturday the band will kick off at 7.30pm and 11.30 pm. Tickets are priced from £30-£55.

For further details and ticket bookings go to the Ronnie Scott’s Club website.

Bruce Lindsay

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