James Pearson is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. A world-class pianist, composer and raconteur. In this whistle-stop tour through jazz piano greats, James and his trio take us to the music of Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans and many more. Expect anecdotes and a few things you may not have known alongside some truly great piano playing... not to be missed!

Jazz at 8.00 pm

Since winning BBC Young jazz musician award in 2018, Xhosa Cole has headlined London’s major league clubs and already established himself in the premier league of UK jazz saxophonists. “A young player with formidable technique and a solid grasp of the post-John Coltrane African American tradition”. Chris May All about Jazz.

At the Boiler Room - Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30pm

Alex is one of the most in-demand and versatile young saxophonists emerging on the British jazz scene. Her quartet brings together her fresh sound, with its firm grounding in swing and bebop, with backing from some of the most respected names in British Jazz. Their latest album, ‘Only A Year’, released in 2022, features a mix of innovative arrangements of standards, original compositions and music by the likes of Phil Woods, Erroll Garner and Paquito D’Rivera.

With Rob Barron (pno), Dave Green (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)

Jazz at 8.00 pm, food and drinks from 7.15 pm.

Yolanda has played bass guitar with Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger and The Waterboys, and from July 2017 through early 2020 she was a member of Squeeze as well as recording with BB King, Dave Stewart, and Queen. In 2020, she was awarded an MBE for her services to music.  Project PH features the skills of London-based guitarist Nick Linnik, the dynamic and versatile Laurie Lowe on drums, pianist Hamish Balfour and voices provided by the superb soulful delivery of vocalists Paris Ruel and Adeola Shyllon.

Led by guitar legend John Etheridge, his Blue Spirits Trio includes Pete Whittaker on organ and George Double on drums. They are joined for this very special New Year’s gig by guest vocalist, the sensational Vimala Rowe.  A virtuosic fusion guitarist, Etheridge is one of a handful of players who can claim to have helped shape the character of modern jazz guitar. He has been described by fellow fretsman Pat Metheny as 'one of the best guitarists in the world'.  John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe scored a resounding critical success with their album ‘Out of the Sky’, which was in the Top Ten Critic’s lists for 2016 in both the Guardian and Sunday Times.

Jazz at 8.00 pm, food and drinks from 7.15 pm.

Featuring leading tenor saxophonist Mark Crooks and award winning guitarist Nigel Price, ‘Jazz Samba’ spotlights Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s 1962 recording, the first bossa nova album recorded by American jazz musicians.  Mark Crooks is a lyrical saxophonist in the Stan Getz mould. He has appeared at jazz clubs and festivals throughout Europe, and at the Lincoln Center in New York. Guitarist Nigel Price is one of the unsung heroes of the British Jazz Scene. Over 500 appearances at Ronnie Scott’s and winner of the British Jazz Awards and Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The quartet also features Demi Garcia on percussion and Marianne Windham on double bass.

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An evening of Christmas Sparkle with jazz vocalist and trumpeter Georgina Jackson. Georgina is widely acknowledged as the finest female lead trumpet player in the country. She is a regular vocalist with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and has fronted BBC broadcasts with the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  With Jim Watson on piano, Matt Home on drums and Guildford Jazz Anchor Marianne Windham on bass.

Doors open 7.15pm, performance 8pm to 10.15pm, bar available on arrival and at the interval.

As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is to bring some of Britain’s finest jazz musicians to a local audience, in an intimate and welcoming “jazz club” environment, and since we started in 2011 we have welcomed over 1000 musicians and 17,000 music lovers to a total of about 250 gigs, organised 40 workshops and 60 jam sessions, put on several events in support of other local festivals and raised £38,000 for charity.

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