Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club are set to get the new year fired up with several key January bookings including a three-day 'Weekender' from acclaimed jazz-soul singer Natalie Williams and her Soul Family 10-piece, who celebrate the decade milestone of their monthly residency at the club on 6 to 8 January with special guest vocalists soon to be announced.
Other highlights across the month include a debut Ronnie's gig for powerful drummer/soundscaper Jaimeo Brown and his group Transcendence, featuring guitarist/laptopist Chris Sholar (pictured above with Brown) and fiery altoist Jaleel Shaw (11-12 January) who created one of 2016's strongest releases in the form of Work Songs on the Motéma label. Fellow renowned drummer Manu Katché appears for two nights (9-10 Jan) with his hard-grooving European five-piece of leading Norwegians, saxophonist Tore Brunborg and talented bassist/singer Ellen Andrea Wang, Italian trumpeter Luca Luca Aquino and heavyweight UK Hammond man Jim Watson, while leading British jazz singer Claire Martin also appears for two nights with her band (16-17 Jan).
Further bookings include: Booker T Jones (1-6 Jan); Nicola Conte Combo (13-14 Jan); Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart Trio (18 Jan); Marcia Ball (19-20 Jan); James Carter Organ Trio (21 Jan); Ruby Turner (30 Jan-1 Feb and 5-7 Feb); Dr Lonnie Smith Trio (2-4 Feb); Louis Hayes 80th Birthday Celebration Tour featuring Jeremy Pelt (8-9 Feb); Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly (10-11 Feb) and Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet with Brian Blade, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gwilym Simcock and Scott Colley (5-6 Mar).
– Mike Flynn
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