The James Pearson Trio (Ronnie Scott’s) – 100 Years of Jazz Piano

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Forsyth Music Shop

James Pearson piano / Sam Burgess bass / Chris Higginbottom drums

In this whistle-stop tour, James Pearson is back by popular demand after last year’s sold-out gig to salute the greats of jazz piano on a superlative 230 Vienna Concert Grand Piano in Forsyth music shop’s historic piano showroom, which is both an unusual and intimate venue.  From early ragtime, Harlem stride to mainstream swing and bebop, secrets of the greats will be revealed as we look at the different playing styles of pianists like Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller to name just a few. Even the famous ‘Count Basie ending’ will be explored!

In addition James will look at some of the aspects of their lives in relation to their work as a musician, and as ever, the musical examples will be interspersed with anecdotes in this fun celebration of 100 years of jazz piano.


James Pearson is a pianist, composer and creative tour de force. He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. There last album Swing the Club recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board.

James is equally at home as a concert pianist. He has played concertos with the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many others. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano Concerto was broadcast on Classic FM and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue on BBC Radio 2. With collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis James is fast becoming one of the country’s most sought-after pianists.

Recent commissions by the BFI and BBC have seen James back in the composing chair. The Big Smoke, commissioned by the BFI is a collection of footage of London accompanied by an 80-minute score composed by James. His work can also be heard performed by Brodsky String Quartet, Sir John Dankworth, The BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Big Band.

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Date: friday 26 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Price: £25 including a glass of wine/prosecco

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