Confirming the jazz solo piano is today in great hands, JBGB Events bring together four of the UK’s greatest living jazz pianists in a 4 weekly concert series in April 2022, in the new venue Piano Smithfield at London’s Barbican, to showcase the wonder that is the jazz piano, and to present our pianists’ different and remarkable jazz solo piano talents.
James Pearson – April 21
James Pearson is a pianist, composer, creative tour de force and Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. Their last album ‘Swing the Club’ recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board.
His work covers all genres of music, especially contemporary music, jazz and classical.
Performances for JBGB Events include a stunning evening in our 2 pianos, 6 pianists series and recent shows with singers Polly Gibbons and Tina May
James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks. Classic F.M broadcast his concert of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto, and BBC Radio 2 broadcast his performance of the Gershwin Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue. His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world. This year The James Pearson Trio played a four night run in Birdland Jazz Club in New York. His piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums.
In the 2021 EFG London Jazz Festival James performed two 80 minute jazz solo piano concerts at Crazy Coqs. In unique performances, James explored, with a deep sense of knowledge and history, the stories behind the evolution of jazz piano music from Ragtime to Stride; from Boogie Woogie to Big Band; from Be-Bop to Modal and much more.
James played all these styles to sold out, enthusiastic audiences, capturing the essence of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Errol Garner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and more.
Audiences at Piano Smithfield are in for a stunning evening, not only wonderful music from an outstanding pianist but also coupled with insight and understanding designed to guarantee complete entertainment
To give a flavour of what to expect here’s James at Ronnie Scott’s with stories and music of the great Oscar Peterson.
The piano is unquestionably the most all encompassing jazz instrument.
With individual notes; scales; arpeggios, chords; tones and harmonics, it’s capable of embracing the widest possible range of feelings and emotions. It’s a challenge for anyone attempting to master its potential.
Over the years many new styles in jazz have been created and been mastered in many different ways, such as Ragtime, Stride, Boogie Woogie, Swing, Modal and many more.
And the genius list of pianists includes, among many others, those who changed the face of jazz:
Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Earl Hines, Errol Garner, Herbie Hancock, James P. Johnson, Teddy Johnson, Scott Joplin, Thelonius Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, George Shearing, Horace Silver, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner and Fats Waller.
plus £1.50 booking fee