Preview: Ronnie's string section

Ronnie Scott's brings in some leading guitarists and bassists including Larry Carlton, Scott Henderson, Pat Martino and Charnett Moffett

Guitar, Bass, Drums is the title of the London club's upcoming new series of concerts, which will run from late-January until the end of April. The international season features some of the biggest and best-known instrumentalists in jazz. It opens on 29 January with a performance from guitarist Larry Carlton and ends on 27 April with the second of two performances by bassist Charnett Moffett.

The season also features guitarist John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus playing the music of Stephane Grappelli (with violinist Chris Garrick), the guitar duo of Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius, the Kyle Eastwood Band, the Steve Gadd Band - with guitarist Michael Landau and bassist Jimmy Johnson joining the drummer/bandleader - trios led by guitarists Pat Martino and Scott Henderson (pictured right), and a set from current Pat Metheny bassist Linda May Han Oh.

Completing the programme is a solo set from bassist Bjorn Meyer (part of a special ECM label night), guitarist Denny Ilett's Electric Lady Big Band celebrating Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland album, and Jason Miles's Kind Of New band with bassist Reggie Washington and drummer Gene Lake.

The full programme is:

29 - Larry Carlton
30 - Bjorn Meyer (ECM night, together with Django Bates' Belovèd Trio)

11 - John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus

1        - Jason Miles's Kind Of New Band (Reggie Washington, bass; Gene Lake, drums)
5-6     - Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius
7-10   - Kyle Eastwood Band
15      - Linda May Han Oh
18      - Scott Henderson Trio
20-21 - Denny Ilett's Electric Lady Band
26-31 - Steve Gadd Band

16-17 - Pat Martino Trio
26-27 - Charnett Moffett

For more details and to buy tickets, please go to the Ronnie Scott's Club website.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by John Watson


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