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Pop up jazz at Ronnie Scott’s

12 December, 2016 — By Sebastian Taylor

Blue Lab Beats

TOP London jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s is taking up a five-night “pop-up” residency at the new-look Jazz Cafe in Camden Town from Sunday December 18 through to Thursday December 22.

Opening the residency on the 18th is Serpentine Fire made up of three brass, two keyboards, percussion, guitar bass and drums plus two singers.

The combo is paying a tribute to the Earth, Wind and Fire label, playing hits from its numerous albums.

The following evening flies the flag for UK jazz with three of the most forward-thinking groups on the scene. Soul/ funk/ guitarist/ composer Ben Jones is playing vibey original material with talented vocalists; drummer Richard Spaven is playing with bassist Rob Mullarkey and guitarist Stuart McCallum.

Third-up is grime-influenced jazz hip-hop duo Blue Lab Beats. Playing over the last three evenings of the Ronnie Scott’s residency is the James Taylor Quartet, making a return to Camden Town almost 20 years after its celebrated performances at Jazz Cafe.

The four-piece jazz-funk band is turning itself into a sextet for the residency, the four being joined by trumpeter Nick Smart and vocalist Yvonne Yanney.

The band has set the standard for cool funky acid jazz for over a quarter of a century, taking initial inspiration from the boogaloo funk of the 1960s and rare-grove styles of the 70s.

The band is something of a fixture at Ronnie Scott’s itself and recently released an album Bumpin’ on Frith Street catching the band in full flight at the club.

Info/tickets: www.ronniescotts.co.uk

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