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Friday, November 27, 2020

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra live streaming from Frith Street - Nov. 26

A second superb big band in four days live streaming from Ronnie's. Monday evening it was Matt Roberts' BigISH Band, this evening the 'house orchestra' showed what it could do, then some! Directed by wise-cracking MD Pete Long, the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra blazed a trail - excellent ensemble work with killer solo contributions from across all sections. 
Hotshot trumpeter Freddy Gavita set the standard for his fellow soloists on Dave O'Higgins' Rack and Ruin. At its conclusion, MD Long exclaimed: Hot Tomato!  Gavita featured again on Social Call (Alice Grace sang the number at a recent Prohibition Bar live stream gig) as did 'bone men Callum Au and Dan Higham and, topping off Gigi Gryce's eternally popular number, Sam 'Sammy' Mayne stepped up to deliver the first of several paint-stripping alto sax solos. Hot tomato? You bet!

Scanning the sections, it looked like a who's who of the London jazz scene; the trumpets all first call, the in-demand Mr Au in the 'bones, heavyweights Alex Garnett and Dave O'Higgins playing tenor, the aforementioned Mayne on alto, Robin Aspland at the Yamaha grand, the brilliant Ed Richardson behind the traps, and, for good measure, a brace of top class big band vocalists, Ms Georgia Jackson and Mr Iain MacKenzie.

A few bars of  C Jam Blues brought Georgina Jackson to the stage to sing a knockout version of I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out (comp. Lou Carter, Herb Ellis, Johhny Frigo). Anything June Christy and Anita O'Day could do, Ms Jackson can do too. What's more, our singer is one helluva trumpet player! Talking of trumpet players...Mark Armstrong (Jazz Professor,  Royal College of Music, Artist Director, NYJO) blew the roof off on this one and he made it look so effortless, Long mischievously describing Armstrong as Britain's 'poshest Geordie'! 

Ms Jackson sang and blew on Fever, Sam Mayne blew on Joe Lippman's big band arrangement of What is This Thing Called Love? for Charlie Parker, and Armstrong and Aspland starred on Steve Pierce's arrangement of Herbie Hancock's Wiggle Waggle

The band's other vocalist, Iain MacKenzie, joined the party in time to close out the show with two or three numbers including a swinging In the Still of the Night. MD Long suggested the online audience might like to buy the boys a drink by way of donating a few pennies. The evening had indeed been one hot tomato!    
Russell    

Pete Long (MD); Nathan Bray, George Hogg; Freddy Gavita, Mark Armstrong (trumpets); Andy Flaxman, Callum Au, Dan Higham, Mark Frost (trombones); Adrian Revell, Sam Mayne, Dave O'Higgins, Alex Garnett, Paul Nathaniel (saxophones); Robin Aspland (piano); Steve Pierce (bass); Ed Richardson (drums); Iain MacKenzie (vocals); Georgina Jackson (vocals, trumpet). 

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