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Django Bates ‘Saluting Sgt Pepper’

ARTIST: Django  Bates with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band:  ‘Saluting Sgt Pepper’

Part of Ronnie Scott’s explosive series of Big-Band concerts

DATE:  Monday 4th – Saturday 9th September

LIVE:  Ronnie Scott’s, London

The totally irrepressible creativity and ever-unconventional spirit of Django Bates swings into a completely new and unpredicted sphere as he reimagines the seminal Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “the most significant rock album of all time” it stands as an unsurpassed adventure in concept, song-writing, cover art and studio technology.

In 2016, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band approached Bates to arrange, record and perform this iconic album.  Up until now the idea of Django exploring the Beatles catalogue would have been met, he says, with an emphatic “no”. However , when the  Big Band came calling the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an album that is a landmark musically and culturally was a challenge he couldn’t resist.

Ronnie Scott’s are delighted to announce the very first UK live performance of Django  Bates ‘Saluting Sgt Pepper’ with  the Frankfurt Radio Big Band  which marks  the release of the recording (July 7th, Edition Records)

With his overpoweringly creative spirit, his anarchic sense of humour and his incredible level of musicality, Django’s work is typically inventive and visionary. Holding on to the original structures and keys, he gracefully folds his own colours, rhythms and sound into the music, resulting in a thoroughly kaleidoscopic examination of this masterpiece album.


This show forms part of Ronnie Scott’s Big Band Season.   The club has long welcomed the vibrant power the big band unleashes in the club’s intimate environment, so over six months with seven deliciously different bands,  it celebrates this enduring configuration.  Other acts includ Buddy Rich Big Band, drum legend Billy Cobham with the Guy Barker Big Band, John Beasley MONK’estra and Curtis Stigers performing ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ with Ronnie Scott’s very own Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, the legendary Mingus Big Band and Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band .


Line up:

Django Bates (keyboard, backing vocals, arranger, conductor), Stuart Hall( electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel, electric sitar, violin)  Eggs Laid By Tigers (Lead & Backing vocals), with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band.


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