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Jazzwise 20 Festival Ronnie Scott’s

Jazzwise 20thAnniversary Festival

Ronnie Scott’s March 13th – 18th

John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension, Tim Garland, Julian Siegel, Phronesis, Omar Puente and Soweto Kinch headline Jazzwise’s 20th Anniversary Festival week at Ronnie Scott’s

Jazzwise magazine marks its 20th anniversary in 2017 with a celebration of contemporary UK jazz from the past two decades at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club from 13-18 March. Jazzwise, which launched in April 1997, has helped to redefine jazz magazine publishing in Europe, winning a series of prestigious awards and launching a highly successful online version and smart phone app. It has also developed a key role as an incubator of new talent offering early support to UK trailblazers as well as in depth coverage of major stars and jazz greats. For their 20th anniversary, Jazzwise editor-in-chief, Jon Newey, who has been with Jazzwise since it launched, has programmed a truly-outstanding celebration of UK jazz talent and has pulled off a real coup in persuading guitarist John McLaughlin (one of jazz’s most influential artists ever) to make a rare appearance and open the festival.

Alongside John McLaughlin (13-14 March) the festival offers a vibrant programme of debuts and unique collaborations. Bassist Jasper Høiby’s Phronesis (March 18) perform with special guest Julian Argüelles, while contemporary saxophone master Julian Siegel (March 16) debuts his star-packed Jazz Orchestra. Tim Garland (March 18) performs his Edition Records debut recording, One (Jazzwise’s album of the year for 2016), with a fine band featuring legendary pianist Jason Rebello, while saxophonist, rapper and broadcaster Soweto Kinch (March 15) performs from his new album, Nonagram, in what promises to be a spectacular show. Elsewhere, trumpeter Nick Smart revisits his Black Eyed Dog: Remembering Nick Drake project (March 16) for the first time in a decade, with special guest singer Claire Martin and Mercury Prize nominated pianist Kit Downes. Finally, UK-based Cuban virtuoso violinist Omar Puente (March 19) demonstrates the verve and breadth of the UK jazz scene with his unique take on Latin jazz. Support slots are no less exciting with rising stars Yazz Ahmed and Nerija featuring as well as the more established names Arun Ghosh and Nikki Yeoh.

Jon Newey, editor in chief of Jazzwise, says:

We’re committed to covering jazz from the outer edges to the inner circles and we’re delighted to be able to team up with our favourite London venue to programme a celebration of UK talent. And especially pleased that the festival is launched by a very rare club appearance from John McLaughlin”.

While Simon Cooke, chief executive of Ronnie Scott’s says:

It is close to a miracle that any jazz venture can stay afloat and relevant for such a long period of time, Ronnie Scotts is one such and Jazzwise magazine is certainly another. Its focused journalism, dedicated reporting and hugely committed staff produce a terrific magazine as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. We at Ronnie’s are proud to host their tribute week at the club.

Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1

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Monday 13th March – Tuesday 14th March

Doors 6.00pm / SOLD OUT


John McLaughlin guitar, Gary Husband keyboards/percussion, Etienne Mbappe bass & Ranjit Barot percussion

 Support on Monday from Arun Ghosh Quartet

Support on Tuesday from Nikki Yeoh Solo Gemini

Wednesday 15th March

Doors 6.00pm / £25-£42.50


Soweto Kinch saxophone, Reuben James piano, Nick Jurd bass and Ed Richardson drums

Support from Yazz Ahmed Quintet

Thursday 16th March

Doors 6.00pm / £25-£42.50



Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra: Julian Siegel saxes/clarinets/compositions/arrangements, Nick Smart conductor, Tom Walsh, Percy Pursglove, Henry Lowther, Claus Stoetter trumpets, Mike Chillingworth & Jason Yarde alto saxophones, Stan Sulzmann & Tori Freestone tenor saxophone, Gemma Moore baritone sax/bass clarinet, Mark Nightingale, Trevor Mires, Harry Brown trombones, Richard Henry bass trombone/tuba, Mike Outram guitar, Liam Noble piano, Oli Hayhurst double and electric bass and Gene Calderazzo drums.

Friday 17th March

Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm (two shows) / £25-£42.50


Line up TBC but likely: Omar Puente violin, Robert Mitchell piano, Jimmy Martinez bass, Michel Castellanos drums & Flavio Correa percussion – plus guest vocals Caroline Loftus

 Support from Nerija

Saturday 18th March

Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm (two shows) / £25-£42.50



Tim Garland One: Tim Garland tenor/soprano sax, Ant Law guitar, Jason Rebello keys/piano & Asaf Sirkis drums.

Phronesis: Jasper Høiby bass, Ivo Neame piano, Anton Eger drums & special guest Julian Argüelles tenor/soprano sax

Notes For Editors:

Jazzwise launched in March 1997 and has become the UK’s biggest selling jazz magazine and Europe’s leading English language jazz monthly across print, digital edition and online. It has won a string of prestigious awards including best jazz publication at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards twice alongside Jazz FM and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.

The Jazzwise 20th anniversary festival has been specially curated by Jazzwise’s Jon Newey and Ronnie Scott’s’ Paul Pace. Jazzwise will be producing a special bumper edition of the magazine to celebrate their 20th anniversary

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