Tin Men and the Telephone and Tord Gustavsen for Ronnie’s Piano Trio Fest


The fourth edition of the Ronnie Scott's International Piano Trio Festival 2017 runs from 21 to 26 August with a plethora of pianistic talent from home and abroad, across opening, main and late show sets each night. Kicking off with a 'Pianothon' featuring four of the UK's finest players, including Andrea Vicari, James Pearson, Lyle Barton and Gary Husband, all leading their trios before combining for a collective blues piano bash (21 Aug). Prodigious Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco's Trio (below) kick off the following night with her latin-jazz meets classical style, while the main show (the first of two nights) features Amsterdam's technically dazzling, wryly witty Tin Men and the Telephone (above), whose stylistic mash-ups are amplified with their extraordinary use of their own custom smart-phone app and a large video screen, which allows the audience to interact with the group's live performance, for a unique high-wire improv experience (22 Aug). Recent winners of the Bremen Jazz Award, Trio Elf, open the following night with their buzz-generating blend of freely flowing improv, hip hop and drum'n'bass ahead of Tin Men's second show (23 Aug).


Dutch pianist Peter Beets and his Trio open the following night with his acclaimed 'Chopin Meets the Blues' set, which joins the dots between the composer's love of chromaticism and 'blue' notes and improvisation. This is also the first night of two headline appearances (24-25 Aug) by Nordic piano prince Tord Gustavsen (below) and his trio of bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad, who draw on the pianist's many huge-selling ECM albums, for a very rare club showing from the band. The second night's opening set will feature London-based Cygnus Flare, led by Armenian pianist Arman Vardanyan with bassist David Horler and drummer Caroline Scott, playing nimble-fingered originals inspired by Tigran and the Chick Corea Elektric Band.


The final double bill of the week (26 Aug) features an opening set from Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon, who brings both contemplative Scandinavian moods and bristling technicality to the club, while it's US pianist Eric Lewis, aka ELEW, who tops the bill with his powerful 'rockjazz' project, which sees him reinterpreting material by Radiohead and Nirvana, spiked with jazz improv and no shortage of showmanship. The week will be completed by a series of Late Show sets yet to be announced.

– Mike Flynn

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