Thursday 18th July Doors 7.30pm. Music 8-11pm. Pre gig talk 5.30pm
For the opening night of the jazz festival this year, multi award winner, drummer, arranger and big band leader Ronnie Bottomley celebrates his 90th birthday leading 18 of the north’s finest jazz musicians in his Big Band. It is (he says!) his last outing as a big band leader so it will be a very special occasion.
Ronnie has worked with the best – singers like Gene Pitney, Buddy Greco and Marion Montgomery, musicians including Johnny Dankworth, Harry (Sweets) Edison and Barney Kessel, as well as playing at two Royal Command performances. He worked at Leeds College of Music for 35 years and was musical director of the Leeds College of Music Big Band when they accompanied three times Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur at her European debut at Leeds Town Hall. Ronnie has collected many awards – including the Jack Parnell Trophy for best big band drummer and the Jazz Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award.
His band has five vocalists: Chris Scott from the BBC Big Band, Eddie Martell, Michaela Smith, Nicki Allan, and Kelly Dixon ; Saxes: Jim Corry (alto/soprano), James Russell (alto/clarinet/flute), Joel Purnell (tenor), Munch Manship (tenor/flute). Rod Mason (baritone); Trumpets: Dale Gibson, Gareth Smith, Trevor Vincent, Ian Chalk ; Trombones: Brian Archer, Stuart Garside, Kevin Holborough, Chris Hibbard; Guitar: Derrick Harris ; Piano: Graham Hearn ; Bass: Adrian Knowles. Drums: Dave Walsh
To add to his musical achievements Ronnie is now an author! His autobiography “Its not all fun having a good time” is published this year. He will be talking about the book and signing copies of his autobiography before the concert at 5.30pm in the Rooftop Bar at Leeds College of Music (free to ticket holders)
Tickets here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleedsfestival2019