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Royal Albert Hall gets jazzed up once again - Late Night Jazz returns for another season

10 January, 2011



In 2011 the Royal Albert Hall opens its doors to another Late Night Jazz series in the Elgar Room. Following the continued success of the format, the new series will encompass a range of talented artists fusing the worlds of jazz, rhythm, swing and blues to establish the Elgar Room as the late night venue in the capital to enjoy jazz.

An oasis from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the Late Night Jazz Series offers a uniquely soulful and friendly atmosphere, set in truly intimate surroundings. With doors opening at 9pm, music commencing at 10pm, and featuring cabaret style seating, table service and a selection of food and drinks provided by ‘rhubarb’, this relaxed and enjoyable evening puts the Elgar Room on a par with other London jazz venues.  Following in the footsteps of jazz greats such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell who have all played in the main auditorium, another new wave of jazz artists will make their distinct mark as part of the Hall’s signature series, reaching out to a wider audience and welcoming in both devoted and new fans of jazz.

Audiences will again be treated to the tones of the Big Red Yamaha S6 Grand Piano which has been kindly loaned from Markson Pianos. The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor. This is a fantastic feature for the Elgar Room and has already been used for post show parties including the Kristina after show party where it was played by ABBA’s Benny Andersson. 

Full listings:

Kicking the season off on Wednesday 26 January is one of Britain’s most exciting young jazz talents, Atila. A strong, confident performer; Atila has performed in the Elgar Room before as part of the Kitsch Lounge Riot evening in November 2010.

Next up is sublime vocalist and trumpeter Sue Richardson on Thursday 3 February. Since being tipped for the top by Jazzwise magazine, Sue’s career has gone from strength to strength and this show sees her promote her newly released third album.

Following a recent performance at the Hall’s ignite series, the John Etheridge Trio join the Late Night Jazz line up on Thursday 10 February. The legendary guitarist presents acoustic jazz with his ‘Almost Acoustic Trio’, as well as original blues-tinged compositions.

One of the hottest and mesmerising young stars on the UK jazz scene, Jessie Buckley performs on Thursday 24 February. After finishing second in BBC talent show ‘I’d Do Anything’, she has carved an enviable reputation as a rising talent in her genre, appearing regularly in the most important jazz venues.

Thursday 17 March sees the welcome return of London-based singer-pianist Anthony Strong to the Hall. His infectious feel-good music infused with jazz, blues and soul has drawn inspiration from his heroes including Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Burt Bacharach.

Mishka Adams comes to the Elgar Room on Wednesday 20 April. Her enchanting vocals, intelligent song writing and sensitive treatment of jazz classics saw her become the youngest ever signing by Candid Records and she has since become one of the top vocalists in the UK.

Concluding this dynamic season of Late Night Jazz, we are delighted to welcome the Janette Mason Trio on Wednesday 27 April. A talented performer, arranger, composer and musical director, she has been a seminal figure on the British Jazz scene for over 15 years. Her talents have led to her performing live with Oasis, Pulp and Suzanne Vega and writing movie soundtracks including the Bob Hoskins’ award-winning ‘Ruby Blue’.
Late Night Jazz at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room is the perfect chance to experience a series of exceptional music, sublime style and intimate ambience set in a world-class venue.

Tickets are on sale now and are £12 (£15 for 24 February). To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit 

Late Night Jazz is brought to you in association with Jazz FM - the fastest growing radio station in the UK and the most listened to digital radio station in London which has established itself as the home of all things jazz, soul funk and blues.


Wednesday 26 January - Atila
Thursday 3 February - Sue Richardson
Thursday 10 February - John Etheridge Trio
Thursday 24 February - Jessie Buckley
Thursday 17 March - Anthony Strong
Wednesday 20 April - Mishka Adams
Wednesday 27 April - Janette Mason Trio

Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 26 January; 3, 10 and 24 February; 17 March; 20 and 27 April.
Times: Music from 12 noon to 1.30pm
Tickets: £12 (£15 on 24 February)
Contact: or 020 7959 0500

For more information please contact:
Ellen Morgan: or 020 7959 0500 Ex 3004

Notes to Editors:

Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and magical buildings, recognisable the world over. It is a registered charity and operates without any public subsidy.  Since opening in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world’s leading artists. Today over 350 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium each year which include performances of jazz, world music, rock and pop, dance, comedy, film premières and award ceremonies. Audiences of well over a million are entertained at the Hall each year and many millions more around the world enjoy the Hall experience through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels.
The Royal Albert Hall co-promotes productions and showcases talented world music and jazz artists through its lively lunchtime music series, ignite in the Café Consort. It has a strong heritage in rock and has hosted a diverse range of legendary artists and bands over the years. It hosted the only gig in history where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played on the same bill, and has also played host to such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Oasis, Cream and Dame Shirley Bassey. It also offers tours of this iconic building, a free exhibition series entitled reflect and an extensive education programme for young people. 

The Elgar Room
Built to support one of the Hall’s main purposes to promote the advancement of the Arts & Sciences, the West Theatre as this room was originally known, provided space for small theatricals and meetings of a scientific or literary nature. From1906 until 1957 it was the home of the Central School of Speech and Drama where luminaries such as Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Virginia McKenna and Harold Pinter received their training.  In 2009 the room was renovated to provide a state of the art performance space and restaurant. The photographs by David Redfern that adorn the walls are images of some of the iconic performers who have graced the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. 

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