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Relaxing summer nights with exceptional jazz at the Royal Albert Hall

25 March, 2011



In the summer of 2011 the Royal Albert Hall opens its doors to another Late Night Jazz series. Following the continued success of the format, the new series features a wide range of award-winning and critically acclaimed jazz artists in the relaxed and intimate setting of the Elgar Room, offering the perfect summer night out for both devoted and new fans of 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 The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.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. 

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.

Full listings:

Starting the summer series off on Thursday 5 May is one of the busiest artists on the British jazz and soul scenes, Natalie Williams. Counting Jamie Cullum as one of her fans, she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.

Next comes swinging bop standards from the Steve Fishwick Trio on Wednesday 11 May. Trumpeter Steve has played with most leading UK jazz musicians, including Sir John Dankworth, and was the winner of the Rising Star prize at the British Jazz Awards.

One of the UK’s finest jazz singers Liane Carroll joins the line up on Thursday 19 May. Having won just about every jazz award going and worked with international artists including Sir Paul McCartney and Gerry Rafferty, Liane has also released four critically acclaimed jazz albums.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Nina Ferro takes to the stage on Wednesday 1 June. Nina is fast establishing her mark as one of the hottest young soul-jazz vocalists on the UK scene and has received praise from the likes of Tony Bennett.

Wednesday 8 June sees the arrival of the Clark Tracey Trio to the Hall. Clark has had 30 years experience as a drummer, playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad and recorded over 90 albums, including 9 as band leader.

Concluding this dynamic summer season of Late Night Jazz, we are delighted to welcome the Kit Downes Trio on Wednesday 22 June. The trio will perform original material from their albums ‘Quiet Tiger’ and the Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Golden’.
Tickets are on sale now and are £12 (£15 for 19 May). 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.

Full dates and line up

Thursday 5 May – Natalie Williams
Wednesday 11 May – Steve Fishwick Trio
Thursday 19 May – Liane Carroll
Wednesday 1 June – Nina Ferro
Wednesday 8 June – Clark Tracey Trio
Wednesday 22 June – Kit Downes Trio

Listings Information:
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 5, 11 & 19 May; 1, 8 & 22 June.
Times: Music from 10pm
Tickets: £12 (£15 on 19 May)
Contact: or 020 7959 0500

For more information please contact:
Ellen Morgan: or 020 7959 0500 Ext. 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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