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Exceptional jazz at the Royal Albert Hall returns for a dynamic autumn season

25 July, 2011

Exceptional jazz at the Royal Albert Hall returns for a dynamic autumn season

25 July, 2011
LATE NIGHT JAZZ RETURNS FOR ANOTHER SEASON

In the autumn of 2011, the Royal Albert Hall once again 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 autumn 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 9.45pm, 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 The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.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 autumn series off on Thursday 22 September is the return of Michael L. Roberts with a special Cole Porter themed evening that will also include material from the debut jazz-vocal record ‘Moving is Living’.

Next comes the distinguished Lea Delaria on Thursday 6 October. Having established herself in every form of entertainment that she touches- jazz musician, Broadway diva, actor, writer and stand-up comic- it’s easy to see why The New York Times described her as ‘every inch a star’.

Dickie Ticklers join the line up on Wednesday 19 October, transforming and revisiting classic New Orleans music and building a fierce live reputation within jazz, the vintage scene and Europe’s festival circuit.

The high energy Bad Ass Brass will thrill Late Night Jazz audiences on Thursday 3 November with their bold, funky music and high adrenaline performances. The band takes its influence from the sounds of traditional New Orleans brass bands but adds its own unique twist with original material and joyful covers of classic funk tunes.

Thursday 17 November sees the arrival of Georgia Mancio to the Elgar Room. Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, she has established herself as one of the UK’s most important new artists and a performer of true class and integrity. Part of the London jazz festival in association with Radio 3.

Concluding this exciting season of Late Night Jazz, we are delighted to welcome back Alexander Stewart on Wednesday 14 December. Occupying a space somewhere between Georgie Fame and Plan B and at only 23 years old, he has built a reputation as one of the finest singers of his generation with his ‘unerring skill and youthful energy and charisma’ (Jazzwise)
 
Tickets are on sale now and are £12 (£15 on 6 October). To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit www.royalalberthall.com

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.
www.jazzfm.com

Full dates and line up
Thursday 22 September – Michael L. Roberts
Thursday 6 October – Lea DeLaria
Wednesday 19 October – Dixie Ticklers
Thursday 3 November – Bad Ass Brass
Thursday 17 November – Georgia Mancio (part of the London Jazz Festival)
Wednesday 14 December – Alexander Stewart
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Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 22 September, 6 & 19 October, 3 & 17 November and 14 December
Times: Music from 9.45pm. Doors at 9pm
Tickets: £12 (£15 on 6 October)
Contact: www.royalalberthall.com or 020 7959 8218

For more information please contact:
Sean Carrigan:
seanc@royalalberthall.com or 020 7959 0531


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 380 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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020 7959 0500 Ext 3004

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jessicas@royalalberthall.com
020 7959 0510

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