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Relaxing summer nights with exceptional jazz at the Royal Albert Hall

3 April, 2012

Relaxing summer nights with exceptional jazz at the Royal Albert Hall
3rd April, 2012

The ever popular Late Night Jazz series will return to the Royal Albert Hall once again this summer. Featuring a wide range of award-winning and critically acclaimed jazz artists in the relaxed and intimate setting of the Elgar Room, this offers 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 9.45pm, and featuring cabaret style seating as well as 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 The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.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.

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:

Kicking the Summer 2012 series off on Thursday 24 May is Patti Plinko, whose mesmerising performances and seductive vocals have been receiving critical praise and 5 star reviews across Europe.

At just 21 years old Emma Smith’s mature smoky tone, technical agility and emotive power make her an audience and critics' favourite. Experience her breathtaking vocal talent featuring her own utterly absorbing original compositions on Thursday 31 May.

On Thursday 7 June Gypsy Fire breathe new life into music with their stunning acoustic instrumental performances, combining astounding musical virtuosity and exhilarating dynamics from the worlds of classical, jazz, Latin, rock, blues and beyond.

“London’s own stompin’ ragtime orchestra” the Basin Street Brawlers will be bringing to life the hottest stomps, rags and dixieland tunes from the roaring 1920s on Thursday 21 June. Sporting the classic “hot five” line-up the London favourites can be found stompin’ and wailin’ through tunes by Louise Armstrong, “Jelly Roll” Morton and Sidney Bechet.

Thursday 28 June will see the Theo Jackson Trio take to the stage with great tunes by the likes of Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk as well as some of Theo’s highly considered original tunes.

Concluding this exciting season of Late Night Jazz, we are delighted to welcome Emilia Martensson & Barry Green on Thursday 5 July. The duo will perform songs from their debut album “And So It Goes…” which draws on the wistful folk songs of Emilia’s homeland alongside some of the greatest songs of the last century.
 
Tickets are on sale now and are £12. 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 24 May
– Patti Plinko
Thursday 31 May – Emma Smith
Thursday 7 June – Gypsy Fire
Thursday 21 June – Basin Street Brawlers
Thursday 28 June – Theo Jackson Trio
Thursday 5 July – Emilia Martensson & Barry Green

Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 24, 31 May, 7, 21 & 28 June and 5 July
Times: Music from 9.45pm. Doors at 9pm
Tickets: £12
Contact: www.royalalberthall.com or 020 7589 8212

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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rickb@royalalberthall.com
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020 7959 0500 Ext 3004

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Jessica Silvester
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