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Friday 24 February 2023, 7.30pm

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Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club: Remembering Oscar Peterson, Featuring James Pearson and Friends

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club: Remembering Oscar Peterson, Featuring James Pearson and Friends

Presented by Saffron Hall

A man sat at a piano on stage playing with dark lighting surrounding him

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club perform a very special concert in honour of legendary pianist Oscar Peterson performed by esteemed Jazz musicians James Pearson, Dave Newton, Sam Burgess, Dave Green, Colin Oxley and Steve Brown. The music in the show is drawn from the Great American Songbook, alongside Oscar’s own compositions from the rarely heard Canadiana Suite and the aptly titled Hymn to Freedom. Alongside the music will be anecdotes about his life and some virtuosic demonstrations of how to play just like Oscar!

When the concert programme debuted at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Evening Standard declared 'Oscar Would have Relished it', and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club are delighted to perform this very special one-off concert at Saffron Hall featuring a unique line-up of two pianists, drummer, guitarist, and two double-bassists!

So why two pianos? Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director-James Pearson: “Sometimes it takes two jazz pianists to sound like one Oscar” It also gives the pianist’s a chance to recreate some of the 'cuttin' contests', which Oscar would frequently partake of ... and win! Joining on stage will be two double-basses, guitar and drums - representing Oscar’s two different trios.

Oscar's music has a wealth of colours. It is virtuosic, fun, dramatic and beautiful. His playing had a silken fluency and propulsive swing which has transcended jazz fashions for half a century. Oscar was also a supremely eloquent man and was able to explain some of the great piano techniques that he would use. His influence on all jazz pianists is very much heard in the in this concert – by the award winning jazz musicians and masters of the instrument.

Performance information

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is not part of our Ten for £10 scheme.

Programme and performers


  • James Pearson Piano
  • Dave Newton Piano
  • Sam Burgess Double Bass
  • Dave Green Double Bass
  • Colin Oxley Guitar
  • Matt Skelton Drums

Information for your visit

Friday 24 February 2023, 7.30pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Additional information


For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Booster seats not available

Buggy parking not available

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