A musical portrait of Cole Porter
Posted on 19th Sep 2021 by John Rosie
Our next fundraising concert will be by James Pearson and his trio, who will be painting a musical portrait of Cole Porter. The concert will be on Saturday, 6 November, at Loughton Methodist Church, close to the National Jazz Archive.
Part of the American Songbook, Cole Porter’s music became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, with many of his scores finding success on Broadway and in films. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs. His much loved and enduring compositions include “Night and Day”, “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “Well, Did You Evah!”, and “I've Got You Under My Skin” amongst many more.
You can read an excellent article on Cole Porter by Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker. Available online entitled "The pleasure and pain of being Cole Porter", dated 13 January 2020. It was originally published in the print edition of the 20 January, 2020 issue of The New Yorker under the headline "From Minor to Major."
The James Pearson trio
The James Pearson trio includes James Pearson on piano, Sam Burgess on double bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums.
- James Pearson is a world-class pianist, composer and raconteur extraordinaire. He is the artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s club where his trio are the house band. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums.
- Bass player Sam Burgess is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as playing on numerous film soundtracks, his driving bass lines can be heard accompanying bands of all styles.
- Chris Higginbottom is one of the UK’s top drummers, and is a member of the Kyle Eastwood band and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Chris lived in New York for eight years where he played with many of the biggest names in jazz.
If you have any queries about this event, please contact us using either email or telephone, details of which can be found in our contact page. The event will be held in accordance with Government Covid guidance and regulations that apply at the time.