A dynamic performer described as “the female counterpart to Gregory Porter” Polly Gibbons fully embraces the influence of jazz, soul and blues. Ronnie Scott’s artistic director James Pearson has collaborated with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney and Wynton Marsalis.
Polly Gibbons is a British singer who incorporates jazz, soul and blues influences into her dynamic live performances.
She has performed at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and as a regular at the legendary venue Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where she has sung with the All-Stars, led by pianist and house musical director James Pearson, a long-time collaborator. In 2016, she opened the sold out UK tours for George Benson and Gladys Knight and had two acclaimed performances at the Royal Albert Hall. She was also a featured singer with the Liverpool Philharmonic in a presentation of the music and life story of John Lennon.
James Pearson is a British pianist and composer, and a creator of contemporary music, jazz and classical. He graduated from the Guildhall School, having completed his degree and the Advanced Solo Studies Course. Whilst at college he studied with Robert Saxton, Francis Shaw, Peter Bithell and James Gibb. He regularly performed with the symphony orchestra, including a concert at the Barbican with Takemitzu. He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where his trio are the house band.
James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks. Classic F.M broadcast his concert of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto, and BBC Radio 2 broadcast his performance of the Gershwin Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue. He was the pianist in the Steve Martland Band. His work as a Jazz musician has taken him all over the world. This year his trio The James Pearson Trio played a four night run in Birdland Jazz Club in New-York. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums
Polly Gibbons – vocal
James Pearson – piano
Arnie Somogyi – bass
Matt Skelton – drums