jazz & blues

Michel Legrand Remembered: Keep the Music Playing

Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and special guests.

With James Pearson at the helm, the orchestra is joined by celebrated songstress Alison Moyet, multiple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman, rising jazz star Richard Hadfield, renowned classical violinist Tasmin Little, Michel Legrand collaborator and Broadway star Melissa Errico, jazz legend Ian Shaw and Legrand's son, Benjamin Legrand, compèred by composer, lyricist and director Jeremy Sams.

A three-time Oscar and five-time Grammy Award winner, Legrand’s unique ear for a memorable tune and his towering skills as a jazz pianist and composer are honoured in powerful arrangements of some of his greatest hits, including 'The Windmills of Your Mind', 'Ray Blues', 'Summer of 42', 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg', 'Dingo Rock', 'How Do You Keep the Music Playing' and 'Yentl'.

Following Legrand’s death in January, this concert, which was to have been a celebration of his international standing as a jazz musician, now becomes a tribute to his everlasting impact on 20th century music – unforgettable melodies imprinted on the history of jazz, song, and film music.

Beginning his meteoric rise to fame as accompanist to Maurice Chevalier, Legrand went on to be at the forefront of the French new wave, collaborating with Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Demy, with whom he invented a new genre of film music.

Legrand’s association with Ronnie Scott’s went back many years; he frequently appeared at the club with his renowned trio. The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra’s relationship with Legrand was cemented in 2017 during a four-day residency at Ronnie Scott’s which was an immediate sell-out and received rave reviews.

Legrand held historic sessions with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Phil Woods and Stéphane Grappelli, and meetings with the big names in classical music (Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Maurice André) and easy listening (Yves Montand, Barbra Streisand, Charles Aznavour). His songs were also sung by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong and Liza Minnelli.

Michel Legrand's achievement over 60 years is so immense that it's hard to grasp
Legrand summoned the feeling of being swept away by love.
Legrand’s scores combined sophistication and the experimental ambition of jazz, creating some of the most memorable music in the movies


Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra
with special guests

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Royal Festival Hall


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