Resolution, the most anticipated event of The Place’s calendar returns!
This year 66 artists across 22 nights showcase bite-size premiere performances at London’s boldest dance theatre. Don’t miss the ultimate pick ‘n’ mix festival of live theatre!
Monica Tolia - A snake in the house means the family will never want
‘a snake in the house means the family will never want’ is a multi-sensory performance transporting the audience into the intimate world of Asian diasporic visions for the future. Opening with a recording of the artist’s mother reflecting on overwork, xenophobia & cultural invisibility, the duo onstage perform a choreography suspended in repetitive mechanisms. The movement eventually departs into sensuous animalism drawing on the history of East Asian movement practices & animal mimicry. As the narrative transforms into hypnotic live electronica, the space is further activated by the smell of burning incense. Wearing Guochao-inspired sculptural costuming illuminated by light, and shifting form with the dancer’s movements, the performance projects visions of cultural & futuristic hybridity.
Nimi Collective - STILL falling from zero
STILL falling from zero is a multidisciplinary performance in conversation between the moving bodies and the progressive sounds. Questioning the value of movement in today's society the performers find themselves at the junctions of continuous changes in space, mechanics, speed and interpretation. The fragments of sounds circulating in the space are manipulated live by the performers, constructing seemingly disorganised soundscapes from scratch. Actions trigger sounds and sounds trigger actions, finding points of encounter between chaos and control while a nonsensical world is slowly being built.
AURA - 7 ≈ 8
This performance is an immersive and ethereal experience, an ecosystem inhabited by the artist and the audience, where two intersected bodyscapes unfold, mapping her identity and circumscribing her transition. The piece’s scenography transports the audience to the absolute simplicity of a work about the body, mind, and soul. Proposing the attentive observation of acts such as awakening, breathing, raising, drying, moving, and unveiling that simultaneously contains boldness and vulnerability. The infinity-shaped water mirror, the emanating sound, the celestial gown, and the presence of the four natural elements contribute to an otherworldly atmosphere achieved by the use of time and meticulous sculpting of space. 7 ≈ 8 is the culmination of profound introspection and the courage to deconstruct and reconstruct one's own history, while sharing it.
Content Warning: This work contains smoke.
Ting-ning Wen, Monica Tolia, Miia Mäkilä, Nikita De Martin, Valentina López, Katerina Sotiraki
Tonight’s delightful cabaret show ‘Broadway Meets West End’ features West End star Steph Parry, fresh from her starring role in ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’ at the O2. In 2018 Steph Parry made headline news as “the girl that ran down the road” when she was called to take over the role of Donna in the West End production of Mamma Mia!, following an injury to the then current star. Steph Parry was then given the lead role of Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, where she starred during the Summer of 2018, opposite Tom Lister and Matthew Goodgame at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Apart from her starring roles in 42nd Street and Mamma Mia!, Steph Parry has appeared in a number of other major musical productions, including Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Billy Elliot, West Side Story, Oklahoma! and The Pajama Game. In the intimate atmosphere of the Pheasantry cabaret room, join this incredible West End performer as she shares with you some of her favourite songs from musical theatre and some amusing back stage ‘showbiz’ stories. An evening with Steph Parry will be an evening to remember.
Zeeteah Massiah is back with a brand-new reggae album for 2022. Take equal parts reggae, ska and dancehall. Simmer until grooving. Stir in a dash of soul and blues and sprinkle on a pinch of jazz. Top off with sensuous, blistering vocals. That’s the recipe for Zeeteah Massiah’s wicked sound. Delivered by a red-hot vocalist and some of the coolest musicians around, it’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Born in Barbados, raised in London, Zeeteah is one of the most exciting live singers performing today. She’s excited to be back on stage where she belongs. Zeeteah has had a No. 1 US dance hit and performed with stars including Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins and Sting. After spending the last few years delivering stunning jazz, blues and soul performances to packed houses in London, she is now revisiting her Caribbean roots with a unique fusion of hot rhythms and cool melodies.
JBGB Events have, for the last three years, been enthusiastic supporters of the 19-piece Gareth Lockrane Big Band, promoting their brilliant music and outstanding musicians, to enthusiastic jazz lovers in sold out concerts. Building on their annual concerts at Dean Street, we are now able to extend the partnership and hopefully satisfy audience demands, by creating a three concert residency across January, May and October 2022. The Gareth Lockrane Big Band is, in our opinion, the greatest ever UK Big Band and ranks alongside the great bands, from what has traditionally been the exclusive preserve, of the USA. Think of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band that in the late 1980’s revolutionised Big Band arrangements, and then Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Centre Orchestra in the 1990’s that made virtuosity common place, but then add new writing and distinctive arrangements, with a band leader playing flutes, and you have their 21st century dynamic successor in Gareth Lockrane and his Big Band. This Three Concert Residency will feature not only a wealth of Gareth Lockrane’s original compositions and arrangements, including numbers from their highly rated album “Fistfight At The Barn Dance”, but also new writing for a further 2022 album. The success of our Big Band Sunday lunchtime concerts at Dean Street is now extending into this residency, not only for established Gareth Lockrane supporters, but also to welcome music lovers of all tastes to experience the empathy, imagination and pure musical talent on show when 19 individual musicians come together to create one integrated sound with the original writing and arranging skills of Gareth Lockrane.
Rick Margitza has made his name as one of the great Jazz saxophonists of the present day. He was born in Detroit in 1961. He studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta at the university of Michigan, and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, Gary Campbell and David Liebman. After having spent time in living in New Orleans, where he got his degree, Margitza moved to New York in 1989 and very quickly found himself performing and/or recording with some of the greatest names in Jazz including McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas and in the band of Miles Davis. Rick has led his own groups in performances in the most prestigious clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the world. His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has composed works for symphony orchestra, including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto. He moved to Paris in 2003 where he continues to reside. He is of Eastern European Gypsy decent, and is part of the new band called Gypsy Tenors with fellow countrymen Gabor Bolla and Tony Lakatos. He is also in the process of finishing an album of his big band music as well as a new recording with his French quartet. For this London engagement a potent and creative rhythm section joins him with Bruce Barth on piano, Joris Teepe on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.
Cafe Django is inspired by the unique spirit of Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club de France’s famous music of the 30s/40s, as well as blues, big band and 50s swing favourites. Peter’s early harmonica inspiration was Larry Adler the harmonica virtuoso who recorded 4 tracks with Django and was subsequently proud to be invited to play at the 'Celebration of Larry Adler’s Life’ to a celebrity audience. Cafe Django has played many venues including L’Escargot,The Arts Club-Dover Street, Le Quecumbar, Momo’s, Brassiere Toulouse Lautrec and Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues Soho. Red Hot & Live is the result of a fabulous gig at favourite venue The Chelsea Art Club. The Band features leading musicians and is one of the world’s few (maybe only) harmonica led gypsy jazz swing bands, especially with its motto "It’s Party Time”! So come on down to the Pheasantry and enjoy a fun and musical evening in the Kings Road Chelsea..! Peter says “With Cafe Django I have the privilege to play with some of UK’s finest and well known musicians of the style and whilst true to the soul of the music we also love including some blues and sometimes even Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams music with the same fervour and integrity as gypsy jazz.. It’s the feeling and commitment that makes it all ring true..So let’s Swing and Rock and sometimes Dance to Le Django!!”
Following the success of “Tom Seals Presents..” on SKY TV, Pizza Express are delighted to be hosting the live series. Guest on the SKY show include Anton Du Beke, David Coulthard, Ruby Turner, Tom Allen, Toyah Wilcox, Sir Kenny Dalglsh, Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) and many more. After sold out live shows with Noddy Holder, Bob Harris, Jo Brand, Stephen K Amos and James Acaster, Tom will be chatting to musician, singer, songwriter and record producer Chris Difford. Tom Seals has just returned from representing the UK at National Day in Dubai, performing for HRH Prince William. The mantle of UK Piano Man has been dominated by Elton John, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. Over the past five decades, no-one has come close…until now that is! Join pianist and singer Tom Seals, ”The UK’s finest boogie-woogie and blues sensation” (The Express), alongside his incredible band for an evening of fantastic music and chat. Tom and his band have performed their critically acclaimed show worldwide at world famous venues and festivals such as; Ronnie Scott’s, Birdland on Broadway, Dubai Opera House, St Martins in the Fields, Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury. Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years.
Incognito lead vocalists Chris Ballin’s hypnotic vocals serve to reinforce his status as one of the UK’s most significant male vocalists. He has a refined style with a modern twist that most compare to the late Luther Vandross with a hint of Anthony Hamilton. His vocal range is exquisite and smooth tone is infectious. Chris has an insatiable desire to create good music. His musicality is reflective in his singing style and approach which has landed him huge collaborations with some of world’s most talented writers and music producers. As an artist Chris has worked and toured with some of the greatest artists in the World. Chris has been one of the lead vocalists for the famous British Acid-jazz band - Incognito. Featuring on two of Incognito’s albums ‘Beneath the Surface’ and ‘Inner Shade’. His voice shone through on the popular track “Labour Of Love”. Having performed with luminaries such as Luther Vandross and Tina Turner. Chris illustrates once again that he is a giant of an artist in his own right. Chris has also lent his talents and toured with many of the industry’s best, such as; Michael Jackson, Craig David, Omar, Alexander O'Neal, Simply Red and Chaka Khan...... His debut studio album, ‘Do it Right’ was released to critical acclaim in the late ’90s and is widely recognized as one of the finest recordings in the UKs music scene, quoted by Blues & Soul magazine. SOLO His current single “What’s Going On”, under the Renegade Soul Records umbrella, Showcasing Chris' signature silky vibes…. “What’s Going On” - reference to the world as we currently know it today.
Following their sell out show at PizzaExpress Dean Street last Autumn, The Pheasantry is delighted to welcome the veteran blues performer, broadcaster and erstwhile pop star Paul Jones together with the legendary guitarist John Etheridge for two nights of Blues inflected Jazz. Paul Jones was lead singer with the highly acclaimed and popular band Manfred Mann in the sixties, scoring several huge hits including '5432!', 'Pretty Flamingo', 'Doo Wah Diddy'. Subsequently, his solo career also produced a number of big hits - becoming a household name in the sixties. In the 1970’s he formed The Blues Band, featuring the music that was his first love and this group has toured consistently since. Paul was also the presenter of the Radio 2 Blues Show for 30 years. Throughout John’s illustrious 50-year career, he has played in widely eclectic contexts, working with everyone from Yehudi Menuhin to Hawkwind, Stephane Grappelli to Soft Machine, Nigel Kennedy to Andy Summers... All the time bringing his own personality to every situation. The quartet will be completed by Pete Whittaker (organ) and Nic France (drums). For Blues and Jazz fans everywhere, these will be shows not to be missed!
Paul’s musicians have recorded and gigged with Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsalis, Van Morrison, Burt Bacharach and many top names. Paul is bringing his ‘A Team’ to The Pheasantry with his joyous blend of original Latin and Swing and his signature sound of lead cello, sax and Latin rhythms.
True Think is led by the acclaimed keyboard player/pianist/songwriter Robert Mitchell who returns to PizzaExpress with this new, exciting project. True Think is a multi-generational, multi-cultural reflection of several periods of Robert Mitchell’s journey. Performing the music from their forthcoming album of powerful songs of protest, love and peace, they blend Electronic, Jazz, RnB, Spoken Word, film and folk influences together to create a unique sound. Joining Robert (Keys, perc, sampler) on stage will be vocalist and songwriter Liselotte Östblom on vocals, multi-instrumentalist Zayn Mohammed, on guitar, multi-genre bassist/keys player Tom Mason, and drummer and percussionist Saleem Raman. Robert Mitchell is a throwback to the powerful tradition of artistic mastery in pursuit of transcendence. He is proud to have been a Steinway artist for over a decade. He was MD on the successful BBC4 television programme 'Jazz 625 Live: For One Night Only' which won the British Broadcasting Award. He has played with Billy Harper, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine CBE, Alicia Olatuja, Orphy Robinson, Steve Coleman, Phil Ranelin, Omar Puente, Ernesto Simpson, Daymé Arocena, Jason Rebello, Shirley Smart, Basement Jaxx, Dub Colossus, Daniel Casimir, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Dankworth MBE, and many others. Robert Mitchell’s works have been performed by the Grammy-winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the London Sinfonietta, amongst others. He is a sought-for composer and known as an innovator with a distinct, unique voice.
The multi-award-winning vocalist Christine Tobin sings with two of the U.K.’s leading jazz musicians; pianist Liam Noble & guitarist Phil Robson, both long term musical collaborators. ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ will include songs from Christine and Liam’s album ‘Tapestry Unravelled’, their version of Carole King’s celebrated ‘Tapestry’ LP. Also there will be a selection of originals from all three, alongside choice jazz classics. "She's got one of those voices that can move from pure, pastoral-edged folk whimsy to big angry blues mama in a single phrase; from world-weary interpreter of show tunes to howling rock diva within a single note." - Time Out Having been an integral part of both the New York City and London scenes for many years, Christine is now based in the West of Ireland. Her unique, rich sound was described by The Guardian as ‘Tobin’s 24 carat voice’. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired jazz, folk and twentieth century classical influences. She can be junkyard blues philosopher, snappy beat seductress, a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. MOJO Music Magazine said of her “Christine Tobin really transcends glib genre-fiction…..everything is shot through with an unmistakable refinement, free-spirited earthiness and giddy romanticism, this singer-songwriter is in a field of one". In 2012 she won a BASCA British Composer Award for her settings of poems by WB Yeats. The following year 2013, her striking interpretations of Leonard Cohen songs won a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival and in 2014 she was awarded “Jazz Vocalist of the Year” at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Earlier in her career Christine won “Best Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards. Liam Noble : Pianist One of the most sought after musicians on the European scene, Liam has played with countless musicians at home and abroad. As well as his additional releases “Close Your Eyes”, “In The Meantime”, “Romance Among The Fishes”, “Brubeck”, he also works with Mark Lockheart’s “Malija”, Chris Batchelor’s “Pigfoot”, Julian Siegel, Christine Tobin, Ingrid Laubrock’s improvising trio “Sleepthief”. Other collaborators have included Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland, Drew Gress, Larry Grenadier and duos with Dave Liebman and Tim Berne. His new recording “ The Long Game”, on Edition records, features Tom Herbert and Sebastian Rochford. Phil Robson guitarist is a multi-award-winning guitarist & composer, originally from the UK who relocated to New York City in 2015 for five years and is currently based in Ireland. He has led bands featuring jazz legends such as David Liebman, Mark Turner, Billy Hart, James Genus, Marc Copland & many more as well as working as a sideman with Kenny Wheeler, Barbra Streisand, Steve Lacy, Charles Earland, Donny McCaslin, Django Bates, The BBC Big Band, Ingrid Jenson, Phil Woods, Mike Gibbs, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Wilson and a hugely diverse spectrum of internationally renowned artists. In Europe he is renowned as the co-leader of the cult UK band ‘Partisans’ with saxophonist Julian Siegel which ran for 23 years. In New York he is best known for his collaboration with the master saxophonist/composer Jed Levy.
Specialising in recreating the original and authentic sound of R&B, The Cosimo Matassa Project are passionate about the 45" records that emerged from the New Orleans studios of Cosimo Matassa in the 1950s and 1960s by the likes of Little Richard, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Big Joe Turner. With a special set selected for their PizzaExpress debut, expect stylish horn licks, soulful vocals and classic tunes. The Cosimo Matassa Project are a collective of musicians in London, UK, working to conjure up the unique rhythm ‘n’ blues flavours that emerged from New Orleans in the late 1940s and early 1950s. At the core of the band are pianist and arranger Al Dunn (Loudon Wainwright / Richard Thompson), singer and double bassist Dai Price (Dai & The Ramblers) and drummer Roy Pfeffer (The Big Smoke Family). They’re often joined by guest musicians from London’s rhythm ‘n’ blues scene, and members of our collective have played with the likes of Allen Toussaint, James Hunter and Van Morrison. Over the last couple of years the band have become a staple on the R’n’B circuit, gigging around London clubs and bars such as Nightjar in Old Street, Brasserie Zedel in Mayfair and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. The entire project is born out of respect for the artists who passed through Cosimo Matassa’s studios, a real love for the music and a desire to summon up the sheer joy that pervades all of Cosimo’s recordings. Playing tunes by well-known artists from that era such as Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner, the band also like to unearth lesser-known gems by the likes of Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Dave Bartholomew and Tami Lynn, as well as throwing in a few of their original songs.