July 29 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars performed in front of 200 people in the gardens of Ely’s Old Fire Engine House restaurant to raise money for Amnesty International.
James Pearson, resident pianist at Ronnie Scott’s Soho Jazz Club, took the lead and he was accompanied by his brother, Joe Pearson, on drums and Sam Burgess - another member of the All Stars - played bass.
Completing the line-up was the talented barbershop quartet, the Très Belles, featuring James’ and Joe’s sister, Tess.
The play list included We’ll Meet Again, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Ain’t Misbehavin, Mr Sandman, I Got Rhythm and It Don’t Mean a Thing.
To close the concert the audience and musicians sang the famous Nina Simone number I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free.
A spokesman for the Ely Amnesty International Group said: “This event raised almost £2,000 which will go to Amnesty’s global human rights work.
“Almost a quarter of this was raised from the raffle which had superb prizes generously donated by Ronnie Scott’s, the Old Fire Engine House restaurant, wood turner Sam Cook, Peacock’s Tearoom, ADeC and Topping & Co.
“Special thanks go to the Old Fire Engine House for providing their beautiful gardens and the cream teas, and we are already planning for James Pearson and friends to return to Ely next summer for the third year running.”