12. March 2021 - 8.30 pm (UK) / 21:30 (CET) - Masterlink, London
Jim Watson & Ross Stanley
Live at Masterlink
a tribute to Chick Corea
This live stream celebrates the life and music of the late Chick Corea by bringing together two of the UK's finest contemporary jazz keyboardists. Jim Watson (Manu Katche) and Ross Stanley (Jim Mullen) will team up to play some of Chick's compositions in a format reminiscent of his legendary duets with Herbie Hancock. Ross and Jim will bring their formidable talents and passion for the music to this unique collaboration, making it a truly unmissable event.
(text by Mike Sturgis)
A Graduate of Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jim has been playing professionally for over 30 yrs. From 2005-2012 he toured and recorded extensively with Katie Melua.
He worked with Drummer Manu Katche’s band, appearing on 5 albums as co-arranger/producer including one for Manfred Eichers label ECM. He plays with Grammy award winning singer Kurt Elling, appearing on his album ‘Live at Ronnie Scotts’ in 2019. He tours with Chrissie Hynde as part of her project ‘Valve Bone Woe’ He worked with Sting- performing at the Olympia, Paris in 2015, Richard Bona, Meshell Ndegeocello, Incognito, US3, Zero 7, Paloma Faith, Lalo Schifrin, The BBC Big Band, Gary Moore, James Moody, Marti Pellow, Raul Midon, Cat Stevens, Gary Barlow, Chris Difford (Squeeze), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Brand New Heavies, Omar, Will Young, James Taylor Quartet, Patti Austin, Gary Moore, Gerard Presencer, Guy Barker International Septet, The Organ trio,(Jim Mullen), Kenny Thomas, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Seal, New York Voices, Bobby Watson, James Moody, Javon Jackson, Herb Geller, Pat Kane (Hue and Cry), Jill Scott, Dave O' Higgins, Julian Arguelles Quartet, Omar, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Peter King, Paul Young, Jean Toussaint.
Jim released his solo piano trio album ‘The Loop’ in 2001, and has an Electronica project called ‘Rodeo dancers’
Born on 2nd May 1982, Frimley, England. Ross began piano lessons aged 4. At 13, he was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. Upon leaving Marlborough, he accepted a place on the BMUS course in classical and jazz piano at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000.
Since then, Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him play with jazz names such as Eddie Gomez, Dick Oatts, Gary Smulyan, Seamus Blake, Will Vinson, Nigel Hitchcock, Phil Robson, Gareth Lockrane, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Jamie Cullum, Liane Carroll, Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, as well as being a regular member of the Hamish Stuart Band, Nigel Price Organ Trio, Jim Mullen Organ Trio and the Jacqui Dankworth band and performing in many small and large ensembles – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Nostalgia 77 Octet, The Heritage Orchestra.
Ross has also toured with Tom Jones, Alfie Boe, Maceo Parker, Zigaboo Modeliste, James Torme, Steve Howe, Rebecca Ferguson and has worked with Steve Ferrone, Pino Palladino, Omar, Paloma Faith, Antonio Forcione, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Ghost Poet, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others, including film / tv work. Ross is a Yamaha artist, Hammond endorsee and two times winner of a British Jazz Award in the organ category.
‘Live at Masterlink’ was born out of the ‘Masterlink Sessions’: invited guests performing 100% live in the studio with the studio house band beautifully filmed by videographer Leo Mansell from Shoot and Splice.
Extended out from the series of popular videos the team have now expanded their offering by organising circa 20 min live-stream concerts, not only from the house band with their invited guests but also other artists and bands sharing the community values.
This is our own spin on ‘Daryl’s House’ and ‘NPR Tiny Desk Concerts’ from leafy Surrey, Great Britain.
The ‘Masterlink Sessions’ are a joint venture of Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra), James Welch (Masterlink Productions) and Leo Mansell (Shoot and Splice) to strengthen the community of creative and like-minded musicians who love music with timeless values, played live and for real. The sessions initially became most known for featuring noted international artists in the genres of funk, soul, blues and jazz, but more recently this has been extended to include a wider, more unbounded remit that features rock, 'Americana', singer-songwriters and more.
The intention is always to record 100% live in the studio, nodding towards the great studio bands of the ‘60s like The Funk Brothers (Motown), The Swampers (Muscle Shoals) and The Mar-Keys (Staxs). Capturing the energy and chemistry between the artist and the 'crack' studio band is at the heart of all their recordings, all videoed by film maker Leo Mansell, further reflecting the 'organic' nature of the proceedings.
So far, over 50 videos have been produced featuring artists such as Hamish Stuart (AWB, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), Sarah Jane Morris, US Grammy award winning Mike Farris, Jo Harman, Orphy Robinson MBE, Louise Clare Marshall (Jools Holland) and many more. Masterlink aims to not only feature some of the most established and respected names in the business, but also give a platform for emerging artists who truly have the talent to perform at the required level. Its 'A&R' advisory team includes BiGiAM Artist Services and other management organisations geared to supporting credible artists with like-minded values.
The studio house band (a.k.a. the Funkestra) generally runs as a small collective of international, yet UK-based world-class musicians (with CV's to prove it - think Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Mark Ronson & more) which, at its core, comprises:
Stefan Redtenbacher (bs, producer) Mike Sturgis (drs), Karl Vanden Bossche (perc), Mike Outram/Tony Remy (gtr), Ross Stanley (keys)
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