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Ronnie Scott’s Presents: ‘The Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly’

Celebrating 50 years of Cold Sweat – with support from Scott Mckeon’s Superjam.

Few musicians get to celebrate their 75th birthday knee deep in a new project charting the history of funk and its impact on music. Even fewer are still actively touring the world with their own bands or working in new collaborations. But after some 55 eventful years as a musician, band leader, arranger and composer, Pee Wee Ellis can claim all those things.

His remarkable story spans six decades and features a stellar cast of jazz legends. From Sonny Rollins (who became his teacher and mentor) to playing alto in James Brown’s sensational Revue. He was Van Morrison’s bandleader for five years, arranging the horns on albums such a Into the Music, and Common One.

During the 1990’s Pee Wee moved to Europe and pursued a burgeoning solo career, releasing jazz albums including the critically acclaimed ‘12 and More Blues’. He also formed the JB Horns with ex-James Brown alumni Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. Most recently he has arranged for and recorded with Boy George, Joss Stone and George Clinton.

Scott McKeon’s SuperJam is a collective of world class musicians who have played with some of the great artists of recent times, including Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Sheryl Crow, D’Angelo, Noel Gallagher, Robert Palmer, Paulo Nutini, Mary J. Blige. We are immensely lucky to have such a band of legends on The Atrium – courtesy of Ronnie Scott’s.