The James Pearson Trio (from Ronnie Scott’s) – Remembering Oscar Peterson: A portrait of a jazz legend


Friday 27th May 2022 8.00-9.30pm 

Drinks reception 7:30-8:00pm

Forsyth Piano Showroom

£20 tickets available from Forsyths (no booking fee) or via Manchester Jazz Festival (£2 booking fee applies)

Ticket price includes drinks reception

We are delighted to be a host venue for Manchester Jazz Festival 2022 and will be presenting an exclusive intimate gig in our iconic piano showroom. 

The Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson was arguably the most successful Jazz pianist of all time, coming from humble roots and going on to achieve international stardom with countless accolades to his name. His notorious prowess at the keyboard to this day can astound, with rapid octave passages and almost impossible sequences of block chords making the piano sound more like a big band.

Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director James Pearson was lucky to meet Peterson and his story of their first encounter is highly amusing. In this ‘Portrait’ you will hear some of Oscar’s compositions and versions of jazz standards fused with anecdotes and historical facts. James’s own style of playing has been compared with Peterson by numerous journalists, and the Evening Standard said of his performance at Ronnie Scott’s, “Oscar would have loved it”.

Presented in association with Bösendorfer 


James Pearson Piano / Sam Burgess Bass /Chris Higginbottom Drums

To book your tickets please phone 0161 834 3281 ext 100 or visit our Sheetmusic Department. Alternatively please email queries to [email protected]

(images: Ken Drew)