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Jazz and Roots Fridays - St. James Studio

Dorian Ford

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JAZZ and Roots Fridays is an exhilarating weekly jazz night beginning on Friday, October 12, 2012, curated by one of London’s acclaimed jazz musicians, Dorian Ford.

Ford, a charismatic pianist, is calling on his vast network of fellow talents to curate a night of diverse and brilliant acts, from singing legends to swinging bands.

Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award winner Dorian Ford trained at Berklee and WAC. His trio played throughout the UK earlier this year, from Shetland to Southampton, playing the music of Bill Evans in a tour which was supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. He is also a mainstay of Carol Grimes’ band.

Ford has played residencies at Map Cafe and The Space, regularly plays at major London venues and is broadcast on Jazz FM and BBC radio.

Ford said: ‘I have asked some of my favourite singers and bands – many of whom I am lucky enough to call good friends – to contribute to this exciting series of evenings at the St. James Studio. My aim is to showcase authentic music of the highest quality in a welcoming environment where both established fans and those new to jazz will feel equally at home.’


Carol Grimes – Friday, October 12.
Benet McLean Trio – October 19.
Grupo de Choro Central Station – October 26.
The Dorian Ford Quartet – November 2.
Mavrika – November 9.
Peter Ind – November 16.
Toni Kofi Quartet – November 23.
Annie Whitehead Experience – November 30.
Jazz Gala Concert presentrd by Peter Conway Management – December 7.
Mick Hutton and Mark Cherrie – December 21.

Tickets: £10 – £12.50, except for the Jazz Gala Concert which are £20 – £25. Available from the box office on 0844 264 2140 or online at

Time (all): 8.30pm.

The St. James Studio, which features excellent acoustics and an integrated bar, is the second space at the St. James Theatre, the first newly-built theatre complex in central London in 30 years. The studio holds up to 100 people including a 14-seat VIP area on a mezzanine level. The complex also includes a 312 seat theatre and a bar and brasserie open for all-day dining.

St James Theatre – inaugural season