Roan Kearsey-Lawson MA, MA, BA Hons, MISM. International Composer, Performer & Session Musician. Classical, Jazz, World, Theatre & Pop Genres. Vibes Player, Marimba, Timpani, Piano, Drum Kit, Latin & Orchestral Percussion

Roan Kearsey-Lawson New York Connections Quartet

"A Truly World Class Vibes Player" (Chris Hare 2017, CAA, Covent Garden, London)

A perfect club and festival band.  Experienced at putting on shows throughout the band with Roan Kearsey-Lawson on Vibes, John Pearce on Piano, Paul Morgan on Bass and Rod Brown on Drums.

Every tune has a New York Connection.  Cool and entertaining.  A project with the feel of New York.  A mix of the New and Old. Just imagine what Lionel Hampton would play back then and if he was around now.  Add to this the unique qualities of Roan's compositions and you have a wonderful New York Mix.

Some tunes such as 'Happy Bones' sound like we are back with Hampton with Roan going into hyper-speed, the tune 'Gates Mate' is based upon sessions held in Lionel Hampton's New York apartment between Lionel and Frank Griffith (Roan and Frank have a Hampton/Goodman project too), whereas 'Cloth Ears' is a modern modal track dedicated to one of Roan's Grandfather's who spent the family fortune in New York City!

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Roan Kearsey-Lawson (Vibraphone)

Roan Kearsey-Lawson is “a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer” (Ian Maund Sandy Brown Jazz), with “a great melodic gift” and delivers “a Virtuoso Performance all round” (Ron Simpson Jazz Rag Magazine, UK). Equally experienced in Jazz, Classical, Pop and World Music Genres, Roan has worked with dozens and dozens of top artists from around the globe. His ‘Who’s Who’ of jazz artists, too large to mention here includes New York’s Scott Hamilton, Marlene VerPlanck, Greg Abate and Darius Brubeck to name a few. In the UK Roan’s compositions have been featured on BBC Radio in a special one-hour show. He delivers Live performances with comic whit on the microphone, a ”Truly World Class Vibes Player” “Phenomenal” (Chris Hare CAA Club London) a “Master vibesman...We mean supreme vibrations” (Octave8 Club London).

John Pearce (Piano)

John Pearce is one of Britain’s best jazz pianists, John has been in the Scott Hamilton Quartet since the year 2000. He begun musical career on cruise liners, including the QE2’s maiden voyage to New York. John was in the Ray Ellington Quartet, a regular in the BBC Radio Orchestra, Jack Parnell’s Orchestra and a long association with the James Last Orchestra. John has worked with Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Art Farmer, Eddie Daniels, Ken Peplowski and Ronnie Scott to name a few.

Paul Morgan (Double Bass)

Paul Morgan is widely regarded as one of Britain’s best bass players. He started musical life in the British National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He went on to become the principle bass player for the BBC Radio Orchestra and the Don Lusher Big Band. Paul has spent much of his career backing artists at Ronnie Scott’s club and many other clubs and concert halls around the globe. Artists he worked include Zoot Sims, Peggy Lee, Ronnie Scott and many more. Much of his career has been spent recording for TV and Film in various Orchestras.

Rod Brown (Drums)

Rod Brown is one of the UK’s most popular drummers. He is a prominent player on the UK jazz scene. Rod has played live and on numerous recordings with the Herb Miller Orchestra, Matt Monro, Elaine Delmar and Chicago’s Joan Viskant. He is on the first three albums of singer Clare Teal. Rod has played for jazz-rock outfit ‘If’ and was in 60’s pop band ‘Caravan’ with Jim Hastings.

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