Opened by the British saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959, this legendary Soho institution made its name as the first club to host American jazz musicians in the UK. As well as welcoming the biggest names on the jazz scene (Zoot Sims, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt) it's also made room for other artists that fit the distinctive Ronnie Scott's vibe – Tom Waits, Elkie Brooks and even Mark Knopfler have all performed here.
Ronnie’s was completely refurbished in 2006 when theatre impresario Sally Green took over – Scott had died ten years previously and his business partner wanted out. Capacity was expanded to 250 and the club is now consistently booking a wide variety of top-notch artists that – while featuring the biggest names from the world of jazz: Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham – has also included the likes of guitar hero Jeff Beck, former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and soul and blues stars. The club's success is testimony to Ronnie Scott's original ambition: to create a place for British jazz musicians to perform at regularly, and in turn to create our own world-class jazz scene.
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|Venue name:||Ronnie Scott's||Contact:|
47 Frith St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 6pm-3am; Sun lunches noon-4pm; then 6.30-12am|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Rd|
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The Jive Aces
Swing and jump-jive combo.Sunday September 25 2016Read more
Natalie Williams Soul Family
Brilliant Anglo-Hungarian jazz songwriter Williams leads this regular classy jazz and R&B vocal night, with high profile singing stars dropping by for the odd guest spot. Always a fun atmosphere, it’s a great night to check out the iconic Soho club and...Jazz Until Sunday October 16 2016Read more
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Sessions
Far Out Recordings presents a selection of DJs, live acts and London-based labels and collectives playing genre-spanning jazz.Jazz Sunday September 25 2016Read more
The W3 Jam Sessions
One of London's most celebrated funk soul jam nights, featuring various talent who have performed with the likes of Jessie J, Rita Ora, Wretch 32 and many more.Funk, soul and disco Thursday September 29 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016Read more
The music of Cuba courtesy of live performers and DJs.Clubs Friday September 30 2016 - Friday December 30 2016Read more
Jazz-funk night, each week welcoming different special guest sets upstairs at this infamous jazz club.Funk, soul and disco Saturday October 1 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016Read more
Charlie Wood Band
The singer-songwriter and keyboardist leads a soul and blues outfit which is likely to include trombonist Mark Nightingale, saxophonist Paul Booth, guitarist Chris Allard, bassist Dudley Phillips and drummer Nic France.Jazz Sunday October 9 2016Read more
Italian acoustic guitar virtuoso Forcione – a sidekick of Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Jools Holland and comedian Boothby Graffoe – blends Latin, flamenco, soul-jazz and folk style, also playing his unorthodox, custom-made fretless guitar, the Ouddan.Jazz Monday October 10 2016 - Tuesday October 11 2016Read more
Melismatic British vocalist Shaw perfoms originals and standards. He adds scat and vocalese to his highly musicianly vocalisations of pop and jazz classics.Jazz Friday October 14 2016 - Saturday October 15 2016Read more
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Perhaps the last of the great jazz divas, her scat style is comparable to Ella Fitzgerald's while her ballads are akin to Sarah Vaughan's, she's worked with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk, Max Roach among countless other greats. A peerless artist...Jazz Monday October 17 2016 - Wednesday October 19 2016Read more
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Whether you’re into jazz music or not, any stint in London should feature a visit to the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. Picture walking through the red velvet curtains into a dimly lit basement room. Your eyes slowly adjust to the soft, red glow of the lamps which illuminate each table lined up around the stage. As you sink into your seat, you are at once transported to the 1950’s. You can imagine the club in its formative years, cigarette smoke coiling upwards towards the ceiling, the room abuzz with chatter. The sound of red wine being poured into glasses by the impeccably dressed staff. Ronnie Scott’s is still today an intimate venue where you can catch both jazz royalty and upcoming stars and is packed out every night night of the week.
I used to love watching old black and white films and in my teens, wished the old-school night clubs with proper sit-down tables and great music still existed. Then I came to Ronnie's and all my dreams came true! This place is old-school night club heaven: great vibe, food and drink (achingly expensive I'll admit) and above all, fantastic music. Lovely.
Ronnie Scott's is an iconic venue in London for a reason – steeped in history, it attracts a wonderful roster of legendary jazz musicians from across the world… The music, ambiance, delicious food and excellent service all make for a very special evening indeed. Highly recommended.
Simply amazing: the best venue for jazz in London. Also, don't miss the chance to go upstairs: I've been on Friday night, during the cuban night. It's stunning! Live music, high level, very good atmosphere! Just for 10 pounds, definitely worthy!
My girlfriend and I came here to see the Upstairs Jazz Jam hosted by Andy Davies in Ronnie's Bar and we were impressed by the group of highly talented musicians who showed up and jammed until late. Ronnie's Bar had a typical jazz club atmosphere minus the heavy cigarette smoke smog but personally, i'd rather breath clean air than be a passive smoker for the night.
We went here for our wedding anniversary and had a BLAST! The venue is the perfect size, the winter we had was very friendly and polite, the food was good and the entertainment stonking (we saw Ray Gelato) After dinner we were moved nearer the stage as a party had left and there we remained until the wee small hours enjoying the late show. Ronnie Scott's is the perfect place for those (like me) that want to stay up late, have a drink and a dance but are totally over nightclubbing. Can't wait to go again.
"love the place" seen some great artist there,try ronnies bar upstairs. Drink the house wine great value at £18 a bottle.