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 music of Cuba courtesy of live performers and DJs.Clubs Until 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 June 25 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016Read more
22a Records Takeover
Soul, jazz, house, hip-hop and Latin from Reginald Omas Mamode IV, and brothers Jeen Bassa and Tenderlonious.Jazz Sunday June 26 2016Read more
The Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion
Pianist/vocalist Paddy Milner and guitarist Tony Remy co-lead this regular blues night at the legendary club.Sunday June 26 2016 - Sunday July 24 2016Read more
An Evening With Pat Metheny
The virtuoso American guitarist plays fusion jazz with his new ensemble comprising of Antonio Sanchez, Gwilym Simcock and Linda Oh.Jazz Wednesday June 29 2016 - Saturday July 2 2016Read more
Hard-hitting, drum-led modern jazz from sticksman Mark Fletcher, exploring a fusion-edged mix of classics from the likes of Weather Report, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker. The band also features keyboardist Jim Watson and trumpeter Freddie Gavita.Jazz Thursday June 30 2016 - Friday July 1 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 June 30 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016Read more
King Candy And The Sugar Push
Led by Puppini Sisters singer Kate Mullins, this band run through jump, jive and swing classics.Jazz Sunday July 3 2016Read more
Cafe Society Swing
A musical show charting the journey of the intriguing American venue the Cafe Society which hosted gigs from great musical talents such as Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Lena Horne, from 1938 to 1947.Drama Sunday July 10 2016Read more
Average White Band
The celebrated jock-funk veterans, best known for the much-sampled rare groove classic 'Pick Up the Pieces', revive their classic tracks over the course of two nights in Camden.Jazz Monday July 11 2016 - Thursday July 21 2016Read more
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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.