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 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 May 5 2016 - Thursday May 26 2016Read more
David Sanborn Electric Band
The Grammy-award-winning jazz saxophonist performs a selection of tracks from across his 24-album catalogue, spanning over 40 years.Jazz Friday May 6 2016Read more
The music of Cuba courtesy of live performers and DJs.Clubs Friday May 6 2016 - Friday May 27 2016Read more
Jazz-funk night, each week welcoming different special guest sets upstairs at this infamous jazz club.Funk, soul and disco Saturday May 7 2016 - Saturday May 28 2016Read more
Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme influenced crooner.Sunday May 8 2016Read more
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Sessions
Presented by Far Out Recordings, this new Sunday evening event at the Soho jazz club includes genre-spanning live music and DJ sets.Jazz Sunday May 8 2016 - Monday May 23 2016Read more
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra Presents The Music Of Frank Sinatra
The in-house Big Band, headed up by Pete Long, pay homage to the swing icon. Top UK vocalist Iain Mackenzie will take on the role of Frank.Jazz Sunday May 8 2016Read more
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Acoustic Jazz Lounge
Straight-ahead acoustic jazz led by Italian saxophonist Renato D'Aiello.Monday May 9 2016 - Tuesday May 31 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.