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. It 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 has been 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 (like Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea and Billy Cobham), has also included the likes of guitar hero Jeff Beck, former Cream bassist Jack Bruce as well as soul and blues stars. The club's 50th anniversary year in 2009 was particularly strong and saw the introduction of a now annual 'Brit Jazz Festival' that showcases the best home grown stars in a two week period in August. This festival has been a sell out success and is testimony to Ronnie Scott's original ambition of setting up the club as a place for British jazz musicians to perform at regularly, and in turn create our own world class jazz scene.
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|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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A five-night residency for the jazzy diva to perform 'California Soul', 'Liberation Conversation' and 'Woman Of The Ghetto'. She sang at the legendary Harlem Apollo at the age of ten, fronted Count Basie's band for four years and, much later, was famously...Vocal Until Saturday May 30 2015Read more
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Seun Kuti And Fela's Egypt 80
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Robert Glasper Trio
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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.