Opened by British saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959, Ronnie’s has since amassed as much history as the British Museum. The Soho institution was the first UK club to host American jazz musicians such as Zoot Sims and Lee Konitz. Upstairs is where Sonny Rollins recorded the soundtrack to ‘Alfie’ over the course of a weekend’s small hours when the club was shut. It was the scene of Jimi Hendrix’s last ever UK performance. And an especially jammy collective of Tom Waits fans will still boast about their up-close view of the cantankerous legend back in the day.
It continues to book jazz’s biggest names, from trad talents such as Chick Corea to hotly tipped purists like Kurt Elling to futuristic mavericks like Robert Glasper.