All about: Ronnie Scott's jazz clubs

Published on by Ray Knott

Ronnie Scott is a name synonymous with jazz. His jazz club is in London is legendary in the world of jazz, and has been hosting the greatest names in Jazz music for over 50 years. This article takes a look at what has made and kept the reputation of what many would call "the most famous jazz club in the world".

The club

Overview

If you’re looking for a jazz club, few can be as famous as Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London.

The club opened originally in Gerrard Street, Soho, London in 1959, before moving to it’s now legendary address at 47 Frith Street, Soho, London in 1965.

The mere mention of the name Ronnie Scott conjures up images of his Jazz club with it’s subdued lighting, smoky atmosphere, and the seductive sounds of live jazz playing into the early hours.

Well, the subdued lighting and seductive jazz are there, but the club is now non-smoking.

You can order drinks and meals at your table in the main club area while you enjoy the show, and the club is open from 6pm till 3am Monday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday doors open at 6pm and there are two shows, Sunday doors open at midday.

Other features

The main club area has wheelchair access and facilities, but "Ronnie’s Bar" is upstairs and unfortunately has no wheelchair access.

Ronnie Scott’s has it’s own Jazz Club web-page giving you all the information you need about booking tickets, menus, dress code, plus the all important show line-up.

Entrance to the club costs around £27 with £10 of this going to the musicians.

If you are a student (NUS Card) or a member of the musicians union, you can get in for free after 11pm.

You are not obliged to buy drinks or food in the club, but your table will have an allocated waiter should you wish anything during the show.

The good and the great of Jazz

Final word

Ronnie Scott’s is the holy grail of the jazz world, with musicians travelling the globe to play this hallowed venue.

Without a doubt, Ronnie Scott’s club has played host to a glittering line-up of the greatest and most legendary jazz musicians, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, John Dankworth to name but a few. Ronnie Scott’s has also been synonymous as a platform to launch up and coming talent from the British Jazz scene.

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, and although Ronnie himself is no longer with us, his legacy will live on. Here’s to the next 50 years.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, Soho - London.

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