January 28: The late Ronnie Scott was born in 1927

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 “I Love this Place, It’s Just Like Home, Filthy and Full of Strangers” (Ronnie Scott)

Ronnie Scott and All That Jazz (BBC documentary):

Jan 29: The late Ronnie Scott was born in 1927

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Victor Feldman Trio Featuring Ronnie Scott – Summer Love:


Birth name Ronald Schatt
Born 28 January 1927
Aldgate, England
Died 23 December 1996 (aged 69)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Tenor saxophone

Ronnie Scott (28 January 1927 – 23 December 1996) was an English jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner.

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“Of the white boys, Ronnie Scott gets closer to the negro blues feeling, the way Zoot Sims does.”
~Charles Mingus (in 1961)

Scott is perhaps best remembered for co-founding, with former tenor sax player Pete King, the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, which opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street in London’s Soho district, with the debut of a young alto sax player named Peter King (no relation), before later moving to a larger venue nearby at 47 Frith Street in 1965. The original venue continued in operation as the “Old Place” until the lease ran out in 1967, and was used for performances by the up-and-coming generation of domestic musicians.

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Scott regularly acted as the club’s genial Master of Ceremonies, and was (in)famous for his repertoire of jokes, asides and one-liners. A typical introduction might go: “Our next guest is one of the finest musicians in the country. In the city, he’s crap“.


After Scott’s death, King continued to run the club for a further nine years, before selling the club to theatre impresario Sally Greene in June 2005.

BBC – Oscar Peterson (Live at Ronnie Scott’s 1974):

A typical Peterson bravura performance, which was beautifully filmed in color in London during 1974. Peterson is joined here by two of his most frequent collaborators, guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen. Prior to the arrival of Barney and Niels, Oscar plays a couple of unaccompanied numbers: `I Should Care’, and a particularly impressive version of ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ (a not so well known composition by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The rest of the set features the trio with Barney Kessel on guitar, and consists of Michel Legrand’s ‘Watch What Happens’ and his own ‘Boogie Blues Study’ and ‘March Past’.

Eric Clapton og Buddy Guy At Ronnie Scott’s (FULL) The Clapton Sessions 1987: