In England in the 1950's it was almost impossible to hear 'real' jazz, the New York Jazz Scene was 'the' place to be. Musicians flocked from all over the world to the hub of the jazz universe. One of these musicians was from England, a superb saxophonist named Ronnie Scott. He had worked his way across the atlantic in the band on the ocean liner "Queen Mary." It was like arriving in heaven for the young musician, to be in a city where Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davies were performing in adjacent venues on 52nd street. One of the clubs he visited was Birdland where he heard Chet Baker, Erroll Garner and Sarah Vaughan. Over the next few years Ronnie Scott made frequent trips to New York and in 1959 eventually decided to start his own jazz club in the hub of central London.
That club is still there and thriving after 50 years of presenting the finest international jazz. Like Birdland its list of performers reads like a who's who of jazz. Stars like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson and Miles Davis. Even Jimi Hendrix (who played his last gig there 40 years ago) Diana Krall and Jeff Beck have played there, often alongside Ronnie Scott himself.
In celebration of its 1st 50 years, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club is making a return trip to Birdland. For one night only we will be celebrating "All Things Ronnie's."