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  1. March 30, 2014

    A Musical Celebration of the Life of Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

    When Stan Tracey died last December, he left a musical legacy steeped in the wry, sharp-witted spirit of postwar Soho....

  2. April 24, 2012

    Pat Martino, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Pat Martino delivers classic club-jazz guitar with a warm sound, personal voice and a stinging upper register. Each note is...

  1. April 9, 2012

    Jean Toussaint/Peter King, Kings Place, London

    This Easter, Kings Place was a jazz summer school by day and a concert hall by night. The non-profit Global Music Foundation...

  2. March 27, 2012

    Kenny Garrett, Pizza Express/Ambrose Akinmusire, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    A full month for jazz in London powered into its final week with a three-day club residency from in-his-prime saxophonist...

  3. March 18, 2012

    Jazzwise to the Power of 15 Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Jazzwise magazine celebrated its 15th anniversary with a boisterous week of canny beats, dense textures and a wealth of...

  4. January 18, 2012

    Carmen Lundy, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    When Carmen Lundy released her first album in 1985, funky grooves were high-gloss, swing was having a renaissance and...

  5. November 13, 2011

    London Jazz Festival, various venues

    The Friday launch of the London Jazz Festival routinely runs a grand-slam singers showcase, Jazz Voice, at The Barbican into...

  6. November 8, 2011

    Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    It’s almost impossible to imagine Roy Hargrove anywhere but on a bandstand. When he plays, he is virtually motionless and...

  7. October 23, 2011

    Julian Joseph All Star Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Julian Joseph’s 18-piece orchestra delivers big band essentials with panache and polish. There are impulsive riffs and...

  8. September 30, 2011

    Mingus via Mos Def

    Jazz and rap are such natural bedfellows that it seems right that even the names of the genres that best fit together –...

  9. August 21, 2011

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    When Wynton Marsalis first played at Ronnie Scott’s, some 30 years ago, he was a killer young sideman oozing confidence,...

  10. August 12, 2011

    Tommy Smith/NeWt, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Saxophonist Tommy Smith won his first of many awards at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in 1981, when he was 14. He made his...

  11. August 9, 2011

    Orphy Robinson/Matt Halsall, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Multi-instrumentalist and composer Orphy Robinson remains best known for his rhythmically astute shimmer-and-clang...

  12. August 5, 2011

    The Michael Garrick Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    The Michael Garrick Big Band is as at home roaring through the angular lines of classic bebop as it is scattering single...

  13. July 1, 2011

    BluesFest London, various venues

    The first BluesFest London, taking place this week across the capital, is the brainchild of Leo Green, former artistic...

  14. May 8, 2011

    Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    McBride: leads with immense power and pulse The heavyweight bass player’s last visit to London introduced material for a new...

  15. April 1, 2011

    Ron Carter, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    The slurs, syncopations and double stops that Ron Carter brought into Miles Davis’s groundbreaking 60s quintet have long...

  16. March 26, 2011

    Aviva bonus is kicked into touch

    One Aviva, twice the value. The headline strategy of chief Andrew Moss to double 2007 earnings per share by 2012 is also a...

  17. March 25, 2011

    The Trio of OZ, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    The Trio of OZ – O for drummer Omar Hakim and Z for pianist Rachel Z, with Solomon Dorsey on bass at this gig – interpret...

  18. February 24, 2011

    Eliane Elias, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Eliane Elias has not so much blended the rhythmic complexities of her native Brazil with the piano jazz traditions of New...

  19. February 11, 2011

    Julian Joseph, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Julian Joseph crested to international prominence on the wave of the historically aware, rhythmically hip jazz renaissance...

  20. November 22, 2010

    London Jazz Festival, Various venues

    ‘Hey, I made it’: Sonny Rollins at the Barbican The final weekend of London’s 10-day jazz festival sheltered in the warm...

  21. November 14, 2010

    Party pieces as birthday gifts

    The celebration of a century of song that opened the London Jazz Festival, under the title Jazz Voice, was something of a...

  22. October 24, 2010

    Ernie Watts, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Barnstorming: Ernie Watts When saxophonist Ernie Watts finished the second of two high-energy sets he told us that he first...

  23. October 14, 2010

    Mary Coughlan, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    An old jazz joke – the sort of joke loved by Ronnie Scott himself – has it you play every venue twice: once on the way up,...

  24. March 16, 2010

    Indie chords reconfigured

    Ronnie Scott's showcase of women bandleaders presented innovative vocalese from Norma Winstone, ultra-sharp piano trio...

  25. September 15, 2009

    Cedar Walton

    The much-recorded Cedar Walton is an old-school Ronnie Scott's favourite. The pianist on John Coltrane's seminal 1959 album...

  26. August 18, 2009

    Sonny Fortune, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    This gig was a rare return to the classic format of visiting solo artist teaming up with the house rhythm section and...

  27. August 13, 2009

    Soweto Kinch/Tom Cawley's Curios

    The mid-point of Ronnie Scott's Brit Jazz Festival was marked by a well-matched double bill of young bandleaders who have...

  28. August 12, 2009

    Evan Parker

    The last time saxophonist and doyen of free jazz Evan Parker played unfettered at Ronnie Scott's was as an experimental...

  29. July 14, 2009

    Christian McBride

    One of the great things about going to jazz clubs like Ronnie Scott's is that there is always a chance of spotting the...

  30. June 1, 2009

    Branford Marsalis Quartet

    A bit of fiddling, a brief in-joke boogie and a quick nod of the head from saxophonist leader Marsalis, and Ronnie Scott's...

  31. May 29, 2009

    Innovation for the people

    Ronnie Scott's provided a fascinating contrast in jazz style with consecutive gigs by saxophonists Joe Lovano and Andy...

  32. May 12, 2009

    Jack DeJohnette and John Surman

    John Surman introduced this well-paced sax and drum duet by recalling that he first met American drummer Jack DeJohnette 40...

  33. December 3, 2008

    Piano masters reveal intensity

    Solo piano gigs are rare and risky events that concentrate the mind of audience and performer alike, especially when, like...

  34. October 3, 2008

    Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes

    With a bit of a squeeze, Ronnie Scott's can accommodate a medium-sized big-band without too much trouble - even Count Basie...

  35. July 19, 2008

    Jazz - Mike Hobart

    Ben Webster/ Stan Tracey Soho Nights Vol. 1 Resteamed A brief announcement by club owner Ronnie Scott, an introductory...

  36. July 12, 2008

    Machine-gun jazz

    The great American saxophonist Johnny Griffin recently celebrated his 80th birthday by fronting a band at Ronnie Scott's in...

  37. February 29, 2008

    Soweto Kinch

    London-born, Birmingham-raised saxophonist Soweto Kinch took the risk of using his first bandleading gig at Ronnie Scott's...

  38. December 7, 2007

    Guy Barker

    There is a certain symmetry to the trumpeter Guy Barker presenting his Mozart-themed Amadeus Project at Ronnie Scott's jazz...

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