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The Jazz FM Awards 2013: Meet the Nominees: Ronnie Scott’s – Best UK Jazz Venue


Ever since his trips in the late 40s and early 50s to the jazz clubs of New York’s 52nd Street, Ronnie Scott had dreamed of opening his own London club. In 1959, the dream came true. Together with Pete King (a fellow tenor saxophonist and personal friend) Ronnie Scott’s club opened in Gerrard Street, in London’s Soho.  Since the opening, the venue has featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion.  Ronnie’s plan was simply to provide a place where British jazz musicians could jam. Pete and Ronnie quickly developed a reputation of bringing the best of British modern jazz musicians to the club. Soon, they would persuade the American federation of musicians to lift the blanket ban on American performers in the U.K., paving the way for many legendary performances. In 1965, Ronnie Scott’s moved to its current location in Frith Street, only a short walk from the ‘old place’.  Ronnie Scott’s is now one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world.  The club officially reopened on Monday 26th June 2006, after 3 months of refurbishment. We look forward to welcoming you to the new Ronnie Scott’s!