Ronnie Scott's Club

47 Frith Street, Soho, London

Ronnie Scott's Club
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9/10 from 1 user reviews

A swinging time thanks to King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

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Address:47 Frith Street
Soho
London
W1D 4HT
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Night Clubs
Region:Soho
Nearest Station:Tottenham Court Road
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:18:00 - 03:00
Tue:18:00 - 03:00
Wed:18:00 - 03:00
Thu:18:00 - 03:00
Fri:18:00 - 03:00
Sat:18:00 - 03:00
Sun:18:00 - 00:00
About: Established in 1959, Ronnie Scott's Club is a world famous venue and the home of British Jazz. Originally based in nearby Gerrard Street, the club moved to its current location in 1965. The roll call of legendary names who have appeared at Ronnie Scott's is almost endless, including Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich and Donald Byrd. The club remains a vibrant jazz venue, with nightly gigs. They also sell a selection of modern English cuisine.

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The best hotspots for jazz and dining
This historical venue is a must-visit for fans of jazz. There is a quiet, appreciative atmosphere, as although dining tables face the stage, an announcement before each show warns the audience to switch mobiles off and keep talking to a minimum. Now over 50 years old, line ups continue to feature the biggest names in jazz, but be warned, it’s a pricey experience.

Smooth: London's favourite jazz clubs
Ask anyone to name a London jazz club and they’ll probably tell you Ronnie Scott’s. All the greats have graced the stage at this Soho institution and it remains the place to go for exceptional jazz and blues.

London's best Blues Bars and Clubs
The world's most famous jazz and blues venue has been going strong since 1959. Get a table for dinner in front of the stage or stand by the bar with a dry martini. All the big names play here, from Miles Davis and George Melly in the past, to Marianne Faithful and Jose James more recently. Once a month they also host Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, where musicians play classics by BB King and Howlin' Wolf among many others.




"A swinging time thanks to King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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It’s a full house at Ronnie Scott’s tonight for Rhythm & Blues purveyors King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys. Well-heeled diners are polishing off their desserts while others take their seats at the bar, meanwhile, six men dressed in electric blue suits weave their way between tables towards the stage.

At 8.30 prompt the band launches into an infectious brand of swing that makes the punters look up from their bowls and lament the lack of a dancefloor. Tracks such as ‘Wake Up Baby’ are energetic and upbeat, and not without laughs thanks to the Jerry Lewis-style antics of double bass player Shark Van Schtoop.

Standards such as Jackie Wilson’s ‘I’ll Be Satisfied’ transport the audience back to the decade that spawned rock ‘n’ roll, and the band display a precision and vigour that contradicts the fact that the year is 2010 and here onstage are a group of white men of varying ages from Britain.

‘Tequila’ prompts shout outs from the audience as they sway to and fro, constrained by the table arrangements. The jive numbers come hard and fast but the band turn to blues with B.B. King’s ‘You Upset Me Baby’ and later on with Ray Charles’ ‘Roll With My Baby’.

After a frenetic, fun-filled hour and a half the band end their set amidst clamouring for more; luckily there is more on their latest live CD, Live at Last, which features most of the songs performed tonight.


Leila reviewed Ronnie Scott's Club on Mon 20 Dec 2010

"Legendary venue with a very special atmosphere"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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As one might expect from one of the world’s premier jazz venues, the roll call of performers is excellent, the plush, dimly-lit interior is highly inviting, the speakeasy charm is undeniable, and the cocktails? They’re rather good too.

Established in 1959 by musician Ronnie Scott, this legendary venue has seen the likes of Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald and many other greats perform over the years. A quick glance over the black and white pictures of past performers gives an idea of just how significant Ronnie Scott’s is to the jazz world.

Dining tables fill the venue facing the stage and dinner –steaks, fish cakes, rump of lamb with aubergine, corn fed breast of chicken, etc - is served while the show takes place. Despite the considerable size of the room capacity is limited to around 200 people, meaning concerts remain an intimate experience.

Performers are given the upmost importance at Ronnie Scott’s. Announcements before the show warn the audience to switch mobiles off and keep talking to a minimum; those who choose to heed this advice are greeted with stern “shhhhh’s” from fellow audience members.

Entry for the gigs is expensive and reserving a table for dinner and drinks will see a rapidly mounting bill. Attendees tend to be on the mature side, however a slightly younger crowd visits the upstairs bar which has a cheaper entrance fee. This sleek cocktail bar has a distinct member’s bar vibe, all plush velvet armchairs and seductive lighting.

This historical venue is a must for any jazz lover thanks to its quiet, appreciative atmosphere and intimate space.



Leila reviewed Ronnie Scott's Club on Wed 22 Sep 2010


The Latest User Reviews of Ronnie Scott's Club


User Rating: 9 / 10
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Sheesh
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A great venue to see some huge names.

I saw Paul Jones play here one night and we were just a few feet from the stage. Having huge names like that playing in the background as you tuck into a steak is a great experience. Made me feel like a Goodfella!

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Get down to that Jazz groove for a great night

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