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The son of a musician, Scott became a saxophonist in his teens. Eventually, as the owner of the UK's most famous jazz club, his name was virtually synonymous with jazz in the country. Working on the Atlantic oceanliners in the late 1940s, Scott got to hear modern jazz being played by the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis at first hand. He returned to London convinced that he would play this same kind of jazz in Britain, even if there was not yet a public ready to hear it. He played and recorded in the modern style with like-minded musicians in London's Club Eleven, and after stints with various other bands, formed his own nine-piece group in 1953, with a line-up that included the critic and writer Benny Green on baritone sax. In 1957 he jointly fronted the Jazz Couriers with fellow-tenorist Tubby Hayes, and this band lasted until Scott (and his partner Pete King, another saxophonist) opened the first Ronnie Scott's night club in London's Gerrard Street in 1959

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Every year, Record Store Day (RSD) promises limited edition vinyl releases for all tastes in music. From the latest popular artists to the most obscure archival releases, RSD drops try to cover a lot of musical territory. Practically all genres of music are represented and, of course, jazz is no exception. Fortunately, the April 2024 drop ...

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News: TV / Film

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and All That Jazz

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and All That Jazz

Director John Fordham's joyously poetic documentary Ronnie Scott and All That Jazz first appeared on the British TV series Omnibus in 1989. It tells you all you need to know about Ronnie, his straight-faced sense of humor and the Soho club still in operation founded in 1959. Ronnie passed in 1996. Here's Ronnie Scott and All ...

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Soho Scene '57: Jazz Goes Mod

Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
Released: 2023

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Article: Play This!

Remembering Tony Oxley: Combination

Read "Remembering Tony Oxley: Combination" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The sad news of the passing of free-spirited English drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley on December 26, 2023, is tempered by the knowledge that his was a life well lived, and his musical legacy a lasting one. As a member of Ronnie Scott's house band in the latter half of the 1960s, Yorkshireman Oxley played with some of ...

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Article: Album Review

Doncaster Jazz Alumni: 50 Years

Read "50 Years" reviewed by Neil Duggan


The problem for John Ellis UK as a teacher of brass instruments in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was that there were few resources or equipment available for him to teach his students the skills they needed and take them to the level that would enable them to have a career in music. He wanted to ...

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Article: Live Review

Dele Sosimi & Friends At Ronnie Scott's Club

Read "Dele Sosimi & Friends At Ronnie Scott's Club" reviewed by Chris May


Dele Sosimi & Friends Ronnie Scott's Club London June 11, 2023 Born in London but brought up in Lagos, keyboard player Dele Sosimi was a child prodigy who joined Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 the moment he left secondary school in 1979. Sosimi had by that time been rehearsing with Egypt ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times

Read "Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Makaya McCraven needs a coffee--fast. It's 4pm and he's crashing. It will be his third of the day. His first caffeine hit, consumed on stage six hours earlier, was a chemical necessity; McCraven was drinking at a nearby Irish pub until the early hours and nearly missed his early morning panel talk appearance alongside fellow percussion ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Michel Legrand: Hollywood Hitmaker And Jazz Genius

Read "Michel Legrand: Hollywood Hitmaker And Jazz Genius" reviewed by Chris May


For many jazz fans, Michel Legrand is celebrated, if he is celebrated at all, for one album only: the masterpiece Legrand Jazz (Columbia, 1958). But Legrand's jazz legacy is more extensive than that, including other historic recordings, with large and small ensembles, under his own name and by Stan Getz and Phil Woods, whose Images (RCA, ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ronnie Scott

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ronnie Scott

All About Jazz is celebrating Ronnie Scott's birthday today! The son of a musician, Scott became a saxophonist in his teens. Eventually, as the owner of the UK's most famous jazz club, his name was virtually synonymous with jazz in the country. Working on the Atlantic oceanliners in the late 1940s, Scott got to hear modern ...


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