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Ronnie Scott

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

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alex Clarke: She Does It Her Way

Read "Alex Clarke: She Does It  Her Way" reviewed by Chris May

Coming up fast behind the school of British saxophonists who emerged around 2015 is a younger group of players who are just beginning to get noticed. Among them is Alex Clarke, who was a finalist in Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC's biannual Young Jazz Musician competition in 2020. In the televised final in November, Clarke ...

Soho Scene '66 and '67: Jazz Goes Mod

Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Humphrey Lyttelton: The Men From Auntie; 2. Ian Hamer: What's Her Name?; 3. Mike Carr Trio: Cox's Pippin; 4. Tubby Hayes Quartet: Change of Setting; 5. Gordon Beck: Virgo; 6. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Tootin' And Flutin'; 7. Ronnie Scott: Treat It Lightly; 8. Stan Tracey Quartet: Pig and Pepper; 9. Michael Garrick: Shiva; 10. Les Condon: Freedom Monday; 11. John Surman Quartet: Blues Da Camera; 12. Alex Welsh: Bluesology; 13. Johnny Scott And His Orchestra: Punjab; 14. Danny Moss: Dear Old Stockholm; 15. Ronnie Ross: Ugetsu; 16. Kenny Clare, Ronnie Stephenson: Afro-Charlie; 17. Neil Ardley: Big P; 18. Sonny Rollins: Themes From Alfie; 19. Freddie McCoy: Lonely Avenue; 20. Jimmy Coe: Cold Jam for Breakfast; 21. Charlie Earland Trio: The Dozens; 22. Pucho: What A Piece; 23. Jimmy Tillman: Vampire; 24. Les McCann Ltd.: Bat Man; 25. Gabor Szabo: Mizrab; 26. Milt Jackson: A Time And A Place; 27. Merl Saunders: Soul Roach; 28. Prince Lasha Ensemble: Nuttin' Out Jones; 29. Hugh Masekela: Unhlanhla; 30. Richard "Groove" Holmes: Boo-D-Doo; 31. The Three Sounds: Mohair Sam; 32. Birds Of Paradise: Bossa Blue Port; 33. Freddie Roach: One Track Mind; 34. Jimmy McGriff: Hallelujah; 35. Sarah Cantine: Feeling Good; 36. Eric Kloss: Just For Fun-K; 37. Ken Jensen Quartet: Captain Jack; 38. Gene Ludwig: Soul Mountain; 39. Milt Sealey Trio: Black Diamond; 40. Kenny Rankin: In The Name Of Love; 41. The Harry South Big Band: Limited Freedom; 42. Carmen McRae: Got To Get You Into My Life; 43. The Mike Carr Quartet: Nico's Dream; 44. Tubby Hayes Quartet: Finky Minky; 45. Joe Harriott Quintet: Strollin' South; 46. Tony Coe: Baby Blue; 47. The Stan Tracey Big Band: Murdering The Time; 48. The Johnny Scott Quintet: It's For You; 49. The Dave Lee Quintet: Time Check; 50. Dudley Moore Trio: Rupert's Romp; 51. Dick Morrissey Quartet: Le Roi; 52. Georgie Fame Quartet: Serves Me Right To Suffer; 53. The Mike Carr Quartet: Bells Blues; 54. Ike Isaacs: Sad September; 55. Eric Delaney: Blues March Eric Delaney & Louie Bellson; 56. Humphrey Lyttelton: Blue Monk; 57. Johnny Hawksworth: Listen To Music; 58. Stan Tracey Quartet: Everywhere Derriere; 59. Curtis Amy: Mustang; 60. Young Holt Unlimited: Yon Gimmie Thum; 61. Johnny Lytle Quintet: ‎Gonna Get That Boat; 62. Fred Ramirez: Comin' Home Baby; 63. Jerome Richardson: Sunny; 64. Les McCann: Bucket O' Grease; 65. The Jimmy Owens - Kenny Barron Quintet: You Had Better Listen; 66. Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One: Luke; 67. Chico O'Farrill And His Orchestra: Hip Hug Her; 68. Byrdie Green: In The Dark; 69. Cash McCall: You Ain’t Too Cool; 70. Hank Jacobs: East Side; 71. Johnny Hammond: Dirty Apple; 72. Latin Jazz Quintet: Daria; 73. Freddie McCoy: Peas 'n' Rice; 74. Lionel Hampton: Greasy Greens; 75. Harold Johnson Sextet: Sorry Bout That; 76. Ray Pettis: 2 Step; 77. Odell Brown & The Organ-Izers: Quiet Village; 78. The Soul Society: The Sidewinder.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley - Companion Mixtape

Read "Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This mixtape is a fun-filled companion to the two parts of our show “Hanksgiving -A Tribute to Hank Mobley," giving even more insight in the legacy of Hank Mobley as a saxophonist and composer through some of his gems and some of the best renditions of his tunes. [Listen to Part 1 and Part 2]

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

The emergence of Bill Evans as one of the jazz world's preeminent pianists was propelled by a unmistakeable style: a pensive note striking with harmonic transpositions resulting in unique voicings. This 1968 recording marks the fifth collaboration between Resonance Records and the Bill Evans Estate to bring previously unreleased material into the public domain. This 2xLP ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head

Read "Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz musicians are rarely called shamanistic but the description fits Rahsaan Roland Kirk precisely. Clad in black leather trousers and heavy duty shades (he was blind from the age of two), a truckload of strange looking horns strung round his neck—two or three of which he often played simultaneously--twisting, shaking and otherwise contorting his body, stamping ...

Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued

Read "Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued" reviewed by Chris May

Practically unobtainable since their release by RCA Italy in 1972, the ten albums which make up Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's Dimensioni Sonore: Musiche Per L'Immagine E L'Immaginazione are being reissued by Dialogo on October 30 2020. The new release plugs a chasm in the availability of classic-era library music, which at its best is an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ed "Tenderlonious" Cawthorne: The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby

Read "The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby" reviewed by Chris May

Saxophonist, flautist and vibraphonist Tubby Hayes, who died at the unconscionably young age of 38 in 1973, was that rare thing among the first generation of British hard boppers—a musician who was taken seriously by the hippest American musicians and audiences. He visited New York in 1961 and 1964 for seasons at the Half Note, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Zeñel: Extreme Sports

Read "Extreme Sports" reviewed by Chris May

The coupling of jazz and dance music is hardly a new one and, contrary to the dictats of the jazz police, neither is it antithetical. Jazz began as dance music and enjoyed its most widespread popular success during the jitterbug-crazed swing era. But 21st century electronic dance music does present a unique challenge. By its nature, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley: Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley:  Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies  “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi will release Another Kind of Soul 24th April on The Last Music Company label. The album, recorded live at Luton’s Bear Club in 2019 by Paul Riley, also features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. The session traces the ...


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