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In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s Soho. As part of the burgeoning modern jazz movement, he and fellow saxophonist Pete King had dreamt of opening a club modelled on the swinging scene of New York’s 52nd Street. From its humble beginnings sixty years ago, Ronnie Scott’s would become the cornerstone of the UK jazz scene and one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world.
Ronnie Scott was beloved by many, from the great and famous who frequented his club, to the many hard up musicians who were often helped by his warmth and generous spirit. However, Ronnie was as complex and colourful as the music played on his stage. In private Ronnie battled with depression and when his untimely death occurred in 1996 it left the jazz community bereft of a respected and favourite leader.
Funny and moving, Ronnie’s features performances by some of greatest musicians of the 20th Century.
CAST & CONTRIBUTORS
Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk, Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald,
Van Morrison & Chet Baker, Nina Simone.
An incredibly important film, It’s beautifully, sensitively and perfectly presented.
A treat for jazz aficionados that is both insightful and soulful.
Ronnie’s is a sensational window into an era long past and the dedication of a new generation of artists keeping it alive.
Brian ShaerFilm Threat
An absolutely essential doc for jazz fanatics.
Edward DouglasThe Weekend Warrior
Such a joyous, visually stunning film – It’s a beautiful piece of work.
Phil WilliamsRadio Times
An affectionate portrait of Ronnie Scott and the jazz club he founded.
Sebastian ScotneyThe Arts Desk
A dream bill featuring the free jazz of Roland Kirk, Marion William’s Stars of Faith and a heartbreaking rendition of Send in the Clowns by Van Morrison.
Andrew CollinsRadio Times
The performance element – full of smoke and sweat as well as all the notes – gives the film life and rhythm that takes it beyond the realm of simple Wikipedia history.
Amber WilkinsonEye For Film
There is something hypnotic about this documentary which seeps through the pores, melts into the bloodstream and propels audiences back to a bygone era.
It’s a ripping yarn, enlivened by fascinating footage.
This documentary about the beloved London music venue brings us sterling performers, atmospheric footage, and a sad heart.