Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Farrago

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Farrago

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Jim Godbolt Ronnie Scott's Jazz Farrago Hampstead Press, 16 Heathville Road, London N19 3AJ 204pp, £19.95, ISBN 078-0-9557628-0-2

Ronnie Scott's, that fab London jazz club that never made much profit but always enriched both ears, whether you were a player or not, is no longer what it was. That's because tenor great Ronnie and his business partner, the tenor not-so-great Pete King, no longer run it. Mr Scott [originally, Schatt] is no longer around to blow and humorously have a go at the meshugginer audiences, and Pete is retired and no longer books the best jazz artists in the world. Still, when they were round they had one vibrant venue. They built the joint in 1959 and, although it grew, they never saddled you with a minimum drinking charge and, if you didn't want to eat there that was ok too. Stupid gangsters tried to muscle in, and the police tried to stop Rahsaan Roland Kirk's set, blowing their whistles, just as everyone in the place was blowing whistles he'd distributed to the fans. But Ronnie's was in it for the music and the fun, and the late hours too.

To keep the fans informed, the jazz historian and sometime manager Jim Godbolt edited a house magazine, Jazz at Ronnie Scott 's (aka JARS). …

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