Iconic London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s will mark its 60th anniversary in style when artists associated with the world famous venue line-up for a special charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 30 October.
The starry line-up includes revered Irish singer Van Morrison, popular Irish songstress Imelda May, renowned US singer Madeline Bell, Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, celebrated Brit-jazz singer Georgie Fame and top UK-based saxophonists Pee Wee Ellis and Courtney Pine. Ronnie’s regulars also appearing include a trio of acclaimed singers – Natalie Williams, Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll – as well as leading trumpeter/arranger Guy Barker whose association with the venue goes back to his teenage years and an early encounter at age 17 when he played with Dizzy Gillespie.
The club’s resident pianist and MD James Pearson will lead the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, while bandleader Pete Long will direct the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. The evening’s programme will tell the story of the club, which was founded by Ronnie Scott and Pete King in Gerrard Street in 1959, with proceeds from the gala concert going to the venue’s Charitable Foundation.
The club’c Managing Director, Simon Cooke, commented on the concert’s line-up: “We are transporting the club, for one night only, into the slightly larger Royal Albert Hall but have every intention of recreating the unique atmosphere we have here in Frith Street. It’s wonderful that so many artists have asked to appear at the show and is indicative of the affection and importance the club holds in London and across the world.’’
– Mike Flynn
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