I have been wanting to go to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London’s Soho ever since I moved to this thrilling city and heard about its most legendary jazz venue. I finally had a chance to see a gig in Ronnie Scott’s last Friday, and now I can only think of what took me so long! It is not a surprise that the club remains one of the longest standing jazz music establishments in London. The elegance, the vibe, the music, the crowd, which makes its finest attempt to look its best, create an atmosphere difficult to beat.
The Ronnie Scott’s experience starts from being greeted by an attractive hostess at the entrance lobby who carefully scrutinises whether you appear on the guest list before taking you to your table. Walking inside Ronnie Scott’s feels like going back in time when guests were treated with a courteous manner, when concerts were not meant to be followed together with tens of thousands of other spectators, or when musicians weren’t made of plastic. Ronnie’s concert hall consists of a dark room with velvet chairs, small tables, red table lamps and dim lighting. It is everything that you could have ever imagined from a jazz club. The room is said to have capacity for 250 people but it doesn’t feel like at all crowded. Instead you are treated to a very intimate performance where you are a hand’s reach away from the performers.
I obviously don’t have experience of other performers at Ronnie Scott’s but I feel that we could not have chosen a better night to go. Booker T Jones with three other band members entertained us in the hot jazz club with his own classics like Green Onions but also unexpected numbers for a jazz club like Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. The warm, personable approach from the 68-year-old Booker T Jones won over easily the audience and us and we were jamming away along with the songs such as Lauren Hill’s Everything is Everything and Albert King’s Oh Pretty Woman. I have to mention also the band which was fantastic with their multi-skill repertoir including drumming, singing, rapping and generally looking very chilled and jazzy!
All in all, a big success for a night out in London that left me buzzing with good feeling and excitement for the rest of the weekend. Sometimes I feel very lucky to live in this city.
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT, United Kingdom
Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Leicester Square
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