Thursday, 31 January 2013

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and All That Jazz

Don't miss the re-airing of this old Omnibus documentary on Ronnie Scott's on the BBC iPlayer at the moment. Fascinating stuff, especially to see Ella and Dizzy singing at Ronnie's!

Here's the write-up on the programme:

Documentary celebrating the founding of Ronnie Scott's jazz club in 1959.  Scott, a rising young saxophone player, opened a club where he and his friends could play the music they liked. Over the following years, the club had its ups and downs, reflecting the changes in attitudes to jazz and the social life of surrounding Soho. 

Now Ronnie Scott's is known throughout the world as the heartbeat of British jazz. In this tribute, Omnibus talks to some of Ronnie's greatest admirers including Mel Brooks, the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP and writer Alan Plater, and features rare archive footage of some of the club's historic performances by Zoot Sims, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.

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