Established in 1959, Ronnie Scott’s stands strong as one of the world’s most iconic jazz clubs. Graced by the jazz world’s biggest names, the London club is world-famous for its distinctive atmosphere and has been treasured by artists for generations for its nurturing approach. But who was the man behind the name, Ronnie Scott?
Oliver Murray’s documentary tribute seeks to answer just that. A talented musician himself, Ronnie Scott had an unpretentious aim: to create a jazz club that he would be happy to play in himself and that was devoted to appreciative listening.
Illustrated throughout with archival footage of some of the greats – Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Oscar Peterson and Jimi Hendrix – the film deftly reveals a story of persevering commitment to artistic freedom.
As many of the world’s cultural venues emerge from Covid-19 hibernation, there’s something profoundly reassuring in the tale of Ronnie Scott’s, an iconic artistic institution that has weathered many storms in its 60-year history.