A celebration of the global musical legacy of Ronnie Scott and his famous jazz club.
The global musical legacy of Ronnie Scott and his famous jazz club are celebrated in this feature documentary from Oliver Murray (The Quiet One). Featuring evocative unseen archive, standout live performances and interviews with music industry legends including Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins, the film shines a light on the world-famous club’s 60-year history and the uncompromising people who made it into an institution.
Revered tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott founded the club in London’s Soho with fellow musician and business partner Peter King. They were inspired by the vibrant post-war jazz venues they discovered on New York’s 52nd Street. Since then, Ronnie Scott’s Club has played host to the world’s greatest jazz legends, including Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Buddy Rich and Nina Simone. The venue has also hosted superstars from other genres, including Jimi Hendrix – his last performance before his death – and Lady Gaga.
Ronnie was beloved by many, from the great and famous, to the many hard-up musicians he helped. Ronnie battled with depression and his untimely death in 1996 left the jazz community bereft of a respected leader, but his legacy lives on in the venue which remains firmly on the cutting edge.
"Ronnie’s made me cheer, laugh and weep. I am beyond speechless. It’s a revelation. It’s beautifully, sensitively and perfectly presented. Aside from being a superb piece of film-making and story-telling it’s an important film. In my estimation an incredibly important film."
"The young filmmaker builds a poignant, three-dimensional portrait of the saxophonist-club owner as both a humble, uncompromising yet open-minded jazz lover, but also a very private, enigmatic individual who suffered from chronic depression."
"The film excels in its use of archive material. Music revolutions have come and gone but jazz and its infinite possibilities endure."
"A subtle portrait of a complicated man, Murray has made an exemplary documentary worthy of its subject."