Thinking of going on your travels
Several places in London are well known for their music quality (eg, jazz aficionados would look no further than the famed Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, while rock lovers would probably consider the Hammersmith Apollo and Classical lovers the Royal Albert Hall). However, what makes London unique is the huge number of venues that organise concerts on a daily or weekly basis. Have a look at a website like Timeout to decide where to go. The easiest way to find tickets to the best live music shows while you are in London is through apps like DICE that doesn’t charge any booking fees. Music is generally good quality, and many concerts are free.
Back in time
Friday October 30th, 1959 – present
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, in its new home in buzzing Soho, Ronnie Scott’s is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting full to bursting audiences practically every night. Since the early days of Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie and Miles Davis, the club continues to present the biggest names in jazz including Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Kurt Elling, all of whom shun the concert halls in favour of the intimate and welcoming environs of the club. Ronnie Scott’s is also a club firmly on the cutting edge; the first place to catch hotly-tipped rising stars, visionary artists and the next big thing.
With it’s introduction of the Late Late Show, a relaxed ‘50’s speakeasy vibe with doors open till the wee hours, the Wednesday Jazz Jam (a late night instrumental jazz jam session), plus Ronnie’s Bar (upstairs at the club) eclectic programme of DJ sets and live music including Latin, jive, blues, flamenco and even tap dancing, Ronnie Scott’s has become the hang for London’s young hipsters and the place for music fans of all ages seeking jazz royalty in the worlds most stylish famous jazz club.