The fantastic thing about the jazz circuit in the UK is that it's encompassing musicians perform everywhere; you're just as likely to catch a genre-leading player in a cosy west London pub as you are in one of the nations iconic jazz venues. I am, however, noting this quirk as the predominant reason that many of us just simply do not visit as many of the aforementioned venues which are available to us; as a writer of this jazz blog I only made my first trip to 'The Vortex' last week, and I've still not been to London's '606'... shameful.
Welcome then, to the blog's new series of posts aimed at giving you a descriptive insight into the inner aesthetics of the jazz clubs that make up the nation's scene. The place to start was a no brainer...
Considering that it is consistently regarded as one of the world’s most famous jazz venues, you'd be forgiven for expecting elements of The Ronnie Scotts aesthetic not to live up to its grandiose tag, but it just does. The place is dripping in atmosphere, a constant residue of the incredible roster of musicians that the room has played host to throughout its history. Once that tingling feeling that seems to involuntarily meander down your spine upon entry stops, a sideways glance reveals a cascading wall of padded chairs, each ornamented with a dimly lit table lamp and accentuating the room’s style. In fact there's such a sense of style to everything that when I first visited I almost felt like an intruder; not in a sinister way, I just automatically adopted a 'I am not worthy' type sentiment. Finally, as if the place isn't iconic enough by reputation, the walls are draped in pictures of jazz legends which you startlingly realize will have performed on the very stage that you look upon, it’s a genuinely bizarre notion.
Ronnie scotts is a special venue, not just for the giants of jazz that it has accommodated throughout its lifetime, but for the constant adaptation and versatility within its program, assuring jazz a hub in the center of London.
I've not even spoken about their incredible upcoming dates and I'm making myself want to get back down there