The famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, which was opened in 1959 by renowned saxophonists Ronnie Scott and Pete King, will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2019.
The club, located on Frith Street in the heart of London’s Soho, will see a number of special events marking its 60 years, starting with the launch of a special Ronnie Scott’s Jazz 60 playlist, chosen by renowned jazz artists, broadcasters, journalists and industry professionals.
The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz 60 is the definitive jazz playlist, comprising the 60 most important, most brilliant, most innovative and most significant jazz albums that have been recorded over the last 60 years.
Artists who have shared their personal jazz favourites include the likes of Soweto Kinch, Nubya Garcia, Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis, Billy Cobham, Claire Martin, Alex Garnett, Natalie Williams, Moses Boyd, and Monty Alexander.
Broadcasters and journalists such as Gilles Peterson, Cerys Matthews, Robert Elms, Mike Hobart, Rosie Hanley, David Freeman, Jane Cornwell, Mike Vitti and Jez Nelson have also provided their top albums. Additionally, industry expert and resident Ronnie Scott’s Music Bookings Coordinator Paul Pace also shared a list of the Jazz albums which have inspired him.
Now that all of the submissions are in, the team at Ronnie Scott’s has been able to reveal which albums have proven the most popular with the panellists and most importantly, which albums have made the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz 60 playlist.