NEWS: Ronnie Scott’s Celebrates 60th Birthday

The famous jazz club has created a jazz 60 playlist to celebrate its 60th birthday.

Kicking off its 60th birthday celebrations, Ronnie Scott’s have revealed the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz 60 playlist – a list filled with sixty iconic jazz albums which have been selected by a panel of renowned jazz artists, broadcasters and industry professionals.

Ronnie Scott’s was originally opened in 1959 by saxophonists Ronnie Scott and Pete Kin, becoming one of the world’s best known jazz clubs. Although it originally opened its doors in a small basement at 39 Gerrard Street, it soon moved to its current location at the 47 Frith Street in 1965.

Since its beginnings, the club has presented a wide variety of acts from the biggest names in jazz as well as supporting and presenting hotly-tipped rising stars. Recent musicians to perform at Ronnie Scott’s include  Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Georgie Fame and Billy Cobham as well as up-and-coming musicians such as Nubya Garcia, Keyon Harrold and Moses Boyd.

As well as a number of special events taking place throughout the year, the celebrations have begun with the announcement of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz 60 Playlist which is comprised with some of the  most important and significant jazz albums from the last sixty years.

Albums to be included on the list includes The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out, Ella Fitgerald’s  Ella In Berlin: Mack the Knife and Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution.

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. Meanwhile, broadcasters and journalists such as Giles 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.

The club has also created a Spotify playlist, featuring one track from each album on the list for jazz fans to listen to here.

Talking about the playlist Managing Director of Ronnie Scott’s, Simon Cooke, said:“With such an incredible array of artists to choose from, selecting the most significant jazz albums of the last 60 years was never going to be straightforward. Our 40 aficionados nominated over 800 albums which have been whittled down to a definitive list that not only reflects the jazz of the past 60 years, but looks to the future too; just as we do at Ronnie Scott’s.”

The full list of albums on the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz 60 Playlist are:

Alice Coltrane                                                    Journey in Satchidananda

Archie Shepp                                                     Attica Blues

Art Blakey                                                           Moanin’

Betty Carter                                                       The Audience with Betty Carter

Bill Evans                                                              Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Cannonball Adderley                                     Somethin’ Else

Charles Mingus                                                 Mingus Ah Um

Charles Mingus                                                 The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Chick Corea                                                        Now He Sings, Now He Sobs

Courtney Pine                                                   Journey to the Urge Within

The Dave Brubeck Quartet                         Time Out

Dave Holland                                                     Extensions

Dexter Gordon                                                 Go

Ella Fitzgerald                                                     Ella In Berlin: Mack the Knife

Eric Dolphy                                                          Out to Lunch!

Esbjörn Svensson Trio                                    Seven Days of Falling

Esperanza Spalding                                         Emily’s D+Evolution

Frank Sinatra                                                      Sinatra at the Sands

Freddie Hubbard                                              Red Clay

George Benson                                                Breezin’

Gregory Porter                                                 Water

Hank Mobley                                                     Soul Station

Herbie Hancock                                                Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock                                                Maiden Voyage

Horace Silver                                                      Song for My Father

Jaco Pastorius                                                    Jaco Pastorius

Joe Henderson                                                 Page One

John Coltrane                                                    A Love Supreme

John Coltrane                                                    Giant Steps

Kamasi Washington                                        The Epic

Keith Jarrett                                                       The Köln Concert

Kurt Elling                                                            The Messenger

Lee Morgan                                                        The Sidewinder

Loose Tubes                                                       Loose Tubes

The Mahavishnu Orchestra                         Birds of Fire

Mark Murphy                                                    Stolen Moments

Mary Lou Williams                                           Black Christ of the Andes

Michael Brecker                                               Tales of the Hudson

Miles Davis                                                         Kind of Blue

Miles Davis                                                         In a Silent Way

Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley        Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley

Oliver Nelson                                                     The Blues and the Abstract Truth

Ornette Coleman                                             The Shape of Jazz to Come

Oscar Peterson Trio                                        Night Train

Pat Metheny Group                                       Still Life (Talking)

Robert Glasper                                                 Black Radio

Roy Hargrove                                                     Earfood

Sarah Vaughan                                                  Ronnie Scott’s Presents Sarah Vaughan Live

Shirley Horn                                                       Here’s to Life

Stan Getz & João Gilberto                            Getz/Gilberto

Sonny Rollins                                                     The Bridge

Sons of Kemet                                                  Your Queen is a Reptile

Stan Tracey                                                         Jazz Suite Inspired by Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood”

Sun Ra                                                                  The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume One

Tubby Hayes                                                      Tubbs in N.Y.

Wayne Shorter                                                 Speak No Evil

Weather Report                                               Heavy Weather

Wes Montgomery                                           The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

Wynton Marsalis                                              Black Codes (From the Underground)

Yussef Kamaal                                                   Black Focus

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