Following the withdrawal of the 84-year-old Lou Donaldson from his London visit due to illness, the bands of Soweto Kinch and Pee Wee Ellis will fill the gap at Ronnie Scott's.

Selected highlights from the club in January now include:

Highlights at Ronnie Scott’s (020 7439 0747) in January include the Nina Simone Songbook presented by Gill Manly (1-2 January), Lee Gibson singing The Magic of Gershwin (lunch, 2), NYJO under new MD Mark Armstrong with “exciting and challenging new works” from Mike Gibbs, Nikki Iles, Jason Yarde, Julian Arguelles and Tim Garland (3-5), Lucky Peterson (10), Vinicius Cantuaria with Bill Frisell in ‘Lagrimas Mexicanas’ (11-12), Soweto Kinch (13), Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly (14-15), Freddy Cole (17-18), Ronnie Laws and Tom Browne + Jim Snidero Quartet (20-22), The Great American Songbook, with Harry Allen and Howard Alden (24-26) and Andy Sheppard (31 Jan-2 Feb).

Pee Wee Ellis and Dave Liebman in 1976

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