Redecorating Ronnie's




A 12-metre-square hoarding featuring a classic and pertinent Ronnie Scott joke will cover the club's façade while redecorations take place

The club may be under redecoration, but Ronnie Scott's is still very much Ronnie's.

The Soho club will pay inimitable tribute to its founder with a giant 12-metre-square hoarding depicting the late saxophonist, which will cover the front of the building during refurbishment.

Scott co-founded the legendary club in 1959 with saxophonist Pete King, originally operating out of a basement on Gerrard Street before moving to a larger venue on Frith Street.

The image of Ronnie smoking a cigarette outside the club was taken by Val Wilmer and features a typical joke from the club founder: "I love this place, it's just like home, filthy and full of strangers."

The hoarding will be in place from 20 September.

Coincidentally, in the September issue of JJ the editor applauds Ronnie's for sustaining both quality and variety in the face of challenges to old institutions such as the Bull's Head in Barnes:

"The cynic might say Ronnie's now rides in larger part than ever on tourist capital, but whatever the economics, it's continuing to present jazz of a breadth and calibre not seen elsewhere in the UK. Recently and ahead there's a truly eclectic and healthy roster, from Tribal Tech's fusion (a London début coup too) to vintage soul-jazz from Grant Green Jnr and Jimmy Cobb to the M-Base-like avantism of Rudresh Mahanthappa, the swing of Chris Barber's Big Band and, to the ed's personal delight, Italian trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, who played a stunning set at Ystad in August."

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Benjamin Amure


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