To celebrate its 60th anniversary, legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s is launching an immersive, 1959-style pop-up.
Taking over Gerry’s members club in Soho, the pop-up, called The Old Place, is set to be a replica of the original Ronnie Scott’s jazz club — just as it would have looked when it was first opened by Ronnie Scott and Pete King in 1959.
From August 19 to August 31, guests can expect to see flat boards from the original venue and loads of old photos and artwork. As visitors enter the venue, you’ll hear the voices of performers past and present, as well as audio memories from friends of the club, recounting entertaining stories from decades gone by.
As they couldn’t have the Actual original site, Gerry’s seemed like the next best thing — after all, it’s just moments away from the original 29 Gerrard Street venue. Ronnie Scott’s Managing Director Simon Cooke says “The original Ronnie Scott’s was a fairly no-frills affair, with a stage, a bar and an audience” so that’s exactly what The Old Place will be: nothing more and nothing less.
The Old Place will host a stellar line-up of jazz musicians, playing homage to legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzie Gillespie, Stan Tracey and Wes Montgomery.
Opening night (August 19) will revisit the ‘biggest year in jazz’ for a nostalgic, 1959-themed British Jazz Party. August 20 will see the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars wow guests with a rendition of the classic album ‘Giant Steps’ by John Coltrane, before dazzling the audience with a tribute to Miles Davis’ album ‘Kind of Blue’ on August 21. Check out the full lineup of events and purchase tickets here.
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