Ask any jazz musician in the world where they found their artistic home and, without doubt, the answer would be Birdland in New York and Ronnie Scott’s in London. No other jazz venue in Europe has ever come close to achieving the reputation and affection shown to Ronnie Scott’s, perhaps because of the rapport between Ronnie, the musicians and the aficionados. This book is a genuine treasure trove of images celebrating the best jazz musicians in the world, performing live, or relaxing in unguarded moments in a setting exclusively created for them by jazz lover Ronnie Scott and immortalised by the extraordinary Freddy Warren, an incredible talent who lived to celebrate music. This is their history and their story.
Ronnie Scott's 1959–69 delves into the unseen archive of photographer Freddy Warren. Photographs of Ronnie warming his hands around a fire and inspecting walls on the building site at Frith Street are followed by performance shots of the greats of jazz at both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Soho locations. Warren photographed every major happening at the club for more than ten years and this is the first time his vast archive of jazz photos has been accessed and published.
Art Direction and Design by Graham Marsh
Text by Simon Whittle and Graham Marsh
Hardcover, 9 x 10.75 in.; 144 pgs
150 colour and b&w photographs