Ronnie Scott's celebrates half a century with Brit Jazz Fest

Posted: 5th July 2009

The famous Frith Street venue celebrates its 50 years in business in 2009 with a wallet-full of live performances during August and a hardened promise that there may well be another half a ton of gigs and appearances to come.

To keep the interest going, Ronnie Scotts have declared to ticket-holders that there is a binding link between all of the performers during this year's special festival. So get your skates and spats on - Ronnie has a rocket to launch and you are invited!

First up on August 1st is the highly regarded Julian Joseph Trio who will set the scene with the Polly Gibbons Quartet in support. Other main performers during the next month will be the Mercury Award nominated Polar Bear and the highly regarded ghetto-jazz act Soweto Kinch who, trust me, is worth a month's worth of admissions alone. Add in luminairies like Tommy Smith and Courtney Pine to the proceedings and you have an enviable plate of jazz masters to feast on at prices starting from £10 Mon to Thurs.

And as it's their 50th year, Ronnie Scott's adds value to this amazing festival by offering some 50's!.... for only £50 for a special '50:50 Pass' comes a massive 50% discount on any tickets bought for the season, giving their customers a substantial saving on concerts.

To cap it all, Joey Negro will be presenting jazz-hopefuls The Sunburst Band and The Filthy 6 onFriday 7th August - a real privilege from a true hard-core disco-jazz pioneer. Nice....

Paul Pledger