23 ottobre 2019


Si scopre domani a Londra al 39 di Gerrard Street - dove oggi c'è un ristorante taiwanese - una delle mitiche targhe blu atte a commemorare luoghi di particolare interesse storico e culturale della città: fu lì la prima sede del Ronnie Scott’s Club, inaugurato appunto da Ronnie Scott e Pete King il 30 ottobre 1959. L'evento viene salutato da due testimoni d'eccezione, Richard Williams (Ronnie Scott’s at 60), che però non riuscì mai ad entrarvi, e Mike Westbrook (At The Old Place), che vi suonò spesso con le sue band - finanche l'ultima sera d'apertura del locale, il 25 maggio 1968 - gettando le basi di Release, Celebration e Marching Song. Mike sarà presente di persona alla cerimonia, e ricorda: "A commemorative blue plaque at 39 Gerrard Street in the heart of what became London’s Chinatown, is a permanent tribute to Ronnie Scott and Pete King, whose vision it was to create a jazz club in London to match those they had seen in New York. For me the plaque is a reminder of the countless hours spent in that basement, first as a listener then, when it became The Old Place, as a performer. I remember the stable mates with whom I had the privilege of sharing that small stage and mourn all those we’ve lost, including, from The Concert Band, Mike Osborne, Paul Rutherford and Harry Miller. And John Jack who held everything and everyone together. The ramifications of the music of the Old Place generation continue to spread far and wide. It’s good to be reminded of where it all started".

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/oldplace_cd.shtml
https://thebluemoment.com/2019/10/18/ronnie-scotts-at-60
https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/static/assets/ronnie_scotts_history.pdf