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Ronnie Scott
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    (January 28, 1927-December 23, 1996)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Ronald Schatt
    Tenor saxophonist
    Recorded the albums ‘Boppin’ at Esquire’ (1948), ‘The Couriers of Jazz!’ (1958), ‘The Night Is Scott and You’re So Swingable’ (1965), ‘When I Want Your Opinion, I’ll Give It To You’ (1965), ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ (1969), and ‘Never Pat a Burning Dog’ (1990)
    Founded Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (1959)
    He was better remembered for his club than his playing.
    He rarely recorded during the last few decades of his life.
    He fathered two children out of wedlock.
    He suffered from depression.
    He died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates.
    Charlie Mingus said, ‘Of the white boys, Ronnie Scott gets closest to the Negro blues feeling.’
    He played sax on the Beatles’ ‘Lady Madonna’ and Phil Collins’ ‘I Missed Again.’
    As emcee at Ronnie Scott’s, he was known for his quips like ‘Our next guest is one of the finest musicians in the country. In the city, he’s crap’ and ‘I love this place. It’s just like home – filthy and filled with strangers.’
    Musicians and singers who released live albums recorded at Ronnie Scott’s include Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Blossom Dearie, Anita O’Day, Soft Machine, Taj Mahal, Curtis Mayfield, Lisa Stansfield, Charlie Watts, and Jeff Beck.
    Ronnie Scott’s has been called ‘the spiritual home of British jazz.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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