Ronnie Scott’s is a famous Jazz club in the heart of Soho. A London icon, it has hosted gigs from the most famous musicians in the world throughout the 60s, 70s and right up to the current day. They generally host 2 or 3 shows per day and are open from 5.30pm to 3am, however on Sundays they also hold a Jazz Brunch which runs from noon to 4pm with a live band between 1 and 3 pm.
This session is usually relaxed swing and they serve a lunch menu – what better way to spend a chilled Sunday afternoon. If you wish to eat there is an extra charge, but the food is good quality and the service was fast and unobtrusive on the day we were there. Once you have bought your seat ticket there is no pressure to buy either food or alcohol, the waiters refill your glasses with still water through the show.
The music was of the highest quality, a set of Wayne Shorter songs, from his time with the Miles Davis band. Every seat in the intimate venue has a good view of the stage and the sound quality is what you would expect from one of the most famous Jazz clubs in the world. The décor is dark and the lights are low, the whole place is geared to showing off the band on stage to their best effect.
The day is certainly suitable for the over 55s – relaxed, sociable, table service and very few steps. If you arrive close to the band starting time, you may have to queue even with tickets as the shows are almost always sold out. And all finished by 4 O’clock in the afternoon. The sunlight is a shock when one leaves the venue.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out.
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