Some 56 years ago saxophonist, Ronnie Scott had a dream to open up in London the sort of club that flourished in New York – one that hosted the exponents of the new modern jazz and be bob.

Along with Pete King he rented premises in Gerrard Street, Soho where he was gradually able to build a reputation that encouraged top exponents of this new music to cross the Atlantic and play there.

Eventually the premises proved to be too small so it moved to its present address in Frith Street.

The history of the club was related with great humour by saxophonist Alex Garnett and pianist, James Pearson with fascinating screened archive footage.

The evening was a roll call of the jazz greats who performed at the club with the quintet playing numbers closely associated with them.

When the band were not playing, a feast of anecdotes were delivered – some humorous others more sinister as when the Krays tried to muscle in but were seen off by Soho’s Maltese Mafia and their “friends” the Richardsons.

Bassist Sam Burgess, drummer Chris Higginbottom, and young trumpeter Freddie Gavita completed the band’s line up, each were given opportunities to show off their talents.

Four Stars