RONNIE SCOTT’S throws open its doors for the first time in 137 days having been closed due the global Corona Virus pandemic.
We have been planning the relaunch for some time so as soon as we got the green light for live performance we moved into action.
Simon Cooke, Managing Director
Embracing the recent government announcement that indoor live music venues can reopen from August 1, the world-famous jazz venue announces its first schedule of artists.
The Soho-based club will open with a reduced capacity of 50% and with strict social distancing measures in place. Modelled on the heady jazz joints of yesteryear and blessed with a warm, intimate setting and a unique seating layout, Ronnie Scott’s is able to observe distancing guidelines without losing any of its cosy atmosphere.
The move comes after careful consideration and a poll amongst the club’s members. As testament to their loyalty and the appetite to return to live music, tickets flew out when offered to members ahead of general release.
Ronnie Scott’s will also join its Soho neighbours in the already buzzing vibe providing seated tables outside providing champagne and burgers.
The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, the last act to play before the closure, will open the club on August 1.
Featuring vocal sensation, Natalie Williams and the club’s Musical Director, James Pearson, the band present the ‘The Soho Songbook’; classic music from the jazz greats.
Other confirmed artists include one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists, the charismatic Liane Carrol, singer-songwriter and Sam Smith-collaborator Reuben James.
Jazz vocalist and ex -Puppuni Sister, Emma Smith plays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and young lion, Mark Kavuma, a prominent trumpet player on the British jazz scene.
Simon Cooke, managing Director of Ronnie Scott’s said: “It’s great to be back doing what we do, we have been looking on enviously whilst restaurants have reopened, especially as the club is laid out like a restaurant.
“We have been planning the relaunch for some time so as soon as we got the green light for live performance we moved into action.
“Our unique structure of seating lends itself to distancing, some may say the added space is an improvement! Safety of our customers, staff and artists is of paramount importance so there will be protocols for the customers, the staff and the musicians.
“It’s been reported that social distancing measures could be financially ruinous for many other music venues to open, but it would be financially ruinous for us not to.”