Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the support of jazz and music education in the U.K and beyond. The charity has supported over fifty projects so far, benefitting hundreds of schoolchildren in 43 cities across the country. Activities include free monthly big band workshops for young musicians, sessions with established musicians in local, free-to-attend summer schools, afterschool clubs and more.
Ronnie Scott’s, one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs, has been a symbol of London and the home of British jazz since 1959. Originally set up by two musicians, Pete King and Ronnie Scott, the club was created as a hang for local musicians to come and jam. In this spirit and in response to the government’s budget cuts to arts and music education, the Foundation was launched in December 2015.
Ronnie Scott’s at 60: 1959 – 2019
Explore the history of Ronnie’s in 5 minutes! To celebrate our 60th anniversary, watch our specially commissioned animation and travel through the decades with us. From our humble beginnings on Gerrard Street in 1959, celebrating just some of the huge array of amazing artists and bands who have played over the years, to our current location on Frith Street as a thriving and beloved part of the jazz and music scene today, it’s been quite a journey. Animator: Steven Cartoccio and narrator: Stephen Fry. Enjoy!