The picture above is from just before the opening of Ronnie Scott’s club at 39 Gerrard Street in October 1959. It comes from David Taylor’s website which is a treasure trove of information about this period.
Here , for example is a good collection of the JOKES.
Here’s betting that there will be quite a few more??!!
Where are the jokes?
Send in the jokes!
On the photo, the guy in the dinner suit is Bobby Schwartz of whom I have many stories. Ronnies joke about the flies referred to half a million flies, not a thousand. Then there is the Indian cloakroom attendant Mahatma Coat. Plus *you’re not eating that stuff are you,sir” to a member of the audience “should it glow in the dark?”
Len Weinreich posted this one:
<>“We get some great jazz fans in the club. Like Erwin Rommel. Did you know that Rommel was a great jazz fan? He used wander around the western desert shouting ‘Wes Montgomery? Wes Montgomery?'”<>