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Independent on Ronnie’s 50th

The Independent (watch out for news on June 26th!) has a feature on the Ronnie’s 50th tied in with a promotion today. It is written by the paper’s Assistant Editor Ian Burrell.

The following comments from artist Barry Fantoni raised my eyebrow……

“Ronnie and I both came from East End Jewish stock. We both played tenor sax and spent too much on booze and backing the wrong horse. When his horns were auctioned 10 years ago, I bought all of them. They are a personal treasure.”

“A more public treasure is the legacy he gave British jazz. Without his club it would most likely have withered to nothing. Because of it, the greatest musicians of their day were given a chance to entertain and educate. And Ronnie had a place to tell his jokes.”

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