People still carry the flame. Ronnie’s is on a roll. Here’s an Honour Roll who was on at the late-night party on the 50th anniversary day itself, 30th October 2009.
(Kind completist LondonJazz readers, please get filling in the gaps with the rest of the names, and any thoughts about Ronnie’s at 50- I didn’t stay to the end..- so this isn’t yet, the definitive version.)
Top of the bill: Jon Hendricks
MC: Michael Mwenso
Vocalists: Aria Hendricks, Michelle Hendricks, Liane Carroll, Atila Huseyin, Gill Manly, Anita Wardell, Tina May, Jack Jaffe, Barbra Jay, Jumoke Fashola and Kai Hoffman
Trumpet: Jay Phelps
Saxophones: Alex Garnett, Mornington Lockett, Simon Bates, Stan Robinson
Piano: Leon Greening, James Pearson, Simon Wallace
Guitar: Jack Massarik
Bass: Sam Burgess, Adam King
Drums: Sebastiaan de Krom, Tristan Maillot, Dylan Howe
Percussion: Jon Newey, Paul Burnett
(Photo credit: James Eckersley)
A great night. Thanks for the 'roll call' on The Blog. A couple of others to add: Leon Greening – piano, Sam Burgess – bass, Sebastiaan de Krom – drums + Alex Garnett – alto sax opening the late show jam with some driving bebop…The early show featured the Ronnie Scott's Story recounted by James Pearson and the Ronnie Scott's All-Stars (JP + Sam Burgess & Chris Dagley) augmented by the 3 horn line-up of Jay Phelps, Alex Garnett & Mornington Lockett. Veteran tenor saxophonist Stan Robinson was invited onto the stage to speak about Ronnie and the club as well as joining the All-Stars on a couple of numbers. He depped in Ronnie's quintet many times when the guv'nor was unavailable, as well as being featured as young up and coming tenor player, aged 23 at the time, on the Sunday after the club opened in Oct 59. Leon Greening Trio with Seb de Krom and amazing young bassist Adam King provided support for the early show. Cheers,Paul Pace, Ronnie Scott's
ALSO please dont forget Barbra Jay, Jumoke Fashola and Kai Hoffman all wonderful singers, the latter 2 taking part in the final blues with Gill and Michael. ALSO Jack Masserik and Paul Burnett took part on guitar and percussion.