Monday 25th February 2019
£25.00 - £42.50
It has been named jazz’s greatest year and there was definitely something in the air in 1959 and it wasn’t only NASA: Castro took over Cuba, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash, Pan Am started regular flights around the world and NASA sent 7 astronauts into space.
Ronnie Scott’s, the cornerstone of the UK jazz scene was founded in 1959. The idea of opening a jazz club along the lines of the intimate and bustling venues of New York’s 52nd Street was hatched by two ardent jazz fans who happened to be very much part of a burgeoning modern jazz movement of the late fifties: tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott who had since the late forties, wowed the bebop brigade in a series of bands commencing with the nine-piece which featured his business partner to be and fellow saxophonist Pete King.
Three greats of jazz died – Lester Young, Billie Holiday and Sidney Bechet but born out of so much world turmoil were a spate of jazz masterpieces.
KIND OF BLUE
In March, with the help of Bill Evans, Miles Davis created the definitive jazz album in A Kind of Blue where instead of playing through chord changes he explored modal jazz. An exceptional band consisting of Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly on piano, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on saxes and Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb on rhythm themes were laid out and then they improvised.
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