The bohemian and quirky world of Ronnie Scott’s famous Soho jazz club came to Norfolk for one night, with this sold out gig at the Norwich Playhouse.
Ostensibly a journey through the club’s history – from its chance foundation in 1959, a run in with the Krays, expansion, contraction, and more – it was really an excuse to hear some fantastically skilful musicians explore their repertoire.
The storytelling was a mixture of anecdotes, photos, and video clips, but apart from a few nuggets it was a little unfocused as a narrative.
The same could not be said for the music.
The quintet, led by pianist James Pearson, was fantastic as they ran through an eclectic set of numbers including A Pint of Bitter, Bebop, My Foolish Heart, and Alfie’s Theme.
Introduced as “Thorpe St Andrew’s answer to Louis Armstrong”, local boy Freddie Gavita impressed on Milestones, but the real standout performance was from Chris Higginbottom on drums for Cute.
Alex Garnett on saxophone and Sam Burgess on double bass completed the line up, all of whom played with an infectious joy. They were here to enjoy themselves and so was the audience – and I’m damn sure we all did.