Timing is everything. Especially with jazz. And today’s Sonic Reducers topic couldn’t come at a better time for me.
I’ve spent the past few weeks re-reading several biographies of Miles Davis, along with his own memoir. So I am beyond intrigued to find out that the legendary trumpeter — who I was lucky enough to see back in the ’80s — will be one of several artists featured in the upcoming documentary Ronnie’s, a documentary by Oliver Murray that chronicles the life and times of saxophonist Ronnie Scott and his world-famous London jazz club. According to the press release, the film will include previously unseen and unheard performances by Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, Van Morrison, Sarah Vaughan, Roland Kirk and many more. I’m there. And so is my fellow Sonic Reducer Eric Alper. Come along as we talk about Ronnie’s, try to explain its importance and influence in the jazz world, and long for the good old days when pretty much every major city had its own rich music scenes and landmark clubs like this. Sonic Reducers. One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know. Plus jazz hands!