At moments when the Ronnie Scott's audience seemed underwhelmed by his recitation of forthcoming attractions, Ronnie would round off the list- deadpan- with "Peters & Lee, the Dagenham Girl Pipers and the Red Arrows." (above)
There are many nights in May when I would very happily find myself in the club.
Critical attention will focus on May 24th, a stellar quartet heading off around Europe which will be, among other things, a tussle for supremacy between Manchester and New York dialects: Gwilym Simcock, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Swallow and Mike Walker.
And how about vibraphonist Roy Ayers (Apr 26-30) , or guitarist John Scofield (May 1st). Or guitarist Wayne Krantz, vocal legend Annie Ross, or Manhattan Transfer., or alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, or Nat king Cole's brother singer-pianist Freddy Cole.
May looks indeed like a strong month's programming at Ronnie's. Even without the Red Arrows.