Welcome to the Virtual Cinema House, a program of RCA @ Home.
Join us as we bring you exclusive access to first run and award-winning documentaries, not available on any other platform or media in Canada.
The Virtual Cinema House offers new documentary releases each week. For less than $10 per film, you can watch your selected films for up to 5 days.
The following film is available beginning April 20, 2021.
The global musical legacy of Ronnie Scott and his famous jazz club are celebrated in this feature documentary from Oliver Murray (The Quiet One).
Featuring evocative unseen archive, standout live performances that make you feel as if you are in the front row and interviews with music industry legends including Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins. The film not only shines a light on the world-famous club’s 60-year history and the uncompromising people who made it into an institution, but on the inner darkness that Ronnie lived with throughout his life, as he battled with mental illness, a battle he ultimately lost.
A revered tenor saxophonist in his own right, Ronnie Scott founded the club in London’s Soho with fellow musician and business partner Peter King. They were inspired by the vibrant post-war jazz venues they discovered on New York’s 52nd Street. Since then, Ronnie Scott’s Club has played host to the world’s greatest jazz legends, pioneering the trans-Atlantic music trade and promotion of black artists and musicians. Artists included Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Buddy Rich and Nina Simone. The venue has also hosted superstars from other genres, including Jimi Hendrix – his last performance before his death – and Lady Gaga.
Ronnie was beloved by many, from the great and famous, to the many hard-up musicians he helped. Ronnie however battled with depression and his untimely death from suicide in 1996 left the jazz community bereft of a respected leader. His legacy lives on in the venue which remains firmly on the cutting edge of the jazz scene.
Director: Oliver Murray
Runtime: 103 minutes
Country: United Kingdom