Ronnie Scott’s, one of the world’s most famous jazz nightclubs, hasinstalled a 32-channel Allen & Heath ML3000 live sound VCA consolein its London venue. The console joins an Allen & Heath GL3300 atthe club, which also includes a second room for pop and rock acts.
“We have relied on Allen & Heath mixers for many years and havealways been satisfied with the results,” said sound engineer MilesAshton. “Having a desk with VCA groups and swept highpass filters hasnever been an option before because of a lack of space. Our new ML3000is fantastic; advanced features in a compact mixer.”
Ronnie Scott’s caters to a high caliber of international artists,often with full-sized bands and excellent sound quality is of paramountimportance. However, the club was designed as an intimate venue and isnot large in scale. “From an audio perspective, we tread a very fineline balancing monitors and front of house with direct acoustic sound,”Ashton added. “Not only that, but the sound booth is only a few feetsquare, so the mixers need to be comparatively compact for thesophisticated functionality required.”
Located initially in a basement in the heart of Soho in London’sWest End, the club was opened in late 1959 by renowned British jazztenor sax player Ronnie Scott and fellow saxophonist Pete King. Theclub, which is open nightly from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., relocated to largerpremises in Soho in 1965.
Scott and King successfully negotiated with the British Musician’sUnion and the American Federation of Musicians to ease the restrictionsthat prevented American jazzmen from visiting the UK in the early1960s, paving the way for a string of high-profile showcases at RonnieScott’s. Zoot Sims, the first U.S. jazz musician to play at the club,was soon followed by Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard and BenWebster; virtually every jazz great has played there since.
Scott, who was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to jazzin 1981, died in 1996. King continues to run the club.
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