It was in that 1959 saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in the West End where local musicians could jam. This small club has grown into the lauded jazz venue we know and love today – one of the most famous jazz clubs on the planet. It is at the cutting edge and is the place to catch visionary trailblazers and young rising stars. A firm favourite in The Atrium line up, previous years guests have included Roy Ayers, Lucky Peterson and Pee Wee Ellis, to name but a few. This year Incognito joins us to bring the Ronnie Scott’s vibe.
The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last four decades. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow it down to those that have created a uniquely British sound and have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms, and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1979 and celebrating almost 40 years of positive vibes and undiluted Jazz-Funk.