In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott’s, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

Last week I paid a midweek visit to the esteemed Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Frith Street, Soho.

I went along with a crew of Brixton pals to see a friend play in one of the bands performing in the Tuesday TV Nights event in the smaller Upstairs@Ronnie’s venue.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

Naturally, being the West End, I knew my wallet was set to take a battering, and that started at the door.

The club night advertises admission as £8 (or £6 with a flyer print out) – trouble was that there was no up-to-date flyer on the advertised Facebook page to print out, so eight quid it was.

Inside, any hope of buying an actual pint evaporated at the sight of a fridge full of beer bottles, and once again I was reminded of my Soho location with two small bottles of Peroni and one Camden brewery beer being charged at SEVENTEEN facking quid. The rip off bastards.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

Inside there was a mixed crowd of all ages, enjoying the jazzy sounds on offer.

I have to confess it wasn’t my kind of thing, with the volume set at a far-too-polite level and a lot of muso ‘musicianship’ on display (five string basses, doo-be-doo jazz singing, pained expressions accompanying each difficult chord, and the like) but the crowd seemed to enjoy it. But then I doubt if they cared what an old punk rocker thought anyway.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

The last band on at least had some oomph to them, with our pal the drummer thumping the kit with some much-needed aggression. This was more like it!

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

The venue has booth style seating, most of which seemed to be reserved/bagsied, so we had to stand all night.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

I felt the power of the hand dryer.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

The multi-national massive.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

Bar scene.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

The Brixton posse!

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

After the bands, a jam session kept the crowds entertained, and this charismatic fella did a grand job of engaging the crowd.

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

In photos: Jazz, jamming, and pricey drinks at Ronnie Scott's, London

More info: TV Nights at Ronnie Scott’s.