The legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club has launched its third biennial Instrument Amnesty through its charitable arm.
Jools Holland is just one of the star names backing the cause.
“Owning your own instrument is key to becoming an accomplished musician; unfortunately, this is not a cost all families and schools can afford. Our initiative helps tackle this issue and we are glad to help support young aspiring musicians in their musical journey.” – Fatine Boumaaz, Head of Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation
Members of the public are encouraged to donate musical instruments and equipment, which are then distributed to music programmes working with young people in challenging environments in the UK and overseas. Donors are then given a tracking number so that they can stay informed of the final destination of their donations.
Since 2015, the initiative has donated 350 instruments to young people to help support their music education. Beneficiaries have included Play for Progress in Croydon, which delivers therapeutic and educational arts programmes for child refugees across London; Kinetika Bloco, a performance group in Tulse Hill which engages South London Youth with creative arts; and In Place Of War in Manchester, which delivers arts programming for young people living in war-zones.
In previous years, the Instrument Amnesty has been supported by the likes of Sam Smith and Norah Jones, with some big names confirmed for 2019.
This year’s campaign is kick-started by composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster Jools Holland OBE, who will be part of a special call-to-action video to launch the campaign. Two-time Grammy award-nominated trumpet player Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah is donating a Bach TR500 student trumpet. He is joined by James McVey, lead guitarist of the British pop rock band The Vamps, and award-winning singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, who will also be donating instruments.
“I’m really excited to donate this guitar. In this crazy world of politics and technology I think it’s important to nurture passion for music. I hope it goes to a great cause.” – James McVey
Members of the public who would like to donate a musical instrument to the 2019 Instrument Amnesty should ensure their instrument is in good condition before dropping it off at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT) on Saturday 20th July from 10am – 4pm.
For large instrument donations or for more information, please contact Fatine Boumaaz via email. All instruments are welcome, from piccolos to double basses!
Alongside the institution’s important charity work, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club will also celebrate its landmark 60th birthday in 2019 and will be commemorating the occasion with several birthday events throughout the year, including a street party which will coincide with this year’s instrument amnesty. Donors will be treated to al-fresco jazz, champagne, street food and fun for all the family from 12 noon until 6pm. Also on the 60th anniversary calendar is A Night at Ronnie Scott’s Sixty Years Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. This night to remember will take place on 31st October.
This Soho institution has become one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs and the ultimate must-visit venue for jazz fans. Established in 1959 by saxophonists Ronnie Scott and Pete King, the club opened its doors in a small basement at 39 Gerrard Street in London’s West End. It was the place where local musicians could jam and showcased the best of British jazz talent as well as introducing many top American and international jazz artists to British jazz fans later on.
In 1965, the club moved to its current home at 47 Frith Street and there it remains to this day. Since the early days of Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and Miles Davis, the club continues to present the biggest names in jazz as well as supporting and presenting hotly tipped rising stars and visionary new tastemakers. Recent artists to play at the club have included Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Georgie Fame and Billy Cobham, as well as up-and-coming musicians such as Nubya Garcia, Keyon Harrold and Moses Boyd. The club celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019.