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Steve Race

In Spencer Leigh's survey of Steve Race's life (obituary, 24 June) he states: "When he criticised Roland Kirk, the American saxophonist challenged him to join his musicians at Ronnie Scott's Club, and Race acquitted himself well," writes Ron Malings. I was present at Ronnie Scott's on the night he refers to and this is more or less what happened.

Steve Race: Musician and broadcaster best known for his association with the programme 'My Music'

Steve Race was a versatile musician and broadcaster, most often associated with jazz and with the long-running panel game, My Music, which was a success on both radio and television.

Album: Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Moon Dreams, (Challenge)

This is pure jazz gold-dust: rediscovered music by Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans written for Claude Thornhill's pre-Birth of the Cool orchestra and never released in complete form before.

Win ticket's to Mica Paris gig at Ronnie Scott's

To celebrate the legendary jazz club's 50th anniversary, The Independent has teamed up with Ronnie Scott’s and the BFI to offer readers a chance two tickets to Mica Paris' concert on Wednesday 10t June at Ronnie Scott's in London.

Ronnie Scott's at 50

From inauspicious beginnings, Ronnie Scott's has become a world-famous venue. As it celebrates its 50th birthday, Ian Burrell recalls the legends who have graced the West End club

Gilles Peterson - A man of the world

Gilles Peterson travels all over the globe as a DJ and a festival organiser. But, reports Ian Burrell, one city remains at the heart of his passion for music

Album: Madeleine Peyroux, Bare Bones (Decca)

Peyroux specialises in torch songs, ragtime jazz and chanson, but while her period stylings elevate her above the average navel-gazing songstress, it's also a little too perfectlypitched at a certain kind of vintage aesthetic. Admittedly, you wouldn't get Sarah Vaughan singing a line like "I'll be screwed like a high-school cheerleader" (from one of two songs co-written with Steely Dan's Walter Becker). And, when it sounds as lovely as "Instead", you barely care when Bare Bones was made.

Paul Carrack, Ronnie Scott's, London

Superlative talents like Paul Carrack. He replaced Jools Holland in Squeeze twice, has had spells with Roxy Music, Nicks Lowe and Cave, played sessions with The Smiths, and written songs for the Eagles. You'll know his beret, grey beard and shades from his time as singer for Mike Rutherford's Genesis off-shoot Mike + the Mechanics. But it's as a reliable professional hand in better bands' later days that Carrack has become a minor part of British rock's fabric.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Farrago, By Jim Godbolt

The editor of Ronnie Scott's in-house magazine recalls a vanished era of bad puns and trad dads

Album: Various artists, Fly Girls! B Boys Beware, (Soul Jazz)

This is the sort of thing Soul Jazz does best: a history of an under-anthologised corner of the musical world. 'Fly Girls!' collects many of the major names from the first wave of female rappers.

Album: Johnny Griffin, Live at Ronnie Scott's, (In+Out)

'Little Giant' Griffin seemed the most durable and dapper of all his hard-bop tenor generation, yet this May 2008 recording, just after his 80th birthday, was his last: he died in July.



Portico Quartet, Ronnie Scott's, London

"Has anybody here seen us busking?" Not a question you expect headliners to ask at this mecca of UK jazz, the preferred venue for US greats to hold court with their residencies.

Album: Esperanza Spalding, Esperanza (Heads Up)

Looks like Angela Davis, plays double bass like Charles Mingus, and sings like, well, anyone really. The second album by the US bass-fiddle prodigy is frustrating.

Stan Fracey, Barbican, London

Longevity is not particularly associated with the lifestyle of a jazz musician, especially one who has played smoke-filled clubs and lounges regularly through the decades: a minority have pushed beyond threescore years and ten. Which gives us at least one reason to be cheerful: Stan Tracey, at 81, is still vibrantly with us and can fill the Barbican with people who know his worth.

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