Friday, December 21, 2007
Management changes at Ronnie Scott's
London's legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott's lost its artistic director, Leo Green, after "a blazing row with Sally Greene, who bought the London venue two years ago", as Amol Rajan reports (The Independent). Green attacked other co-workers "for their musical ignorance", citing members of the management who had no idea who McCoy Tyner was. Green has firm jazz roots himself, being the son of Benny Green, a saxophonist, broadcaster and friend of the club's founder. Criticism of the club's program had been loud since it's re-opening, the jazz community being unhappy about soaring ticket prices and pop-star bookings. The club denied "reports of a rift between Mr Green and Ms Greene", even though just a month ago Green spoke publicly of "artistic differences".