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Ronnie Scott’s Soho Jazz Club brought alive,
Rollins, and Davis, Nina and Ella,
Jimi and Georgie, Van the Man and Chet,
They all played there whilst all of us went there.
One time in London, at a conference,
I needed music to empty my head,
Arrive at club to see Madelaine Bell,
“Table for one sir?” they ask at the door.
Say “Sadly yes.”, hand over a score,
A waitress is called, she’s half of my age,
Leads me in through the crowd, down to the front,
Seats me at table on edge of the stage.
I’m at the table for one at Ronnie’s.
Harry Rogers, in the yellow room, 17th November 2020.