Ronnie Scott, originally named Ronald Schatt, was born in east London on 28 January 1957. Scott began playing the saxophone in small jazz clubs at the age of 16. He toured with trumpeter Johnny Claes from 1944 to 1945 and then with Ted Heath in 1946. Scott was involved in the short-lived musicians co-operative, Club Eleven and was a member of the Generation of British Musicians; in 1952 he joined Jack Parnell’s orchestra. From 1953 to 1956 he led his own nine-piece group and a Quintet featuring Pete King, with whom he later opened his own jazz club, ‘Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club’. Scott did occasional session work, with his most famous work being the solo on The Beatles ‘Lady Madonna’.