Born in Calcutta, India, on October 2, 1933, Ronnie Ross moved to the UK as a child and began playing clarinet and baritone saxophone. Ronnie’s four decade career spanned the globe, and included stints with sax legends Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, and Gerry Mulligan.
Ronnie was also a renowned session musician, working with Rod Stewart, the Beatles and perhaps most famously, Lou Reed. Walk of the Wild Side, Reed’s greatest hit, features Ross’ lonely, melodic baritone solo. In a shout out to the circle of life (or fifths), the song was produced by David Bowie, one of Ronnie’s first saxophone students.
Today, we remember Ronnie Scott and the beautifully music he brought to the baritone saxophone.