The first film up will be Ronnie’s, a chronicle about saxophonist Ronnie Scott, one of the best British jazz musicians, and his also legendary London jazz/rock club. Ronnie’s features a number of previously unseen and unheard performances by other standouts, including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, and… Hendrix.
The section that stars Hendrix features the guitar player sitting in with Eric Burdon and the band War at the club. The performance came on September 16, 1970, and it’s the last-ever gig from Hendrix before his sad, untimely death two days later on September 18.
The clip of the performance (below) comes from director Oliver Murray who was searching for bootlegs from Ronnie Scott’s (an arduous process that involved tenuous digging through hours of archival footage) and was on the hunt for this mythical Hendrix bootleg. Murray found a bartender from that night to unearth this rare moment.
The second Hendrix-featured movie is called Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui.
That film is a Grammy-nominated work from 2020 that is finally making its long-awaited theatrical debut this month. The movie is set to simultaneously premiere in Buffalo, Oklahoma City, Tacoma, and a number of cities in California. Other showings will take place in Boston, Vancouver B.C., Albuquerque Tulsa, Portland (OR), San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Orlando.
The film’s press statement says the following:
“Directed by John McDermott and produced by Janie Hendrix, George Scott and McDermott, Music, Money, Madness… Jimi Hendrix In Maui incorporates never before released original footage and new interviews with firsthand participants and key players such as bassist Billy Cox, recording engineer Eddie Kramer, Warner Bros. executives, and several Rainbow Bridge cast members, as well as its director Chuck Wein.”