The Rolling Stones play a secret jazz concert in London in honor of Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones played an intimate and secret concert in London to celebrate their late drummer Charlie Watts earlier this week (December 6).

Hosted by legend Jools Holland, the band of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards and former bassist Billy Wyman jammed at Ronnie Scott’s house in Soho. Watts’ family and friends were also in attendance.

Jools Holland also fronted a house band with Dave Green, Ben Waters and Axel Zwingenberger. Green was also a childhood friend of Charlie Watts.

“Trouble in My Mind”

This special gig also saw the Rolling Stones touring band join us.

Singer Lisa Fischer performed the track “Trouble in My Mind”while saxophonist Tim Ries also played a special composition called “Blues for Charlie”.

Fischer also performed a live duet with Bernard Fowler “Above My Head”.

This gig ended with a jam session by Watts’ Rolling Stones bandmates Jagger, Richards and Wood. The trio performed the tracks “Down the Road Everyone” and “Shame Shame Shame”.

This special gig comes 35 years after the Rolling Stones played a similar gig for their keyboardist and co-founder Ian Stewart. This concert took place on February 23, 1986 and featured Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton as well as Simon Kirke and Jeff Beck of Bad Company.

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Charlie Watts died aged 80 in August.

After his death, the band released this statement, “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation”.

“We kindly ask that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends be respected during this difficult time.” More on that here.

Band members also paid tribute to Charlie Watts after his death. See how Jagger, Wood and Richards paid tribute to their teammate and friend here.

Despite his death, the Rolling Stones continued their tour. Mick Jagger recently shared a glimpse of what that experience was like.

Internet star Nandi Bushell also paid a very unique tribute to Watts.

The band also took to Twitter to remind fans of their merchandise offering through their website. check it out here.

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