Jazz Piano: A Love Story
Jay Rayner leaped at the chance to play one of the famed Steinways at King’s Place, and spoke about the music that has shaped his life, his flirtations with electro pop in the 80s, why he was drummed out of a blues band made up entirely of writers and, accompanied by a few of Britain’s best jazz musicians, will play some of his favourite numbers. We joined Jay for an hour of anecdote, reflection and an enthusiastic playing of some great music. As Jay says, ‘If you know nothing about jazz piano, I’m great. If you know anything at all, thank you for coming.’
Jay Rayner has been restaurant critic for The Observer since 1999 and some of his passions are well known. His passion for the piano – jazz in particular – is less publicised but equally profound. He has been Young Journalist of the Year, Restaurant Critic of the Year and Critic of the Year – but not all in the same year.
Pat Gordon-Smith is a writer, children's rights advocate and jazz singer.
Dave Lewis is a much revered saxophonist with the ability to play brilliantly in a host of jazz styles, whether it's as part of the 'Blockheads' or his own fabulous band '1-up' .
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, Robert Rickenberg is now firmly established as one of the country's leading jazz double bass players.
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