Jazz Piano: A Love Story

Jay Rayner, Pat Gordon-Smith, Dave Lewis, Robert Rickenberg

26/02/2012 9:00 am
Kings Place, Hall 2

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


Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, perhaps best known as the restaurant critic since 1999 for The Observer. Jay appears regularly on TV, including on Masterchef. He is the presenter of The Kitchen Cabinet on Radio 4, a food panel show which reaches an audience of over 2 million people and hosts the hit Out To Lunch podcast. He has published a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction, his most recent being My Last Supper, about his search for his last meal on earth, and Chewing The Fat, a collection of his columns. He performs live across the country, both in one man shows based on his books, and as pianist with his jazz quartet which was born at Jewish Book Week in 2012.  Image cr. Johh Arandhara

Pat Gordon-Smith

Pat Gordon-Smith is a writer, children\'s rights advocate and jazz singer.

Dave Lewis

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\'.

Robert Rickenberg

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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