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Jazz Piano: A Love Story

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

26/02/2012 9:00 am
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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 a journalist, writer, broadcaster, food critic and jazz musician. His documentary The Truth About Food Prices was watched by 2.2 million people. He has appeared as a judge on MasterChef and the Great British Waste Menu and has sat on the judging panel of Top Chef Masters in the US. He chairs BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. Jay’s first album A Night of Food and Agony examined the relationship between jazz and two key themes in his life: food and drink. His one man show My Dining Hell which documents bad reviews and his worst dining experiences, was performed in London and Edinburgh. Jay is the regular food critic for The Guardian and Observer.

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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