The renowned restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and sometime jazz pianist JAY RAYNER returns to The Crazy Coqs after a hugely popular debut here, with THE JAY RAYNER QUARTET; HUNGRY JAZZ - an ensemble of top flight musicians performing ninety minutes of tunes from the Great American food and drink songbook.
There will be standards from the likes of Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg, alongside anecdotes from his life being paid to eat out on somebody else's dime, and stories about growing up with a mother, Claire Rayner, who was a sex advice columnist. With the singer Pat Gordon Smith, bassist Robert Rickenberg and saxophonist Dave Lewis.
Jay Rayner is The Observer's award-winning restaurant critic, a regular judge on Masterchef, food reporter on The One Show and presenter of The Kitchen Cabinet on BBC Radio 4. He's a former sex columnist for Cosmopolitan, has published seven books, none of which have troubled the bestseller lists, and once allowed himself to be waxed all over in the interests of journalism. He only mentions this because it hurt. Jay has a fine collection of flowery shirts, and a pronounced addiction to all things pig.