The renowned restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet has one other skill. He's also a jazz pianist.

Following a run of sold out gigs, Jay Rayner returns to Crazy Coqs with The Jay Rayner Quartet: Songs of Food and Agony: an ensemble of top flight musicians will perform tunes from the Great American food and drink songbook including Dexter Gordon's Cheesecake, Tom Wait's Eggs and Sausage and Stephen Sondheim's Ladies who Lunch. There will be standards from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Harry Warren, and Hoagy Carmichael.

Alongside anecdotes from his life being paid to eat out on somebody else's dime, he also talks about growing up with a mother, Claire Rayner, who was an agony aunt and plays tunes that draw on the narratives of the problem page letter.

With the singer Pat Gordon Smith, bassist Robert Rickenberg and saxophonist Dave Lewis.

The Jay Rayner Quartet performance on 19th November 2019 is part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

For this special London Jazz Festival gig at the Crazy Coqs, Jay Rayner and his ensemble of top flight musicians will dig deep into the music of some of the jazz greats he loves most, including Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver. Alongside that there will be a few choice cuts form the Great American Songbook; tunes which have become a key part of the jazz cannon, as well as stories from a life that has managed to merge a love of music with a love of food. With the singer Pat Gordon Smith, bassist Robert Rickenberg and saxophonist Dave Lewis.

Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs. To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit us online at


Before and during the shows, cocktails, wines, champagnes and snacks are available. We would also encourage you to enjoy a meal in the Brasserie before or after a performance.


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