PAUL RYAN and KENNY CLAYTON have been performing together for a
over a decade, united by their love of the Great American Songbook,
and their jazz-inflected renditions of familiar standards and
overlooked gems have led them to sell out shows at Ronnie Scott's
and the Pheasantry. For the Crazy Coqs they have dipped into their
vast repertoire to present a Spring-themed show for Easter
Paul Ryan, who has been praised for his impeccable phrasing and warm baritone, is a song stylist in the great tradition of Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra
"(Ryan sings) with a knowledge and understanding of the nuances and wit of the great lyricists…each (song) a narrative…personal and poignant, opening up a thousand memories" Jazzwise
All these kiddy-crooners around today think they've got the Sinatra touch but, believe me, they're not fit to shine (Ryan's) patent-leather shoes".Jack Massarik, Evening Standard jazz critic
Kenny Clayton is one of the UK's leading pianist/composer/arrangers and musical director for such stars as Petula Clark, Matt Monro, Shirley Bassey, Dick Haymes and Charles Aznavour. His witty jazz playing draws on almost sixty years' musical experience stretching from Vivaldi to Vegas.
"Authentic genius" Tribune
So expect surprising digressions into classical themes, French chanson and old Hollywood , enlivened by revealing anecdotes and infused with the infectious humour that has become one of the duo's trademarks.
"Effortlessly stylish interpretations of the Great American Songbook". Tribune