Paul Ryan & Kenny Clayton: Blame it on My Youth

Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton return to Crazy Coqs after their sell-out debut in April and draw on their vast repertoire for a new selection of gems by Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins and other creators of the Great American Songbook.

The show's title is taken from the Oscar Levant ballad, one of many neglected classics that feature alongside familiar hits and rediscovered rarities. Ryan was a favourite vocalist of the late jazz critic Jack Massarik and his impeccable phrasing and sensitive reading of a lyric is matched by the superb musicianship that has long marked Clayton out as one of the UK's leading pianists, arrangers, composers and musical directors (for Matt Monro, Dick Haymes, Petula Clark and many more).

Each show is different but always enlivened by the duo's trademark brand of irreverent humour with revealing anecdotes and stories behind the songs. Listen out, too, for Clayton's interpolation of classical masters, from Beethoven to Debussy, in the unlikeliest places.

"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" - Matthew Wright, Jazzwise

"Effortlessly stylish interpretations of the Great American Songbook... Ryan's witty delivery (is) complemented by the quietly authentic genius of Clayton's playing" - Cary Gee, Tribune

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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