Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton

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Last Show: Saturday 16 th February 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton take a trip through the Great American Songbook and beyond, finding the often surprising routes that connect such songwriters as Gershwin, Arlen and Porter with Britain’s Ray Noble and Jimmy Kennedy as well as the French masters Michel Legrand and Charles Aznavour.  Paul, a favourite vocalist of the late jazz critic Jack Massarik, provides revealing anecdotes and stories behind the songs deploying the trademark irreverent humour he shares with Kenny, one of the UK’s leading pianists and arrangers, who has been musical director for a host of major stars including Petula Clark, Matt Monro, Dick Haymes and Charles Aznavour.  Together, Paul and Kenny have performed in Spain and France and at London’s major jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s, the Hippodrome Casino, the Crazy Coqs, Pizza Express Soho and, of course, the Pheasantry where they recorded the album Blame It On My Youth – Live.  

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"A rare treat...guaranteed to make you feel better."

Sir Michael Palin

Paul Ryan “sings with a knowledge and understanding of the nuances and wit of the great lyricists…each song a narrative…personal and poignant, opening a thousand memories…”

-          Matthew Wright, Jazzwise