Klay The Pianist

Klay The Pianist

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Location London
Starting from £248
2 Reviews

Outstanding London-based pianist with wide and varied performance experience.

  • Highlights
  • Electric piano and amplification provided
  • Diverse repertoire of jazz standards, pop classics, show tunes, TV/film themes and R&B
  • Performance schedule can be tailored to suit the format of your event

About


Since winning a MOBO in 1998 for Best Jazz Act, pianist Klay has worked with many artists including Roy Ayers, Dennys Baptiste, Jeff Kashiwa, Jocelyn Brown and guitarist Martin Taylor M.B.E. He has released three solo albums and has played at many top international Jazz Festivals including Nice, North Sea, Cork and Ingostadt. 

Aside from hotels, conferences and parties he has also played at Ronnie Scott’s, 606 club, Pizza express Dean Street, The National Theatre and The Jazz Cafe.

Until its closure, Klay was a regular feature at the Soho Pizzeria in Beak Street where his mixture of Jazz standards, TV Themes and RnB classics drew an appreciative audience.

One of his current projects is solo piano repertoire - Music from the great depression where he performs compositions by the great English stride pianist of the day - Billy Mayerl, and from across the Atlantic, George Gershwin and his masterpiece - Rhapsody In Blue.

Other repertoire includes Jazz standards, Pop classics, Show tunes, TV and Film themes, contemporary pop and RnB. Bespoke repertoire can be provided on request.

All prices are based on 2 hour set with Klay providing an electric piano and amplification. If there is a piano available at the venue then the advertised fee will be less.

Own work:

Aside from creating the 1998 MOBO award winning JAZZ STEPPERS, pianist and composer Klay has worked in many subtly different genres. 

Early 90s Acid Jazz group Zaeus lead to studio projects with ex-Mother Earth vocalist Meryl Kenton (who can be heard on Klay's  2008 release 'URBANITY‘). This ultimately resulted in the groove based JAZZ STEPPERS album being commissioned by Ralph Tee of UK label Passion Jazz - co-founded by Shakatak's Bill Sharpe.

As a result of the success of this release Klay was commissioned to record his album ON REFLECTION for UK label Timewarp in 2000.

In 2005, Klay worked with Drummer Tony Mason, Bassist Randy Hope-Taylor, Keyboardist Greg Assing, Guitarist Tim Cansfield and Vocalist Weston Forster to produce PARK LANE, a UK answer to The Rippingtons. The band featured at the St Lucia Jazz Festival that year.

URBANITY was released independently in 2008 and is a collection of studio projects featuring different vocalists and instrumentalists.

RITMO was released in January 2010 and received critical acclaim in the USA where it reached 34 in the independent smooth jazz chart and stayed in the chart for over three months. 

Repertoire


1920's / 30's 

  • Evening Primrose - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast/Mid
  • Look Lively - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast
  • Virginia Creeper - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast
  • Hollyhock - Billly Mayerl - Tempo: Fast
  • Marigold - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast/Mid
  • Honkytonk - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast
  • Autumn Crocus - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Slow
  • Jazz Master - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast
  • White Heather - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast/Mid
  • All Of A Twist - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast/Mid
  • Wistaria - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast/Mid
  • Shallow Waters - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Slow
  • Sweet William - Billy Mayerl - Tempo: Fast/Mid
  • Rhapsody In Blue - George Gershwin
  • Anything Goes - Cole Porter

Jazz Standards

  • Aint Missbehavin' 
  • Alfie
  • All Blue
  • All The Things You Are
  • Anthropology
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Caravan
  • Darn That Dream
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Giant Steps
  • God Bless The Child
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • How High The Moon
  • I Could Write A Book
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Barry Norman Film 1998/9/etc theme)
  • Just  A Gigolo
  • Love Is The Sweetest Thing
  • Lullaby Of Birdland
  • Lush Life
  • Moody's Mood
  • My Favourite Things
  • My Very Good Friend The Milkman
  • Naima
  • Night And Day
  • Round Midnight
  • So What
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Spain
  • St Thomas
  • They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • Waltz For Debbie

Pop, Soul and RnB

  • After The Love Has Gone - Earth Wind And Fire
  • Always A woman to Me - Billy Joel
  • Dinorah Dinorah - George Benson
  • Don't You Worry About A Thing - Stevie Wonder
  • Dreams Do Come True - Stevie Wonder
  • I Am Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
  • I Can't Help It - Michael Jackson
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Elton John
  • I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby
  • If I Ever Lose This Feeling - Average White Band
  • If You Leave Me know - Chicago
  • Just The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
  • Love Dance - George Benson
  • One Hundred Ways - Quincy Jones
  • Scarborough Fair - Simon And Garfunkle
  • Summer Soft - Stevie Wonder
  • Tell Me A Bedtime Story - Quincy Jones
  • What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  • You Don't Know My Name - Alicia Keys

Film and TV Themes

  • Alfie
  • Billion Dollar Brain
  • Cheers
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Ipcress File
  • The Odd Couple 
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Star Trek (original 60's theme)

Latin

  • Agua De Beber
  • At First Sight - Eliane Elias
  • Call Me
  • Desifinado
  • Dreamer
  • El Cuarto De Tula - Buena Vista Social Club
  • Favela ( Oh Morro) - Jobim
  • Love Reborn - George Duke
  • Meditation - Jobim
  • One Note Samba

Jazz Fusion

  • It Happens Everyday - Joe Sample
  • Revelation - The Yellowjackets
  • Street Life - Crusaders
  • I've Got Your Image - Cameo
  • Last Call - The Crusaders
  • Moody's Mood - George Benson
  • Dinorah Dinorah - Geroge Benson
  • Song For Carla - Yellowjackets
  • Motet - Yellowjackets
  • Seven Stars - Yellowjackets
Line-Up

  • Solo Piano

2 Reviews

Top reviews

Lauren Walsh

Event: Wedding
Location: Hertfordshire
5/5

He was asked very last minute and prepared all the songs we wanted. He was brilliant and had great feedback about him from the guests at the wedding. Highly recommended!


Liz Johnson

Event: Private Party
Location: West Sussex
5/5

Klay gets 6 out of 5! He was excellent in every respect and I wouldn't hesitate in requesting him again or recommending him to others. With many thanks.


    Pricing

    We give you a bespoke price based on the exact location of your event. The pricing below is based on a central location for your area so you have an idea of what your price will be. The exact price will be given in the booking process after you’ve provided the location details.

    East
    • Cambridgeshire £248
    • Norfolk £322
    • Suffolk £322
    East Midlands
    • Derbyshire £347
    • Leicestershire £322
    • Lincolnshire £322
    • Northamptonshire £248
    • Nottinghamshire £248
    • Rutland £347
    North East
    • North Yorkshire £347
    • South Yorkshire £347
    • West Yorkshire £347
    • Yorkshire £347
    North West
    • Cheshire £347
    • Cumbria £347
    • Lancashire £347
    • Manchester £347
    • Merseyside £347
    Scotland
    • Ayrshire £620
    • Dumfriesshire £620
    • East Lothian £620
    • Fife £620
    • Lanarkshire £620
    • Midlothian £620
    • Stirlingshire £620
    • West Lothian £620
    South East
    • Bedfordshire £248
    • Berkshire £248
    • Buckinghamshire £248
    • East Sussex £248
    • Essex £248
    • Hampshire £248
    • Hertfordshire £248
    • Isle of Wight £322
    • Kent £248
    • London £248
    • Middlesex £248
    • Oxfordshire £248
    • Surrey £248
    • Sussex £248
    • West Sussex £248
    South West
    • Cornwall £347
    • Devon £347
    • Dorset £248
    • Somerset £248
    • Wiltshire £347
    West Midlands
    • Gloucestershire £248
    • Herefordshire £347
    • Shropshire £322
    • Staffordshire £322
    • Warwickshire £322
    • Worcestershire £322

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    FAQs

    How long do you play for?  Standard set times are 1 hour or 2 x 45 mins although longer performances are negotiable.

    Can you provide the piano?  Yes, I have an electric piano and amplification.

    Can you play requests?  Of course! I play by ear as well as reading so if I don't know it I can busk it or learn it depending on the difficulty of the piece. I have a large repertoire of Jazz, show tune and pop classics. If I don't know it or can't busk it I can learn it if you let me know in time.

    What kind of music do you play?  I was classicaly trained before studying Jazz at Leeds. I have a very good ear and I also read so I can play pretty much anything you wish. I play Jazz standards - anything from Charlie Parker, Monk, Miles Davis to George Duke, The Crusaders and The Yellowjackets, Latin e.g. Jobim, Buena Vista Social Club, Astrud Giberto, Pop and RnB classics e.g. Elton John, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, TV and Film themes such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Star Trek and The Odd Couple...

    What areas do you cover? I can play wherever required. See 'PRICES' for details.

    How long do you need to set up?  30 mins should be ample time. (Excluding load in time - parking, moving equipment into venue etc.)

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