Vocalist and trumpet player Peter Horsfall is a rising star on the international jazz scene. With a unique voice and swinging trumpet style, his delivery is inspired by a diverse array of classic jazz and soul vocalists including Billie Holiday, Johnny Hartman, Al Green, and the tight small groups of Nat ‘King’ Cole.
Pete has made numerous appearances at legendary venues, including sellout shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Lincoln Center in New York City. He is a member of the cult London swing group Kansas Smitty’s House Band and has made regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
“Peter Horsfall’s bittersweet beautiful voice and timeless trumpet” – Suzi Klein, BBC Radio 3
Kansas Smitty’s House Band have spent the last year playing more music than ever before. Whether it’s a four-night sell-out residency at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, a late-night tent takeover at Love Supreme, or a European road trip to Scandinavia, it all comes down to one thing; their unique brand of original music.
Music this good needs a place to live. That’s why the band run their own bar on Broadway Market, where they meet to record, play, drink, and entertain audiences. Fans leap at the chance to see the band in their rightful home, and their summer series of Basement Tapes shows sold out in days. As Cerys Matthews said, ‘they dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable’. What you can be sure of seeing the Kansas Smitty’s House Band is the electric atmosphere they bring to every stage.
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer.
Jay is a former Young Journalist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Restaurant Critic of the Year, though not all in the same year. In the 2014 British Press Awards he was shortlisted for both Critic of the Year and Specialist Journalist of the Year. Somehow he has also found time to write four novels and three works of non-fiction. His latest book is A Greedy Man In A Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong. He chair’s BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and is a regular on British television, where he is familiar as a judge on Masterchef and, since 2009, as the resident food experts on The One Show. He likes pig.