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
The Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been quietly, or depending on where you’ve been spending your evenings, not so quietly, carving out a name for themselves as one of the driving forces in the London jazz scene. Their reputation, built on their incendiary live shows, has recently been cemented by the release of their full debut album and the opening of their own bar venue in East London.
The House Band don’t like to be boxed in. As their debut album exemplifies, they make wide use of the the sour mash of styles that has allowed them to cross the divides between generations and dispositions. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans ethnic music, and gospel, they relentlessly pursue a sound of their own, seeking out and creating a genre-blind audience for their music. The Sunday Times summed it up nicely, saying ‘Conservatories or cocktails? If jazz is to survive it will need more bands (like this one)’.
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.