Lush Life @ Karamel [16.03.12]
After Dinner Jazz Cabaret at the Karamel Club
An ongoing exploration of famous and neglected classics by some of the 20th Century’s greatest tunesmiths including Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hart, Jimmy Van Heusen and Harold Arlen. Join the Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton for an exclusive show at the Karamel Club as they pay homage to the American Songbook with stylish interpretations infused with authentic genius.
Paul Ryan is well known for his emphatically sentimental singing style. His profound knowledge and love for the American Songbook stylishly underpins the elegant wit of his delivery and impeccable phrasing.
Paul started his career in performing arts in the late sixties, working with comedy greats Morecambe and Wise and Frankie Howard and appearing in the musical ‘The Fantasticks’. His career as an accomplished singer and performer runs parallel with one as a prolific writer. He is the author of an acclaimed biography of Marlon Brando and is respected writer of the arts for many publications including The Times and The Guardian.
His artistic achievements have been recognised by the French Government which has twice decorated him as Chevalier and now Officier of the ‘Order of Arts and Letters’.
Kenny Clayton has long been one of Britain’s most sought-after musicians. His career spans more than fifty years as a Jazz Pianist, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Producer and Conductor.
Throughout the sixties and seventies Kenny was Musical Director for international stars Dick Haymes, Matt Monro, Petula Clark and Shirley Bassey.
Clayton has also composed, scored and recorded music for television and film and his theatre credits as Musical Director and arranger include ‘The Sound Of Music’, ‘Someone Like You’, ‘No Strings’, ‘Privates on Parade’, ‘Billy’, ‘Song and Dance’ and ‘Nightingale’.
His exceptional musicianship has led to The Tribune to critically acclaiming the “quietly authentic genius” of his playing and being commissioned by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to write the nine-minute tone poem Il Palio Di Siena
Show starts at 9.30pm
Doors and dinner from 7.30pm
Due to the popularity of the event we recommend reserving a table in advance. Call 020 8829 8989.