More live jazz at Ray's

The live music programme continues this month at Ray's Jazz Shop, now housed within Foyles' Charing Cross Road bookstore

Ray's Jazz Shop at Foyles plays host to a range of free live jazz this month. Housed on the first floor of the iconic London book shop, it enables music lovers to enjoy a cup of coffee at the café while taking in the various musicians on offer.

Until drummer and shop owner Ray Smith's retirement in 2002, the independent jazz shop had its own premises on Shaftesbury Avenue. It then moved to Foyles' flagship bookstore on Charing Cross Road and has since put on regular live sets at the café.

The Lee Jones Quintet play the café on Tuesday 2 April, as part of the guitarist's UK tour. The group will explore a mix of Americana and nu jazz, drawing on Jones's first two studio albums (Swish and Songs From The 13th Hour) and his third album in progress.

Wednesday 10 April will showcase Russian saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev. A regular at Ray's Jazz events, Zhenya will play as part of his Uranium Quartet in what is expected to be an evening of improvisation and impressive instrumental viruosity.

Formerly Chris Biscoe's Easy Listening Collective, four-piece band Happenstance will play the café on Friday 26 April. Comprising saxophonist/clarinettist Chris Biscoe, clarinettist Noel Taylor, bassist Guillaume Viltard and drummer Tom Greenhalgh, the quartet will perform a cross-section of old and new jazz styles.

All the events at Ray's Jazz Shop are free and there's no need to book; music is from 6pm to 7pm.

Find out more about Ray's Jazz and look out for the café's upcoming events at

Sally Evans-Darby

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