Live jazz at Rayís this autumn

Ray’s Jazz events at Foyles bookshop this autumn include Japanese pianist Taeko Kunishima and Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Quartet

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles bookshop (Charing Cross Road, London) continues in its programme of international jazz this autumn with a slew of live music events at The Café.

All events at Ray’s Jazz, which was moved to Foyles from its original premises in 2002, take place on the first floor at the book shop and are free to attend with no need to book.

Bass saxophonist Tony Bevan, described by Time Out as “the world’s greatest improvising bass saxophonist”, takes to the stage solo on 22 October. On 30 October Russian saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev returns to the stage with his Uranium Quartet, playing jazz standards with an original twist.

The John Lake Trio play The Café on 14 November, promising a mix of original material and reworked standards. 27 November sees a much-anticipated set from Faye Patton, nu-jazz singer-songwriter whose piano and vocal styles have been compared to Ray Charles and Judy Garland.

Japenese pianist Taeko Kunishima plays with her trio on 28 November, performing original songs from Kunishima’s albums Late Autumn, Red Dragonfly and Place To Be. Other musicians performing at Ray’s Jazz over the next couple of months include West African sounds from Afuriko (21 October) and the Timecraft Octet (7 November).

Music is from 6pm to 7pm unless otherwise stated. For full listings and to find out more about Ray’s Jazz, go to

Sally Evans-Darby

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