ITCHING FOR SOME ELLA? DESPERATE FOR SOME DUKE?
We are jazz duo Living Standards: Kay Grant – Voice, and Martin Vishnick – Guitar.
What makes us unique? We both have many moons of experience embracing many musical styles in addition to jazz – including free improvisation, classical, traditional, rock and pop. We bring this background to our music, taking an open-eared and open-ended road to playing the great songbook.
Look for us at a venue near you. If you’re curating a festival or putting on an event, get in touch using the form below. We’ll brighten up your hotel, restaurant, bar, gallery, museum, the cocktail hour at your wedding, your private party, office party, birthday or any celebration you’re planning.
TIME FOR SOME TUNES
Live videos from our first full gig on 4 July 2023 at Fringe In The Round, Bristol, recorded by Nigel Bryant
Old Devil Moon
Over The Line
The Very Thought Of You
I’m Just A Lucky So And So
Recordings from our first studio session in London, 2020:
Bonus live track from our debut 2019 appearance in Sidcup:
Kay Grant is a singer, vocalist, instrumentalist and composer whose work is informed by a range of experience in jazz, classical, rock and pop. Having played violin, flute and bass guitar, she is at home using the voice as an instrument in her singing and free improvisation. She has performed and recorded with many musicians in the UK, US and throughout Europe. Venues include the Vortex, Café Oto, the Barbican and the Royal Opera House in London, Zénith Paris and Carnegie Hall in New York.
“An extraordinary vocal talent and one of London’s finest, free-thinking virtuosos.” – Time Out
“There is something ethereal and beautiful about listening to Grant as she cuts loose; as if leaping off a proverbial cliff, she allows her voice to be led where the heart desires… with spectacular wit and the choicest of musical wisdom.” – All About Jazz
Martin Vishnick is a guitarist, composer, teacher and researcher who specialises in contemporary repertoire and free improvisation. He has toured the globe, worked as an accompanist in a variety of genres and as a sound artist. Commissions include music for the theatre, concert hall and film. He has played Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room, and has published compositions for a range of instruments. He teaches both guitar and composition, including for The London College of Music and St. Albans School. He holds an MSc in composition at University of Hertfordshire, and a PhD from City University.