The Story of Jazz Piano returns to St Lawrence in 2017!

We’re thrilled to welcome ace jazz pianist Robert Reid and his trio back to St Lawrence Church on Sunday 18 June to present “The Story of Jazz Piano“. The trio last played at our church back in 2013 to a full house and their performance was greatly appreciated by those present.

Jazz Piano 2017

The Robert Reid Trio (piano, double bass and drums) perform regularly in the South East at various jazz venues and private and corporate engagements.

They have, between them , played with, (or on the same bill as), many well-known jazz musicians such as Humphrey Littleton, Scott Hamilton, Harry Connick Jnr, Jacqui Dankworth, Acker Bilk, Jamie Callum, singer/pianist Lianne Carroll and top jazz guitarist John Etheridge. In earlier days, the trio’s bass player Mike Porter-Ward also worked with David Essex (in the musical Godspell), Matt Munro and the legendary Larry Adler.

Pianist Robert Reid originally studied classical piano in his teens but switched to jazz after hearing records by the great pianists Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. Inspired by the rhythmic, melodic and improvisational brilliance of their performances, Robert was tempted to follow a musical career. However, (and despite the urgings of a, now famous, showbiz friend) he decided to play safe and became a corporate lawyer playing jazz piano semi-professionally in his spare time.

The Trio’s repertoire includes their own jazz interpretations of “standards” written by the great American songwriters such as Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin and Jerome Kern, plus Latin compositions and the blues.

During the performance, Robert will give an introduction to the story of jazz piano from the 1930’s until the 1970’s, and the trio will play some selections to illustrate it. Prosecco and light refreshments will be served during the interval.

The show starts at 18h30 on Sunday 18 June 2017 at St Lawrence Church, Seal Chart. Tickets are £12 for adults or £6 for children under the age of 16.

Please contact John Carlisle (01732 761097) or Eric Jackson (01732 811422) for tickets, or email