Living Standards

Jazz duo with Kay Grant, voice and Martin Vishnick, guitar

Living Standards began life before the pandemic, with a mutual wish to play the great American songbook in a way that honours the tunes and their stories while finding fresh pathways to explore.

Together we have moons of experience embracing many musical styles including classical, rock and pop,  as well as a shared background of writing, arranging and spontaneous improvising. This informs our playing with an open-eared and open-ended approach.

There are inspiring examples of the voice/guitar duo in Jazz – think Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass, Julie London and Bernie Kessel, Alison Burns and Martin Taylor – and this new duo is balanced precariously on the shoulders of those giants. While we may be a bit off the beaten path, we’d like to think we’re still in the same neck of the woods.

A COUPLE recordings
Live Videos

Fringe In The Round, Bristol, 4 July 2023 / Filmed by Nigel Bryant

Kay Grant and Martin Vishnick live at Fringe In The Round, Bristol
S'Wonderful
Kay Grant and Martin Vishnick live at Fringe In The Round, Bristol
Old Devil Moon
Kay Grant and Martin Vishnick live at Fringe In The Round, Bristol
Over The Line
Kay Grant and Martin Vishnick live at Fringe In The Round, Bristol
The Very Thought Of You
Kay Grant and Martin Vishnick live at Fringe In The Round, Bristol
I'm Just A Lucky So And So
Inspiration

Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass

Julie London and Barney Kessel

Alison Burns and Martin Taylor