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 songbook in a way that honours the tunes and their stories while finding fresh pathways to explore.

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.

Kay and Martin’s playing brings a shared background of writing, arranging and spontaneous improvising into the mix, but while they may be a bit off the beaten path, they’d like to think they’re still in the same neck of the woods. 

A few recordings

Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass

Julie London and Barney Kessel

Alison Burns and Martin Taylor