Rory McInroy   Professional Jazz Piano and Piano Tuition



Jazz Festival Performances with the fabulous Kim Cypher Band!

Once again I'm joining rising star singer/saxophonist Kim Cypher for some jazz festival performances in the summer.  

Kim writes a lot of her own material, drawing on a range of styles for inspiration including Jazz, Country, Ska, Blues, Samba etc.  She has a great band and some terrific arrangements with lots of rhythmic variety  and well-known material delivered with a twist.  Definitely worth checking out.  Dates listed on the right.

Kim's album, 'Make Believe', is available on her website, where you can also hear album excerpts:

http://www.kimcypher.co.uk/




  Testimonials

Thanks so much to you and your saxophonist for your performance last weekend, it was just what we were looking for!

Liam Ward  (wedding client)  September 2015


Dear Rory, I had a fabulous time last Saturday, and of course you and the other musicians were a big part of it.  I have had so much feedback from guests and all of it complimentary. The music was perfect for the occasion and you just seemed to know my style.  The big plus was the fact that the music didn't overpower the rest of the party, and people wanted to dance.  I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others who want a special occasion. 

Christine Summerell  (70th birthday client) September 2015

Your trio were exceptional, and it was a pleasure dealing with you from the beginning. On the night the band was playing by the time we arrived, and the music was wonderful, creating exactly the mood we wanted- refined...but fun! We've had such good feedback from our guests. I am thrilled that you learned "House Party" by Fred Wesley for us- it was an absolute highlight!    

Bianca and Ash Potterton (wedding clients) August 2014


Rory played at my birthday party and did the most wonderful job. He not only played his own selection of jazz standards and songs from the shows, but also accompanied musician friends singing Jerome Kern and Robbie Williams. This leant a very special and personal quality to the evening.  We’ve already booked him for our next village do! 

Susie Vaughan, private client, November 2013


Just a note of appreciation for your wonderful playing at my birthday ' bash' . Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a lovely birthday present to myself. I'm trying to think of a good reason to ask you back - or any reason at all! Thank you

Pat Johnson, private client, October 2013

 

I just wanted to feedback to you on The Rory McInroy Jazz Trio last Saturday. They were exceptional in EVERY way! We couldn't have been more happy. They performed with real aplomb, musicality, a sense of humour and fitted right into the event. They were absolutely charming as well, and we loved their performances. We would recommend them to anyone. 

Kingsley Wheaton, wedding client , May 2013

 

Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to The Rory McInroy Trio, they performed marvelously and were just what I wanted.  They fitted right into the program for the event and I would like to thank them for their flexibility.

Derek Flatt, private function client, May 2013

 


 

 

Excellent Professional Jazz Pianist with 30 years performing and 20 years teaching experience

Solo piano for functions covering a range of styles - from jazz to rock, pop and showtunes - creating a sophisticated ambience for your event.

Jazz bands for functions - only top professional musicians used.  You can hear samples of my playing on this site. 

Private piano tuition, including teaching jazz improvisation, is offered at my home in Carterton, West Oxfordshire.  Both classical and jazz ABRSM grades are taught.  Reading music, playing by ear, composing and playing from chords are all encouraged - why not learn to play from an experienced professional performer?  Here's a link to my page on musicteachers.co.uk

http://www.musicteachers.co.uk/user/8fc4c5f833cda4e34fe7 

and a link to my yell.com advert, which includes some testimonials about my teaching:

http://www.yell.com/biz/rory-mcinroy-piano-teacher-carterton-7538521/

 I am based in the Oxfordshire area, but will travel up to two hours for professional engagements.

Upcoming Gigs


Friday 27 April  Playing a duo set with one of my favourite players, the swinging and melodic Mike Wills on saxophones and clarinet, at the newly re-vamped Windmill off the A40 between Witney and Burford.  It's been totally transformed, and is under new management who care about the music as well as the food - they have a grand piano for me to play!  Music from 7.30pm.  

https://the-windmill.com/


Thursday 3 May  Playing with the irrepressible Alvin Roy, Oxfordshire's premier clarinet maestro, and the stellar rhythm section of Roger Davis on bass and Ben Twyford on drums, at The Swan Inn in Eynsham. Music from 8pm.

http://www.swaneynsham.net/


Sunday 6 May A rare chance to hear the fantastic Radio days Big Band at a public event - we're playing at The Abingdon Air Show.  You'll have to get there early as we're on at 11am - it's worth it, though,as it's a great big band and features a stellar array of some of the best soloists in the area.  

https://www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk/


Sunday 13 May  As part of Oxford Arts Week, I'm playing with a great quintet on Sunday morning in the square outside The Dewdrop pub in the middle of Summertown.  Led by local jazz royalty Otto Caretta on saxes and Lloyd Payne on Trumpet, it also features the stonkingly good rhythm section of Stephen Law on drums, Esther Ng on bass and me on piano.  It's an early one, but worth getting out and about for!  11.15am-1pm.

https://www.thedewdropinnoxford.co.uk/


Sunday 13 May Another Oxford gig, later the same day!  Playing with the fiery and eclectic tenor saxophonist Ernesto Macaro and his band at The Rose and Crown, North Parade in Oxford, which is going from strength to strength as a regular Sunday Jazz venue with a good crowd and great beer!  We are joined by the top rhythm section of Tim Richardson on drums and Steve Kershaw on bass.  Music from 7-9pm

https://www.roseandcrownoxford.com/


Friday 25 May  Another Duo set at the revamped Windmill in Asthall, near Burford, once again with the wonderful Mike Wills on saxes and clarinet,  Really enjoyed the last one, there's a good grand piano for me to play!  Great food, great music, great views - great Friday night out!  Music from 7.30-10pm

https://the-windmill.com/


Thursday 31 May Really looking forward to this one - I'm doing a trio gig at the Harry Cook Free House in Cheltenham, which has run jazz every Thursday for several years.  I'm joined by the unbelievable rhythm section of James Agg on bass and Billy Weir on drums, two highly regarded players who are making waves on the international jazz scene these days but happen to be free to play with me....!  Awesome!  Music from 8pm

https://www.harrycookcheltenham.co.uk/


Sunday 10 June  Playing at The Churchill Village Classic Car Show (near Chipping Norton), on the green in Churchill, with a great quartet featuring the funky saxophonist Richard Wargent, and backed by two of my favourite players, Ben Twyford on drums and Steve Kershaw on double bass.  Music from 12-4pm, alternating with another act.

https://www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/whats-on/churchill-vintage-and-classic-car-show-p1459301


Tuesday 19 June  Playing with the amazing Kim Cypher Band (see sidebar on left) at the Royal Oak in Swindon Old Town, as part of their regular Tuesday Jazz sessions that have attracted a stellar array of top british jazz players over the years.  Great crowd and atmosphere.  Music from 8pm

http://www.theroyaloakoldtown.co.uk/


Friday 22 June  Another Duo set at the revamped Windmill in Asthall, near Burford, this time with the Joe Carey on saxes and clarinet.  He's a fantastic player who normally leads the Radio Days Big Band, but doesn't get heard enough stretching out on his own - well worth catching!    Music from 7.30-10pm

https://the-windmill.com/


Sunday 22 July  Another gig with the Kim Cypher Band, this time as Guiting Music Festival, as part of a great open air all-day Jazz programme that also features Liane Carroll and Swing From Paris.  What better way to spend a summer afternoon?  We're on at 12pm.

http://guitingfestival.org/open-air-jazz-lianne-carroll-trio-and-kim-cypher-band/


Saturday 18 August Continuing the Kim Cypher summer festival season - this time at Pershore Jazz Festival. Always worth catching this fantastic, funky and really entertaining band.  We're playing from 6pm.

https://www.pershorejazz.org.uk/festival-2018/




















 







Testimonials

Solo Piano

"Rory, thanks again for helping make our day.  Your music was just what we needed!  The grandchildren were very happy that you played some of their favourites as well.  Many of our guests asked where we found you. "   Keith and Lynda Thomas, ruby wedding clients

"What can we say! You were brilliant. Your piano playing helped make our day truly wonderful. It really wouldn't have been the same without you! It was fun, charming and full of feeling all at once.  Thank you so very much."  Lucy Nicholl, wedding client

" We would like to thank you for your wonderful music at our recent party at the Vines Restaurant. Many of our guests have commented on how they enjoyed your performance and we will be recommending you to our friends."   Nick and Julie Talbot, private function clients

Jazz Trios/Quartets

"I've booked the Rory McInroy Trio for some of my regular Jazz Club concerts and for a private function here at the restaurant. The guys are always prompt, professional and sound great in whatever style of music they perform"  Max Mason (owner,the Big Bang Restaurant,Oxford)

"Many thanks for making our conference dinner for the Bio-Sensing Technology Conference go with a swing. The Trio really set the right mood for the event and we were impressed that you even managed to get some of our more staid delegates up on the dance floor. We will certainly be in touch again next time we need a first rate live band for one of our events."    Gill Heaton, Bio-sensing Technology Conference secretary

 





 

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