Alison Rayner Quintet – The Basement

OUR.JAZZ is a collaborative project between Ouroboros, Jazz in York and The Basement Jazz Club, with support from Help Musicians UK. OUR.JAZZ will focus on improving gender and racial diversity in Jazz, with a series of gigs, workshops and talks around York over the next year. Stay tuned for more!

We ask customers to keep noise to a minimum during the performance.

Age Restrictions 16+


In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of musicians who sympathetically support her music.

The group’s imaginative and assured playing are superbly suited to Rayner’s compositions and reflect a confidence inspired by working intensively together, touring their first album August.

ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past four years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, A Magic Life. Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band’, their music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and other world music influences.

They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five star reviews in jazz and national press.

Their recent 30-date UK tour concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club.