is an award winning bassist and composer from the UK
The 2019 recipient of an Ivor Novello Composer Award and runner-up ‘Double Bass’ in the British Jazz Awards for both 2018 and 2019, she has had an extensive career playing jazz and other contemporary styles since the mid-70s, recording and touring internationally with critically acclaimed Latin/jazz group The Guest Stars throughout the 80s.
Performing regularly throughout the UK and Europe, she leads ARQ
, her contemporary jazz quintet, described as ‘a beautifully integrated band’ **** by Dave
Gelly in the Observer. ARQ
recently released their third ARQ
album ‘Short Stories’ to critical acclaim, receiving extensive airplay and achieving #1 in the Amazon Jazz Chart. ARQ
won ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the prestigious 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and were shortlisted in the ‘Small Group’ category of the 2018 British Jazz Awards.
Rayner’s compositions incorporate inspiration and musical ingredients from outside the world of jazz music, creating a broad palette of music that is ‘inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality’ (the jazzmann.com).
Rayner also regularly performs and records with, amongst others, guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, trumpeter Chris Hodgkins
and vocalist Carol Grimes. She has played on around 30 albums and also co-runs Blow the Fuse, the artist development partnership in London since 1989, performing with artists such as American guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Peter King and John Etheridge.
‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic.’ The Observer‘Playing bass with a big, beautiful bass sound that comes from the heart… characterized by individuality, spirit and a sense of freedom.’ Val Wilmer, author, As Serious as Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz’Beneath it all Rayner is dark and sonorous, like a Haden or Weber, able to make a rounded single note underwrite the band’s soarings.’ Jazzwise‘Rayner’s late blooming into a composer of some stature is one of the most satisfying stories of British jazz in recent years.’ … ‘concise, fluent and eminently melodic statements – big toned, highly melodic bass’ – thejazzman.com‘With her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, she clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.’ Digby Fairweather