Jacky Naylor

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Multi-award winning jazz pianist and composer, Jacky is in high demand nationally as a performer, sideman and improviser.

Having received a scholarship to study at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, Jacky graduated in 2016 with First Class Honours degree specialising in Jazz Piano and Composition. He is continuing his studies at The Royal Academy, London with a Master of Music qualification, for which he received a further scholarship. Aside from study, he was a semi-finalist in BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016 and in 2017 released his debut album for Big Band entitled ‘Rough Boundaries’ recorded and performed with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. For his work on this album he won the prestigious Dankworth Composition Prize 2017, was featured on Radio 3 and received 4 star reviews from all major UK jazz publications. He is sought after across the UK as a performer and sideman, notably with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Soweto Kinch and various theatre tours such as ‘Sinatra, Sequins and Swing’, and ‘Sinatra Meets Bublé’.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
Jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Easy listening, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Arranger, Composer, Transcription
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I do my best to accommodate any changes.

How much time do you need to set up?

No time if there is a piano at the venue, 15 minutes if I'm using my own.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes! As long as the piano is in working order, and relatively in tune!

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes I can, all my gear is fully insured and PAT tested.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£260


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Nuha A, 28 days ago

Jacky was absolutely fantastic at our post-wedding brunch. Everyone really enjoyed it, and we had lots of our guests comment on the beautiful playing - thanks Jacky!

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Anna C, 1 month ago

Fantastic, thank you so much x

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Bradley S, 3 months ago

They were great! Would book again.

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Susan P, 1 month ago

Hi Jacky, just a note to say a BIG thank-you for your contribution to our party on Saturday. Thankfully the weather was kind and the music was just right for the garden party. So many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music... Please pass our appreciation to the trio.

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Simon R, 3 months ago

Finding a band for a wedding can be tricky. We decided very early on that we wanted a live jazz act at our wedding reception, but we also knew that we didn't want a stereotypical 'wedding band', or a band that just did jazzy versions of pop songs. Fortunately for us, we came across On The Rocks: a group of quality jazz musicians willing to play a few weddings, rather than a wedding band that play a bit of jazz. Led by Jacky Naylor, they were genuinely, effortlessly brilliant. Cool, classy, chic, while also being fun and friendly... and just really damn good. They played with a singer at our request, Helena Debono, who was perfect: smoky, rich vocals and great stage presence. Jacky was really easy to work with throughout on everything practical, responding quickly to emails, letting us plug into the band's sound system when needed, being flexible on repertoire but also offering helpful advice and being happy to follow the feel of the room. Highly recommended, and I'd book them again in a heartbeat (for pretty much any kind of event).

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