The London Scene
Joe is musical director of The Ivy, London. He plays piano there four or five times a week, including once a week with a jazz trio. These collaborations, with the some of the finest jazz musicians in London, have led to Joe booking musicians for residencies and events across the capital. “Live music in bars and restaurants has taken a kicking in the last few years,” says Joe, “but people have clearly been missing it, because there is now once again a huge demand for great live musicians in the capital.”

Whether he’s deftly accompanying West End stars for an impromptu singalong around the Ivy’s baby grand, coaching film stars on piano playing in major films, or teaching the city’s kids about melody and harmony, Joe Thompson is London’s pianist.