After two sensational and much appreciated concerts in the 2016 and 2018 London Jazz Festivals, our 2 Pianos, 6 Pianists, 12 Hands & 60 Digits concert arrives at Dean Street for the Steinway Two Pianos Festival.
We present an evening of stunning, original performances and improvised piano magic, and above all pure entertainment from 6 of the UK’s greatest jazz pianists.
The evening will feature a range of piano styles, including Harlem stride, ragtime, boogie-woogie, gospel, blues, swing, be-bop & modal.
You will enjoy solo piano performances from all six, along with pre-planned duets and rotating duets showcasing every pianist improvising with the other five in turn, concluding with a manic improvised finale featuring all six together.
The jazz great pianists performing in the Steinway Festival are:-
Rob Barron –
described as “one of the most creative and versatile pianists of his generation”, released his first album as leader “What’s In Store” to critical acclaim in 2016, with a piano style evoking his passion for the American tradition, citing Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton and Hank Jones as major influences. He is a professor of jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Graham Harvey - studied jazz piano for five years in the eighties in the USA. Returning to the UK he spent 11 years as musical director for jazz funk band Incognito. For the past eight years he has been the pianist for Grammy nominated singer Stacey Kent and regularly plays with the Dave O’Higgins quartet.
Nikki Iles – has risen to the front rank of British Jazz, winning The British Jazz Award’s Best Pianist and more recently the Ivor Novello’s Gold Badge for exceptional contribution to the music. A regular performer with many jazz giants, she has developed a parallel career, not only as a composer and teacher, working at The Royal Academy of Music, but also in publishing, with her work for the ABRSM and her jazz piano series for Oxford University Press.
David Newton – is the most respected pianist working with the finest vocalists and instrumentalists in European jazz. He is, in the late Sir John Dankworth’s memorable phrase, “a National treasure”. David has been voted the best in the British Jazz Awards for a record breaking 15 times.
Gareth Williams – is one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers in the UK. He has been described as "a fantastic improviser" by John Fordham in The Guardian and Jazzwise observed "Gareth is the embodiment of creative energy, a physical player who gets wrapped up in his work, with a keyboard command that's both impressive and well-directed"
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