Steinway Two Pianos Festival

2 Pianos, 6 Pianists, 12 Hands & 60 Digits

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Last Show: Monday 16 th March 2020

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

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.

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. 

Tom Cawley - has performed worldwide – with some of the country’s leading artists, most notably Peter Gabriel, with whom he has also recorded two albums and a live DVD. He  has performed, recorded and broadcast extensively over the last ten years. Tom leads the house band at Ronnie Scott's club, and is a professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music.

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.

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 an a record breaking 15 times.

Joe Stilgoe – an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter has released 5 critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz chart. Whether its performing intimate music in the “Just The Two Of Us” Concerts with Claire Martin; on the West End stage in High Society or with his Big Band on larger concert hall stages, Joe creates a compelling  rapport with audiences. His willingness to involve audiences in improvisations was seen to great effect in his 2016 debut in our 2 pianos festival.

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"