Steinway 2-Piano Festival

Brian Kellock & David Newton

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Last Show: Monday 20 th March 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

An evening of two extraordinary pianists Brian Kellock and Dave Newton. Brian is one of the UK’s finest and most in- demand jazz pianists, acclaimed for a distinctive, swinging, playing style which has classic jazz piano influences at its heart but can never be second-guessed. Dave is a 16 times winner of Best Pianist at the British Jazz Awards.

Brian Kellock - for almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock - who has led his own, hugely popular, trio since the late 1980s - has been the first-call pianist for visiting American jazz musicians who appreciate his swinging style, his skills as a sensitive accompanist, his spontaneity and his sense of humour. Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, Joe Temperley, Ken Peplowski, Alan Barnes and Sheila Jordan are some of the diverse musicians with whom he’s played.

In recent years, he has headlined numerous concerts, recordings and tours with the SNJO, cemented links in Australia with trumpeter James Morrison, and in Denmark has appeared annually at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. His love of playing in a duo has resulted in regular tours with Tommy Smith, and celebrated recordings and concerts with Julian Arguelles, Liane Carroll, Carol Kidd and Sheila Jordan.

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.