David Gordon Trio + Lucy Dixon

Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band - On Tap

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Last Show: Sunday 1 st October 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Ex-Stomp star Lucy Dixon joins the irrepressible David Gordon Trio in a new collaboration for vocal hi-jinks, Latin American gems, gorgeous original songs and the trio’s acclaimed Scriabin set augmented by freshly minted lyrics, breathtaking tap dance and more. Uniquely versatile, Lucy Dixon is equally renowned as actress, singer and dancer in her home town of Paris, which saw the much-lauded release of her latest album ‘Lulu’s Back in Town’. Regular appearances in London are now cementing her reputation 

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Lucy: 'Move heaven and earth to catch one of her next dates!’ Michael Berkeley

David and the Trio: ‘One of our most brilliant pianists...festival organisers both classical and jazz should be grabbing these guys with both hands’ London Jazz News

Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band is a radical departure in the output of this remarkable trio, who were inspired by the Russian pianist/composer genius to produce exquisite jazz interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures – his billets-doux to eternity – seen through the prism of popular music of the time. Across-the-board critical praise includes Norwegian magazine Stereopluss.no calling it ‘one of the finest trio records I have heard in a very long time’. 

The David Gordon Trio have appeared on BBC Radio 3, at King’s Place, and Copenhagen’s Jazzhouse.  Their recordings are regularly given airplay on jazz programmes and have sold more than 10,000 CDs worldwide. They will also make their London Jazz Festival debut this year. 

Pianist, composer and harpsichordist David Gordon expertly and seamlessly steps from one genre to another, placing his own musical stamp wherever he goes. His other projects include the experimental jazz quartet RipRap, the jazz/baroque group Respectable Groove, and regular collaborations with Jacqui Dankworth and Christian Garrick. After the premiere of David’s concerto for jazz trio and orchestra, conductor Christopher Warren-Green said to the packed audience, ‘I have played with many great musicians, but tonight I have shared the stage with one of England’s finest musicians and composers – David Gordon.’ 

Multi-talent Lucy Dixon is a unique stage presence. With West End appearances – Cats, Follies etc – and worldwide touring with Stomp to her credit, her jazz collaborators include legendary drummer/producer Steve Arguelles.  Says Lucy: "to be able to combine the music with dance is a powerful and addictive feeling for me. Tap dance is so immediate. People love it. It has echoes of keeping warm on street corners in Harlem, to gliding effortlessly across marble floors. The element of tap dance enables me to really exchange ideas and communicate with the other musicians in the band, instead of just being the immobile singer in front who has to wait until the solos are over."

Alec Dankworth is an award-winning jazz bassist and composer who, in addition to leading several groups of his own, has worked with an amazing list of artists including Van Morrison, Stéphane Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He is known for his energetic stage presence, versatility of style and some of the most imaginative bass solos around. ‘Elegant stability, big sound, sure beat, and thoughtful spontaneity’ John Guardian

With Jim Mullen, Donovan, Tina May, Barbara Thompson, Christie Hennessy and Mornington Lockett amongst the musicians he has worked with, Berklee-trained performer, composer, educator and music therapist Paul Cavaciuti, is one of the most thoughtful and knowledgeable drummers anywhere, his sense of fun and crisp, driving rhythm making his playing irresistible.

Band Lineup

David Gordon (piano)

Alec Dankworth (double bass)

Paul Cavaciuti (drums)

plus Lucy Dixon (voice, tap dance)