Dom Pipkin 'Smokin’ Boogie'

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Last Show: Saturday 15 th December 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

Dom Pipkin, “the UK’s best-kept piano secret” brings his acclaimed 'Smokin’ Boogie' piano show to PizzaExpress Live. Player to stars such as Paloma Faith and Paul Weller, Pipkin is acknowledged as one of Europe’s finest and most entertaining blues pianists on the scene today - “I can’t hold a candle to this guy. He’s a great piano player” says Jamie Cullum. Pipkin has broadcast on the BBC on the subject of New Orleans piano, and performed alongside the greats including Dr John, Allen Toussiant, and Screaming’ Jay Hawkins. “When Dom plays magic happens!” says Paloma Faith. His solo show combines jaw-dropping piano with the full story of New Orleans blues piano from the early days in the brothels to the soul and funk of 1970s Bourbon Street. 

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“When Dom plays the piano magic happens”

Paloma Faith

Dom Pipkin has toured, performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of international artists, ranging from opera singer Duncan Rock to Paloma Faith, The Kinks’ Ray Davies, 90s trip-hoppers Morcheeba, Paul Weller, Laura Mvula and David Byrne. He is an internationally respected authority on the piano music of New Orleans with many live appearances in that famous city. He has appeared on stages with the world’s finest New Orleans musicians including Allen Toussiant, Ellis Marsalis, and Jon Cleary. BBC Radio 2’s Blues Show presenter Paul Jones invited him to co-present an hour-long special on the music of New Orleans maverick piano genius James Booker, and Pipkin has presented similar extended shows on Jazz FM. He has performed solo on New Orleans WWOZ, at SXSW in Texas, and across the whole range of British and European blues festivals and clubs.  In this show Pipkin picks up the story of Jelly Roll Morton and drives it through the decades up to present day, taking in such colourful characters as diamond-toothed “pimpin’” Jelly Roll Morton, “Professor” Longhair, and the psychadaelic funk piano mavericks James Booker and Dr John. The show combines amazing stories and historical background with humour, joy, tragedy, and heart-stopping blues piano styes. Pipkin's piano fans range from Ed Harcourt to Jonathan Ross and even the late film director Stanley Kubrick, for whom he played a solo show back in the 1990s. “Smokin’ Boogie” is a magical and unmissable unique piano experience.