BLUES TRAIN (In association with Shades of Soul Ltd)

Dom & the Ikos

The Soul of New Orleans

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Last Show: Sunday 29 th July 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Now an institution of the UK music scene, Dom and the Ikos –led by virtuoso piano playing bandleader Dom Pipkin- bring the hottest and funkiest sounds of New Orleans firmly into the 21st century. Strongly in demand on the blues circuit and making serious waves in the industry, the band has playing credits ranging from Ray Davies, Laura Mvula, Paloma Faith and Paul Weller, and combines deep grooves with original songs and classics from the Crescent City. "Every show builds to fever pitch and "ooks up a steaming musical stew that has the crowd dancing and clapping" (Classic Rock Blues Magazine).

“When Dom Plays the piano magic happens!” – Paloma Faith

“I can’t hold a candle to this guy. He’s a great piano player” - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

One of Europe’s top exponents of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piano player Dom Pipkin breathes new life into the classic funk sounds of The Meters, Dr John, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair with a stellar list of festival and radio and TV appearances including The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the London Jazz Festival. Pipkin has travelled the world as msusical director to acts such as Paloma Faith, playing keyboards for Morcheeba, Paul Weller, Laura Mvula, Ray Davies and Pee Wee Ellis to name just a few, but has always kept a close connection to New Orleans, where he is a regular visitor and performer. 2014 saw him sharing a stage with fellow piano stars Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, and Ellis Marsalis at the prestigious “Piano Night” in New Orleans.

Pipkin’s all-star band The Ikos bring the sounds of New Orleans blues and RnB to every venue they visit.  The music of the Crescent City – Fats Domino, Dr John and Professor Longhair, plus the funk of the Meters, hits you in the soul with every beat of this unique group, delivering the most authentic and compelling take on this highly infectious and life affirming blend of blues, gospel, street and jazz that is uniquely New Orleans you’ll find in the UK today.  Pipkin’s fans and friends range from New Orleans musicians Zigaboo Modeliste, Paul Sanchez and Jon Cleary through to Jonathan Ross, Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, David Arnold, and Jamie Cullum. 

The band features top American saxophonist Mirco Altenbach, and UK heavyweight Trevor Walker, plus in-demand drummer and bandleader Roy Pfeffer of the Big Smoke Family.  The Ikos  live deep within this musical world, and for one night will take you with them on this journey.

Dom Pipkin (piano and vocals)
Mirco Altenbach (tenor saxophone)

Trevor Walker (trumpet)

Roy Pfeffer (drums)
Nick Pini (bass)