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Last Show: Saturday 19 th May 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Birmingham)

Tipitina deliver their own unique take on the blues, boogie and gospel of New Orleans, in the footsteps of Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. Singer Debbie Jones is a powerhouse, pianist Justin Randall is simply the most exciting piano player in this idiom from outside of Louisiana.

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“Tipitina seem to tick just about all the boxes in the stack” - Blues Matters

“Tipitina, already recognised by thousands of fans, can bring any crowd to its feet” - The Jazz Rag

Tipitina are the real thing, a hugely talented combo performing the red hot and rocking music from the New Orleans of Doctor John, James Booker, Professor Longhair and Fats Domino. Blues In Britain magazine reviewed their second album: “A wonderful CD, it superbly captures how this incredible band sound au naturel, phenomenal. 10/10”

Though not a jazz band, there’s enough jazz in there for Tipitina to be voted 3rd in the Best Small Group category of the 2017 British Jazz Awards, as well as being awarded runner-up in the jazz category of the 2017 Urban Music Awards. 

Rock’n’Reel Magazine wrote “a joyous ride through up-tempo feel-good rockers and gospel tinged blues. Tipitina are a barnstorming live act, few do this with such conviction”

The band have long been the leading attraction at The Birmingham Jazz Festival, favourites at both Upton Jazz and Upton Blues Festivals and represented the Royal Albert Hall in the West End Live Festival.

Tipitina’s two CDs both enjoyed extensive airplay and on their recent trip to New Orleans performed at that City’s clubs and were the subject of a four page feature in The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the most important publication in Louisiana.

Jefferson Magazine in Sweden said “This is music that breathes New Orleans, feels New Orleans and just takes you to New Orleans – and that is because Tipitina do it all so well”

Singer Debbie Jones is a powerhouse. Her roots are in Gospel – she was featured singer on six of the 24 tracks on the EMI “Best Gospel Album – Ever” – she rocks and she rolls through the wonderful music of New Orleans with style and personality. Meanwhile Pianist Justin Randall is quite simply the finest and most exciting piano player in this idiom from outside of Louisiana.

Debbie Jones (vocals/acoustic guitar)

Justin Randall (piano)

Postie Jones (electric guitar)