Keith Nichols (p) Enrico Tomasso, Ben Cummings (t) Alistair Allan (tr) David Horniblow, Richard Exall, Amy Roberts reeds), Spats Langham (g, bjo) Jerome Davies (b) Richard Pite (d) Joan Viskant (voc)
Piano maestro, bandleader and raconteur Keith Nichols leads his brilliant line-up, playing the music of the black bands which could be heard in Harlem in the 1920 and the early 1930s. He’ll be mixing in some of the magnificent music that the Harlem jazz pioneers took to Europe in the 1930s when players like Coleman Hawkins, Dickie Wells and Adelaide Hall were received with adulation and recorded with such European jazz stars as Django Reinhardt
Keith has won many awards, including the BBC Jazz Heritage. He is the UK’s premier vintage pianist with an encyclopedic knowledge of early jazz. Together with some the UK’s finest jazz musicians he presents authentic recreations of some of the finest jazz artists in history in a show which is both informative and witty. and played with a degree of passion and musicianship that brings the crackly old 78 rpm recordings back to vibrant life.
Keith formed the 10 piece Blue Devils in 2003, following on from his highly successful Midnite Follies Orchestra of the 70’s and The Cotton Club Orchestra in the 80’s and 90’s. The band plays music gleaned from Keith’s vast archive of music from the 1920’s and 30’s featuring the music of such greats as Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Jean Goldkette and many more.
Keith will also play a set Sunday morning with Spats Langham, Mike Piggott and Richard Pite.
For further information see www.mikegold.info/nichols