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Dean Stockdale Quartet: Celebrating Oscar Peterson

Tuesday 26 September 2023 8pm. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay

Dean Stockwell Quartet

Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6RQ Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm Bar meals are available, ordering advised. Checkout their menu here

The Dean Stockdale Quartet brings together four of the UK’s finest musicians to celebrate the music of the great Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Featuring Tim Williams on guitar, Gavin Barras on bass and Gaz Hughes on drums, the quartet will be showcasing new arrangements of Oscar’s compositions and music from his most famous albums such as ‘Night Train’, ‘We Get Requests’ and ‘The Canadiana Suite’, this is a show that brings the infectious swing and virtuosity that symbolised Oscar’s groups such as those with Ray Brown, Joe Pass and Ed Thigpen. This quartet reflects the influence Oscar continues to have on musicians and listeners worldwide with his musicality, elegance and unsurpassed pianism.

Dean Stockdale is a highly regarded jazz pianist, arranger and composer based in the North of England who is known for his sensitive, swinging style. He regularly appears around the UK with his trio and some of the best names in UK jazz. His biggest influences in jazz are the piano styles of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Gene Harris, Mulgrew Miller and Erroll Garner. Dean continues to be in demand as a performer with his trio and quartet, and as pianist for touring jazz artists, accompanist for vocalists and as a teacher and session pianist. 2021 saw the release of his second trio album entitled ‘Promise the Moon’, which was featured on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.

The quartet has recently recorded a new album featuring Oscar’s music that will be available to purchase at the show.

‘Stockdale’s playing is consistently engaging and uniformly excellent’ – Ian Mann

‘These sessions rarely deliver anything less than excellence and today topped just about everything that had preceded it. I feel sad for those who weren’t there’ – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here