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Friday 24th August 2018: 6:00 PM

We are excited to announce ’Funky Friday’ the Rye Intl Jazz & Blues Festival Launch Party on Friday 24th August from 6pm on the festival outdoor stage on the Kino Terrace. Come down at 6pm and enjoy a drink on us to get the party started!

Starting off the evening we are delighted to welcome festival favourite Dom Pipkin & the Ikos with their own brand of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues with a lot of funk thrown in for good measure! Dom has performed at the festival a few times over the years and he is a consummate entertainer, amazing pianist and knows his music chops! You can expect the very best blend of cutting edge New Orleans Funk and Blues with an array of foot stomping Jazz greats that will get you in the mood for a fabulous evening of live music.

Iain Rae’s Jazz Funk outfit ‘Hardlines’ perform after Dom Pipkin and we are incredibly pleased to welcome one of the coolest and Funkiest bands performing on the live music circuit today. Hardlines are a band of seasoned top professional musicians most of which have performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business with the likes of Lisa Stansfield, Swing Out Sister, The Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, James Taylor Quartet, Wilko Johnson and many others…..who haven’t these guys worked with is the question!

Rounding off the evening we welcome the Fabulous Red Diesel to the stage; one of the funkiest bands you will ever see. They are a jazz/funk quartet with echoes of Funkadelic and the Meters, cherry topped with retro jazz vocals. Think authentic 70’s style cop show bass lines -think Chips and a soft porn soundtrack,with Barbra Streisand singing and you’re getting close. The Fabulous Red Diesel have been making their inimitable blend of original jazz/funk since 2005.

There will be a fully licensed bar and we’re starting the party off with complimentary bubbly on arrival at 6pm!

Please dig deep and make a donation to support the wonderful work our 2018 Rye Intl Jazz & Blues Festival charity partners ACT and
Music Well do within the local community.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Kino Outdoor Stage at 6pm to launch the festival in style!

Artist: Dom Pipkin & the Ikos

Listen to Dom Pipkin & the Ikos

Dom Pipkin is one of the finest exponents of New Orleans jazz piano and is widely considered one of the UK’s top jazz pianist and singers. His band the Ikos regularly perform at the top jazz clubs and festivals both here in the UK and in Europe.London based piano player Dom Pipkin was originally a member of Errol Linton’s Blues Vibe, before splitting to form his own group Dom and The Iko’s.

His style developed out of a love of the New Orleans piano professors - Professor Longhair, James Booker, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Jon Cleary, as well as from a whole host of jazz and blues influences, such as Errol Garner and Otis Spann.

His solo set (most famously booked privately by the late Stanley Kubrik) shows his classical and sometimes rhapsodic influences, married with a tough approach to the blues and driving left hand rhythms.

The band The Iko’s takes the New Orleans influence and fleshes it out with drums, harmonies, wailing sax etc, and has been resident at Ronnie Scott’s London, and around the RnB club scene, where its reputation as a top level live act is second to none.

Born in Chester, England, but growing up in the Netherlands, Dom learned ‘official’ piano as a kid and started fooling around with blues and jazz aged about 12, copying records from the local music library, and forming his first band at the same time.

A period of cutting his teeth around the blues scene followed, leading to the Errol Linton gig, with whom he opened up for The Blind Boys of Alabama, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Dr. John.

He also became Morcheeba’s keyboard player around this time, recording on their influential Big Calm album; and pursued various beat-driven projects around the city whilst picking up another blues driven musical ‘day’ job with tribute band The Rollin’ Stoned.

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