From being the flamboyant keyboard player for Yes to recording the original piano parts on Bowie’s Life on Mars, Rick Wakeman actually began his diverse career playing in jazz bands in the 60s. Revived especially for this one-off performance, Rick’s Green Dolphin Trio rework his original compositions and favourite tunes from his new solo album, intertwined with hilarious anecdotes from his career.
A keyboard wizard that amazes audiences with his unique journey through progressive rock, jazz infused baselines and blues
In 1966 Rick Wakeman formed the Green Dolphin Trio and played various clubs and residencies around West London for about a year before disbanding as his career moved off in other directions.
The trio played many of the jazz classics, indeed the trio’s name was taken from the jazz standard On Green Dolphin Street. The Green Dolphin Trio was not Rick’s first excursion into the world of jazz though: as far back as 1960, he formed a trad jazz band called Brother Wakeman and the Clergymen. Rick also lived in Montreux, Switzerland for five years and performed at five consecutive Montreux Jazz Festivals in the late 1970s both as a solo artist and guesting with other musicians .
When the invitation came to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival with the opportunity to bring an entirely different set list than usual, Rick jumped at the opportunity and immediately The Green Dolphin Trio was reborn.
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Dave Colquhoun Guitar
Matt Pegg Bass
The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.
The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.
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