Dave Grusin, Sullivan Fortner and Dena DeRose among the line-up for the Pizza Express Jazz Club's 2 Steinway festival

Big names are on their way for the 2024 running of the Pizza Express Jazz Club's unique Steinway 2-Piano Festival. Sullivan Fortner with Sean Mason, Don Grusin appearing with Shakatak’s Bill Sharpe, Wendy Kirkland with Charu Suri. Carsten Dahl …

Published: 6 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

Big names are on their way for the 2024 running of the Pizza Express Jazz Club's unique Steinway 2-Piano Festival. Sullivan Fortner with Sean Mason, Don Grusin appearing with Shakatak’s Bill Sharpe, Wendy Kirkland with Charu Suri. Carsten Dahl and Nikolai Hess are among the line-up. Here are some dates and links:

Pizza Express 2 Steinway Festival March 2024:

Thursday 21st March – Carsten Dahl & Nikolai Hess

Friday 22nd-Saturday 23rd March – Don Grusin & Bill Sharpe

Sunday 24th March (lunch) – Wendy Kirkland & Charu

Sunday 24th March (evening) – Sultan Stevenson & Emile Hinton

Monday 25th March – Janette Mason & Dena DeRose

Tuesday 26th March (early) Ian Shaw with Jamie Safir

Tuesday 26th March (late) Ian Shaw with James Pearson

Wednesday 27th March – Sullivan Fortner [pictured above] & Sean Mason

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John Børge Askeland, The Realization, Arc ****

A great new name to follow here in Norwegian bassist John Børge Askeland on this beautiful release from back in the autumn. Askeland is joined by the great trumpeter Arve Henriksen, pianist Eyolf Dale and drummer Helge Andreas Norbakken. You get …

Published: 6 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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A great new name to follow here in Norwegian bassist John Børge Askeland on this beautiful release from back in the autumn. Askeland is joined by the great trumpeter Arve Henriksen, pianist Eyolf Dale and drummer Helge Andreas Norbakken. You get the feeling of say the world of the Belonging Band a little on 'Tuesday'. But more pervasively there is a certain awe and wonder in the nature and spirtuality that Askeland takes inspiration in carefully conveyed. Often modal and spaciously conceived in the writing Henriksen is magnificent in his muezzin-like call to musical prayer on 'Interlude 2'. The whole thing in its weight and impact feels as mighty as a symphony, all the pieces somehow intricately connecting with the greater whole.