The Crazy, Coqs Piccadilly – Kate Dimbleby and Derek Paravacini – for one night only!

LIFE (and all its ups and downs)

Internationally acclaimed singer and storyteller Kate Dimbleby joins forces with the virtuosic talent that is Derek Paravacini for an evening of spontaneous song and stories.

When Kate played a sold-out Festival Hall with her show about the singer Peggy Lee, Derek Paravacini (who studied piano at the same school for the blind as George Shearing) was in the audience. For the next 10 years, Derek would request to hear Kate’s CD whenever possible until finally, they met and played one song together at a one-off charity gala. This evening brings these two exciting performers together for an unforgettable, intimate and improvised evening. Expect a return to classic songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward as well as songs from the unique era of 70’s songwriters and a great deal of unplanned fun!

Derek has been dubbed “The Human iPod” in the States for his encyclopaedic knowledge of tens of thousands of pieces – all learnt by ear. But much more than that, he is a fiery, creative musician whose astonishing improvisations and dazzling technique have wowed audiences all over the world, with over a million hits on youtube and another million on his renowned “Ted” talk about his unique journey as a musician who was born blind, autistic with severe learning difficulties. Kate Dimbleby, who has released 5 albums and performed her cabaret shows all over the world has just returned from her 3 week debut off-Broadway debut in New York with her show about 70’s songwriter Dory Previn. Not to be missed!

One of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit.. opening up her own Third Way, part-cabaret, part pop concert The Times
“A shimmering vocal versatility… she has the musical talent and jewel-eyed confidence to guarantee an audience a good time”
London Evening Standard.
In a voice that combines the sob/ache of Judy Garland and the verve of Carly Simon, Ms. Dimbleby sings with simplicity and honesty, drawing us into each song. Stage Buddy, NY
A marvellous storyteller with a golden voice Uponthesacredstage, New York