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Pickering/Dimbleby Duo

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About Pickering/Dimbleby Duo

Joe Pickering (sax + vox) and Rob Dimbleby (Piano) play your favourite jazz standards, including American Songbook classics and more!
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Joe and Rob met while studying jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and have been playing music together ever since. Inspired by the likes of Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Wynton Kelly, we love playing a wide variety of tunes, including Great American Songbook classics, swing and ragtime numbers, all the way through to bebop and post-bop jazz. We also play bossa novas and latin tunes, as well as anything you may request! About Joe: Joe is a Scottish jazz saxophonist and clarinet player based in London. Recently graduated from Trinity laban, he is a frequent performer with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, with whom he has played alongside the likes of US Tenor Virtuoso Bob Mintzer and legendary Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal. During his time on the London Jazz Scene, Joe has also played with big names on the trad jazz scene, including Enrico Tomasso and Ewan Bleach. Joe was also part of Tony Kofi's "Generation Monk", and performed at the Spice of Life in Soho in 2023. Joe leads his own bands (including this one), as well as being an in demand sideman. Joe is comfortable on all saxophones, although alto is his main specialism, perhaps down to his love of greats such as Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. About Rob: Rob is a highly sought-after pianist on the London Jazz Scene. He is greatly inspired by legendary pianist Wynton Kelly, although has developed his own unique sound and uncompromising time-feel that is a joy for horn players to blow over. Joe and Rob started this duo out of their love for jazz and swing music, and want to make this music accessible and enjoyable for all, as well as exploring in our improvisation and arrangements. Our aim is to play swingin' music, and create an enjoyable and versatile act, suitable for a variety of functions and settings.

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Pickering/Dimbleby Duo's Reviews

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Eve R
5 months ago, for a Christmas party in London
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5 out of 5

I booked Joe Pickering's jazz duo to play music at my family's Christmas Party. The guests and I absolutely loved them (and their playing)! The musicians were very professional and engaging. I can't speak highly enough of them and would totally recommend them for your function or event.

Harrison D
6 months ago, for a Birthday party in Southend-on-Sea
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5 out of 5

I booked Joe Pickering's Jazz duo to play background music as part of my dad's 70th birthday party. The musicians arrived on time, were very friendly and extremely talented, and even incorporated a couple of my dad's favourite tunes into their set. He was delighted! Highly recommend!

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Pickering/Dimbleby Duo's Song list

Out of Nowhere
Fly Me to the Moon
It Could Happen to You
There Will Never Be Another You
Body and Soul
I can't get started
The Girl from Ipanema
A night in Tunisia
After you've gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
Have you met Miss Jones
Alone Together
I Remember You
These Foolish Things
Old Folks
Night and Day
I Love Paris
You'd be so nice to come home to
I'm Confessin' (that I love you)
Almost like being in love
'Round Midnight
What is this thing called love
Donna Lee
Au Privave
Dewey Square
Star Eyes
Yardbird Suite
Tiny's Tempo
Billie's Bounce
Bags Groove
Birks Works
Relaxin at Camarillo
Scrapple from the Apple
They can't take that away from me
Days of wine and roses
Just Friends
All the things you are
How deep is the Ocean
Like Someone in Love
Stable Mates
I'm in the mood for love
Here's that rainy day
You and the night and the music
My Ideal
You Don't Know what Love is
Beautiful Love
In Walked Bud
I Got Rhythm
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Moose the Mooche
Rose Room
Tune Up
Stella by Starlight
Blue Bossa
Chega de Saudade
O Grande Amor
Autumn Leaves
Bye Bye Blackbird
Deep Purple
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
Exactly like you
How high the moon
They say it's wonderful
I Found a new baby
I Should Care
I'll be seeing you
I'll remember april
In a sentimental mood
I'm old fashioned
I've never been in love before
If ever would I leave you
In a mellow tone
In your own sweet way
If I had you
Si tu vois ma mere
Just squeeze me
Killer Joe
Let's cool one
Like Someone in Love
Love me or leave me
Lullaby of Birdland
Mack the Knife
Nobody Else but Me
Now's the time
Old Devil Mood
On the sunny side of the street
Satin Doll
Sid's delight
Someday you'll be sorry
St Louis Blues
Struttin' with some barbeque
Black and Blue
Sweet Lorraine
Tea for Two
There is no Greater Love
Things ain't what they used to be
Time after Time
When you're smiling
Wrap your troubles in dreams
Blue Skies
Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Bill Bailey
Blues for Alice
Bud Powell
But not for me
Cheek to Cheek
I love you
If I were a bell
It don't mean a thing
My favourite things
Someday my prince will come
Sonnymoon for two
Straight no chaser
Sweet georgia brown
Take the A train
I cover the waterfront
This I dig of You
Work Song
Some of these days
All of me
All of you
Angel Eyes
Blue in Green
Chelsea Bridge
But Beautiful
Come Sunday
Darn that Dream
Everything happens to me
For all we know
Fools rush in
I'm crazy 'bout my baby
Lazy River
Christmas/Seasonal tunes

Pickering/Dimbleby Duo's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£375
Up to 2 hours£500
Up to 3 hours£625
Wedding2 musicians
Up to 3 × 45 minute sets of music Includes requests Includes phone DJ playlist between sets
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love our variety of repertoire, engaging improvisations and

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As a freelance musician, Joe has performed in many different venues including the Barbican Centre and Pizza Express in London. Joe was also a finalist in the 2023 BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician, broadcast on national radio on 26th November 2023.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We have many influences. Joe is particularly inspired by Charlie Parker and Lester Young, and Rob is a huge fan of Wynton Kelly.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Performing in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician final 2023 was Joe's highlight of his career so far. The performance took place in Glasgow at BBC Studios 40 Pacific Quay.

Do you have different line-up options?

Whilst we are a piano/sax duo, we do have the option for variability. Joe can play alto and tenor saxophones as well as clarinet if requested. There may also be some vocals!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We promise to do our utmost to be flexible as we're aware that organising an event can be difficult and things can change. If the timings change a bit, no worries - let us know as soon as possible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, you are very welcome to connect a device to our PA and put on a playlist between sets. Let us know and we can arrange this very easily

How much time do you need to set up?

We don't need much time at all! Ideally 30-45 minutes would be perfect, although if we need to set up/pack away in a rush we could do so in 10-15 minutes.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately we can't do this! We are a piano/sax duo and for obvious reasons the piano can't move while performing.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Absolutely! If you see specific songs on our set-list that you'd love to hear, let us know and we'll be sure to play them.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes, our equipment is all included in our quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely, if you want to request a specific song that you don't see included in our set-list, let us know with as much advance time as possible and we will learn it.
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