Dudley Moore’s fame as part of the Pete‘n’Dud comedy duo in the 1960s and beloved comic actor in Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s has rather overshadowed his achievements as a dazzling jazz pianist and a composer of wit and emotional depth.
Consequently, his delightful music is hugely undervalued and rarely played. Some pieces are quintessential expressions of the bright, optimistic, swinging 60s, others are deeply poignant, personal expressions of a darker, more complex world. Sometimes there is a unique and bittersweet mix of the two.
Following their praised Hoagy Carmichael project, the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit Moore’s 1960s music on their new CD Dudley, with sounds from Dud’s fabulous 1960s Decca jazz trio albums, the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).
Chris Ingham piano; Paul Higgs trumpet; Geoff Gascoyne bass; George Double drums
The Stables will be opening its doors from 11am, so before each concert you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a hot bacon roll, along with a full bar and snack bar service – the Sunday papers will be available too!