Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the “piano man’s piano man” and “a national treasure”, Dale Storr is one of the UK’s leading exponents of New Orleans piano. Inspired by his parents’ record collection of early Rhythm n’ Blues and Rock n’ Roll, he immersed himself from an early age in the evocative music of legends like Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino, and devoted himself to learning their craft. For many years he was a highly sought-after band pianist, backing many top blues stars from the U.K. and America, before going solo in 2008 with his acclaimed ‘Sounds of New Orleans’ show.
Now a regular at major jazz festivals and jazz clubs across the UK and Europe, Dale has reached the finals of the British Blues Awards seven years in succession and won the 2015 best musical performance award at the Buxton Fringe Festival. His spellbinding show ranges from Latin and blues to boogie and classic jazz standards; from Louis Armstrong to Liberace and Rachmaninov to the Warsaw Concerto. It’s a melting pot of mind-blowing music that’s as diverse as the city that inspired it, and made more captivating by his tales of the music, architecture, food, and culture of New Orleans, not to mention the often risqué stories of his piano heroes.