Keith Tippett

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Keith Tippetts, 25 August 1947, Bristol, Avon, England. As a child Tippett studied piano and church organ privately, and cornet and tenor horn with the Bristol Youth Band. In 1967 he won a scholarship to the Barry Summer School in Wales. Here he met Elton Dean and Nick Evans and invited them to become members of his band. In 1968 the Keith Tippett Sextet was the first beneficiary of the London Jazz Centre Society’s scheme to give six-week residencies to new bands at its Monday sessions at London’s 100 Club. Following these exciting and exhilarating gigs the reputation of the band and its individual members (Marc Charig, Evans, Dean, Tippett, Gill Lyons and Alan Jackson) spread rapidly. Pianist Tippett recorded with King Crimson and appeared on their hit single ‘Cat Food.’

In 1970, Tippett formed the enormous 50-piece Centipede to play his composition Septober Energy, and in 1972 founded Ovary Lodge, a free band, with his...

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