UK Jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist Robert Dimbleby has been making a name for himself with his original blend of jazz, funk and soul music from a young age. Inspired by pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Herbie Hancock, Jason Rebello and Joe Sample, his original compositions have gained millions of views on YouTube, showcasing his skills as a multi-instrumentalist.
Born and raised in a rural village in the Peak District, Robert naturally had to find a hobby to pass the time when he wasn’t climbing trees or eating baked beans. Fortunately, his grandma was a piano teacher and saw an opportunity to inspire a young musician by way of an upright piano. Sure enough, as soon as Robert was tall enough to reach the keyboard there was no stopping him. At age 7 he became captivated by the driving boogie-woogie music of Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis and he has been honing his craft as an improviser ever since.
Robert has gone on to release over 6 albums of original music as both a songwriter and instrumentalist. A regular performer, he has played on stages across the UK and Europe at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, BBC Studios, The Apex, Camden Assembly, Notting Hill Arts Club, Bestival, YNOT festival, The Leadmill, Oxford Union, The Royal Institute, Olivier’s Jazz Bar, The Fox and Firkin, MAP café, and Deda Theatre.
Whatever the context, Robert’s aim is always to play with soul and feel, and share his love of music.