Charlie Stacey: The 21-Year-Old Genius Pianist
Charlie Stacey first discovered the piano at the age of 8 through imitating recordings of boogie-woogie and stride piano he heard on the radio. From there, he continued to listen and imitate obsessively, adding Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Keith Jarrett, Sun Ra and Mccoy Tyner to his list of favourites, as the years went on.
He became competent at playing with others, as a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Tomorrow’s Warriors education program. His first major successes were being featured on BBC1’s One Show as a child piano prodigy, age 13, and being awarded a music scholarship to one of England’s best schools.
Since his early teens, he has gigged regularly under his own name and with some of England’s best players: with Shane Forbes’ Wave project, The Nathaniel Facey Quartet and Pataruco.
He has also had success abroad, as a semifinalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival piano competition in 2012 and a performer at both Nisville Jazz Festival in Serbia, and Chico Freeman’s masterclass in Sofia, Bulgaria the year before.
Charlie Stacey, from London, spent a couple of years at Princeton in New Jersey, studying philosophy, but felt the call of music was too great.
Since then, his profile on the London scene has been slowly growing, with his recent gig with Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott, representing the summit of his musical career so far.
Charlie currently plays with the Knoel Scott Quartet and leads his own outfit, the Charlie Stacey Trio with David Paulis on bass, and drummer Enrico Truzzi. In July 2016, the trio recorded an album in Italy entitled “Metempsychosis”, which they will introduce during a tour in October and November of 2016.
Source: Official biography.
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Booking contact: Davide Paulis davide.paulis43 (at) gmail.com
Artist website: http://www.charliestacey.com/