Pianist Brian Dee was born in London in March, 1936 and took up serious piano playing after his RAF service finished in 1956. By the late 1950s he was gigging with Lennie Best, Dave Morse and Vic Ash, joining the Harry Klein - Vic Ash Jazz Five in March,1960. He was with the group until May, 1961, later working with Bobby Wellins and Tommy Whittle before leading his own trio at the Establishment Club in London until 1963. He toured with Tubby Hayes in 1965 and did a solo residency at the Downbeat Club. Besides his jazz work Brian Dee worked with the dance bands of Frank Weir, Ken Mackintosh and Eric Winstone among others and was widely recognised as a superb accompanist working with Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee and more recently with Elaine Delmar. From the mid 1960s he often worked in the theatre starting with Sweet Charity and later with Val Wiseman's Lady Sings the Blues.
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