Neville Dickie was born in County Durham, England on January 1st 1937. His early years in music were spent in the northern working mens’ clubs. After his National Service in the RAF, Neville left Durham and moved to London.
He spent many years working for little money in the pubs around the London area and his lucky break came when he was auditioned by the BBC and spotted by Doreen Davies, then head of Radio 2. Hundreds of broadcasts followed, both solo and with his Trio. In 1969 he recorded “The Robins Return” which became an immediate hit. Neville remains one of the few British Jazz pianists to have had a record in the Hit Parade.
Neville continued with his recording career under the watchful eye of his recording manager Norman Newell, recording four LPs. In 1975 Neville recorded “Back To Boogie” on the “Music For Pleasure” label. This recording sold 100,000 copies and is still played all over the world today. Since then he has recorded 9 LPs and over 40 CDs on various American labels.
After recording “Back To Boogie” Neville felt the need to go back to his roots and to the music he really loved – Jazz. He is regarded as one of the world’s finest exponents of Stride Piano and is much in demand all over the world. Neville has earned the respect of American audiences and visits there every year. His Trio and his band “The Rhythmakers” are always in demand.
Neville and his wife Pat also run the very successful Sutton Jazz Club, which in June 2015 celebrated its 28th anniversary.
When Neville is not performing he lives with his wife Pat and poodles Louis& Bertie in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. They are great animal lovers and support many animal charities.