Dean Masser Quartet’s salute to Dexter Gordon


Date: 21 November 2023
End Date: 21 November 2023
Type: open

TIME: 8.00 – 11.00PM


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Dean Masser tenor sax
Rob Barron piano
Adam King bass
Richard Pite drums

Dean returns to the East Side having played one of the last gigs before lockdown. For this gig he will be concentrating on tunes composed or played by Dexter Gordon.

Dean’s daughter Emily , currently resident in Leytonstone , will sing a couple as a guest.

After graduating from Leeds College of Music Dean Masser became a member of the Jack Parnell Quartet, which recorded a live album during a week-long stint at Ronnie Scott’s. Since then he has plaYED

Since then, Dean has played alongside many of the leading names in British jazz at numerous venues and festivals. He has many television and radio appearances to his credit, and released his first album as leader in 2010.

Old School” features Dean with Max Turnbull (piano), Malcolm Creese (double bass) and Paul Robinson (drums), with guest appearances from vocalists Andy Prior and Jenny Russell.

“A very exciting and enjoyable CD; Dean’s album has soul in it.” – Jack Parnell

“Dean has always had a great sound, and this album captures it beautifully.” – Julian Siegal


Rob Barron work as a jazz pianist has taken him all over the world and has played with visiting American artists Al JarreauMarlena Shaw (Ronnie Scott’s club residencies,) Benny GolsonPhil WoodsGrant StewartSheryl Bailey and in groups lead by leading UK artists Jacqui DankworthStacey KentClaire MartinDave O’HigginsSteve FishwickAllison NealeAnita WardellGeorgia Mancio and Jean Toussaint. Rob was also a member of the award winning group Kairos 4tet. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

As a commercial session musician, Rob has performed live with The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraThe Philharmonia OrchestraThe Ulster OrchestraDamon AlbarnPaloma FaithMari WilsonBryan Adams and Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well as in the house band for many TV shows for the BBC.

In the studio Rob has played on several film soundtracks including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and The Son of The Sheik with music written by Carl Davis as well as TV series Ethel and ErnestPeaky Blinders and a new children’s animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Rob’s piano playing can be also heard on commercials for M&S, J.Sainsbury (Christmas 2016) H&M, and Boots.


Bassist Adam King as a youngster started on the saxophone before moving to bass guitar and finally to the double bass on which he gained a 1st class honours degree in BA Jazz. Since then he has become one of the most in demand bassists playing with some of the most prolific musicians on the UK and international jazz scene and often playing at London’s top jazz establishments.


Since the age of 18 Richard Pite has worked as a professional drummer and he is also proficient on double bass, tuba/sousaphone and assorted percussion instruments. At the start of his career Pite specialised in Vintage and Classic Jazz from the 1920s to the 1950s. He has specialised in this genre ever since and performed regularly with internationally acclaimed artists such as Keith Nichols and The Blue Devils, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and for 10 years he performed with The Rio Trio (1986-1996).[citation needed]

Pite frequently performs at Boisdale  Belgravia and Canary Wharf where he is the musical director on drums and bass, as well as acting as bandleader and sideman in numerous jazz bands (mainly vintage and mainstream). His personal musical projects include Soul Shadows (playing the music of Jazz Funk pioneers The Crusaders), The Hush Puppies – a band dedicated to playing soul funk and pop with minimal amplification and London Omnibus – a trio performing jazz and popular music of the 1920s and 30s alongside comedy and vaudeville routines.