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Keith Tippett fund set up

The free jazz pianist who has played with everyone from King Crimson to Trevor Watts and Peter Brötzmann is unable to work following a heart attack

Keith Tippett has suffered a heart attack, followed by complications from pneumonia. Although the 71 year old pianist has returned home, he is unable to work for the foreseeable future. Now two funds have been set up to help with living costs.

Hazel Miller of Ogun Records is collecting PayPal donations to be sent to the musician directly; and saxophonist and composer Martin Archer, owner of Discus Music, has offered him all the proceeds from Tippett's 2016 release The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon.

“I’ve just come off the phone from speaking to Keith Tippett,” says Archer. "As you have probably seen elsewhere, Keith recently suffered a heart attack followed by some nasty complications. He’s back home and recovering, but it will take time. With Keith’s specific permission I’m adding Discus Music’s support to this initiative.100 percent of any sales will benefit Keith directly and regularly.”

More details on both ways to donate can be found at