Professor Nohair and the Wiglifters are a fast fingered jazz and boogie woogie piano trio featuring Simon Palmer on Piano/organ, Andre St Claire Dyer on Drums and Tom Allen on Double bass.
The band has been playing for 30 years now, born originally from the back three of 9 piece rhythm and blues, jump jive and early soul band The Jivin Instructors who graced the dance halls, pubs and clubs of London in the late eighties.
Simon on piano has played boogie woogie piano all his life but with the wiglifters he like to visit tunes and songs by his favourite piano and organ players such as Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Jimmy Smith, Ramsey Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Jools Holland.
All three members of the band have fairly long and illustrious performing careers. Simon as well as performing boogie woogie piano with the Jivin Instructors 1985-1997 has performed extensively playing double bass with a street theatre band the Cosmic Sausages and is an accomplished magician under the name Professor Palmermoff.
Andre as a multi instrumentalist and singer song writer, an accomplished club DJ and has performed with many artists as well as having his own band. He is a phenomenal drummer and Simon always says he really would rather not play with anyone else!
Tom Allen has performed with many acts in and around his native Bath including The Zen Hussies, he is a stunning double bass player and again Simon says he’d rather not play with anyone else either.
Professor Nohair and the Wiglifters have to navigate around their members show biz commitments but when they play they can really play, three seasoned musicians with 1000’s of performances under their belts and it really shows.