Keith Tippett (originally Keith Graham Tippetts, born 25th August 1947 in Bristol) is a British jazz pianist and composer. Tippett went to Greenway Boys Secondary Modern school in Southmead, Bristol. The son of a local policeman, he was the solo soprano singer in a school production of Tom Sawyer. He formed his first jazz band called The KT7 whilst still at school and they performed numbers popular at the time by The Temperance Seven. In the late 1960s, he led a sextet featuring Elton Dean on saxophone, Mark Charig on trumpet and Nick Evans on trombone.