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Biography of Dave Jones

Following his initial musical training in Cambridge where he studied classical piano with the concert pianist Philip Mead, Dave attended the first ever Jazz, Rock and Studio Music Summer School at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he was inspired by tuition in jazz piano and harmony with the late Lionel Grigson.

Dave then embarked on a musical career which initially included regular performances and recordings with the jazz funk band ‘706’ and trumpeter Nick Hill, as well as pick-up gigs in London, East Anglia and the South East of England with Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Mornington Lockett, Dick Pearce, Dave Cliff, Robin Jones, Herbie Flowers, Asaf Sirkis and Gilad Atzmon.

In 1996 he released a very well received debut cd, ‘Have you met Mr.Jones?’ (PARCD507), featuring and produced by Robin Jones. In 1999, whilst studying for an MA in performance and studio composition at Kingston University in Surrey, Dave co-produced a second album, this time at the Gateway Recording Studios for their record label, featuring Herbie Flowers.

More recently, since returning to his native South Wales in 2003, he has accompanied Dave O'Higgins, Steve Waterman, Karen Sharp, and Tommy Harris, and with his own trio has regularly backed award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett.

In 2009, Dave launched his acclaimed ‘Impetus’ (DJT003) trio album at London’s Vortex Jazz Club (see reviews page for Chris Parker’s review of this performance). The album highlights his output as a composer in a piano trio context, featuring Mark O’Connor on drums and Chris O’Connor on bass.

‘Impetus’ was rapidly followed in 2010 by the highly acclaimed ‘Journeys’ album (inspired by Dave’s visit to Washington DC in 2009 to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival – see Festival page for details), which saw his new trio with Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums) joined on several tracks by the award winning Lee Goodall on saxes, together with horns (Gareth Roberts and Tomos Williams) and occasional strings (The Mavron Quartet). In January and February 2011, the track ‘Hey DC’ from ‘Journeys’ was featured in a ‘radio style’ in-flight programme for Air New Zealand and Cathays Pacific, selected for use by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and author Alyn Shipton.

Dave’s increasing interest in composing and arranging for a larger ensemble was reflected in the 2012 album‘Resonance’ (see reviews/quotes here on Jazz CDs), which features a similar line-up to ‘Journeys’, but with the addition of Gethin Liddington on trumpet and flugel, and Kevin Lawlor on drums.

Following the release of 'Resonance', there was substantial media interest in the album with airtime on BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz Record Requests', Jazz FM, BBC Radio Ulster (including an interview on 'Jazz Club'), RTE Radio, and a number of other international stations. Dave was also profiled in the Nov 2012 issue of Jazz Journal by editor Mark Gilbert, and has been writing for the magazine for the past two years.

In early 2013, Dave signed a music publishing contract to produce compositions for 'The Gold Leaf Music Library', who provide a wide variety of music for high-end TV and Film projects.

Performances during 2013 included the Rosslare Jazz Festival (July), the Lorient Interceltique Festival in France, the 'Aberjazz' Festival in Wales, and London's Ajani Grill and Jazz.

In 2014, Dave toured India and performed at Brecon Jazz and Teignmouth Jazz Festival with 'Burum'. He also enjoyed several brief tours of Ireland, and performed at the Swansea International Jazz Festival.


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