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Biography of John Crawford

IMA nominated artist John Crawford was born in London of English/Spanish Parents. His father played Blues piano, and this is the first thing he learnt to play. His mother would introduce him to Latin music of all kinds, and he has gone on to perform at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst others. His 2012 release "Ulia River of Time" was nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the jazz category.

.. .. In the Latin world he has worked with percussion legends Airto Moreira and Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Ed Motta, Tito Allen, Herman Oliveira, Henry Fiol, Luis Felipe Gonzalez, Frankie Morales (Tito Puentes last singer), Jimmy Bosch, Bobby Matos, Adalberto Santiago, Luisito Carrion, Mariano Civico, Cano Estremera, Jack Costanzo, Nancy Abalos and Carlos Irigoyen, Maelo Ruiz, Johnny Blas, Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo, Orlando Watusi and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists like Snowboy, Guida da Palma and Jazzinho, Negrocan, Sirius B, Manteca, Shantijazzworld, Nois, Liliana Chachian, Gustavo Marques, Jandira Silva, Mr Hermano, Orquesta La Clave, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo. He is also a founder member of the popular band Grupo X.
As a jazz pianist he has performed with many jazz artists such as Tony Coe, Pinise Saul, Lucky Ranku , Sax Appeal, Chris Batchelor, Jason Yarde, Dave Pike, Harvie S, Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi, US3, Billy Bang, Roger Beaujolais, Gilad Atzmon, Paul Jayasinha's Shanti Jazz World , Victoria Newton, Rowland Sutherland, Byron Wallen, Annie Whitehead, Katriona Taylor, and Parry Ray

He has also worked with artists from the pop world such as Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Lewis Taylor, The Braxtons, Andy Williams, Kirsty McColl, Rui Veloso and Babyface

"A glorious piano solo...everyone there that night agreed that a man to watch out for is pianist John Crawford, a skillful and imaginative soloist"

John Childs, Jazzwise Magazine

"hypnotized by the enchanting piano playing of John Crawford"

paul j youngman www.vinilemania.net

"followed by John Crawford whose piano playing is a delight all through the record"

Dan Mather www.musicweb-international.com

"The piano solo by John Crawford deserves special mention...floats along beautifully with all the right notes in the right order - it's tasteful, uncluttered and musical Finding a Musical Director as talented as John Crawford (one of the finest pianists ever to set foot on a piano) is, however, a huge plus"

Mel Dean reviewing "Sangue Latino 3"

"John Crawford's piano solo on the same piece was built around repeated single notes so deftly played that he seemed to be mimicking a horn"

John Fordham, The Guardian, January 2005

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