John is an award-winning pianist & composer who has led his own groups at Vortex Jazz Club, Manchester Jazz Festival, Derry Jazz Festival, N.Ireland, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Charlie Wrights International, and Matt & Phreds Club, among many others.
As a band member for other musicians he has performed at festivals and venues across Europe such as London Jazz Festival, Openair St Gallen Festival, Switzerland, and Kings Place. He was featured on BBC Radio show Jazz Club as part of an "unmissable" (Belfast Telegraph) string of dates with his piano trio in Ireland in 2010. He was awarded a Peter Whittingham Development Award the same year. In December 2010 he premiered "exciting new music" (JazzFM) that he composed for his large ensemble, featuring British jazz star Stan Sulzmann. 2011 has seen him performing across the country as a soloist; with his trio; large ensemble; and also collaborating with classical guitarist Adam Brown in concerts that dismantle stylistic boundaries. John is a jazz piano graduate of the Master of Arts in Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music, where he had the opportunity to share the stage with eminent musicians including Mike Gibbs and Gerard Presencer.
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