John Escreet -|- Don’t Fight the Inevitable – [Mythology Records, 2010]
John Escreet – Pianist/composer b. Doncaster, England, 1984.
Since moving to New York in 2006, John Escreet has had a powerful impact, and is emerging as one of the most creative and original pianists on the music scene there. He is highly revered amongst his peers for his creativity, openness and for his own original music, which draws inspiration from many different sources, and encompasses them all and much more. He recently received a commission by Chamber Music America to compose new music as part of the New Jazz Works Program for 2009. Escreet keeps himself busy touring and performing all over the world, but when not on the road he resides in New York City, working on and performing his own original music, constantly challenging himself and searching for something new and original. In the summer of 2008 he graduated from the Master’s Program at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied piano with Kenny Barron and Jason Moran.
He leads his own group ‘The John Escreet Project’ which is described by the New York Times as “a superb band”, and which features some of the most exciting and forward-thinking improvising musical talents on the New York jazz scene – David Binney (alto saxophone), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Matt Brewer (double bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums).
John has worked frequently in David Binney’s regular group in NYC, and was also part of the world premier performance of the saxophonist’s new Big Band at the Jazz Gallery.
John is also a member of a collective called ‘The Story’ which features some of the most exciting and creative young musicians in NYC – Lars Dietrich (alto saxophone), Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone), Zack Lober (double bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums). Their debut album is released March 2009.
Since being in NYC, John has also had the opportunity to perform with many other great musicians, including Wayne Krantz, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake, Logan Richardson, Ben van Gelder, Marcus Gilmore, Tyshawn Sorey, Rodney Green, Dan Weiss and many more.
As well as performing at most of New York City’s major jazz venues, John has performed at important international jazz venues such as the Blue Note (Milan), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Ronnie Scott’s (London), Upstairs (Montreal), and has also performed at major concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Purcell Room and the CBSO Centre. John is also active in jazz education, and has given clinics and workshops at institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music (London), Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham UK), McGill University (Montreal), Humber College (Toronto) and Loyola University (New Orleans).
Check out John’s 2008 release on Posi-tone Records titled “Consequences” …
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