Born: June 7, 1979 Primary Instrument: Piano
John Turville is one of the busiest and most versatile pianists in the UK.
As well as running and writing for his own trio and sextet, he is currently a member of Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio, Guillermo Rozenthuler's folkloric quartet 'Rioplatenses', the Loop band 'Dog Soup', the big band 'Combustible Alarms' and the Koby Israelite group, with whom he toured the UK, Poland, Bulgaria, Portugal and Austria in 2008, as well as a number of tango projects. He co-established the E17 big band in 2009 and has written new work for the ensemble.
His trio won the album of the year category in the 2011 Parliamentary Awards and John was awarded 'Best Jazz Instrumentalist' in the 2010 London Jazz Awards. In 2009 he also won the PRS promoter's choice award and played a ten-date tour of the UK in January 2010 to support the release of their new album 'Midas'.
Awards:2011 Parliamentary Jazz Award 'Best Album' 2010 2010 London Jazz Instrumentalist Award (London Jazz Awards) 2009 PRS Promoters Choice Award
Midas is high-end piano trio jazz, beautifully recorded [...] resonating with the work of Keith Jarrett and John Taylor without denying the group's considerable individuality [...] who wheel and curve through the shape shifting music as one (Chris May, All About Jazz)
John Turville is a young conservatoire-trained British pianist with very broadly-based resources [...] his adventurousness with harmony and the always lyrical yet narratively swerving designs of his improvisations often recall UK piano giant John Taylor's playing (John Fordham, The Guardian)
John Turville’s fresh-sounding UK piano trio of bassist and drummer Chris Hill and Ben Reynolds deliver a fresh balance of current concerns and conventional wisdom ... whizzing from modern bustle to soulful blues (Mike Hobart, Financial Times)
I was struck by the musicality of the playing, the sensitivity and empathy in the ensemble and the lyricism and development... There isn't a moment when anything is overplayed [and] they play with a maturity well beyond their years (Tim Whitehead, Loose Tubes)
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students