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Jon Opstad

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Born: November 4, 1983    Primary Instrument: Drums

Jon Opstad was born in Bristol in 1983 to a musical family. His first introduction to jazz was at the age of seven on hearing Miles Davis's 'Kind of Blue' and John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'. Studying first clarinet, piano and saxophone, Jon took up the drums at age 12. Starting composing in his teens, he was a finalist in the 2002 BBC Young Composer of the Year competition. Jon began studying music at Cambridge University in 2002 and recorded his first album 'Still Picture' the following year with some of the best student jazz musicians from Cambridge as well as younger brother James on fretless bass...
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As a Leader

Interpretations
New Canvas Records
2007
Tracks: Ochre; Time & Place; Convergence; Sixty-Seven; City Leaves; September Light; Translation.
Personnel: Nick Smart - trumpet, flugelhorn; Simon Cosgrove - soprano saxophone; James Allsopp - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Liam Noble - piano, fender rhodes; Justin Quinn - electric & acoustic guitars; James Opstad - double bass; Jon Opstad - drums.

Still Picture
New Canvas Records
2004
Tracks: Fjord Song; Three Words; Still Picture; Quiet Place; Athabasca
Personnel: Simon Cosgrove - soprano saxophone; David Gange - trumpet, flugelhorn; Tom Rogerson - piano; James Opstad - fretless bass, cello; Chris Hill - double bass [track 1 only]; Jon Opstad - drums, percussion

As A Side Musician

A Thought
Nishlyn Ramanna
New Canvas Records
2005
Tracks: Quintessentially; Hymn to Hymn; A Thought [piano solo]; The Beautiful Room Is Empty; N3 East; Song For My Sister; A Thought; Pisces; Oatlands Road Blues
Personnel: Nishlyn Ramanna - piano; Stan Sulzmann - tenor & soprano saxophones, alto flute; James Opstad - fretless bass; Jon Opstad - drums, percussion.

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