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Dan Banks

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher Dan Banks is based in Medway, Kent. He begun studying classical piano at an early age under the tutelage of Tim Carey but soon developed an interest in jazz and improvised music. He has studied jazz piano, theory, arranging, and composition with Eddie Harvey, Barry Green, Brian Everington, Pete Cook, and holds a Masters degree in performance (awarded with distinction) from London College of Music.

Dan's influences as a pianist are broad. His initial experience of music came from the likes of Paul Simon, The Beatles, and Ricky Lee Jones—all played a lot at home when he was a child. However when he formally started piano lessons these focussed entirely on the classical tradition. His formative experience of learning classical music has remained, and still now he plays Bach, Bartok, and Debussy on a regular basis. In terms of Dan's jazz influences these range from what you'd expect (Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock), to the more contemporary (Eldar Djangirov, Joey Alexander, Jason Rebello, Michel Camilo, Michel Petrucciani, Craig Taborn), via the non-pianists (Miles Davis, Chris Potter, Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, and many more).

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”[in] his debut as leader, he shows mastery of the hardbop idiom as composer, soloist and bandleader.” —Mark Gilbert (Jazz Journal)