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John Crawford

John Crawford was born in London of English/Spanish Parents. His father played Blues piano, and this is the first thing he learnt to play. His mother would introduce him to Latin music of all kinds, and he has gone on to perform at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst others.

.. .. In the Latin world he has worked with percussion legends Airto Moreira and Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Ed Motta, Tito Allen, Herman Oliveira, Henry Fiol, Luis Felipe Gonzalez, Frankie Morales (Tito Puentes last singer), Jimmy Bosch, Bobby Matos, Adalberto Santiago, Luisito Carrion, Mariano Civico, Cano Estremera, Jack Costanzo, Nancy Abalos and Carlos Irigoyen, Maelo Ruiz, Johnny Blas, Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo, Orlando Watusi and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists like Snowboy, Guida da Palma and Jazzinho, Negrocan, Sirius B, Manteca, Shantijazzworld, Nois, Liliana Chachian, Gustavo Marques, Jandira Silva, Mr Hermano, Orquesta La Clave, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo. He is also a founder member of the popular band Grupo X.

Awards

Ulia River of Time has been nominated for best album in the jazz category by the Independent Music Awards (USA) http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/12th/Album/Jazz

Gear

Roland FP4


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A glorious piano solo...everyone there that night agreed that a man to watch out for is pianist John Crawford, a skillful and imaginative soloist”

John Childs, Jazzwise Magazine

“hypnotized by the enchanting piano playing of John Crawford”

paul j youngman www.vinilemania.net

“followed by John Crawford whose piano playing is a delight all through the record”

Dan Mather www.musicweb-international.com

“The piano solo by John Crawford deserves special mention...floats along beautifully with all the right notes in the right order - it's tasteful, uncluttered and musical Finding a Musical Director as talented as John Crawford (one of the finest pianists ever to set foot on a piano) is, however, a huge plus”

Mel Dean reviewing “Sangue Latino 3”

“John Crawford's piano solo on the same piece was built around repeated single notes so deftly played that he seemed to be mimicking a horn”

John Fordham, The Guardian, January 2005

“Pianist John Crawford had several impressive spots with his light-fingered runs, occasionally straying from the overall tone, though not excessively so, then subtly blending samba with reggae in a striking combination of creative timing and diverse rhythms.”

John Philips, November 2007

Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

I have been teaching at Goldsmith's College, University of London, since 1998, when I started the first Latin Piano course in the UK, which lead to the writing of the book "Exploring Latin Piano" (Schott Publishers, with Tim Richards).

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Albums

The Songs of Duncan...

Self Produced
2020

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Times and Tides

Monpas Records
2016

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Ulia River of Time

Monpas Records
2013

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Ladino Song

From: Ulia River of Time
By John Crawford

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