John Dalton

John Dalton is a Boston based musician, composer, and educator. As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he received a diverse musical education, especially in his studies with Chris Poudrier and Jim Robitaille. while there, he developed fluency in a variety of styles as both an improvising musician and composer. As a performer, John has been featured in a variety of settings, and both a sideman and leader. He was a featured performer at the New Bedford Jazz Festival, and an ensemble member at the Portuguese Music Awards. he has performed at venues such as Fete Music hall, the Zeiterion Theater, and Boston University. He has performed or shared the bill with artists such as Jim Robitaille, Jing Wang, Amanda Monaco, Barry Altschul, Stefano Battaglia, Kaya Meller, Kamil Piotrowicz, Anastassiya Petrova, and royal hartigan. John has also received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for work with his modular ensemble Spheres of Influence. He is a passionate educator, teaching at various studios in the greater Boston area. He is also a published scholar in journals such as The Peer Review. John Also leads the group Spheres of influence. It is a modular ensemble led by drummer John Dalton. It performs original compositions, standards, as well as arrangements of well known repertoire. The group size is flexible, but it is most often operates as a trio, quartet, or quintet

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Composer/bandleader/drummer John Dalton has chosen the jazz guitar trio as the vehicle to express his musical vision, and he has done it brilliantly. His compositions are complex without being busy, and allow the soloists (Jim Robitaille on guitar and Sean Farias on bass) to build around and through them. There are several jazz drummers who are busier than Dalton, and intrude more forcefully, but Dalton does an excellent job of adding more than what is required while at the same time making sure that what he contributes is exactly what the song needs. At times, you know he is the leader of the band; at others, it isn't so obvious

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