Mark d’Inverno was born in 1965 and started playing piano around the age of 5 and jazz piano from the age of 13. Whilst studying at St Catherine’s College Oxford he co-founded the Oxford Jazz Club in 1983, where he played weekly with his trio and other guest musicians. He also led a number of bands in Oxford in the mid-1980s and featured regularly in the music of town and university life. After touring Japan for several months as a drummer in a pop trio in 1989 he moved to London and immediately started to play with some of the leading musicians on the jazz scene there.
As a graduate student at UCL in London he led and conducted the UCL big band, which went on several European tours and appeared several times at the London Jazz Festival. During this time he ran a weekly workshop series over several years encouraging people to take up jazz. This led a number of bands in the jazz/pop world that played in London both Further afield. (One of the most successful was MoCity a 70s cover band that played prestigious venues in the UK – “MoCity are to 70s music what Bjorn Again are to Abba” was a headline in the Daily Express!).
In 1994 he formed a trio with Andy Hamill (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) which went on to perform at venues across the UK, such as London’s Royal Festival Hall freestage. The trio recorded the album Joy, which, 10 years later, still enjoys radio play on Jazz FM and BBC radio. Subsequently Mark joined forces with Winston Clifford (drums) and Larry Bartley (bass) to form a new trio, which also became the basis of the Mark d’Inverno quintet.
“Plays the idiom with relish, honest and grace” John Fordham, The Guardian
“d’Inverno is a fine pianist with a subtle touch and a lovely flow of ideas …
performed with wit and panache” Ian Carr
“…a player of considerable quality, wit technique and taste to space …
sometimes understated, often urgent, always rewarding” Jazzwise Magazine
“his individuality comes through the attractive simplicity of his lines and his
gentle touch on the keyboard”,The Observer
“Wonderful stuff. We will be hearing a lot more of Mark d’Inverno in the future.”
Humphrey Littleton, BBC Radio 3