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Dan Banks

Dan Banks

Hourly Paid Lecturer (Jazz Piano)
Academic school:
Job title:
Hourly Paid Lecturer (Jazz Piano)
Higher qualifications:

MMus (University of West London)

Professional organisations:
Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSMD)


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, Simon Purcell, and Steve Melling.

As a jazz pianist Dan has performed at a vast array of UK jazz venues and festivals including: The Jazz Cafe, The Bulls Head, The Octave, The Belvedere, Dereham Jazz Club, The Bassment, Milestones Jazz Club, Harlow Jazz Club, The Soundhouse, Manchester Jazz Festival, The Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, The London Jazz Festival and the Corsica Jazz & Blues Festival. Dan is house pianist at The Bassment Club were he has performed alongside British jazz luminaries including: Laurence Cottle, Ian Thomas, Mark Nightingale, Paul Higgs, Gareth Lockrane, Mark Armstrong, Roberto Manzin, and Vasilis Xenopoulos, and many more. Furthermore Dan has worked as a sideman with The Zak Barrett Quartet, Tony Sandeman's 'Natural Selection', The Shez Raja Collective, Solar, The Simon Hurley Quartet, The Crissy Lee Quartet, Alex Field's 'Nardis', Trevor Tylers's 'Aero', Paul Higgs' 'Shades of Miles', and The Graeme Culham Sextet and Quintet.

Dan recently featured on the debut album and EP of jazz fusion group Solar and has recorded his debut album - featuring Roberto Manzin (saxophone), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Jose Canha (double bass), and Josh Law (drums) - which is due for release in early 2017.

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