John Crawford Ulia River of Time Nominated for Prestigious 'Independent Music Award' "With Ulía River of Time John and his band have achieved a rare


John Crawford Ulia River of Time Nominated for Prestigious 'Independent Music Award'


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"With Ulía River of Time John and his band have achieved a rare feat, and have captured the kinetic energy of their live performance." LondonJazz - Review of 'Ulia River of Time'

"A hugely enjoyable album. Every piece is highly melodic and Crawford's arrangements are consistently bright and inventive." Ian Mann - The Jazz Mann


"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"


Born in London of English/Spanish parents (his father played Blues piano) John Crawford is an acclaimed Latin jazz pianist, arranger and author who has performed with Latin jazz greats Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo Frankie Morales. His IMA nominated album 'Ulia River of Time' takes you on a musical journey of discovery. Starting in Latin America, weaving through Spanish Flamenco rhythms via Israel and Bulgaria, he conjures a fresh original take on the music of Paco De Lucia, Avishai Cohen, Pat Metheny and other Latin, folk and jazz greats.

John has performed 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 John Crawford 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.

John has also worked with artists from the pop world such as Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Lewis Taylor, The Braxtons, Andy Williams, Kirsty McColl, Rui Veloso and Babyface.

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The John Crawford Quintet was formed by his various musical passions with musicians who shared the same passions. The starting point was Latin Jazz, particularly with a flamenco influence - hence the acoustic guitar and cajon playing prominent roles from the start. For this, the Uruguayan musicians Guille Hill (guitar) and Andres Ticino (percussion) made the perfect partners: Two virtuoso musicians who are extremely comfortable in all South American and Spanish musical styles, equally comfortable playing a Flamenco Buleria by Paco de Lucia, as an Argentinian Chacarera or a Brazilian Samba, coupled with knowledge of jazz to bring improvisation to these styles.
Later, drums and bass were added and the brilliant Simon Pearson, a Yorkshireman who seems to have Latin blood in his veins, so well does he play the various rhythms on the drums, always with exquisite taste. And finally a Brazilian, Gili Lopes, from Porto Alegre- South enough in Brazil for him to be well aquainted with the musical styles of Uruguay and Argentina, as well as his native Brazil, and always his grooves are second to none for their solidity, strong rhythms and musicality.


Upcoming Dates of Note

15th May: Winners announced from each category in the Independent Music Awards (USA) "Ulia River of Time" nominated for Best Album in the Jazz Category
2nd July: 606 club, London
6th August: St.Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall
12th Oct: The Pheasantry, London
16th Nov: London Jazz Festival @ The Forge
21st March 2014: Chichester Jazz Club

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