John Escreet

John EscreetJohn occupied the piano chair in NYJO from 2002/5, moving to New York the following year.

There he joined the Master’s Programme at the Manhattan School of Music, studying piano with Kenny Barron and Jason Moran, before graduating in 2008.

In September of that year he released his debut album, Consequences, to critical acclaim. Regular album releases have followed. The latest – his 2014 offering, Sound, Space and Structures – is an entirely improvised set played with his semi-regular trio partners, bassist John Hébert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, augmented by the renowned British free jazz pioneer, saxophonist Evan Parker.

This album confirms that John has become fully assimilated as a major player on the US jazz scene. Although relatively unsung in Britain, he’s arguably the UK’s most successful and influential musical export to the US since bassist Dave Holland some time ago.