Dorian Ford started playing jazz in his early teens when he began regular attendance at a weekly workshop led by trumpeter, composer, broadcaster and music writer Ian Carr.
Playing alongside many musicians who went on to form the backbone of the London jazz renaissance of the 1980's, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he received the prestigious Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award. Piano studies were with Donald Brown, a regular in Art Blakey's band at the time.
Dorian has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians, including: Brian Abrahams, Stanley Adler, Brandon Allen, Tom Arthurs, Wayne Bachelor, Roger Beaujolais, Jeff Beck, Julia Biel, Dave Bitelli, Jim Black, Christian Brewer, Damon Brown, Igor Butman, Ian Carr, Nick Cohen, Winston Clifford, Quentin Collins, Renato D'Aiello, Chartwell Dutiro, Echo Strings, Brian Edwards, Robert Fordjour, Andy Gangadeen, Alex Garnett, Will Gaines, Geoff Gascoyne, Polly Gibbons, Tim Giles, Carol Grimes, Janek Gwizdala, Nathan Haines, Tom Herbert, Gary Husband, Julian Jackson, Julian Joseph, Dill Katz, Birelli Lagrene, Ingrid Laubrook, Colin Lazzarini, Gareth Locraine, Donny McCaslin, Menlo Park, Troy Miller, Mark Mondesir, Michael Mondesir, Mike Outram, Dave Okumu, Courtney Pine, Jonny Phillips, Tony Remy, Sebastian Rochford, Richard Spaven, Tom Skinner, Barbara Thompson, Frank Tontoh, Max de Wardener, Pete Wareham, Annie Whitehead, Tim Whitehead, Steve Williamson.
In addition he had performed at private and corporate functions that are too many to list in total. Notable clients include the US Ambassador Robert Holmes Tuttle, Joan Rivers, Prince Charles and the Parker Bowles family, the TUC and Glenda Jackson.