Dorian Ford

Dorian is currently associated with several ongoing projects. Please click on the links below to read more.

With Fulvio Sigurtá (trumpet), Steve Rose (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums).

Playing melodic compositions by Dorian Ford, and by Steve Rose, as well as favourite tunes by Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Ralph Towner and Jobim. This quartet played its first gig at the St James Studio Theatre to a packed audience in November 2012. See podcasts for excerpts of this gig alongside an interview with Dorian.

Forthright, sensuous and defiantly independent singer who for over four decades has been one of the great British female vocalists.

There are few musical genres Carol has not inhabited and made her own, and her current quartet shuffles the musical deck in an artful, entertaining and thoroughly engaging way.

Songs trio have made two very popular recordings with the original line up of Dorian Ford (piano), Max de Wardener (bass), Iian Pattinson (drums) Playing 'songs' rather than 'standards' but as a jazz piano trio. The trio try to find the inner life inside the melody and structure of a classic song.

Regularly featured on JazzFM, and having packed out Ronnie Scott's this year, this trio is popular and has a strong London following.

A personal tribute to the late Bill Evans, this trio evolved from an exercise in transcription (Dorian transcribed the whole of the Album How My Heart Sings, including bass and drum parts). Having memorised many of Bill's tunes, the trio is more than just a slavish recreation. The rigorous foundation has long ago been leapt from into improvised recreations of a masterful pianist's work.

Taking a line for a walk - the zen approach to neo-classicism. Lennie Tristano meets Morton Feldman. It is possible to treat a jazz standard by Charlie Parker as a piece of chamber music by Mozart. It is about clean lines and transparency of form, and requires refined technique, the aim being freedom of expression.