Internationally acclaimed composer- arranger John Warren brings together nine of the most creative jazz players in the Yorkshire region to play his compositions. The nine piece band, titled after his extended piece based on First Nation legends of his native Canada, showcases John's melodic, adventurous and subtly orchestrated work. Hand picked from the vibrant Leeds music scene the players bring a breadth of musical styles and experience to the performance of these scores.
“For sheer elegance and uncontrived sophistication, composer John Warren, whether writing for big band, John Surman’s celebrated Brass Project, or as here for nonet, is difficult to beat.” Chris Parker – Vortex Jazz
“The legacy Gil Evans is strong here but Warren's ideas are his own, and the soloing is as classily uplifting as the line-up would suggest.” John Fordham – The Guardian
“In a different cultural climate, John Warren's 1971 masterly jazz suite, Tales of the Algonquin, would have been regularly performed, like a staple of modern classical music. It stands comparison with the music of Gil Evans or Maria Schneider. John Fordham – The Guardian
Based in York since 1989 John has been involved in the jazz scene across the north of England. For ten years he directed the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra . He was commissioned to compose extended works for Andy Sheppard and John Surman as well as conducting the work of guest players and composers like Tim Garland, Jason Yarde, Steve Waterman and Issie Barratt. At the request of the Durham Brass Festival John created “Northern Brass” a group which brings together musicians from the Brass Band and Jazz Traditions. The festival has twice commissioned two large scale works for the group which were premiered at the festival featuring Steve Waterman and Mark Nightingale.
John recently conducted a performance of his suite 'The Traveller's Tale' for the Brass Project with John Surman and students from the Royal Academy of Music at the London Jazz Festival. He is currently directing the University of York Jazz Orchestra.
For many years the John Warren Band, featuring musicians of the calibre of Surman, John
Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, performed John's music on countless radio broadcasts, concerts across Britain and Europe, and recorded the legendary suite 'Tales of the Algonquin'. He contributed many scores to the John Surman's Brass Project, and has written for the BBC Big Band, John Dankworth Orchestra, and radio big bands in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Norway.
His work in education has also included seminars and workshops at the RAM, GSMD, RNCM, Birmingham Conservatoire and Leeds College of Music. In years past he has been involved in teaching at Barry Summer School, and Ingolstadt Jazz and Blues Week.