John Escreet

John Escreet, who moved to New York in 2006 has made a significant impact and is now one of the most innovative and original pianists in the city. His peers are highly receptive to his creativity and openness. He also is well-known for his original music which draws inspiration from many sources and includes them all. Escreet is a regular tourer in the United States, Canada and Europe. He resides in New York City and works on his original music. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music’s Master’s Program in 2008, where he studied piano under Kenny Barron (alto saxophone), and Jason Moran (double bass). The New York Times describes his group, “The John Escreet Project”, as a “superb band”. It features some of the most innovative and forward-thinking improvising musicians on the New York Jazz scene: Tyshawn Sorey (drums), Ambrose Akinmusire(trumpet), Tyshawn Brewer (double basse), and David Binney (alto Saxophone). John’s debut album, ‘Consequences,’ was released on September 2008 by Posi-Tone. It quickly gained wide critical acclaim and was voted the “Best debut of 2008” in All About Jazz New York. All About Jazz described it as “a brilliant work of modern progressive music” and the New York Times called it “a highly accomplished debut”. John was a regular member of David Binney’s NYC group and also performed in the world premiere performance of the jazz saxophonist’s Big Band at Jazz Gallery. John performed a weekend engagement at Smalls Jazz Club in New York, June 2007, with his own band that included Ari Hoenig (drums), and Adam Rogers(guitar). John is also part of “The Story”, a collective that features some of NYC’s most creative and exciting young musicians, Lars Dietrich on alt saxophone, Samir Zarif on tenor saxophone, Zack Lober on double bass and Greg Ritchie on drums. Their debut album will be released in March 2009. John is also part of The TransAtlantic Collective. This is a contemporary jazz ensemble whose members are some of the most prominent emerging musicians from New York City. John occasionally leads a trio that includes Orlando LeFleming as bassist and Rodney Green as drummer. John has had the chance to perform with many great musicians while in NYC. John has performed at many of New York City’s top jazz venues. He has also performed at international venues like the Blue Note (Milan), Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Ronnie Scott’s, London, Upstairs (Montreal), as well as major concert halls like the Royal Albert Hall and the Purcell Room. John is active in jazz education and has presented clinics and workshops at institutions like the Royal Academy of Music, London, Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham UK), McGill University(Montreal), Humber College and Loyola University (New Orleans). Allaboutjazz

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