Roy Powell

Pianist/keyboardist/composer Roy Powell is originally from England but has been living in Oslo,Norway since 1995. He has recorded many CDs under his name, including Solace which received four stars in Downbeat. He has also played as a sideman on more than 20 of them. He is a world-class piano player with virtuosity, humour and an uncanny sense of humor. He can be found at clubs like Ronnie Scott’s, where he has performed six times, or at European festivals such as Jazz Baltica Salzau and Maijazz in London. He studied composition and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music. His debut album, A Big Sky, was released in 1994. Jazz on CD called it “a real benchmark in British contemporary electric music”. After that, he emigrated to Oslo in Norway to record an album of free improvisational music – Holus. Jazz journal International described Holus as “an exceptional success”. North by Northwest, featuring Arild Andersen (Norwegian bassist), was his next album as a leader. It was also a critical success and was named the Best Jazz CD 2001 by His piece Bow Out was performed by the Oakland, Richmond and Cincinnati ballet companies. It has also been performed all around the world, from Japan, Australia and Europe to Scandinavia and Scandinavia. His recordings were featured in the Gramophone Jazz Good and Classical Good CD guides, The Penguin Guide to Jazz and Lord Discography. CDBaby

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