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John Warren

John Warren is an internationally acclaimed composer/ arranger who has been commissioned by the foremost jazz ensembles across Europe. Amongst them are the Danish Radio Big Band; John Surman Octet; WDR Big Band, Cologne; BBC Big Band; Norma Winstone; Alan Skidmore Quintet; Georgie Fame & NDR Big Band; NOS Hilversum, NDR Symphony Orchestra; Karin Krog; Oslo Radio Orchestra; The Dedication Orchestra; &Tim Garland’s Northern Underground Jazz Orchestra.

Originally from Montreal, John came to England in the sixties. For thirty years the John Warren Band showcased his music, played by instrumentalists of the stature of Surman, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Skidmore, Julian Arguelles, Dave O’Higgins and Henry Lowther. The band toured Britain and broadcast on BBC Radio and BBC 2 TV. Tours of Germany and Switzerland included recordings for WDR and NDR radio. John composed and recorded “Tales of the Algonquin”, a suite for Trio and big band in 1972 which has been released on CD by Vocalion.

The partnership of Surman and Warren culminated in The Brass Project - Surman’s trio combined with a seven piece brass ensemble - with both men sharing the composing duties. The band appeared at major festivals throughout Europe and a selection of their music was released by ECM Records in 1992. In 1993 the London Jazz Festival commissioned a 60-minute suite from Warren, which was premiered at the festival and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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