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Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher Dan Banks is based in Medway, Kent. Although initially self-taught Dan has studied classical piano under the tutelage of Tim Carey, and jazz piano, theory, arranging, and composition with Eddie Harvey and Brian Everington. Additionally, Dan holds a Masters degree in performance (awarded with distinction) from London College of Music. Dan’s influences as a pianist are broad. His initial experience of music came from the likes of Paul Simon, The Beatles, and Ricky Lee Jones—all played a lot at home when he was a child. However, when he started formal piano lessons, these focussed entirely on the classical tradition

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Dan Banks Quintet: Simulated Cities

Read "Simulated Cities" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Simulated Cities, the second recording by British pianist Dan Banks' well-schooled quintet, consists of seven original compositions by the leader, the bulk of which call to mind the storied hard-bop conclaves of the mid 20th century while enwrapping the music in an up-to-date wardrobe tailored to accommodate today's more sophisticated and savvy audiences. Once past the ...

Simulated Cities

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Second Line Sidestep; Changing States; ETR500; Vistas of Shangri-la; Simulated Cities; Prince of Sorcery; Samba de Primevera.

Two in a Box

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Duntitled; The Strut; Wheeler’s Wise; Helm of the Fallen Hero; City Screen; Gettin’ Past It; Two in a Box.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Dan Banks Quintet: Two in a Box

Read "Two in a Box" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Two in a Box, British pianist Dan Banks' quintet revisits a Golden Age in jazz when hard bop was king and record labels like Prestige and Blue Note delivered the latest sounds to an astute and appreciative audience. Without mimicry, Banks reimagines the indomitable spirit of such masters as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, ...


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