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'Artist of the Year! - 2013 Jazz FM Awards



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Pianist and composer Neil Cowley formed the Neil Cowley Trio in 2005. Renowned for their remarkable live performances which maintain a quirky, English sense of humour at their core, the trio tour internationally and have appeared at international jazz festivals. Their jazz-meets-rock ethic places them at the forefront of a new British post – jazz movement.

To date Neil Cowley Trio have released four studio albums. Displaced (2006) won a 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album and The Face of Mount Molehill (2012), earned them the 2013 Jazz Fm award for Best UK Jazz Act. Aside from his trio recordings, Cowley has been the go-to pianist by soul and pop acts that require a jazz technique and rhythmic suppleness to their pop hits. His work with Adele on 19 and her global chart topper, 21 made him quite literally 2011’s most listened to pianist on the planet.

Spacebound Apes, Neil Cowley Trio’s 2016 release, is “a distinct departure for [the band], if not a change of direction” (London Jazz News). Not just limited to a simple CD and download, you’ll find a website, series of blogs and animated sheet music book telling the story of an ape who goes galactic to face his fears. “All of which would be preposterously overblown, were it not for the fact that the music itself …is breathtaking” (Drowned in Sound). All About Jazz says “it might just be the finest album of Cowley’s career to date”.

Neil Cowley began as a classical pianist. He performed a Shostakovich piano concerto at the age of 10 at Queen Elizabeth Hall. In his late teens he moved into being a keyboardist for soul and funk acts Mission Impossible, Brand New Heavies, Gabrielle and Zero 7. He also appeared as a co-composer and session musician with the jazz-rock group Samuel Purdey. An early album was "Foxbury Rules", released under the pseudonym Diamond Wookie. In 2002 he formed the duo Fragile State with Ben Mynott; after its end, the Neil Cowley Trio. In 2006 he released an album called Soundcastles under the name Pretz. In 2008 the Neil Cowley Trio recorded cover versions of The Beatles' "Revolution 1" and "Revolution 9" for Mojo magazine. In 2012, he appeared as the session pianist on Adele's album 21. In 2013 he was Musician in Residence for Derry when it was designated the inaugural UK City of Culture.





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