John Donaldson


After being part of the house trio at the Cambridge Jazz Club for a number of years, John took the decision in 1982 to move to the States. On moving to California, he studied with legendary Joe Henderson, and his career began to take off as he played with leading West Coast players such as Randy Masters, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Marshall, and gigged with notables including Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, John Handy and Richie Cole.

In the UK, he has featured in groups led by Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and John Etheridge, and has worked with Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy de Franco/Terry Gibbs, and more.

“With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary jazz pianists with his own distinctive style” – Dave Gelly, The Observer.