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Jaz Coleman


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Jaz Coleman’s career is one of the music industry’s most diverse, oscillating between the white heat of Killing Joke and the world’s symphony orchestras. Brought up in an academic family that revered Da Vinci, he studied piano and violin from the age of six before being admitted to sing for the Addington Palace Choir. By the age of ten, he had sung in many of the great cathedrals in England and achieved the most prestigious accolade for a chorister, the Saint Nicholas Award. By fourteen his prizes included the Gold Medal at the Bath International Festival, Distinction for violin and the Rex Watson Cup at the Cheltenham International Festival of Music. In 1979, aged 17, Jaz founded the legendary post-punk experimental group Killing Joke, whose world tours and many recordings have influenced two generations of contemporaries such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Tool, Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and Metallica, to name but a few.
Throughout 2003 Jaz promoted the eponymously titled ‘Killing Joke’, the band’s eleventh recording, considered to be, by all accounts, their best work to date. All original members joined forces with Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl, for an explosive masterpiece that has consistently gained five star reviews worldwide.
Jaz Coleman studied in Leipzig DDR in 1987 and Cairo Conservatoire in 1979 where he made an extensive study of Arabic quartertones, culminating in the recording ‘Songs From the Victorious City’ co-composed with Anne Dudley using the master players of Cairo.

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