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Biography

Dan Whieldon is a Jazz pianist originally from Burton-on-Trent. He started as a child playing by ear, working out songs and hymns on the piano.

He played piano and clarinet and got more and more involved in music at his local school de Ferrers, playing in several bands and projects there.

Dan decided to study music, so he went to Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied classical piano and discovered some of his favourite composers such as Rachmaninov, Debussy, Chopin, Brahms etc. all of which featured in his final recital.

Whilst there, he discovered Jazz and got more and more into that. One of the first CDs he heard was Michel Petrucciani with Eddy Louiss and he was blown away by this new language. As his Jazz collection began to grow, he started to play more regularly.

Studying in Brussels followed and this was a turning point for Dan as he became hooked on the ‘European’ Jazz sound. Diederik Wissels and Nathalie Loriers his two teachers there were a big influence on him.

After gaining his Masters in Brussels, Dan then moved to Manchester with Rosa, now his wife, as she got a job as clarinettist in the Halle orchestra.

He now enjoys playing with several national and international players on their visits to the North West, which have included amongst others: Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Jiggs Whigham, Art Themen and Dan Shout. He is a regular at most Jazz festivals in the North West and enjoys playing abroad whenever possible (Taiwan, Belgium, Spain amongst others) Dan’s regular groups include the Mike Hall Quartet, Dan Whiedon/Alice Zawadzki duo, Dan Whieldon trio and the Glossop Gershwin project.

His first 2 cds Live at Zeffirelli’s (trio with Gavin Barras and Jonas Backman) and Over the Moon with Mike Hall received positive reviews from the press and enjoyed some radio play on BBC radio 2 on Humphrey Lyttelton’s show.

Since graduating, Dan still likes to take lessons whenever possible and has studied with several pianists such as Andy Laverne, David Hazeltine, Enrico Pieranunzi and Rob van Bavel.

Some of Dan’s favourite players (apart from the obvious Jazz greats including Bill Evans) are: Enrico Pieranunzi, Nathalie Loriers, Rob van Bavel, Diederik Wissels, Nikki Iles, Ivan Paduart, Baptiste Trotignon, Gareth Williams, Bert Joris, Hein van de Geyn, Mario Laginha, Pierre de Bethman, Karel Boehlee, Eric Legnini…

Dan’s CD Positive Changes has just been released on ASC records and his duo CD Lela with the great singer Alice Zawadzki on Odradek records will be released in November.

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