John – Jazz Piano and Trumpet

John-Cervantes-pianoJohn grew up in Leicester playing the trumpet and piano, and went on to study Music at The University of Manchester, taking piano lessons at The Royal Northern College of Music. This was followed by studying at The Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded a Master of the Arts in Performance, as well as the LRAM Teaching Diploma.

As a jazz pianist, composer and arranger he has led his groups at Vortex Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, and Derry Jazz Festival, N. Ireland, among many others. As a band member for other musicians he has performed at festivals and venues across Europe such as King’s Place; 606 Club; Openair St. Gallen Festival in Switzerland; and SambaFest in Gdansk, Poland.

His debut CD, featuring his compositions of flamenco-inspired jazz, will be released in 2015. He has been teaching for nine years, including in schools for various London borough music services, as well as adults in music schools and privately.