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About Malcolm Edmonstone

“truly an astonishing musician” The Daily Telegraph
“combines a sensuous touch with Bach-like precision” The Guardian
Malcolm Edmonstone is amongst the most versatile and in-demand jazz musicians in the UK. He is a senior professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and co-artistic director of Jazz for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. His breadth of experience in the fields of jazz education, performance and writing are unrivalled.
Early in his professional life Malcolm was called on by Laurie Holloway to cover the piano chair on an international tour with his wife, the late Marion Montgomery. Since then Malcolm has continued to work with Laurie on various projects, including Strictly Come Dancing, when his arrangements were broadcast live to audiences of 10m.
Malcolm has a long lasting association with the Dankworth family, having been appointed Jacqui’s musical director some ten years ago. Throughout that time he has worked extensively as arranger and pianist for numerous tours and recording projects, the most recent of which is the album It Happens Quietly, a collaboration between Jacqui and her late father, the great Sir John Dankworth. Other albums include Back to You and Detour Ahead.
He is a member of Mike Walker’s Madhouse band and has been invited to play with legendary jazz musicians Peter Erskine and Dave Liebman. Recent accomplishments include a complete transcription and performance of Donald Fagen’s album The Nightfly (a complete triumph….already in contention for a place in my gigs of the year – London Jazz) an orchestral project with the Southbank Sinfonia and an ongoing series of progressive and innovative improvisation-based repertoire for the jazz ensembles of NYOS.
His first book, Contemporary Harmonic Technique for the Improviser, is due for publication later this year.

Malcolm Edmonstone joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 29, 2011