Dominic J Marshall trio consists of three friends who met in Leeds, sharing a mutual love of music: Sam Vicary on double bass, Sam Gardner on drums and the leader on piano. Their compositional approach to improvising, coupled with a deep respect for the intimacy of the trio setting, tie together their myriad influences and ideas into a rugged yet cohesive whole. Their music evades categorisation, surging enigmatically through jazz, classical, hip-hop, soul, folk and everything in between, into a realm of expression that is uncompromisingly their own.
A Bit Mo’ About Dominic...
Dominic J Marshall is a pianist and composer. Despite his young age, he’s already won prestigious awards and has been recognised as an exceptional asset to the jazz scene. Dominic had studied classical piano for 10 years under the tuition of his father and he was then awarded the Alan Hawkshaw scholarship to study jazz at Leeds College of Music. By summer 2010 his graduation recital had won him the LCM Piano Prize. After being accepted on to the Masters course at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in autumn of the same year, Dominic was lucky enough to receive guidance from the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Parks, Dave Douglas, Gerald Clayton, Brad Mehldau and Ambrose Akinmusire. His first trio CD “The Oneness” was recorded, self-produced and released in this time, Chris Parker of LondonJazz calling it “a striking debut”.
In April 2011 Dominic received The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award for young British musicians of exceptional ability. After graduating 'Cum Laude' in May 2012 with a 10, his second trio CD 'Icaros' was released on the F-IRE Label And won Best International Jazz Album 2012 on TokyoJazzNotes.
In March 2013 Dominic was awarded a full grant from Help Musicians UK’s Emerging Excellence Award with which to record a new album. In summer of that year his trio was selected unanimously by a jury of Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson to perform at the BBC Introduces showcase at Band on the Wall, as part of Manchester Jazz Festival. The live recording was broadcast in August for BBC Radio 3.
Dominic’s next CD Spirit Speech was released through Origin Arts in Spring 2014. It has been called “an excellent, imaginative and distinctive album that repays repeated listens” by LondonJazzNews, and “Already an undoubted jazz highlight of 2014. Masterful!” by CultuurPodium. It was on the basis of this recording that his trio was selected to play at the Dutch Jazz Competition 2014, from which Dominic took home the Best soloist award.
2016 brings “The Triolithic”, Dominic’s fourth trio CD in his prolific, even though not so long yet a career. Dominic has been sharing his life between the UK and Holland and so he has been running two line-ups in parallel. “The Triolithic” brings these two ensembles and experiences together for the first time. The compositions are inspired by personal events, family memories, journeys to new places and the profound effect that the earth’s natural beauty has often had on Dominic. The album carries a new quality with the two rhythm sections featured side by side for the first time. UK line-up features Sam Vicary – double bass and Sam Gardner – drums; Dutch line-up - Glenn Gaddum jr - bass and Jamie Peet - drums. The CD has been hailed as "a Jazz-record that twirls with energy" (NRC) and "full of ingenious compositions that put groove at the forefront" (Jazzenzo).