Roy Powell, born 1965 in Langham, England, is a musician of many different facets. He is beginning to be known equally by his classical music compositions as he is by his jazz recordings. After studies in piano and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music he first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut recording A Big Sky which was hailed as "a real bench mark in British contemporary electric jazz" by Jazz on CD .He then emigrated to Oslo, Norway where he first collaborated on an album of advanced free improvised music Holus Roy Powell Trio which was described as " an outstanding success" by Jazz journal International.
His latest release as a leader North by Northwest featuring Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, has also been a critical success as well as being selected as Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Amazon.co.uk . His piece Bow Out has been performed by Oakland, Richmond, Cincinnati and Florida ballet companies and has had performances all over the globe from Japan, Australia, and USA to Europe and Scandinavia. His recordings have appeared in the Gramophone Jazz Good CD guide, Gramophone Classical Good CD guide, the Lord Discography, The new Grove Dictionary of Jazz as well as jazz periodicals in Europe and the US and radio shows in the UK, Scandinavia and the USA.
He has played with some of the jazz greats including Art Farmer, Anthony Braxton and Eddie Daniels and as a jazz player seems equally at home in bop, free, mainstream or fusion genres, drawing inspiration respectively from his favourite pianists Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett and Chic Corea. In the area of shared influences between classical and jazz is where Powell is perhaps happiest, a conservatory trained pianist and composer who has always dug deep into the African American musical language for his inspiration.