“He brings together a great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new.” (Jamie Cullum)
“proud of his influences but never overwhelmed by them: the result is refreshing and innovative.” (Bruce Lindsay – AllAboutJazz)
“not only a piano virtuoso, he also has an impeccable sense of timing, melodic elaboration and musicality.” (Luc van Gaans – HiFi)
“a soloist with a complete mastery of his instrument, as well as an overflowing imagination which creates a musical world both fascinating and surprising” (Mathilde Löffler – Jazzenzo)
“Dominic J Marshall trio has found both its own energy and its own authentic acoustic sound, and is an asset to the European jazz scene.” (Johan Bakker – Nederlands Dagblad)
“Marshall looks to be one for the future” (Selwyn Harris – Jazzwise)
“A musician with an unprecedented level of artistry which is full of influences” (Serge Juilen – Cultuurpodium)
“A prodigious pianist and composer” (Sean Smith – TokyoJazzNotes)
“a new piano star” (Hessel Fluitman – Jazzflits)
“Think J-Dilla or The Roots and you’re probably hitting the mark.” (JJ Wheeler – JazzBreakfast)
Dominic John Marshall – Pianist/composer/beatmaker from Wiltshire, England. After studying classical piano with his father, Dominic received the Alan Hawkshaw scholarship to study jazz at Leeds College of Music, where his graduation recital won him the LCM Piano Prize.
Dominic then went on to receive The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award to finance his Masters course at Conservatorium van Amsterdam – where he was lucky enough to receive guidance from the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Mehldau and Ambrose Akinmusire. His first trio recording The Oneness was made during this time, Chris Parker of LondonJazzNews calling it ‘a striking debut’. After graduating Cum Laude with a 10, he returned to the studio to record Icaros – which was released on the F-IRE Label in 2012 (‘…certainly on a par with any other piano trio I’ve heard this year, if not better. A five-star offering if ever there was one.’ – JJ Wheeler).
In March 2013 Dominic was awarded the Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK to record his first professional album Spirit Speech, on the strength of which he was selected unanimously by a jury of Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson to perform at ‘BBC Introduces’, Manchester Jazz Festival.
Released by Origin Records, Spirit Speech is ‘an excellent, imaginative and distinctive album that repays repeated listens’ (LondonJazzNews) and ‘Already [in April] an undoubted jazz highlight of 2014. Masterful!’ (CultuurPodium). Based on that success his trio was selected to play at the Dutch Jazz Competition 2014, where Dominic was awarded ‘Best soloist’. Then in November 2014 Spirit Speech was nominated for an Edison International Jazz award alongside albums by Brad Mehldau & Mark Giuliana and Brian Blade Fellowship.
2015 saw critically acclaimed trio shows at North Sea Jazz Festival (broadcast live on national Dutch television channel NPO), the BIM-huis, Pizza Express Jazz, the Southbank centre, Brighton Festival and the Vortex. On the strength of his growing reputation Dominic joined British nu-jazz and electronic music group The Cinematic Orchestra, with whom he has played already in many different countries.
In September 2016 Dominic released his latest album THE TRIOLITHIC at the BIM-huis in Amsterdam; ‘A treat because of its versatility’ (De Volkskrant), ‘A jazz-record that twirls with energy’ (NRC) – “The Triolithic’ is full of ingenious compositions that put groove at the forefront’ (Jazzenzo). The CD is out now on Challenge Records and has received radio play on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show.
Parallel to his piano career, alter-ego 〄 DJM 〄 has built up a following with several albums of self-produced beats, BExperimental blog declaring him ‘a rare find who will be a formidable force in years to come.’ His first cassette release Foreground Music was dubbed ‘highly engaging and highly listenable’ by Patient Sounds, with follow-up Cave Art now out and making waves on the notorious Paxico Records label (‘a one-of-a-kind-project’ – HipHop Speakeasy). A solo A-side release with New York’s Dirty Tapes is to be released soon as well as a new 〄 DJM 〄 beat-tape on Acorn Tapes.