Biography

Initially studying classical piano, Dorian’s love of jazz grew through attending a weekly workshop led by the great jazz innovator, Ian Carr. The discovery of Keith Jarrett’s work, with its seamless blend of jazz improvisation and classical discipline, marked a turning point in Dorian’s musical development. Dorian went on to study at Berklee College of Music where he was awarded the prestigious Chick Coria Jazz Masters Award not once, but twice.

Dorian plays regularly in London (The Vortex, 606, Ronnie Scott’s, Wigmore Hall) as well as internationally (recent tours in Australia and Japan). His music has been featured in films, TV and radio.

For more information about Dorian go to dorianford.co.uk

Köln Concert 50

Dorian’s love of the Köln Concert and his admiration of Jarrett’s genius has endured. Dorian began to learn it note for note, from the authorised transcription, until he could play it with meticulous accuracy.

However, as he engaged more deeply with Keith Jarrett’s work, he realised that this was not true to its improvisational essence. In the true spirit of jazz piano, he needed to allow Jarrett’s music to inspire his own creative journey. By weaving sections from Jarrett’s original with his own improvisations, Köln Concert 50 was born.