Kit Downes


Pianist/composer Kit Downes exploded onto the British Jazz Scene playing with the band Empirical, taking him through Europe and America, and then with Troyka, Stan Sulzmann, Fraud and Acoustic Ladyland. He then went on to win the BBC Jazz Award for Rising Star in 2008, a Yamaha Scholorship in 2009 and a British Jazz Award in 2010. After Empirical, Kit moved on to his own trio project and his debut album saw him develop into a strong voice both as a performer and composer.

Their debut record ‘Golden’ was subsequently nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Having just recorded their second album for Basho Records, the trio have invited guests James Allsopp (bass clarinet), Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone) and Adrien Dennefeld (cello) to join them on the album and on their concerts for the release.

Kit’s trio have spent these years developing their own personal sound, using melody inspired by a range of sources from Bela Bartok to Bill Frisell to Skip James, and endeavors to create a sound that engages without sacrificing it’s integrity. They have recorded live sessions for prominent UK radio stations such as BBC Jazz on 3, BBC 6 Music and The Jamie Cullum Show on BBC 2, as well as performing at the following renown festivals: NattJazz Festival in Norway, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival in Israel, London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival and Glasgow Jazz Festival. Kit’s trio have recently toured throughout Germany and Austria.