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Internationally experienced ace trumpeter Colin Dawson's passion is traditional jazz, especially swing music.
His inimitable tone and his wide range of expression, running the gamut from lyrical playing to powerful soloing, have brought him international acclaim.


Colin Dawson
Apart from his own projects, he can be heard as featured soloist on a multitude of recordings. He has worked with jazz greats like Benny Waters, "Peanuts" Hucko, Billy Mitchell, Butch Miles, Eddie Durham, Al Casey, Scott Hamilton, Red Richards, Danny Moss, Red Callender, etc., and has toured all over the world.

Colin Dawson was born in 1960 in South Shields, England.
At the age of ten, he began a classical education as a trumpeter, which he continued after finishing school at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology.
Between 1976 and 1978, he went on several pilgrimages to New Orleans, there to learn from jazz greats like Preston Jackson, Jabbo Smith, Albert Walters and "Kid" Thomas Valentine.
In 1979, he began his career as a professional jazz trumpeter, making his first recording with the Sammy Rimington Band A year later, the first recording of his own band was issued: Live at the 100 Club, London.
During the following years, he toured Europe with a variety of bands, until founding the quartet "Oneward Band" in 1984. This was the combo that was to accompany him for the five years to come.
In 1989, the Allotria Jazz Band asked Colin to come to Munich. Until 1993, he was responsible for the band's arrangements and joined it on a large number of highly successful tours of Europe, the USA and Canada.
With his good friend, Munich stride pianist Bernd Lhotzky, Colin Dawson recorded a CD entitled "Sophisticated", which was released in January 1998.

 

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