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Jez Franks | Back
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Jez Franks took up the guitar at the age of 15, and made such rapid progress that within a few years he was a finalist in the 1990 'Young Jazz Musician of the Year' competition. He went on to study at Leeds College of Music, winning the Jazz Guitar Prize.

He subsequently moved to London, but retained his links with Leeds as a visiting tutor, helping to nurture the stream of talent that has emerged from the College over the past 20 years. In fact education has been a major part of his career, with work also at Trinity College, Kingston University, and most recently Birmingham Conservatoire. But in parallel with this he has been an active performer, with his own group Compassionate Dictatorship, and in a host of other bands alongside such distinctive players as Tom Arthurs, Loz Speyer, Asaf Sirkis, and many others.

His playing is marked by a clean tone and flowing lines, with hints of Pat Metheney, but he also listens to a lot of piano players (he cites Keith Jarrett as a major influence), and at the end of the day he sounds like nobody other than Jez Franks.

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