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Saturday Music

Jiannis Pavlidis Trio

Saturday 16th November 2024, 7:30pm

Jiannis lived in Stockholm from 1981-1990 and studied with Alvaro Is Rojas (formerly with sephine Baker,Grady Tate, Joe Farrell)  and Ola Bengtson (head of Jazz Department, Stockholm Royal Academy).

Through 1990-1994 he attended Berklee College of Music having partial scholarship ( Magna Cum Laude, Professional Performance Achievement Division Award) and studied guitar with Jon Damian (tutor for Bill Frisell, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel) , and attended classes under the direction of Rick Peckham, Hal Crook, Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat and Tears) as well as having external private lessons with Jerry Bergonzi.

He started working professionally in 1983 and since then has performed across all genres (Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Greek folk music) in Sweden, USA, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus and England, with numerous appearances in live music venues, on Greek national TV and international festivals.  

Since 2003 he holds a MMus (Masters in Music Performance) through Leeds University.

He is currently teaching as a principal lecturer on BA Jazz, BA Pop (principal studies, ensembles) at Leeds Conservatoire.

He has frequently performed all over England and Greece for the last 10 years, participating in tours and recordings as a leader and with world renowned artists David Liebman (2005,2010), Adam Nussbaum (2007,2010,2011), Greg Hutchinson (2015) and Ari Hoenig (2018).


It gives a good sample of the trio’s robust level of expertise… heavy groove, great solos, elegant organ-guitar-driven swinging jazz” – Jazzrytmit (Finland)

Strutting, feel-good funk, faultlessly executed by a virtuoso guitar/organ/drums trio” – The Press (UK)

Great tunes, great groove and stunning solos from all…” – Jazzonline (Greece) 

Jiannis is a very talanted guitarist with a very good mind for composition and arranging. The whole experience was a real pleasure” – David Liebman

Astonishing virtuosity combined with wonderful compositions” – Leeds Guide

Brilliant guitarist and Jazz educator…” – 7jazz 

The guitar-led trio Pavilidis played some spiky originals and gave a new twist on standards with some refreshingly quirky arrangements….” – The Press

Ticket Prices

Standard: £15.00
Member: £12.00
Children (-18yrs): £6.00

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