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John-Paul Gard
John-Paul Gard started playing the organ at the age of 10, and in eight months made it into the finals of the UK's Best organ player 1981. He continued to study the organ for another 5 years and was influenced by musicians Alan Haven, Harry Stonhem, Erroll Garner, Jerry Allen and Harold Smart.
At the age of 20, he decided to study playing the piano and gained a place at Coventry University to study a three year HND and BA in music composition. During and after college he also had regular jazz piano lessons in London with the great piano player Jason Rebello.
For the final year of college, John-paul released his first CD album, "Bad Attitude", under a small independent record label, followed by a tour in the Midlands in 1995. In 1996 he formed a new trio with the legendary drummer Simon Gore, playing jazz standards which was hugely successful on the local scene that they even performed at the Albert Jazz club in Bristol.
John had the privilege of gaining tuition from the keyboard ace Dave Buxton, for two years and was even offered a scholarship at Berkley College in the USA. For the last 6 years, he has been very busy performing with various musicians, which include Chris Biscoe, Art Themen, Pete King, as well as arranging and composing music on numerous projects such as Danny Sheppard Quartet, Sensorium, The Joan Davis Band and his two current projects Quaternity and Pedalmania.
contact: jpg@pedalmania.com
homepage: www.pedalmania.com
myspace www.myspace.com/johnpaulgard
on tour Click on the logo to see John-Paul's tour dates.


Pedal Mania - I Got It Bad
Small Fry Records SFR002
recorded April 2002 in Bristol/Great Britain
John-Paul Gard, Hammond B-3 organ
James Forster, guitar
Mike Hoddinott, drums, percussion
Ben Waghorn, sax
Beef Dumplin' Stew
Small Fry Records SFR003
recorded 2004 in Great Britain
John-Paul Gard, organ
Alex Hutchings, guitar
Ian Williams, drums
Dave Betts, percussion
Matt Sibley, sax
Ben Waghorn, sax
Danny Shepard, sax
Mike Hoddinot, percussion
Andy Kinsman, sax
Pete Judge, trumpet
Pedalboy FM
no label
recorded 2006 in Great Britain
John-Paul Gard, Hammond B-3 organ, vocal
Eddie John, drums
Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World
Innervision Records DDC060226
recorded in Bristol/Great Britain
Jon Dalton, guitar
John-Paul Gard, Hammond organ
Andy Rogers, drums
Come On Rita
no label
recorded 2010/11 in Great Britain
John-Paul Gard, Key B organ
Kevin Glasgow, guitar
Gethin Jones, drums

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MP3 "Beef Dumpin' Stew", from the album "Beef Dumpin' Stew"
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