CONAL FOWKES (piano) born in Zambia, spent most of his early childhood in Mexico before moving to England in 1971, to study at the Royal College of Music, London. During that time, he studied under the legendary concert pianist Yonty Solomon as well as the Cuban Maestro Chucho Valdes, and was awarded the College Student Allmusician of the Year award by Princess Margaret. While living in London, he toured and performed in most of the premier concert halls and jazz venues across Europe.
In 1996, Conal moved to New York City, and has since played with many of the jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis and Bucky Pizzarelli. He has appeared on radio, TV and Broadway stage, as well as in a number of movies where he could be seen and/or heard, garnering Grammys and Oscars. He has been featured in the PBS documentary Sound Revolution presented by Morgan Freeman, and has over 35 recordings to his name.
Since 2001, he has been with the Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band, touring the world while also maintaining their regular Monday night gigs at the Café Carlyle.