Saxophonist and composer Damon Oliver has quickly made a name for himself within the London jazz scene, having been noted for his “authoritative” tenor sound, “exciting, well-crafted” solos and a distinctive compositional voice.
A versatile musician, Damon has worked in a variety of capacities, from performing at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, recording at Abbey Road with London Philharmonic Orchestra, working with big bands (Syd Lawrence, Spike Orchestra), to recording for video games and film soundtracks.
As a bandleader, Damon is currently working on a project celebrating the music of Dexter Gordon, most notably songs from his album A Swinging Affair', alongside some of his biggest hits from the albums 'GO' and 'Our Man in Paris'.
Born in Poole (UK), Damon has been involved in music from the age of twelve and in 2012 moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music. Pursuing his love for improvisation, Damon continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he completed his postgraduate in jazz performance in 2019.
“the orchestra tackled Stan Tracey’s Ballad For Luce that featured(…)gently wrought solos from Damon Oliver on tenor sax…” Derek Ansell - Newbury Weekly News (review for Nation Youth Jazz Orchestra, June 2017)