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 performed with big bands at The Vortex Jazz Club, Southbank's Clore Ballroom and the Anvil Arts Centre, co-led ensembles at Jazz Cafe POSK and appeared at The Sage, Gateshead with the National Youth Orchestra.
As a bandleader, Damon is currently working on two original projects. 'centris,' a band whose music is heavily influenced by UK and European jazz, and his most recent venture, ‘rhinoceros,’ a group breaking down the boundaries between contemporary jazz, rock and electronic music.
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. It was here he began to find his compositional voice and ultimately led him to discover his passion for jazz and improvised music.
Pursuing his love for improvisation, Damon was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music's postgraduate jazz programme where he has devoted himself to developing his craft and is now looking forward to touring with his two new projects, 'centris’ and ‘rhinoceros’ in the near future!
“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)