John Donaldson is a gifted pianist and composer bagan playing jazz gigs at the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio along with Chucho Merchan and Nic France.
John Donaldson won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition in 1980 moving to California in 1982 where he worked with, amongst others, Paul Contos, Stan Poplin, Kenny Stahl, Tim Jackson, Randy Masters, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Marshall, Kenny Wolleson, Ben Goldberg, Daniel Sabanovich and gigged with notables including Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, John Handy, Richie Cole, Paul Jackson, David Baker, Steve Turre, Laurindo Almeida. He also studied with Joe Henderson.
John Donaldson returned to London in 1993 has since been working with Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes, Don Weller, John Etheridge, Dick Pearce and Norma Winstone. He has also accompanied visiting soloists, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy de Franco/Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon and co-lead the band 'Septpiece' with Dave Mattacks and Andrew Cleyndert.
He currently leads a trio featuring drummer Asaf Sirkis, has a piano duo with Mark Edwards and also a two keyboard/percussion trio with Mark Edwards and Asaf Sirkis.