Bristol-based jazz violinist John Pearce will debut with Just Friends in mid-September. He started playing at the age of 7, was awarded a bursary to the Royal Academy of Music to study with György Pauk and went on to study extensively with Nic Fallowfield and Bela Katona.

He says: “In more recent years I have focused on playing jazz and have found greater inspiration from horn players like Paul Desmond, Charlie Parker and Wynton Marsalis, distinguishing my playing from the more common gypsy jazz violin sound.” 

Just Friends is a quartet album of standards, Pearce joined by multi award-winning pianist David Newton, the Michelson Morley bassist Will Harris; and the Buddy Rich-loving, Kasabian drummer Ian Matthews.