David Arthur Skinner - solo jazz piano

My third solo piano CD, with my own compositions, "Skinner plays Skinner" was released March 31st 2017.

I have always specialised in playing solo jazz piano, and my main inspirations in jazz are the great stride, swing and boogie-woogie pianists, such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Johnny Guarnieri, Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Red Garland, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Dave McKenna. But even though I like the music to swing and also, importantly, have a sense of humour, I'm not interested in playing "authentic" jazz: I am a modernist at heart, and have my own personal approach to playing, which is not based on any other musician. I believe in telling a story with music, and I make use of ideas and techniques from lots of other styles I have listened to over the years, especially modern classical music, modern jazz, boogie, blues, Bulgarian folk music, Indian classical music and progrock. Left to my own devices, I want to play the pieces differently every time; I mess with the harmony, the rhythm, the key signature, the time signature, the style; I range from soft ballads to full-on aggression; and I don't want to have a conversation with myself, in isolation, but to make the audience feel the spontaneity and two-way communication I think is integral to good jazz.


My third solo-piano CD, Skinner plays Skinner, is out on Losen Records

The release concert was at Herr Nilsen, Oslo, 3rd April 2017.

Playing standards is a major part of playing jazz, where the original intentions of the composer are not the important thing; rather, the musician makes decisions about how to make use of the music in a personal way, by altering harmony, rhythm and melody. I have been writing my own "standards" for many years; that is to say, writing pieces which can be approached from several angles - by anybody - without the essence of the music being lost. The pieces all exist within a framework of functional harmony and fixed structure, and I've played most of them with many other musicians in various settings, from jazz clubs to dance events. In this CD, the idea is to interpret my own jazz compositions in a new way, almost as if they were not mine.

For musicians - The compositions on this CD are available for free in "Fake book" format, both in C concert and in Bb. Click here to download a .zip file. All I ask is that you credit me as the composer if you play them in a concert. In Norway, please make sure the concert is reported to TONO.

  Skinner plays Skinner, cover art by Hilde Kjepso

Skinner plays Skinner, back of CD


My second solo-piano CD, Cubistic Boogie, is also out on Losen Records

The release concert was held at Foredragssalen, Deichman Library, Oslo, on the 31st October 2015.

  Cubistic Boogie by David Skinner, cover art by Hilde Kjepso

Cubistic Boogie by David Skinner

Download press release (.pdf)


My first solo piano recording, "Diagonal Jazz" (2013), is a digital release on Pling music

From the release concert at Deichman Library, Oslo, June 1st 2013:

Among other things, I was fortunate enough to go on a two-week solo tour in Japan in October '13 to promote this recording.

  Diagonal Jazz by David Skinner, cover art by Hilde Kjepso
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Download press release in English

Last ned presseskriv på norsk

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Norsk: Anmeldelse av Diagonal Jazz fra Erling Wicklund, NRK.

Here's the full album on Youtube