Pianist John Cervantes has led his own groups at the London Jazz Festival, Vortex Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Manchester Jazz Festival, Derry Jazz Festival, N. Ireland, and Love Supreme Jazz Festival, among many others. As a band member for other musicians he has performed with diverse projects such as Gareth Malone with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; Sony jazz artist Hailey Tuck; at festivals and venues across Europe such as King's Place; Cheltenham Jazz Festival; Union Chapel; 606 Club; Glasgow Jazz Festival, SambaFest in Gdansk, Poland; and Openair St. Gallen Festival in Switzerland.
Originally from Leicester and now based in London, John holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Manchester (where he studied composition and arranging, along with classical piano repertoire at the RNCM) and a Master of Arts in performance from the Royal Academy of Music (where he studied jazz piano).
During his studies at RAM he formed a large ensemble utilising the string players at the college, winning the Peter Whittingham Development Award. This supported the performance of "exciting new music" (JazzFM) that he composed and premiered with a 13-piece ensemble (jazz quartet + four horns + string quartet & harp) featuring British jazz master Stan Sulzmann.
He also formed a piano trio, which was featured and interviewed on BBC Radio shows including Jazz Club as part of an "unmissable" (Belfast Telegraph) string of dates in Northern Ireland. The new line-up features Adam King and Dave Ingamells and has gone on to perform alongside the top names in UK jazz such as Alex Garnett, Steve Fishwick, Brandon Allen, Quentin Collins.
In 2014 he formed a flamenco-infused band featuring flute player Gareth Lockrane which performed in the foremost UK clubs and festivals. Their debut album, Crossing The Threshold, was recorded with support from Arts Council England, and featured John's original jazz compositions.
He is now in high demand as a pianist, musical director, arranger and accompanist for singers, instrumentalists, big bands, choirs and theatre shows.