John Gill

Perth, Australia
Added 8/9/2009

John Gill has been described in Australia's Bulletin Magazine as the 'Greatest Stride Pianist in the Land'. It would be fair to say that John Gill is one of the finest ragtime, stride and early jazz piano players in the World. John has represented Australia at the prestigious Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival held in Sedalia, Missouri USA as well as performing as a soloist at concert venues throughout the USA. His skill on the keyboard and his technical knowledge of the music he performs has gained him the reputation for being a World Class Performer. John performs the compositions of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Joseph Lamb, James P. Johnson and the great Fats Waller in a show that will enthrall you with this one man's talent. John Gill has been a featured artist at concert venues throughout Australia. John Gill lives in Perth, Western Australia and travels frequently to Australia's East Coast for engagements and Festivals. He has made numerous recordings, more recently in the USA.

Born in 1954, John Gill became interested in piano at an early age. He began piano studies at the age of six but disagreed with his teacher on the improvisation of Bach. Thus, John sought his own musical education through listening and studying styles. This developed John into a pianist who can perform many styles of music from the light classics, Show Music, Movie Themes and his Early Jazz Pianists music. John performs with great verve and will always consider his audiences by offering them a request segment at the completion of his shows. Needless to say, John Gill has endeared himself to people through his talent. He is featured regularly on radio and television in Perth.

John has gained himself a reputation for his busking (street performer) skills. With a piano on a trolley John Gill performs to tourists and lunchtime crowds in the Hay and Murray Street Malls in Perth City. He recently toured the USA in 1995 and as result of an invitation he is now an accredited Bosendorfer Concert Artist. His name is now associated with well known artists such as Mr. Victor Borge, Mr. Chick Corea, Mr. Philippe Entremont, Mr. Andre Previn and Mr. Oscar Peterson. A great honor to a truly great Australian Pianist.

John Gill is available for private and public engagements. He can be contacted through John Stuart - 63 Alma Road Mount Lawley, WA 6050. Tel: (09) 328 7605 Fax: (09) 227 6905.

Webmaster's note: This bio is from The date is circa 1996. John Gill's photo is from, a 2003 concert at the Old Town Music Hall, El Segundo, CA.