Jez took up the guitar age 15 and attended Leeds College of Music acquring the Collegeâ€™s Jazz Guitar Prize. He has played,recorded and toured with a variety of ensembles including F-ire Collective member Tom Arthursâ€™ â€˜Centripedeâ€™, Asaf Sirkisâ€™ â€˜Inner Noiseâ€™, the Koby Israelite Band, â€˜Centrelineâ€™, Henry Lowther, Loz Speyerâ€™s â€˜Timezoneâ€™, Gerard Presencer, Rick Astley and â€˜Solsticeâ€™ alongside Brigitte Beraha, Tori Freestone and John Turville, with recordings for Babel, 33 records and FMR and performances including the Cheltenham, London and Haskovo (Bulgaria) Jazz festivals, a live performance for Jazz on 3 and tours of Portugal, Poland and Austria. He also is part of the â€˜E17 collectiveâ€™, a group of jazz musicians set up to promote and develop the hotbed of talented musicians based in Walthamstow, London. â€œâ€¦a staggering improvisational forceâ€ All about Jazz website â€œFranks is a fluent but punchy player, supple, long-lined solos streaming from his guitarsâ€ Chris Parker â€œJez Franks is an accomplished guitarist, capable of dazzling runs and meaty chord play that at times remind me of Kurt Rosenwinkelâ€, Tom Barlow, Jazzwise
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