Liam Dunachie is a pianist, jazz organist, composer and arranger based in London.
Originally from Shropshire, he began his musical training as a treble chorister in Hereford Cathedral Choir and later studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar in its world renowned choir under Stephen Layton. At Cambridge he studied composition with Robin Holloway and Richard Marlow and co-directed the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra.
After graduating from Cambridge, Liam won a scholarship to study jazz piano and arranging at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Malcolm Edmonstone, Nikki Iles and Scott Stroman among others. He has since gone on to play piano and Hammond organ in groups led by Jim Mullen, Dennis Rollins, Derek Nash, Nigel Price and Postmodern Jukebox's vocalist Aubrey Logan among others. He has performed at all of London's major jazz and commercial venues and many others across the UK, including Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Dean St, Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid Stage, Wembley Arena, The Savoy and The Palladium among many more.
Liam also works in musical theatre, and has been Musical Director for the acclaimed 2015-16 UK No. 1 Tour of "Hairspray" the musical, Associate Musical Director for the London production of Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical "In The Heights", Assistant Musical Director of Baz Luhrmann's "Strictly Ballroom" the musical in 2018, and Associate Musical Director of "Songs for Nobodies" in the West End in 2019. As an accompanist and session pianist he has worked in a wide variety of contexts, including BBC2’s series “The Choir” with Gareth Malone and is featured as both a pianist and arranger on the 2015 UK Official Charts Christmas No.1 Single with the NHS Choir. He has also worked with renewed Radio DJ Tony Blackburn during his UK Tour of the "Sounds of the Sixties" concerts, and will be performing with UK soul legend Beverley Knight during her 2019 tour.
As a composer and arranger he has also written pieces and arrangements in for the City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, violinist Charlie Siem, London Chamber Orchestra and Trinity College Choir, Cambridge.
Reviews and quotations:
"much of the robust strength of this little band is due to its impeccable and sensitive rhythm section which, as well as the leader, features Liam Dunachie on melodic and highly empathetic piano" - Eastern Daily Press
"...and how cleverly and unobtrusively pianist Liam Dunachie picked up on his phrases" - The Telegraph (Ivan Hewett)
"...his place was brilliantly and flawlessly filled by Liam Dunachie whose advanced sight reading skills allowed him to tackle Rollins’ often complex music without a single glitch. Some commentators remarked that his performance was probably the most remarkable one of the entire Festival" - Ian Mann - thejazzmann.com
"Dunachie contributed twisting lines and Simcock-like harmonic exploration" - Jazzwise magazine
"there is some fine trumpet playing from former Loose Tubes man John Eacott, supported well by trombonist Paul Taylor and Liam Dunachie" - The Telegraph ("Best Jazz albums of 2016")
"Robb and Dunachie stay in the background to let Bush show off her phrasing... Brandon Allen’s doleful sax and Dunachie’s hushed piano cushion her ironic vocal..." Downbeat magazine
"The riffing title track from the the trio's latest album 'Symbiosis' included Dunachie emulating Ross Stanley in a fiery and ever-expanding feature." - Wales Arts Review (Nigel Jarrett)
"What's even more to the point, she has in Dunachie a pianist of exceptional versatility, responsive to her every move and able to switch from rumbustious New Orleans style r&b to solid blues and rock ’n’ roll before calming down for something quietly lyrical, all with consummate ease" - London Jazz News
...masterful accompaniment, by pianist Liam Dunachie, along with a core trio of bassist Andrew Robb and drummer David Ingamells, keeps the sound crisp and tight, with some marvelous arrangements, fleshed out with horns on several tunes" - All About Jazz.com (Dan McClenaghan)
"Dunachie, is the kind of piano player that, at one time, seemed to have been washed away with the tide. Not so, he comps and solos - he swings for today" - Bebop spoken here
"Dunachie continued to make the Hammond chair his own as he channelled the spirit of Young in his fiery exchanges with Rollins…" - Ian Mann
"Bush...is joined by an excellent trio, of pianist and arranger Liam Dunachie...and Dunachie's refreshingly original arrangement gives it a knowing humour. - All About Jazz.com (Bruce Lindsay)
"Next up is Dunachie with another sparkling solo. It’s particularly gratifying to hear Dunachie in such good form on this album... a gently swinging piece with a walking bass line that sees Dunachie lead off the solos with an elegant, subtly bluesy excursion on the piano" - the jazzmann.com
...Special mention should be made of Liam Dunachie's arrangements...Dunachie's creative and complementary arrangements provide the thread that draws the tunes into a cohesive whole... Some great solos from Dunachie, Kieran McLeod and especially Brandon Allen..." - jazzviews.net
"...affords the opportunity for superb piano and sax work in the middle section" - Blues Blast magazine
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