Former winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician competition, Dom Franks is a versatile musician and composer based in Cheltenham, UK. Following a spell with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, he headed up promotions at London’s Jazz Café, and worked as manager and music booker at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. At the same time he has maintained a busy career as a freelance musician, bandleader and teacher.
As a saxophonist, Dom has worked in a wide range of styles; from classical solo engagements on soprano saxophone to jazz quartet work, as well as funk, soul, world and dance sessions on tenor and alto sax. As a session musician he has recorded with chart topping artists including Jocelyn Brown, Alison Limerick, Ikon and Shaft among others. Dom’s touring schedule has taken him around Europe several times with funk and jazz groups and to South Africa with blues band The Booze Brothers. His influences as a saxophonist are eclectic, taking in Joe Lovano, Art Pepper, Gary Bartz, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Maceo Parker, Kenny Garrett, Paul Desmond and many stylistic bases in between, both classical and jazz-based.