Don Preston Trio

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Donald Ward Preston, 21 September 1932, Flint, Michigan, USA. Preston studied music from childhood, encouraged by his father’s role as composer-in-residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. After military service, he began a career as session and club musician, playing piano, keyboards and bass, working in Detroit with jazz musicians such as Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones and Yusef Lateef, then relocating to Los Angeles where his associates included Paul Bley, Don Ellis, Charlie Haden and Michael Mantler. Preston gained worldwide recognition through a spell with the Mothers Of Invention. His use of synthesizers during this period was very influential. Other jazz and pop artists with whom Preston played while in studio bands are Bobby Bradford, John Carter, Nat ‘King’ Cole, John Lennon, Herbie Mann, Meredith Monk, J.R. Montrose and Shorty Rogers. He has also played with symphony orchestras.

Preston’s compositions include...

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