b. 8 June 1949, London, England. Taking to piano at an early age, Castle’s studies were interspersed with performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He played with NYJO in the late 60s and then in 1970 joined Graham Collier’s band. With Collier he toured and appeared at venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1974 Castle became a member of Ian Carr’s Nucleus, recording and touring during which, in addition to performing he also taught and was featured at seminars. He remained with Nucleus into the early 80s, by which time he was an established name on the UK jazz circuit and had also engaged the attention of worldwide audiences. For many years, Castle, playing synthesizer and other keyboard instruments as well as acoustic piano, was a mainstay of Paz, touring and recording from the mid-70s into the new millennium.
Castle has composed from early in his career, including writing for NYJO and in 1981 he wrote the suite, ‘Impressions Of New York’. In the early 80s he spent some time in New Zealand where he recorded with saxophonist Brian Smith, on 1984’s Southern Excursion, and he also began a parallel career playing on film soundtracks, which he continued back in the UK. In the late 80s, Castle also recorded with Beaver Storm for Beaver Live At Ronnie Scott’s. From the mid-90s, Castle led his own groups, which included the fusion band Strange Fruit, recording Debut on President Records in 1982. In 1999 he formed Castle Frank ’N’ Stan with Frank Holder (vocals/percussion), and Stan Robinson (tenor saxophone); he also plays in Robinson’s quartet. In 2003, the trio released Jazz In The Dungeon on the CDR label. Castle has also played in Carmina, a folk jazz band that includes guitarist Rob King and singer Pippa Marland. Among other musicians with whom Castle has played and sometimes recorded are Neil Ardley, Julian Bahula, George Coleman, Ian Dury, Georgie Fame, Art Farmer, Jimmy Giuffre, John Martyn, James Moody, Brendan Power, and the Morrissey - Mullen band.