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A recent collaboration with MOBO award-winning ensemble Empirical, themselves Trinity Laban Jazz alumni, saw students and professionals alike experimenting with traditional and contemporary approaches to jazz. The energy and dynamism of these young musicians characterises our commitment to innovative performance. Classes are practice-based, with focus on jazz harmony, rhythm, jazz history, arranging and composition, and coaching rhythm and horn sections.

Few women in early jazz were instrumentalists, and the earliest great female jazz musicians were nearly all vocalists. Prime among them, Ella Fitzgerald could do almost anything with her flexible voice, perfect intonation and flawless diction. But here she duets with her one-time-lover Louis Jordan — who was himself one of the most accomplished interpreters of a song, as well as a pivotal figure in the launch of rhythm and blues with his jump-jive Tympany Five. Jazz is a collaborative process, growing organically from diverse musical cultures.

In the hands of these two exceptional musicians it is a combination capable of a great range of moods and textures portrayed with great dexterity. This is a great groove band led by the irrepressible trombonist Dennis Rollins. The music includes a reworking of some well known classic funk compositions in the way of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. Bass guitarist and composer Ben Crosland’s memories of the countryside around the Solway Firth inspired him to write these twelve musical vignettes beautifully performed with impressive solos by trumpeter Steve Waterman and Steve Lodder on keyboards.Artist website.

Clowes’s band, My Iris , has toured worldwide and been hailed as ‘the jazz of the future’ . In 2019, Clowes premiered Joe Cutler’s saxophone concerto, Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii, with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent commissions include writing for the London Sinfonietta , BBC Concert Orchestra and Onyx Brass.

Fundamental to the process of becoming a jazz musician is the art of reacting to and supporting each other. You will not only be encouraged to collaborate amongst your peers, but also with other musicians, dancers and artists from across Trinity Laban and beyond. London is buzzing with jazz venues, and we take full advantage of this. With Oliver’s Jazz Club on our doorstep in Greenwich, our regular Beats in the Bar series at Blackheath Halls, and performances at the London Jazz Festival, there is always somewhere for you to display your talents. is beautifully devorated, specious venue with very polite, helpful and friendly staff and admin. Our event went very smoothly with outstanding food, soothing music and great atmosphere. We would highly recommend JazzCafe to anyone who is looking forward to make their event celebration special. An extra year of access to our creative and collaborative environment, excellent facilities, expert staff and rich performance opportunities will build your confidence as a conservatoire musician. Maybe the most influential jazz musician of the second half of the 20th century was Miles Davis.

A BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Clowes works in a variety of settings and has received critical acclaim for all of her album releases.

You’ll play with jazz musicians from all backgrounds, from raw talent to polished, and from progressive to purist. You’ll also benefit from working alongside students from other pathways, collaborating with producers, sound engineers, composers and entrepreneurs on your own independent projects. Over on the West Coast, arranger and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan — who’d worked with Miles Davis on the records that became known as Birth of the Cool – took “cool” jazz further than Miles had done. By playing without a chord instrument – a guitar or piano – his band achieved a spare, pared-down feeling. His perfect front-line partner was trumpeter Chet Baker, whose economical, Spartan inventions contrasted perfectly with Mulligan’s more harmonically complex baritone sax.