Trinity Laban jazz alumnus Loz Garratt has joined Jamie Cullum's band as bass player.
Loz,, who graduated in 2011 with BMus (Hons) in Jazz, said he was asked to audition by Chris Hill, Jamie's old bass player: "Chris also plays for the singer Joe Stilgoe, who had seen me playing at the Spice of Life in the band of another Trinity Laban alumnus; Matt Roberts. When Chris announced he was leaving Jamie's band, Joe recommended me for an audition. After that, I was invited to Jamie's house to have a more thorough play, then I was flown to Germany to watch one of his shows and then - after a few weeks - I got an email from Jamie telling me I'd got the gig."
Loz studied under Steve Watts, Simon Purcell and Michael Janisch at Trinity Laban. He said: "It was a great place to study, being surrounded by so many likeminded people. One of the things I enjoyed most was being involved in a couple of great projects with the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble led by Mark Lockheart, playing at Ronnie Scott's. Projects like that really helped me become versatile at playing a whole host of different music - something which is essential for Jamie's band."
Between graduating and joining Jamie's band, Loz has played for quite a few of Britain's leading jazz musicians such as Pete Churchill, Bobby Wellins and Liane Carroll, and is also deputy on the West End show Wicked.
However he has now jumped right into a hectic touring schedule: "We did 17 dates in the UK and are now off to play Belgium, Holland, Germany, Portugal, Spain and France. We've then got a couple of months off, but next year it starts to get crazy. We have ten days in Japan at the end of January. February sees us return to France, and we're also doing jazz festivals in Dubai, Singapore and Jakarta, and then touring round the USA and South America."
As well as performing, Loz is a keen educator and has run projects in association with the Notivate Trust and Youth Music, as well as working as an assistant tutor for both the National Youth Jazz Collective and the International Summer School.
Picture courtesy of Loz Garratt (on the right).