Congratulations to Trinity Laban third year jazz student Laura Jurd, who is one the finalists in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Artist, to be announced at Pizza Express Dean Street on 9 September.
Laura is a London based trumpet player, composer and improviser. A diverse musician, she plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing upon classical, jazz and folk influences. Laura's ensembles have performed at some of the country's most prestigious venues as well as performing in UK festivals such as the London Jazz Festival and the Brit Jazz Festival, taking place at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.
Laura is an extremely active composer, writing a diverse range of music for a variety of ensembles. She was awarded the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and has written for the likes of the Chaos Orchestra, Mark Lockheart, Saxaphonquadrat Berlin and the Ligeti Quartet, as well as many other ensembles and musicians.
She is also co-founder of Chaos Collective - an organisation and record label that promotes and commissions new music, and which was recently awarded the 2012 Musician's Benevolent Fund 'Development Award'.
Laura's debut album 'Landing Ground' is due to be released later this year on the Chaos Collective label.