Trinity Laban’s past and present students are thriving as innovative artists pushing the boundaries of music in the jazz world.
Many alumni have recently featured in Fader Magazine, amongst artists described as “making jazz feel brand-new”. The article goes onto to call South London the “epicentre [of] the homegrown U.K. jazz movement”.
Formed in 2012, Ezra Collective includes alumni Femi Koleoso (drums), Joe Armon Jones (piano) and current student Dylan Jones (trumpet). They recently performed at the jazz-meets-hip-hop Black Milk Boiler Room special, with an explosive 45-minute set which stole the show.
2016 graduate Moses Boyd forms part of Sampha’s newly christened live band. His own music won Best Jazz Act at the 2015 MOBOs, and he has collaborated with artists Lonnie Liston Smith, Ed Motta, Little Simz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Zara McFarlane, Gilles Peterson, Soweto Kinch and many more.
Newly formed septet Nérija, including five Trinity Laban alumni, are rapidly becoming established instrumentalists in their own right. As a group they form a combination of guitars and drums which meet the powerful force of multiple horns.
Tom Misch’s 2014 White Label EP series remains one of the most popular. His most recent EP Reverie, featuring south London rapper Loyle Carner, is also tallying up the plays.
Read the article in full on the Fader website.
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Image: Ezra Collective