"I am so impressed with the standard of musicianship I've heard in the young people on the Trinity Laban Jazz Course. The teaching faculty also seems to foster an openness of approach which results in diverse and interesting music." - Norma Winstone MBE, Honorary Fellow
The Jazz Department at Trinity Laban is one of the strongest in
Europe. It provides an education grounded in the jazz tradition
whilst at the same time looking forwards with curiosity. Led by the
internationally respected educator and jazz musician Simon
Purcell, the philosophy of the department is that of a
community of improvisors comprising teachers of
international repute and talented students, intent upon developing
their music with skill and individuality.
Our approach is practical and "musician-centred" with our
success in assisting students to develop their creative voices
reflected in our graduates' professional successes. Trinity Laban
attracts top students and many of London's finest emerging jazz
musicians are graduates of the course. It is very much part of our
ethos that staff play and perform with students, replicating the
feel of the real-world jazz community, while our distinctive
approach ensures that creative skills are developed to their
Jazz students at Trinity Laban develop within a range of small
and large ensembles, improvisation classes and enjoy a generous
allocation of 1:1 lessons. Supporting classes include jazz harmony,
rhythm, jazz history, arranging and composition as well as a range
of coaching sessions for rhythm section, horn-sections, and
African, Brazilian and Cuban music. All classes are practical and
cover the range of established and emerging jazz genres and
Jazz Singers Pathway
Singers at Trinity Laban may opt to personalise their study
through the Jazz Singers' Pathway, allowing a degree of flexibility
in studies, distinct to those of instrumentalists.
In addition to small bands, we have three Big Bands and a Jazz
Choir which provide performance experience within larger ensemble
contexts, as well as opportunities for aspiring jazz composers.
There are regular performances in the Beats in the Bar series at
Blackheath Halls and Oliver's Jazz Club in Greenwich. Students also
perform at prestigious venues such as London's South Bank Centre,
Ronnie Scott's, the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street, The
Vortex, as well as regular appearances at the London Jazz Festival.
Our excellent relationships with jazz clubs across London has
resulted in regular opportunities for our students and graduates,
most recently the Tribute to Gil Evans at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
in November 2012.
In 2011-12 the MOBO award-winning ensemble Empirical became
our first Golubovich Junior Jazz Fellows.
Embracing traditional and contemporary approaches to the jazz,
Empirical collaborated with students in a range of learning and
performance contexts. The energy and dynamism of these young
musicians characterises our approach to, and focus on innovative
Jazz is a collaborative process, originating from diverse
musical cultures. Trinity Laban jazz students not only collaborate
together, but also with musicians, dancers and artists from across
the institution and beyond. We particularly welcome students with
diverse musical backgrounds and celebrate those prepared to
challenge the boundaries of our art-form as we know it today.
Benefiting from its London location, the jazz department is
visited regularly by internationally acclaimed artists. Recent
visiting artists have included:
Julian Arguelles, Joey Baron, Nik Bartsch, Terence Blachard, Wayne
Bergeron, Jerry Bergonzi, David Berkman, Uri Caine, Peter
Churchill, Greg Cohen, Steve Coleman, Lawrence Cottell, Marilyn
Crispell, Empirical, Martin France, George Garzone, Robert Glaspar,
Dave Hassell, Ari Hoenig, Gene Jackson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Orlando
Le Fleming, Dave Liebman, Kirk Lightsey, Members of Wynton
Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Aruan Ortiz, Greg Osby, Aaron
Parks, Partisans, Seb Rochford, Jochen Rueckert, Kendrick
Scott, Jim Snidero, John Taylor, Will Vinson, Anita Wardell, Bobby
Wellins, Neil Wilkinson, Norma Winstone.
Last updated on Thu 04 Apr 2013 19.12h