Upon joining Trinity Laban’s Jazz Department, you will enter a vibrant and dynamic community of improvisers. Though grounded in the jazz tradition, we are constantly looking forward and we invite you to draw on a wealth of diverse influences within these traditions, and reinterpret them in new ways as you find your individual voice. We will support you as you develop as a musician, an improviser and an innovative performing artist, enabling you to reach your full creative potential.
Jazz at Trinity Laban is holistic, enabling you to become the artist you want to be. Whilst we embrace and celebrate jazz traditions, the Jazz Department here is contemporary in outlook, balancing skill and individual artistry and ensuring a student-centred approach.
Jazz is fundamentally a collaborative music-making process, and as well as developing your individual musicianship through a generous number of one-to-one lessons, you will learn to interact and collaborate with your fellow musicians through playing in a range of ensembles and combos. Our staff, drawn from London’s exhilarating jazz scene, play and perform with students, replicating the feel of the wider jazz community.
Our distinctive and inclusive approach to improvisation ensures you will develop your creative skills to their full potential. Supporting classes include improvisation, jazz harmony, rhythm, jazz history, arranging and composition, as well as coaching, rhythm and horn sections. We celebrate the diverse global origins of jazz with opportunities to study African, Brazilian and Cuban music. All classes are practical and cover both established and emerging jazz genres and innovations.
The Jazz Singers’ Pathway enables singers to personalise their vocal study, allowing a degree of flexibility distinct from instrumentalists.
Performance is the beating pulse of the department. You will gain extensive performance experience in our larger ensembles, from the Big Band to the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, to the Jazz Choir, which also provide opportunities for aspiring jazz composers.
London is buzzing with hundreds of jazz gigs and venues, ensuring there is always somewhere to perform, jam or just hang out and listen. With Oliver’s Jazz Club on our doorstep in Greenwich and our regular ‘Beats in the Bar’ series at Blackheath Halls, you will never be short of somewhere to play. Our excellent relationships with jazz clubs across the capital result in regular opportunities for students and graduates to perform at exciting London venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Southbank Centre, the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street and The Vortex Jazz Club.
Jazz is a collaborative process, growing organically from diverse musical cultures. 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.
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.
Situated at the heart of London’s thriving jazz scene, the Department attracts acclaimed artists from across the globe who come to share their experience with you. Recent visiting artists include: Michelle Nicolle, Kirk Lightsey, Michael Janisch, Phil Robson, Lionel Loueke, Anjali Perin, Alex Maguire, John O’Gallagher, Nia Lynn and Nicolas Kummert.
Our success in supporting students to develop their creative voices is reflected in the professional accomplishments of our graduates, who include many of London’s finest emerging jazz musicians.
Elliot Galvin performs with many different ensembles including the Elliot Galvin Trio and Dinosaur. He released a critically acclaimed debut album ‘Dreamland’ in 2014.
Laurence Garrett plays bass with Jamie Cullum.
Emilia Mårtensson won Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz awards.
Shane Forbes and Lewis Wright together form half of acclaimed jazz quartet Empirical.
Reuben James plays piano with Sam Smith.
Sheila Maurice-Grey, Rosie Turton, Nubya Garcia and Lizy Exell form part of all-female jazz septet Nérija, and were named as City Music Foundation Artists for 2016.
Phil Meadows founded the Engines Orchestra which won the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year Award. Phil also won the Jazz Rising Star Award at the London Music Awards 2015.
Award-winning jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd is a BBC New Generation Artist for 2015–17.
Moses Boyd won the MOBO Best Jazz Act in 2015, and releases music under his own label Exodus Records.
To view the impressive organisations that our alumni have worked with, visit Alumni Destinations.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban Jazz graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Success at the Parliamentary Jazz AwardsA number of Trinity Laban alumni are celebrating wins at the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which were held at PizzaExpress Live on 10 October.Wed 11 Oct 2017#Jazz
Hans Koller is new Head of Jazz at Trinity LabanTrinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is delighted to announce the appointment of Hans Koller as the new Head of Jazz.Fri 1 Sep 2017#Jazz #Staff
Jazz at Trinity Laban
Studying Jazz at Trinity Laban means you will never be short of places to perform. Check out our gallery to see where our students have performed in leading venues around London.
- 1 - Trinity Laban Jazz students
- 2 - Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
- 3 - Rehearsals at Vortex Jazz Club
- 4 - Trinity Laban Jazz students performing at Ronnie Scott's, London
- 5 - The Gold Medal Competition held at Kings Place, London