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.
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 pianists including Reuben James who plays piano with Sam Smith, Peter Edwards who won Jazz Newcomer of the Year Award at the 2015 Parlimentary Jazz Awards, and Elliot Galvin – co-founder of the Chaos Collective with Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick.
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 Department attracts artists from across the globe who come to share their experience with you. Recent visiting artists include accalimed jazz pianists Phil Robson and Lionel Loueke.
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.
What our students say
Elliot Galvin / BMus Jazz and MMus Composition