Paul Westwood

Professorial Staff - Jazz Electric Bass


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Jazz Department
Paul Westwood

Musical Education

National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Guildhall School of Music, (James Merritt; principal bass London Philharmonic Orchestra), Royal Academy of Music (John Dankworth, Graham Collier).

Lecturing and teaching

London College of Music at The University of West London (2008 to date)

jazz electric bass guitar, BMus (Hons) Performance.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2002 to date)

jazz electric bass guitar, BMus (Hons) Performance.
Kings College School (1998 to date)

bass guitar, jazz workshops, Jazz In the Community concerts.
Morley College (1997 to date)

electric bass guitar, jazz workshops.
Royal Academy of Music (1994 – 2007)

Jazz faculty - bass guitar BMus (Hons) Performance
Media & Applied Music faculty - recording, composition & performance; producer of annual MAAM concerts.


Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (2006)

Research projects (for teaching and compositional purposes)

The music of John Coltrane, Elizabethan music for lute, Middle Eastern music for oud, Turkish maqam system, Oriental pentatonic system, Spanish Moroccan influences in Andalucian music, Middle Eastern percussion, jazz fusion and World Music influences, development of the piccolo bass guitar with computer-driven sound modules, development of analogue and digital 4, 5 and 8-string bass guitars in electronic music.

Performance: Professional performance and composition work

Electronic rock ensemble (2014), Turkish music group (2013), Elizabethan bass guitar quartet and orchestra (2013), World Music group (2012), Jazz fusion ensemble (2011), Spanish Moroccan sextet (2011), Rock ensemble and orchestra (2010), Contemporary jazz quintet (2010), Jazz In The Community, a concert series for the elderly and disabled (2008 to date).

16 commercial albums (signature tunes, incidental music, advertising jingles) for various groups and orchestras (KPM Ltd, De Wolfe Ltd, ITV, BBC, Sky).

Performance: Commercial recording and studio session work (1996 to date)


Alan Parker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andy Williams, Barbara Thompson, Chas Jankel, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Elkie Brooks, Elton John, George Martin, George Michael, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Guy Barker, Hot Chocolate, Jennifer Rush, John Miles, John Williams, Jose Carreras, Juan Martin, Justin Haywood, Larry Coryell, Larry Gatlin, Leiber & Stoller, London Symphony Orchestra, Madonna, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Nik Kershaw, Peter Green, Phil Ramone, Pip Williams, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Salena Jones, Sally Oldfield, Stephen Bishop, Steve Gadd, The Shadows, Tim Rice, Vangelis, Wayne Shorter, Warren Bernhardt.


Debbie Wiseman, Hans Zimmer, Henry Mancini, John Altman, John Barry, Michel Le Grand, Paul McCartney, Peter Knight, The Sex Pistols, Trevor Jones.

TV shows

Al Jarreau, Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra, Barry Manilow, Barry White. Chuck Berry, Dionne Warwick, George Benson, Glen Campbell, Gloria Estefan, James Galway, Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, John Coleman Orchestra, LeAnn Rimes, Luciano Pavarotti, Neil Sedaka, Randy Crawford, Tammy Wynette, The Pointer Sisters, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Tom Jones.

International tours

Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Charles Aznavour, Cleo Laine, Cliff Richard, Elkie Brooks, John Dankworth, Lulu, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

London stage shows

Cats, Chess, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Whistle Down the Wind.


A-Z of Bass Guitar, Music Sales Ltd, DVD (2011), The Bass Bible, AMA Verlag, Germany, revised 3rd edition inc. Japanese & Chinese versions (2008), The Bass Bible, AMA Verlag, Germany, revised 2nd edition (2004), The Bassist; a series of magazine articles (2002), The Bass Bible, AMA Verlag, Germany,bass guitar tuition book, a world history of contemporary bass lines. 1st edition in English, French and German (1997), The Complete Bass Guitar Player, Music Sales Ltd, video (1995).


Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), Musicians’ Union, Performing Rights Society (PRS), Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL).