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Hermine Deurloo

Hermine Deurloo’s approach on the chromatic harmonica is often characterized as a rich and varied sound, with effortless fluency. Hermine studied saxophone at the Amsterdam Conservatory. At the same time, she taught herself to play the harmonica. She has performed all over the world and with musicians such as Jim Black, Han Bennink, Tony Scherr, The Willem Breuker Kollektief, Candy …

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Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene.  He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’. Gwilym has been hailed as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, and his music has been widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, …

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Mike Walker

Mike Walker was influenced by his father’s piano playing, his mother’s singing, and his brother’s guitar playing. He joined the jazz fusion band River People with Paul Allen, Tim Franks, and Paul Kilvington in Manchester. In the 1980s, he became a member of a quartet led by vibraphonist Alan Butler and worked with Michael Gibbs and Kenny Wheeler. He worked with Nikki and Richard Iles, then the Sylvan …

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Tim Garland

Throughout an international career starting in the late 1980’s, Tim Garland has become known as a unique polymath in the UK’s music scene. His first break as saxophonist was joining Ronnie Scotts band age 23. Later he was to join Chick Corea as a regular member of several globe-trotting projects over a seventeen year period including The Vigil. Playing tenor …

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Asaf Sirkis

Born in Israel, Asaf started his professional career as a drummer in the late 80’s and played with some of Israel’s Jazz luminaries such at Harold Rubin and Alber Beger. A few years after the recording of his first solo album ‘One Step Closer’ Asaf relocated to the Netherlands, France and finally settled in London around 1999 where he soon …

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Les Chisnall

Les has worked with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Walker, Andy Schofield, Richard Iles, Steve Berry, Ian Ballamy to name but a few. Recent projects have included an album with Neil Yates’ New Origins and his continuing collaborations with Steve Berry. Les started to improvise as soon as he started to play the …

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Emma Smith

Having already shared the stage with the likes of Kurt Elling, Georgie Fame and the late Sir John Dankworth, Emma Smith won The Musicians’ Company’s Young Jazz Musician Award 2013 and is well on her way to her achieving her dream of being an accomplished jazz singer. At age 14 she had her first taste of big band singing with the Glenn …

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Conor Chaplin

Born in the south west of Ireland and then growing up mostly in Surrey, Conor Chaplin studied at Trinity College of Music, in Greenwich under the tutelage of Simon Purcell, Steve Watts, and others. Also formative in his education were the late great composer and educator Martin Read at Alton College in Hampshire, and his time as part of Surrey …