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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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Martin France

Throughout a career spanning over thirty five years Martin France has performed and recorded with some of the world’s finest and creative musicians. He has performed in all five continents including concerts and tours in over forty countries worldwide. He is currently Professor of Jazz – Drums/Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Martin began performing at the age …

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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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Jamie Safir

Originally from Manchester, Jamie has been based in London since 2010 when he embarked on a 4 year Bachelors Degree in Jazz Music at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Since graduating in 2014 he has performed in some of the worlds finest venues, concert halls and jazz clubs including The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hyde Park Radio 2 Festival, Ronnie …

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Gareth Lockrane

Gareth Lockrane started playing at the age of 10 and after raiding his dad’s record collection discovered jazz at 14. Early influences included Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans and Stan Getz on the jazz side whilst also being transfixed by the great blues/rock guitarists of the 60s and 70s as a child – BB King, …

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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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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 …