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The Friendly Trumpet

Jazz with Laura Jurd and her new 6-piece band

Laura Jurd cornet, Martin Lee Thompson euphonium, Danielle Price tuba, Alex Haines guitar, Ruth Goller bass, Corrie Dick drums

Laura Jurd’s distinct voice as an improvising trumpet player is at the heart of everything she does. Winner of many awards, she was also a BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. She plays regularly with her Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur (with us at Little Missenden in 2018) but her music-making is completely eclectic, taking in all the traditions of jazz and folk but also reflecting – naming just two – her love of The Beatles and Stravinsky.

And she’s always moving on. This autumn brings a new album with a new band. Her fifth album as a band-leader, ‘The Big Friendly Album’ is full of her new compositions. Big approachable tunes, strong grooves, and a wonderful strongly brass-accented and world-class band bringing it all to life.

The nature of the music? As she puts it herself: “A lot of the music I love draws from folk traditions, which by their very nature have a close connection to community and togetherness. This music is highly influenced by Celtic folk traditions, the blues and occasionally a sprinkling of alt-rock - all of which I can’t live without.”

Her composition skills aren’t confined to her own bands. Among others, she’s been commissioned by the BBC Proms, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Ligeti Quartet and the Northern Sinfonia. She’s also a passionate educator – a professor of composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and jazz trumpet teacher at Goldsmiths University.

Programme Notes (also available at the concert free of charge)

“… Jurd is a staggeringly good trumpeter – a specialist in hard bop and modal jazz who could hold her own on any jazz bandstand on earth” The Guardian

“Simply stupendous ... a glorious, shifting collage of sound” BBC Music Magazine



Sat 8 Oct 2022 8.00pm

Little Missenden Church

£20, £16, £10

Laura Jurd with Dinosaur