Our Tutors

We're lucky to be able to call upon some of the busiest and most talented musicians on the London jazz scene who come and share their knowledge and love of jazz with the course participants.

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Alan Barnes

Sax

Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist.  He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.  His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.

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Anita Wardell

Vocalist

Anita is the UK's leading exponent of bebop scat singing. She has performed in the US, Australia and throughout the UK and Europe.

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Barry Green

Piano

Barry studied classical and jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,graduating in 2002. He regularly performs with Ingrid Laubrock, Mark Lockheart, Bobby Wellins and Bob Martin and is a member of Larry Bartley's trio and octet.

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Brigitte Beraha

Vocalist

Brigitte studied Music at Kingsway College, Goldsmiths College, and Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music. She is now recognized as one of the most versatile and interesting vocalists to emerge on the London jazz scene recently.

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Dave O'Higgins

Sax

Dave is a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator.

He is a popular and well-known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded thirteen albums as leader. He has worked with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.

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Flo Moore

Bass

Flo Moore is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed with artists such as Pete King, Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello, and has played at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

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Gareth Lockrane

Flute

Gareth has performed and recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Bheki Mseleku, Kate Williams, Hans Koller, Sirius B, Natalie Williams, Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra, The James Taylor Quartet, Gwilym Simcock Nonet and big band, Paul Booth, NYJO (also contributing many compositions and arrangements), Pete King, Anita Wardell, Georgia Mancio and The Pasedena Roof Orchestra.

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Jacqui Hicks

Vocalist

Jacqui Hicks studied saxophone & flute on the jazz course at Leeds College of Music and started singing during her three years there continuing on to the Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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Jeremy Brown

Bass

Jeremy studied at the Royal Academy of Music in the early 1990's and is now one of the most sought after players in the UK.

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Mark Ridout

Guitar

Mark is an experienced guitarist having performed in many of the UK's major jazz venues and festivals with such names as Jimmy Smith, Babara Dennerlein, Tony Martin, Natalie Cole, Jane Monheit, Eddie Parker etc.

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Mike Gorman

Piano

Since moving to London in 1995 to attend the Guildhall School of Music, Mike has been an integral part of the London and UK jazz scene performing with virtually every UK horn player and vocalist of note. These include Peter King, Don Weller, Guy Barker, Alan Skidmore, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Stan Sulztmann and Alan Barnes and Tina May and Clare Teal to name a few.

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Nia Lynn

Vocalist

Nia Lynn is a highly skilled contemporary performer who is most widely regarded for her outstanding knowledge in the area of jazz performance and contemporary vocal pedagogy. Her initial training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Specialising in Jazz voice, has expanded to include further studies into community music, improvisation and composition, interpretation and delivery of text, body and breath, contemporary performance and vocal pedagogy.

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Rob Barron

Piano

Rob Barron graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2003, having been awarded prizes for jazz performance 3 years running. He subsequently completed the Guildhall postgraduate jazz course studying under Simon Purcell.

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Tristan Mailliot

Drums

Tristan is active on the UK jazz instrumental scene with recent CD releases including the Jim Hart quartet, Kate Williams quintet and septet and Anita Wardell's group.

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