Professor of Jazz Piano
Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London,
Pianist, composer, educator born in Miami, Florida; studied at The Guildhall in London, she has released five CDs in her own name,
"Suburban Gorillas"; "Lunar Spell"; "Tryptych"; "Mango Tango"and 2015s "The Mirror". Now presenting a weekly show on JazzLondonRadio
"Andrea Vicari's Jazz Doodles"
Tenor saxophonist Mornington Lockett studied at Dartington
College Of Arts in Devon before moving to London to attend the
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. As a member of the Ronnie
Scott Sextet, and Stan Tracey's groups; Mornington worked extensively in Britain and abroad.
He has recorded with Ronnie Scott, guitarist Jim Mullen, drummer
Martin Drew, singers Sarah Jane Morris, Claire Martin and Ian
Shaw and US bass guitarist, Jo Hubbard. He is a visiting professor
of saxophone at the Royal College.
"One of the most accomplished contemporary improvisers ...with a fearsome technique and
an advanced harmonic approach " Time Out
After studying at the Dordogne Jazz Summer School (yes, we
have to take all the credit) Duncan established himself on the
UK Jazz Scene performing with top jazz musicians including Dave
O’Higgins, Derek Nash, John Etheridge, Gary Husband, Alex Hutton,
Jason Rebello, Kit Downes and Shabaka Hutchings. Duncan first
picked up the saxophone at 16 years of age and at 18 was accepted
onto the Jazz course at the the Trinity College Of Music....
Quentin Collins is currently a member of the Mike Garrick
Big Band, Jean Toussaint quintet, and has released his
second CD as co-leader with saxophonist Brandon Allen, "What's
It Gonna Be?" Quentin lists Booker Little, Duke Ellington
and Alex Spiagin amongst his musical influences. Recently seen
on a world tour with USA bass star Kyle Eastwood.
"Collins brings a bright crisply articulated Lee Morgan-esque
intensity to proceedings..and a soft, brassy lyricism"
Loose Tubes founder member and session drummer extraordinaire;
Nic has worked with Ian Carr's Nucleus, Allan Holdsworth, Jim
Mullen, Martin Taylor, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler, Hank Crawford,
David ‘Fathead’ Newman (Ray Charles’ sax player),
John Taylor, Gordon Beck, L. Shankar, Mose Allison, Tim Whitehead
and appeared on a TV drum clinic with Billy Cobham.He then started working in the Rock and Pop music
world, with such artists as: Bill Withers [2 tours U.K. &
Europe], Tanita Tikaram [3 World tours and 3 albums] and Working
Week [3 European tours + Japan and 3 albums]. Recorded with
Pete Townsend, Thomas Dolby and have recently played with Annie
Lennox and Nigel Kennedy. Most famously he has also been working
with David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) in his acoustic project of which
there is a DVD; ‘David Gilmour Live’.
DAVE GELLY MBE MA (Cantab)
Award-winning writer and broadcaster,
Dave Gelly is the author of numerous books, including 'Being
Prez: the Life & Music of Lester Young' and 'Stan Getz:
Nobody Else But Me'. Dave Gelly has played or recorded (on
tenor, clarinet and bass clarinet) with a bizarre collection
of people, from Sir Richard Rodney Bennett to Arthur ’Big
Boy’ Crudup, including along the way Neil Ardley, Kenny
Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Jack Bruce, Keith Emerson, Art Themen
and John Cleese (don’t ask).
Nikki is a senior jazz lecturer at Middlesex University, and visiting Professor at The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban in London. As a performer and recording artist Niki Iles has worked with international stars Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Arguelles, Rufus Reid, Chick Corea sideman Tim Garland, Mike Walker, Stan Sulzman and many other greats of UK and world jazz.
Professor of Jazz Composition
Royal Academy of Music
As an educator and choral director, Pete is very much in demand abroad - teaching regularly in Australia (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne), including a spell as visiting Professor at the Kodaly Summer School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He has given Jazz workshops for the ABRSM in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) and closer to home he has been a guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Much of Pete’s time now is taken up with directing his own choir ‘The London Vocal Project’. In addition to high profile performances with Cleo Laine, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler and, most recently Bobby McFerrin, this seminal ensemble of young singer/workshop leaders regularly join Pete on his massive educational projects and they are fast gaining a reputation, under his guidance, as the next generation of gifted educators.
Professor and Senior Lecturer
Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London
Mark is acknowledged as one of the most distinctive saxophone voices in Britain today. He came to prominence in the mid 1980’s with the popular British big-band Loose Tubes and after recording and touring with Loose Tubes, Roger Dean , Django Bates, Prefab Sprout and Annie Whitehead started his own group in 1989. Currently working with the Mercury nominated "Polar Bear" alongside Seb Rochford and Pete Wareham, he was also a featured artist in the opera "Anna Nicole" at the Royal Opera House in London.
"Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and a original
and versatile composer" The Rough Guide to Jazz
brittle phrasing and rhythmic energy put him up there with
leading UK guitarists such as Mike Outram, Phil Robson and
During his time in London this French guitarist became an important part of the UK jazz scene. He is a founding member of the award winning F-IRE collective playing alongside jazz luminaries Seb Rochford, Pete Wareham, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Arthurs, Ben Davis, Nick Ramm and many others including Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, Shabaka Hutchings.
Jonathan now lives in Berlin.
PAOLA VERA Mmus
Professor of Jazz Voice
An experienced and highly skilled teacher, performer and workshop
leader specialising in voice and piano, having just
completed a Masters degree (Mmus distinction) from The Royal Academy of Music, London,
after taking her Bmus at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Also a fluent Spanish speaker from her Venezuelan heritage. Recent performances include Ronnie Scotts,
606 Jazz club, Pizza Express Dean St, Matt and Phreds, The
Vortex; + The Isle of Wight, Ashford and Ramsgate jazz festivals.
Paola has released her own album "Spellbound"
produced by Paul Booth (Steve Winwood), and engineered by
Grammy nominated sound-engineer James Towler. Currently working
on a new CD with esteemed producer Richard Niles (Ray Charles,
Pat Metheny, Kylie Minogue). Recent radio airplay includes
a feature of my performance at ‘The Steinway Festival’ held
at Pizza Express Dean St, broadcast on Jazz line-up radio
"Sings with beautiful measured phrasing
and dark tones" Jazzwise Magazine
Dorian studied at the Guildhall School of Music before carving
out a career on the London Jazz scene, playing with Phil Bent,
Alan Barnes, Dave O'Higgins, Phil Robson, Dick Pearce, Clare
Hirst, Don Weller, Chris Tobin etc. He taught bass guitar for
five years at Morley College in London and led jazz workshops
at Kingsway and Camden institute. He ran a jazz club for G.E.
Aldwinkles and the Bedford pub in Balham, under the title
"Jazz in the Round". Dorian plays on four Andrea Vicari
CD's which he co-produced. He pioneered the use of sunglasses
as a teaching aid and is a third dan at extreme kinito. He can
count Elvis as a friend.