Tutors Past and Present

Jazz Academy Tutors rank among some of the country's finest Jazz Musicians and Improvisers.

 

Current Tutors

+ Gabriel Garrick - Course Director/Brass

Born into a musical family, the second of three sons, Gabriel took up the trumpet aged seven and started gigging at an early age with his father and older brother. He has had exposure to a wealth of different musicians representing different genres since his early childhood. Jam sessions, dinners and jokes were a regular occurrence at the Dankworth's house..!

As a teenager Gabriel played with the multi award winning Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band, the Dacorum Brass Band, the Hemel Hempstead Brass Band, Dacorum Youth Orchestra, the Dacorum Wind Band and started his own jazz trio at school.

Gabriel attended the Royal Academy of Music jazz course from 1991 to 1995. Whilst at the Academy he worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Since then he has worked with many well respected bands, including The John Dankworth Generation Band, Mike Garrick Jazz Orchestra, Derek Nash's Sax Appeal Big Band, Nick Ross Orchestra, Len Phillips Big Band, Pete Cater Big Band, Gerard Presencer Big Band, Big Band Metheny, Willie Garnett Big Band, Kai's Cats, King Candy and the Sugar Push, Feast of Fiddles, The Blues Brothers Experience, The FBI, Utter Madness, Payback, Gloria Scott, The Rat Pack Show, The West End production of 'Fame', Maroon Town and countless other bands in all styles, touring the British Isles and across the world.

Gabriel has performed with a host of musicians. A small selection includes: Arturo Sandoval, Jack DeJohnette, Chucho Valdez, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Nigel Kennedy, Digby Fairweather, Guy Barker, Alan Barnes, Norma Winstone, Henry Lowther, Kenny Wheeler, Anita Wardell, Mark Nightngale, Steve Waterman, Alex Garnett, Nigel Hitchcock, Colin Campbell.. Gabriel performs regularly at Ronnie Scott's and has played at The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, The Southbank Centre and most major and small jazz clubs in the country as well as having had the wonderful experience of playing at an intimate Christmas cocktail soiree for Princess Diana at Kensington Palace along with father Mike and brother Chris. Elton John and George Michael were amongst the 200 guests..

Gabriel has broadcast on Radio 3 and many other radio stations in live situations and on recorded shows. Television appearances have happened but as Gabriel feels that this medium is by far the greatest 'lie-teller' he avoids it.

Since visiting New Orleans in 2014 where he sat in with some of the greatest jazz musicians on the planet, Gabriel has been focussed on playing more jazz of an authentic nature. This includes most genuine and honest jazz from over the last 100 years but recently he has become involved with New Orleans street band music with Graham Hughes' "Brass Volcanoes" aswell as performing jazz from the 20s and 30s with Graham's "The Sunshine Kings" alongside musicians such as Enricco Tomasso.

Gabriel leads various groups of his own, currently his interests are his 'Expansions', the 'Original Quintet', the 'Swinging Standards Septet' and of course the 'Gabriel Garrick Big Band'. Past projects have included 'Squeela', 'TripTrio' and 'Passengers'.

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+ Martin Hathaway - Woodwinds

Martin Hathaway is a British jazz performer, composer and educator who works with many ensembles covering a wide range of styles. He plays saxophones, clarinets and flutes, and occasionally gigs on piano. He composes and arranges his own music for small and large ensembles.

As a performer, he is probably best known for his long associations with the late British jazz pianist / composer Michael Garrick, trumpeter Loz Speyer, and the London Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with Big Bands led by Kenny Wheeler, John Surman / Karin Krog, Stan Sulzmann, Mike Westbrook, Alec Dankworth, Henry Lowther, Pete Hurt, Duncan Lamont, Gabriel Garrick and Keith Nichols, and was a member of the swing orchestra ‘Vile Bodies’.

As a small group jazz performer, Martin has worked alongside many noted international and UK jazz musicians including; Dame Cleo Laine, Alec and Jacqui Dankworth, David Friesen, Marcus Roberts, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes, Clifford Jarvis, Stacey Kent, Mick Hutton, Martin Speake, Liam Noble, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson, Christine Tobin, Tom Challenger, Nick Smart, Simon Purcell, Clark Tracey, Harry Beckett, Jason Yarde, Nikki Iles, Tina May, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Brian Dee, Bobby Worth, Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet.... and many others.

Martin has also worked as a session musician, including touring and recording with ‘Radiohead’, performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and recording music for radio, television and film.

As an educator, Martin is a professor of jazz studies at the Guildhall School in London (since 1991) and led jazz curricula there for 21 years. He is a tutor for Essex Music Services (since 1989), Musical Director of the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (since 1992) and professor of saxophone at City University, London.

Martin is also a regular tutor and leader of many short courses and workshops in the UK and internationally. He has also been a jazz consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, external examiner, adjudicator at music festivals and a professor of jazz arranging, composition and history at Goldsmiths’ College, London.

+ Sam Walker - Woodwinds

Sam Walker is a professional saxophonist/pianist based in Surrey, with many years of experience playing different genres of music: jazz, blues, soul and classical. Sam has performed in many settings from cruise ships, various jazz/blues clubs in Europe, to the famous Ronnie Scotts jazz club and live broadcasts for the BBC. As well as this Sam is an experienced musical educator with a large student base ranging from top private schools to music colleges and private students.

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+ Patrick Davey - Drums/Percussion

Since training at Trinity college of music (where he was recipient of the Archers scholarship two years running), Pat has gone on to forge an eclectic & varied career as a drummer. His current projects include the critically acclaimed Tongue Fu spoken word collective and King Candy and the Sugar Push swing band. He is the co-founder of the Acrobat jazz trio and is also one of the stalwarts of Rhythms of the City samba band (with whom he toured Rio de Janeiro extensively).

Pat has many years of experience performing in both the UK and all over the world with artists including Peter King, Alan Barnes, Stan Sulzman, Soweto Kinch, Shlomo, Phronesis, Irvine Welsh, Sid Lawrence Orchestra, Brassroots, Kate Tempest, Salina Jones, Howard Marks, Keith Mansfield, Rick Astley, Coolio, Julian Siegel, Monobloco, John Hegley. He is an experienced tutor who teaches both out of his own studio and as a freelance practitioner for select higher education establishments including the ACM, LCCM, BIMM and Trinity college of music.

+ Kate Mullins - Vocals

Kate began her singing career at a young age whilst growing up in Harpenden, singing in school plays, St. George’s School Chapel choir, soloing with the odd 'Pie Jesu' and appearing alongside her heavy metal band, 'KIA'.

Hanging up her shattered heavy metal vocals chords, Kate fled to the bright lights of London aged 18 to study performance in jazz vocals at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich; she has never looked back. There she studied under some of the most respected teachers and performers on the current jazz scene including Anton Browne, Anita Wardell, Mark Lockheart and Phil Peskett. She continues to be an active member of both the UK jazz and swing scenes and frequently performs at some of England’s finest jazz venues including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club, The Vortex and The Spice of Life, singing with King Candy and her own smaller ensembles.

Kate is probably best well known for her work with the 1940’s inspired, chart-topping vocal harmony trio The Puppini Sisters founded 10 years ago with fellow Trinity students. They were signed to Universal & awarded a Gold Disc for the first of their 4 albums. 'The Puppinis' have performed all over the world including tours of The States, Europe, Russia and the far East. Their numerous TV appearances include The Royal Variety Show, This Morning, Loose Women and BBC Breakfast news. The Sister's multi-plantinum selling 'Jingle Bells' collaboration with Michael Buble paved the way for further recording collaborations, numerous worldwide TV appearances, Christmas Specials, The Graham Norton Show and a live show with him at The O2 Arena last summer.

As a soloist, Kate writes and collaborates on a number of electro swing and pop projects too. 'Swingbreak' made with the fantastic DJ trio, 'The McMash Clan', has become a cult classic on the scene and has led to further collaborations with, most recently, members of the epic drum and bass/rock fusion, 'Pendulum'.

Kate continues to sing and write for 'The Puppini Sisters' and a variety of solo projects too and is thoroughly enjoying a burgeoning success as a private voice teacher.

+ Spencer Brown - Bass

After completing a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at Guildhall School of Music Spencer has been working in London as a professional bass player . He has worked with many of the UK’s top jazz musicians such as Andy Sheppard, Alan Barnes, Tim Lapthorne and Seb Rochford.

He has toured Europe and Asia with Rebecca Ferguson and Indie Star Carl Barat playing live broadcasts on radio 1 , 2 and 6 music

Also working as a studio musician Spencer has played on numerous sessions including many tv adverts

+ Martin Kolarides - Guitar

A guitarist since the age of 15 Martin turned professional after graduating from Trinity College in 2004 with a first class Honours Degree, receiving the ‘Montagu Cleeve Guitar prize’ the ‘TCM Friends in New York prize’ and the ‘TCM trust silver medal for Jazz studies’

Equally at home when playing swing and gypsy Jazz right through to contemporary fusion, Martin has worked with many outstanding musicians who have inspired his love of improvised music, English and American Finger-style techniques and takes his inspiration from the infectious rhythmic styling of such diverse sources as West African Soukous/Lingala, through to the raw energy of classic Wayne Krantz , while also fusing the other worldly atmospherics of Bill Frisell and Brian Eno through the use of effects and foot pedals.

In addition to writing for and directing his own Organ trio, Martin is one of the founding members of ‘left of centre’ Pop band HOODLUMS and spoken word/electronica/neo-soul outfit HUGH. as well as having recorded two top 20 albums and performed across the world with the Puppini Sisters.

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+ Will Bartlett - Piano

Will Bartlett read music at St. Peter's college, Oxford, specialising in composition and musical analysis as well as directing the Oxford University jazz orchestra. Based in London since 2004, he completed an MA in jazz performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Simon Purcell, John Taylor and Pete Churchill. He was awarded the Archer scholarship at Trinity college of music in 2005 and was pianist for the National Youth Jazz orchestra from 2005-2008. Since then he has worked as a pianist, educator and composer/arranger with names including Stan Sulzmann, Norman Winstone, Jim Mullen, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Salena Jones, Alan Barnes, Anita Wardell, Shlomo, Keith Mansfield, King Candy and the Sugar Push. He has recently been studying Hammond Organ with Mike Le Donne in New York and formed in 2010 the Hammond trio 'Acrobat'

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+ Vicky Tilson - Bass/Course Assistant

Formerly a classically-trained pianist (Grade 7) and oboist (Grade 6), Vicky took up classical double bass at 14 for one school year, gaining ABRSM grades 1, 3 and 5. Shortly after, a long spell in hospital dashed her hopes of a place at music college and forced her into an unorthodox pathway so she took up the bass guitar and rock music in an attempt to do some modern music (there was no jazz in her school), whilst studying a BA (Hons) in Film & Communication at Middlesex University. After various original rock bands, demo CDs and airplay on radio she succumbed to the calling of jazz in August 2003 and attended Jazz Academy under the guidance of Michael Garrick. It changed her life. Evening and weekend classes at the City Literary Institute in central London followed, taking in jazz piano, harmony & ear training and woodshedding. Four years' later she gained a place on the Guildhall School of Music MMus Jazz course and graduated in 2008.

Vicky has previously performed with Tony Kofi, Henry Lowther, Quentin Collins, Kate Williams, Nick Smalley and Chris Allard and at venues including The Vortex, Pizza Express-Dean Street, Charlie Wright's, Oliver's and the Manchester Jazz Festival. She gained an RSL Level 3 Diploma with distinction as a Music Educator from Rock School and QTS as a secondary school music teacher. Vicky has studied double bass with Paul Moylan, Jeff Clyne, Steve Watts and Michael Janisch. She writes for her own quartet, who were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in December 2010, and have received plaudits from established musicians for their first two albums. Acclaimed saxophonist Tony Kofi has said: "So keep your eyes and ears open and welcome Vicky Tilson to the world jazz stage."

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Past Tutors

Below is a small selection of the fantastic tutors Jazz Academy has featured since it began in 1989
  • John Dankworth
  • Steve Waterman
  • Mark Nightingale
  • Anita Wardell
  • Chris Garrick
  • Fred Baker
  • Trudy Kerr
  • Gareth Lockrane
  • Paul Moylan
  • Mike Hall
  • John Etheridge
  • Dominic Ashworth
  • Keith Nickols
  • Tim Garland
  • Nigel Price
  • Carlos Lopez-Real
  • Sam Bullard
  • Chris Allard
  • Julian Joseph
  • Jimmy Hastings
  • Don Rendell
  • Trevor Tompkins
  • Scott Stroman
  • John Taylor
  • Jean Toussaint
  • Simon Spillett
  • Alan Jackson