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Jacky Naylor

Jacky Naylor is a jazz pianist, composer and educator based in London. He leads his own trio Meraki, alongside Nick Jurd and Jonathan Silk, who are releasing their debut album in September 2020 on Ubuntu Music. In addition, he leads his Sextet, formed in 2019 for a commission from Lancaster Jazz Festival titled ‘Industrial’. A dynamic composer, Naylor’s debut release was ‘Rough Boundaries’ - a suite of original big band music written about five contrasting cities - which he recorded with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra in 2016.

Whilst growing up in the Yorkshire Dales, the worlds of jazz and professional music were remote. Jacky started studying with Mark Donlon, towards the end of his time at secondary school. In 2012 he received a Leverhulme scholarship to study a BMus (Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire. During years one and two, Jacky was lucky to receive 1-1 tuition from John Taylor, a gold-standard role model both inside and outside the teaching room. In his third year, Jacky won the Conservatoire’s Composition and Arranging prize, judged by Judy Niemack (New York/Berlin), and was awarded a lesson with Maria Schneider. This interest in big band composition led to his debut album, Rough Boundaries, which sought to capture the characters of five contrasting cities through the diverse sounds and moods of a jazz orchestra. The album received four-star reviews from major jazz publications as well as being featured on Radio 3 and Jazz FM.

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”Jacky Naylor is a fantastic creative musician, both as a player and as a composer, leading his own exciting and dynamic trio” - Kit Downes

“(Naylor) has the potential to establish himself as a leading player of his generation internationally” - Hans Koller.

“One hears shades and echoes of Kenny Wheeler, Gil Evans and Maria Schnieder as well as the improvisatory flexibility of Graham Collier and Django Bates” - LondonJazzNews


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