Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.
Her band Dinosaur, is one of the most vital and creative new ensembles in the UK today. Described by All About Jazz as a musician who ‘embraces melody, harmony and groove as much as she provokes with blasts of dissonance and gutsy angularity’, it is her ability to combine the sweet with the abrasive, the soothing with the fiery, that makes her music so compelling.
In 2015 Laura received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and in the past has been shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award, received the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year award.
In Sept 2016, Laura will release Dinosaur’s debut album ‘Together, As One’ on Edition Records.
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“…this beautifully played and effortlessly confident collage of contemporary styles.” THE GUARDIAN (UK) ★★★★★ 5 STARS
“Apparently there’s a jazz revival going on! Here’s Dinosaur… let’s just call it social music.” BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC GILLES PETERSON (UK/INTERNATIONAL)
“This band are going to be huge…” JEZ NELSON, SOMETHIN’ ELSE (UK)
“…one of Britain’s fastest rising jazz stars, a twenty-something composer and musician with a love of punk and Miles Davis…” JANE CORNWELL, LONDON EVENING STANDARD (UK)