Laura Jurd is a London-based, award-winning trumpet player and composer, currently a BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. An active improviser playing regularly in the UK and more recently in Europe, Laura specialises in writing for hand-picked musicians in her own projects and ensembles. Her band Dinosaur has performed throughout the UK and Europe including performances at Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz Sur Son 31 in Toulouse and 12 Points in Dublin. She also looks forward to performing in Bremen later this year as part of the annual Jazzahead! European jazz expo. In 2015 Laura receieved 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 Worshipful Company of Musician's Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. As a composer Laura has been commissioned by the likes of the EFG London Jazz Festival and BBC Radio 3. Having received critical acclaim from the national press and music publications for her debut album 'Landing Ground' released in 2012 (featuring the Ligeti Quartet), Laura has gone on to release her 2nd album 'Human Spirit' featuring vocalist Lauren Kinsella. This music was toured across the UK as part of a 12 date tour supported by the Arts Council England. She is also a member of art-rock/improv band, Blue-Eyed Hawk on Edition records and founder of London-based group of musicians and record label Chaos Collective. Laura is also a passionate educator regularly working with the National Youth Jazz Collective. She has also led classes and workshops at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Leeds College of Musi
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