Laura Jurd

Jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd was in sensational form when she played a gig at Oliver’s in Greenwich with her band Dinosaur (an ironic name given that the quartet are all in their early 20s) and her special guest, sax virtuoso Mark Lockheart. The highlights of a memorable night were an amazing take on the Christmas carol In The Bleak Midwinter, the beautiful wintry anthem Hardanger and (my favourite) Jurd’s composition Sebswing, which not only showed off her own extraordinary writing and playing skills but also spotlighted her ridiculously talented bandmates – drummer Corrie Dick, bassist Conor Chaplin and keyboardist  Elliot Galvin – as they brilliantly navigated the tune’s intricate score and helped to make the whole more than the sum of its very considerable parts. Jurd is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of contemporary music and this concert – to raise funds for refugees held in Calais – underlined why. If you’ve never seen her before, do something about it immediately.

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