Sound Effect – Laura Jurd

Laura Jurd

Welcome to our latest playlist, this time compiled by award-winning British trumpet player and BBC New Generation Artist Laura Jurd.

In 2015 Laura received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Instrumentalist of the Year and has previously 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.

Her band Dinosaur released debut album, Together, As One, in September to much critical fanfare from the jazz community and beyond, marking her out as one of the scene’s exciting new talents. Check out her selections below… 

The first music I remember hearing was…

A piano improvisation by me as a toddler! My first musical memories are being sat at the piano expressing my three-year-old self.

The first record I ever bought was…

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. I bought this when I was about 12 and little did I know at the time, it was one of the most iconic records of the 20th century. That was the beginning of my record collection.

The last great record I listened to was…

Friend Opportunity by Deerhoof. This is one of my favourites of their many albums. It’s sheer inventiveness and brilliance brings me a lot of joy – to the extent that it makes me laugh out loud.

The song I wish I’d written is…

I couldn’t possibly answer this question. There’s a whole world of incredible songs out there.

The song that makes me want to dance is…

Back Pocket by Vulfpeck. What a great groovy band. The clarinet solo at the end is the icing on the cake – it’s just wonderful.

The song that makes me cry is…

Living Without You by Randy Newman.

The song that I know all the words to is…

I’ll Be Seeing You by Sammy Fein/Irving Kahal. My good mate and drummer in my band, Corrie Dick, once taught me this song on a car journey.

The song I want played at my funeral is…

I’ll be dead – so someone else can choose!

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Photo credit: Dave Stapleton/Edition Records.

Read the full interview with Laura.

 

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