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Jacky Naylor (Piano) / Nick Jurd (Bass) / Jonathan Silk (Drums)
Meraki effortlessly travel through the various moods, emotions and complexities of Jacky Naylor’s original contemporary music, whilst dynamically interacting. Naylor released his debut album 'Rough Boundaries' featuring Birmingham Jazz Orchestra in 2016, for which he won the coveted Dankworth Prize. Nick Jurd regularly tours internationally playing with Soweto Kinch, Trope, The Destroyers and Hansu-Tori and freelances regularly around the UK jazz scene. Jonathan Silk has released two albums with his own big band and string orchestra to critical acclaim and worked with world-renowned composers Vince Mendoza and Maria Schneider as well as a host of other nationally and internationally renowned musicians. Awards include BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year award in 2014 and the Yamaha Jazz Scholar Award 2011.
THE EARLY BIRD BAND
Paul Edis (Piano / Reeds) / Emily McDermott (Vocals) / Lucien Guest (Trumpet) / Haaruun Miller (Soprano / Alto) / Tom Henerey (Guitar) / Alex Shipsey (Bass) / Dylan Thompson (Drums)
Led by pianist and composer Paul Edis, the Early Bird Band is made up of some of the most talented young jazz musicians from the North East. Their repertoire includes straight-ahead classics form the Great American Songbook alongside original material written by the band.
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