Curriculum Leader: Jazz

Described by The Guardian as "someone who has made a real difference to the vitality of the jazz scene in the North of England", Jamil Sheriff is the Curriculum Leader for Jazz and teaches on the conservatoire's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

His teaching specialisms are Jazz Piano, Contemporary Jazz Composition and Jazz Musicianship.

To date, Jamil has recorded three albums of original music under his own name, each of which have received national and international accolades. Jamil's reputation as a composer and arranger for medium and large ensembles led him to tour extensively with his Octet and Big Band from 2002–2012, receiving commissions from PRSF, ACE, and both UK and International Jazz Festivals and concert programmes.

Daydreams     (GLP 2003)
Backchat         (33 Records 2008)
Ichthyology      (GLP 2013)

As a Recipient of a 2013 ACE touring award, Jamil is currently performing regularly with his Trio. The group have also recorded Jamil's fourth album which is due for release in Spring 2015.

Aside from his own projects, Jamil enjoys a busy performance and recording schedule, currently working regularly with artists such as Richard Iles, Neil Yates, Colman Brothers, Wild Flower Project, Josh Kemp Quartet, Simon Read Octet and Tom Harrison Quartet. Other 2014 tours included Shanghai and Beijing (Jamil Sheriff Trio), Ireland (Terell Stafford and Dave Lyttle) and UK (Josh Kemp).

Jamil has been described by The Times as an "excellent Northern pianist who brings together a range of contemporary and urban approaches".



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