David Hamblett

Principal Lecturer: Jazz

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Biography

Job Title: Principal Lecturer

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

Specialisms: Drums

Dave Hamblett is an award-winning drummer based in London, working in a range of styles including Jazz and Folk.

Currently working with Snowpoet, Flying Machines, The Magic Lantern, Elchin Shirinov Trio, Josienne Clarke, Nick Costley White and Duncan Eagles.

After graduating with a 1st from the Royal Academy BMus (Hons) Jazz programme, Hamblett fast became one of the UK’s most in-demand young musicians. He has performed with artists such as Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Julian Arguelles, Abram Wilson, Stan Sulzmann, Ivo Neame, Phronesis, Kit Downes, Trish Clowes and Norma Winstone, to name a few.

In addition to his extensive touring and recording work as a sideman, Hamblett is an accomplished bandleader and composer in his own right. At the age of 25, he released his debut album on Whirlwind Recordings to wide critical acclaim, garnering glowing reviews from the Guardian, the Evening Standard, the Irish Times and Jazzwise as well as radio play on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland.

Hamblett has performed throughout the UK and Ireland as well as in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, Romania, Azerbaijan, Russia and Lebanon. He appears on over 20 albums released on various labels including Edition Records, Whirlwind Recordings, Roughtrade (forthcoming), Ropeadope, Jellymould and Ubuntu.

Alongside his performing career, Hamblett has a wealth of experience as an educator. He has taught at King’s College London, ICMP London and Leeds Conservatoire (Principal Lecturer). In addition, he is an external examiner at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has an LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music.

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